The Hyundai Sonata has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The engine zips the Hyundai along quickly in city driving and delivers a respectable 24 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, but it offers meager passing power on the highway. The Sonata Eco model improves all three areas; its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine may only have 177 horsepower, but it’s paired with a seven-speed automatic that enables quicker passing and higher fuel economy of 28/36 mpg city/highway. The top-level Sonata 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 245 horsepower. It scoots the sedan along competently, though fuel economy dips to 22/31 mpg.
The Sonata earns praise for its smooth, comfortable ride quality. Bumps and dips in the road are soaked up nicely. Its brakes bring the car to a halt with confidence, and its steering is precise, which helps create a feeling of connection with the road.