Hyundai Sonata Gets Muscular with the Sport Model


The transformations the Hyundai Sonata has undergone over the past decade have been nothing short of remarkable.  From the striking 2010 re-design introduction through multiple evolutions to the new muscular and taut iteration, the Sonata has been successful in carving a niche for itself and in the process boosting the bottom line for Hyundai Motor America.  Made in Montgomery, Alabama, Hyundai has been consistently selling over 100,000 Sonata vehicles for the last decade.  I drove the latest sport model for a week around the Washington Metropolitan area and was impressed with the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine which makes 185 HP and 178 lb-ft of torque.  It comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and paddle shifters and a slew of other technology that makes it stand out in the midsize car segment while other manufacturers are exiting the segment altogether.  The Sonata Sport wins with blind spot detection, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a proximity key which automatically opens the trunk of the vehicle and so much more.  It is rated 35 mpg on the highway by the EPA and starts at $24,800.  For more information, visit