Sep 09, 2013
Reviewed By Erin Olson
Price as Tested $29,855: 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine, 190 HP, 6-speed automatic transmission, Limited Premium Package
Likes

The Sonata cared about my physical comfort. It was roomy, with a pleasant sunroof and heated seats. Who doesn’t love heated seats?

If asked to describe the trunk in just one word, it would be “cavernous.” Given unlimited words, I’d be able to put them all in bags, stick them in the trunk, and have room left over for my gym bag. It’s that spacious.

At 24 mpg city and 35 highway, I give this car the thumbs-up for fuel economy. 

Dislikes

It’s a bit road-noisy at times, but nothing the Everly Brothers can’t mask.

I’m not personally a fan of the two-tone interior, which in this case was a black-and-wine combo. However, every young man that saw it loved it. There’s something to be said for making it distinctive — a feat that’s especially difficult in the midsize sedan category.

Verdict

The Hyundai Sonata is a Camry or Accord that aspires to pal around with the Lexus crowd and is positioning itself well to be a contender in the midsize market. It hits the right balance of price points and features to catch the attention of shoppers who aren’t blindly seeking an established luxury marque. Starting at $21,195, you can add bells and whistles all day long (not to mention, fill the trunk with them) and in the end, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 24/35