Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, tuning is the hallmark of the brand, and that is what has been done to the new car

2015-04-26 12:51:02
Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, tuning is the hallmark of the brand, and that is what has been done to the new car
Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, tuning is the hallmark of the brand, and that is what has been done to the new car

The rise of Hyundai Sonata from a state of mediocrity has been meteoric, and it has turned   into a remarkable vehicle by car standards in an astonishingly short period. Every generation has stepped in with a new meaning over its predecessors and the same has been again proved by the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 L. 


The saga of Horatio Alger must be coming to an end and the new Sonata is a last generation’s restyled version and has been aptly tuned by Hyundai thus again solidifying that it is the key for its vehicles to sustain and excel in the industry. The restyling and retuning both outside and inside has been less dramatic. The flamboyant grille and the rounded nose have been stripped off for the new car. Some of the swoopiness witnessed in the interior has been now replaced by a business like instrument panel.

Instead Hyundai has utilized the update budget on finding insulation material to deaden the noise, bringing back the base 2.4 Liter four-cylinder with more power, and redesigning the   multi-link rear suspension. The above mentioned engine is found in the Sport trim test car and it has been tuned to produce less power across its rev range. The bushings of the sub-frame have been stiffened to enhance accuracy and feel of the steering. This is not eye grabbing news but these are the changes fundamentally the car needed for the refresh so that it compete with rivals of its class. The seriousness in which the company dealt with Sonata hugely resembles in its reserved style.

The car’s ride quality has been vastly improved by the addition two lower links each side in the rear suspension instead of one, and fresh calibration of the suspension. This has not certainly sacrificed handling of the car. One of the main weaknesses of the Hyundai has been tuning of suspension, but the new sonata poses no such problems except when it is at high speeds. Another constant irritant of the Hyundai has been its incapability to develop and tune steering systems which are decent. This has not happened with the new Hyundai though you cannot call it the best in the segment   it is trustworthy with its linear gain which the earlier model did not have in it. The Sonata makes an excellent t stop of 165- foot after braking from the 70 mph mark to 0 which also place it among the best in the industry.

The short sprint performance of Sonata also is the best in the segment of four-cylinder variants and with 185hp the power has been less compared to the previous car. But performance has not been affected by this small drawback. The car is same like the previous model except for the one –inch addition to rear leg space. The Sonata also produces the same EPA rating for fuel economy  at 24/35 mpg for city and highway and the test car averaged 27mpg overall. The curb weight too is the same and the sport trim we drove cost $23, 985 which is just $15 more than what the basic model costs.

 

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