New York Auto Show: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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Hyundai-Sonata-2What is it?

The 2015 Toyota Camry has some fancier duds and a few more sprinkles on its otherwise dowdy flanks. It’s the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, however, that continues to make midsize family sedans ever more desirable.

Why should you care?

The previous Sonata was a design standout, with a fresh, almost “four-door coupe” profile that dispelled everything awful about Hyundai and the old Sonata with one breath. The new Sonata takes that theme further, with some of the most padded seats we’ve felt in a mass-market, non-luxury car.

The whole interior exudes quality and doesn’t appear overly complex. Without turning the car on, we wanted to drive away in the high-end trims on display and actually imagined rocking the slanted “H” in our own driveway. Hyundai has made many of the luxury features from its Genesis sedan — which is not as dapper — available on the Sonata including adaptive cruise control. More tech features, such as Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system and a host of in-car apps, including integration for Apple CarPlay, are here.

What’s not to like?

Hyundai’s two four-cylinder engines arrive with less power and torque than before, especially the 274-hp turbo 2.0-liter that now only does 245 hp. We’re not sure why. Also, we’ll probably have some beef with the Sonata’s handling and ride quality, sore points that appear to affect most modern Hyundais. We hope they’ve learned since the company is touting the 2015 Sonata’s Nurburgring credentials.

When is it on sale?

Early summer.

Clifford Atiyeh

Clifford Atiyeh

Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Based in Connecticut, he writes for BestRide, Car and Driver, The Boston Globe and other publications.

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