Mom plus daughter equals smooth sailing in a sporty sedan.
A recent Florida trip put me in the driver’s seat of a car I don’t normally get to take for a spin anymore: a sports car. OK, to be honest, it was a sedan, but it was the sport model (and to be fair, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport felt sporty with its pick up and go).
There are four children (one child and three young adults would be more accurate) in my family, so I usually find myself behind the wheel of station wagons, minivans, or SUVs in order to pack us all in. This time, with just my youngest road tripping with me, we could enjoy a smaller car. Hyundai sent us a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T to test drive on this journey to the coast.
Road tripping with the sunroof open
My nine-year old relaxed in the backseat with her road trip supplies—books, an iPad loaded with games, and a couple of snacks. I familiarized myself with the features that made the Sonata different from other cars I’ve driven in the past.
A couple things impressed us both, with the massive sunroof hitting us first. With the flip of a button, the cover slides back and you are treated to a view of the sky that reaches from the front to the very back of the car. It changes the feel of the car to have all this light pouring inside. We chose to leave it open for our entire eight-hour drive.
Luxury feel in a Sedan
I enjoyed the ‘feel’ of the Sonata—comfortable in a way you typically only experience in luxury models, and found most of the same features you usually only see in vehicles that are twice the price of this Hyundai.
I shared many of those features in the video you see here.
Plenty of room to load up the family
We found the Sonata to be ideal for our adventures while visiting family in Florida. We loved the massive trunk space when we needed to load it up for a fundraiser for my cousin’s baseball league. We comfortably fit three extra relatives (it seats five) for a trip to my sister’s house to watch a football game.
The great gas mileage saved us enough money to treat ourselves to swimsuits we found at a local beach shop. I call that a win. That’s an extra you won’t see on any of the advertising campaigns, but it, with all the other extras you’ll see in the video, is enough to make me want to get back in the driver’s seat of a Sonata some time very soon.
What I Loved
- Classy look
- Smooth ride
- All that tech
- Great interior—especially the sunroof
- Tons of trunk space
What You Need to Know
- Backup camera and telematics are standard
- Also standard: 7 air bags, lane departure warning, auto high beam and park assist
- You can monitor your car from your smartphone via Blue Link (not the same as Bluetooth)
- Cool auto-open trunk when you are standing nearby with key
- Fuel economy: 23 city/32 highway; 26 combined
- Base price is $28,575; price for the model I drove $34,460.