ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 1999. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2006.
With the Sonata's 2015 redesign, Hyundai made some significant improvements to a car that already competed credibly against such big dogs as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. They improved the ride and reduced road noise. The styling is now more upright and less sleek, but it still looks pretty sharp and the new design makes access easier and the view out appreciably better. The hybrid version is new for 2016.
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 -- key passenger concessions that other carmakers blithely overlook. All that adds up to an easy-going, well-rounded family sedan. By way of comparison, the Sonata's everyday personality is a lot more like a sedate Toyota Camry than it is, say, the more engaging Mazda6 or Ford Fusion.