The redesigned Sonata stands out among staid midsized sedans with its sleek profile. Even so, it trails the category’s perennial leaders—the Honda Accord, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Camry—in CR’s road-test results.
The Sonata is fairly roomy, with good driver visibility in spite of its rakish lines. The driving position isn’t quite as upright as in most sedans, but the power-seat adjustments let drivers of all sizes get comfortable behind the wheel. Seat support is fine on shorter jaunts but fades on longer trips, contributing to fatigue. And the hard center console can rub uncomfortably against the driver’s right knee.
The cabin looks modern, with sleek piano black surfaces, but the controls are a mixed bag. The infotainment system is well-designed, but the push-button gear selector can’t be operated without looking away from the road and is tricky to use. A larger screen comes on high-end versions but that eliminates the radio's handy tuning knob. The option list is quite comprehensive. It’s quite easy to get heated seats, a power driver’s seat, and automatic climate control in a basic version.