From the sleek contours to the Sport 2.0 Turbo set up, this Hyundai Sonata literally made me want this car as my everyday driver. This urban sunset colored, full-sized sedan had enough power to tout that “sport” title with ease. My everyday driver, as many readers know, is a full-sized truck but here lately we’ve been in the lineup for driving full-sized sedans and this Sonata was no slouch. As a matter a fact it’s made it’s mark, here’s a little why I think this Sedan can be that car that a Dad (such as myself) can drive with confidence.
First off, lets talk looks. I personally haven’t been a huge fan wild colors on cars, with the exception of sports cars or roadsters. This sonata, came covered with a color they call Urban Sunset with a nice little vibrant sport badge on the trunk, that I must say fit nicely. As you stand facing this fantastic vehicle, right away your eyes are drawn to the nice flowing lines on the hood that swoop effortlessly right down the hood, drawing your eyes to the…wait for it…Hyundai logo. I know, when I first think of Hyundai, at least 5 – 7 years ago, there wasn’t much you could tell me that I would get excited about with these cars. But they’re doing something right as of late. Those lines continue elegantly through the sides and to the trunk. Nestled within the flowing elegant lines are some striking LED daytime running lights at the front as well as LED taillight on each side of the spacious trunk. As you’re at the trunk, you’ll notice the contours flow nicely from the top and taper perfectly with the quad holed muffler. Just a really nice look all the way around and ride nicely on the 18 Alloy wheels.
Now let’s take a peek at some of the specs behind the badge and under the hood. The Hyundai Sonata comes with a few options for power but what we had was the Sport 2.0T which comes ready to pump out 245 hp @ 6,000 rpm. Producing 260 lbs of torque between 1,350 and 4,000 rpms. So for a full sized sedan, and I can attest, this machine comes with more than enough power. I might add, it’s the kind of power that you will still get decent gas mileage. Speaking of which this model was rated at 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. That’s about what we got when we drove this but overall we averaged between 25 – 27 mpg. The 6-speed automatic transmission comes on all models of the Sonata except the Eco model comes equipped with the 7-speed.
For the interior, there’s one word that comes to mind and that’s, comfortable. The next is, spacious. anytime you get comfortable and spacious together describing the interior of any vehicle, especially sedans, you know you’ve found a vehicle worth paying for. With plenty of legroom up front and in the back, you’re riding in style with not only luxurious black leather-orange trimmed seats but Hyundai claims this spacious room is “Class-Leading”. I completely agree with this claim. To get nit-picky (as I usually do) I have to say there were some small things on the interior that I liked and some that I didn’t. I feel like Hyundai has one of the best dash controls on the steering wheel that I have used. Like their use of the toggle button as well as the integration with the hands-free bluetooth system. One small thing that I just couldn’t seem to get used to was the clock. They have it in a display all on its own between the radio and temperature controls. Every time I was looking for the clock display I went to the radio and kept forgetting that it was hidden below it. I would much rather see the clock display joined with the radio.
So as far as sticker price for this Sport 2.0T this one will ring you up right around $29,500. At that price, you’re actually getting quite a bit of features with interior and driving modes that I feel are more than worth it. As far as other cars in it’s class, I still wouldn’t pass this car up as a reliable option for my family and I.