Originally Posted by WIGS
I believe (but not sure) he's referring to an off centre feel of the steering. Jimby, am I right?
Sorry I was out all day. I have never owned a Hyundai but I have driven Elantras, a Sonata, and a Santa Fe and have heard that the Optima has a similar feel to the steering.
The Santa Fe I didn't like because the centre console was in the way of my right leg and I had to sit with my legs together which the boys weren't happy about. It felt really cramped for driving. The friend who owned the Santa Fe rolled it on an icy Deerfoot on-ramp so no more Santa Fe for me to drive.
Maybe Car and Driver can articulate it better than me, they call it self-centering of the steering wheel.
from Car and Driver:
"But the Sonata’s biggest blunder is something we first noticed right after the car arrived. At speeds above 40 mph, the swoopy sedan’s path mimics its styling, eschewing a straight line for one decidedly more curved—specifically, the car pulls hard to the left. In a related issue, we noticed the steering wheel does not self-center. Initially, our dealer replaced the left-front strut and performed an alignment (both under warranty), but that didn’t cure the problem. After nearly 6000 miles, the car went back in and again had the same strut replaced with what we were told was an updated part. The Sonata had another alignment at that service—again, we were not charged—but still our car pulled to the left. Hoping the third time would be the charm, we took it back to the dealership at 8600 miles, where Hyundai engineers were waiting to examine the car. This time, both front struts were replaced, the car was aligned, and a field engineer drove it for 30 miles to verify the repair. Unfortunately, three hasn’t proved to be the magic number, and we’re still experiencing some pulling and self-centering problems. Various websites and owner forums tell us this issue isn’t isolated."