With the Sonata's 2015 redesign, Hyundai made some significant improvements. They both improved ride and reduced road noise. The styling became more upright and less sleek, but it still looked pretty sharp. The new design made access easier and the view out appreciably better.
As before, controls are easy to reach and simple to use. Just as important, the modestly larger interior affords a roomy backseat with plenty of head room. All of that adds up to an easy-going, well-rounded family sedan.
As pleasing as the Sonata is in undemanding driving conditions, all is not perfect. When pushed to its limits, this iteration of the Sonata isn't so impressive. Partly to blame are the stock 16-inch Hankook tires on the SE model. Their lack of grip inhibits road-holding in hard cornering and doesn't contribute to short stops in panic braking. The Sonata Hybrid has a different braking experience, with very aggressive regenerative brakes also supplying a source of energy to the batteries from the friction generated by slowing and stopping.