2015 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the model that helped Hyundai find its mainstream appeal in the U.S.; yet it's by no means the king of the hill, as it competes with some 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.

Meanwhile Toyota tries to do better with a thorough mid-cycle revamp that includes an extensive re-engineering for 2015, plus new cabin appointments and a sportier emphasis.

For sporty driving characteristics, the Mazda 6 is at the top; its road manners help make up for a few feature inadequacies.

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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8.4
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata blends in better than ever in the top tier of family sedans.
9.0
The 2015 Ford Fusion continues to offer an excellent blend of top-notch safety, solid fuel economy, and stunning good looks–all without compromising on interior space and comfort.
8.4
The 2015 Kia Optima meets all your needs in a sensible four-door sedan, but exceeds expectations for more flair and features.
8.2
If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.
8.8
The 2015 Subaru Legacy smooths over its ruffles, and out-domestics some American family sedans with a big back seat, excellent gas mileage and standard all-wheel drive.
7.8
The 2015 Toyota Camry ups its game with a thorough refresh that, while not daring, makes it more enjoyable for driver and passenger alike.
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Gas Mileage     
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