Though it never went from hero to zero, the current version of the Hyundai Sonata met nearly instantaneous challenge the moment it went on sale for the 2011 model year. In the four years since it debuted, every significant competitor has been redesigned, making the rakish Sonata one of the oldest cars in its class.
Well now, that certainly will not do. That’s why the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is completely redesigned, bigger and better than ever before. Take that, Chevy Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.
This review is not about the redesigned Sonata. Pictured above is the 2014 Hyundai Sonata, the car that basically blew up midsize family sedan design conventions and affirmed the automaker as an official A-list player in the North American market. Four years after its arrival, the 2014 Sonata gets subtle but significant changes to ensure its competitiveness in advance of the new 2015 version.
Given the Sonata’s continuing popularity, and the fact that the 2014 model is going to be heavily discounted in coming months as dealers broom them from inventory, I figured I’d spend a little quality time with the turbocharged version of this groundbreaking sedan before it whooshes into retirement.