The newly available turbocharged four-cylinder is a welcome addition to the Sonata lineup. Its impressive 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque are delivered smoothly, without perceptible turbo lag, via a slick six-speed automatic. I used our turbocharged Sonata for a 150-mile round trip through the Detroit metro area, driving it on surfaces ranging from narrow, highly crowned, hilly gravel roads; to suburban four-lane boulevards; to crowded urban freeways. Under all conditions, there was plenty of power, plenty of composure, and plenty of comfort.
As with other Sonata models I've driven, I was pleased here with the general quality and user-friendliness of the cabin, especially the excellent navigation system interface and the ease with which I was able to pair my BlackBerry with Bluetooth. I did find it difficult, though, to access previously dialed phone numbers on the touch-screen, and this required me to remove my eyes from the road for too long.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor