The Sonata's dramatic styling and three-pronged attack on the mid-size market have worked.
It's now one of the sales leaders and TCC's Best Car To Buy for 2011.
It still competes in a very tough segment with two of the best selling passenger cars, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The Accord remains very much a Honda in driving feel, even though it's quite a large vehicle now; the Camry's revamped this year for better economy, but the proto-Ford looks and spotty interior neither advance its case or cost it points.
Ford's Fusion and the Mazda6 share some DNA, and both are fun to drive, with excellent road manners making up some for slightly smaller rear-seat space; both have excellent reliability records as well, and the Fusion's Hybrid edition is a gas-mileage leader.
Then there's the Kia Optima: on the spec sheet it's almost identical to the Sonata, but its sleeker styling and slightly beefier handling make it an interesting direct competitor for the Sonata.
|2012 Hyundai SonataGet FREE Price Quote||2012 Ford FusionGet FREE Price Quote||2012 Honda Accord SedanGet FREE Price Quote||2012 Kia OptimaGet FREE Price Quote||2012 Mazda MAZDA6Get FREE Price Quote||2012 Toyota CamryGet FREE Price Quote|
|22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Large Cars||Mid-Size Sedan||Large||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Midsize Car|
|4dr Sedan 2.4L Man GLS||4dr Sedan S FWD||4dr I4 Man LX||4dr Sedan 2.4L Man LX||4dr Sedan Man i Sport||4dr Sedan I4 Auto L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift|