The 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 top sellers like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Last year's mid-cycle revamp gave the Camry a sportier emphasis to go with its space and efficiency.
The Accord remains very much a Honda in driving feel, even though it's quite a large vehicle now.
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.
For sporty driving characteristics, the Mazda 6 is at the top; its road manners help make up for a few feature inadequacies.
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