The 2014 Sonata 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 was revamped for last year, with improved fuel economy and marginally better refinement; but it remains surprisingly conservative.
The Mazda6 has excellent road manners, making up some for slightly smaller rear-seat space; and last year's redesign brought much improved fuel economy refinement.
The Fusion remains one of the boldest designs on the market, and with several different turbocharged engines and a Fusion Hybrid, it's the lineup with the most choice.
The Kia Optima, which is closely related to the Hyundai Sonata, also deserves a look; it's almost identical to the Sonata in powertrain and layout, but it somehow handles better, and its sleeker, Euro-influenced styling aims for a very different crowd.
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