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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Hyundai Sonata SE include 2.4L I-4 185hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2015 Hyundai
Sonata Sedan

Starting at: $21,150

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    Financing Offer : $1,000 cash back and 0.0% APR for 60 months on select Hyundai Sonata models

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    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.0% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 60 monthly payments of $16.67 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.0% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $41.67 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $27.78 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $25.64 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $23.81 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $20.83 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $14.71 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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    $2,250 cash back on select Hyundai Sonata models

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    Lease: $169 per month for 36 months. $1,999 due at signing

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      Lease a 2015 Sonata 4dr Sdn SE for $169 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at lease signing.

      Closed end lease for 2015 Sonata 4dr Sdn SE (Model # 28402F45) available from September 1, 2015 through October 12, 2015, to well-qualified lessees approved by Hyundai Motor Finance. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Offer shown based on $1,999 due at lease signing (includes $169 first payment and $1,830 capitalized cost reduction). No security deposit required. MSRP $21,975 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $17,844.42. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $6,084.00. Option to purchase at lease end $12,525.75. Lessee is responsible for third-party fees. Third-party fees vary by state or locality. Lessee is also responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 10,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 disposition fee. Disposition fee of $400 applies in all states except in CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV, & WY, where disposition fee is subject to state law limitations.

      CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV, & WY: The amount of 2 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC: The amount of 3 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less.

      WI: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by October 12, 2015.

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      ]]> Cannot exceed 10000 miles per year.

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,040kg (4,497lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,854mm (191.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,864mm (73.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,804mm (110.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (17.9')
  • Front legroom - 1,156mm (45.5")
  • Rear legroom - 904mm (35.6")
  • Front headroom - 1,026mm (40.4")
  • Rear headroom - 965mm (38.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,425mm (56.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,471mm (57.9")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Passenger volume - 3,004L (106.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 462 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 462 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - SHIFTRONIC
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 29mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 37mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SE Search New $21,150   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 37  
SE w/PZEV Search New $21,150   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 37  
Sport Search New $23,175   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
Sport w/PZEV Search New $23,175   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
ECO Search New $23,275   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  28 / 38  
Limited Search New $26,525   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
Limited w/PZEV Search New $26,525   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
Limited w/Brown Seats Search New $26,525   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
Limited w/Brown Seats/PZEV Search New $26,525   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
Sport 2.0T Search New $28,575   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  
Sport 2.0T w/Gray Accents Search New $28,575   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 32  


Driving Impression

Tony Swan
Price As Tested:
“Conservative new styling, same strong value story.”

The Sonata is conceived and designed to the deliver the kind of motoring that's made the Camry America's bestselling passenger car for so many years: quiet, unobtrusive, smooth, and reliable. And the Sonata delivers on those objectives. There's a stronger sense of driver involvement here than the pre-2015 Camry delivers (we have yet to log any seat time in the major makeover that's coming for 2015), but drivers seeking a sporty feel might do well to check out a Mazda 6 or Honda Accord.

Most of our drive time in the Sonata was in a high trim Limited model powered by the basic 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Aside from a bit of minor road noise on pebbly pavement, the car is exemplary in terms of quiet operation, as well as supple ride quality, although the experience was on two-lane highways near Montgomery, Alabama, that never know the rigors of winter.

Performance with the 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed automatic is tepid, albeit smooth. The 2.0-liter turbo picks up the pace, as you'd expect, and paddle shifters make manual shifting an option, although shift response is relaxed. But it may be that the new 1.6-liter turbo is the best bet. Acceleration isn't quite up to the 2.0-liter, but it's not far behind, and the new 7-speed is more fun to operate. Its upshifts and downshifts may not rival Volkswagen's DSG transmission, but they're a cut above those of Hyundai's 6-speed automatic.

The 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve direct injection four-cylinder is rated at 185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled, is rated at 245 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled, is rated at 177 hp, 195 lb-ft. The Hybrid uses a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder engine rated at 159 hp, 154 lb-ft, plus a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor rated at 47 hp, 151 lb-ft of torque for a combined powertrain output of 199 hp, 235 lb-ft of torque.

As noted above, the electric power steering system in Sonata Sport models, including both turbos, differs from the one employed in the standard Sonata. The electric motor is mounted on the steering rack, rather than the column, providing more tactile feedback to the driver. For drivers who value a stronger sense of connection with the vehicle, this system is worth the step up to a higher trim.

Introducing the 2015 Hyundai Sonata:

Tony Swan
Price As Tested:
“Conservative new styling, same strong value story.”

Like the perennial mid-size sedan sales leaders it seeks to upstage, the Sonata is a musical theme whose title persists through regular rewrites. This is the seventh revision, and, carrying the symphonic parallel a little further, elements of the composition have been changed but the melody lingers on: high quality, attractive inside and out, with an exceptional value proposition.

All-new, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata competes with stalwarts such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion.

As noted, this 2015 Sonata is the seventh generation and, like previous redesigns, the overhaul is comprehensive; no area of the car has escaped revision. While the net of the redesign and engineering updates is strongly positive, the re-sculpted exterior strikes us as cautious, and a retreat from the dramatic character creases of the previous generation. Though a widened grille and LED accents give the front end a little more drama, the overall look resembles the new Genesis sedan, and in smaller scale the design loses some of the bigger car’s powerful presence.

Still, the word big does apply, or, more accurately, roomy. Exterior dimensions of the 2015 Sonata put it mid-pack among mid-size competitors, but by EPA standards its interior volume places it in full-size sedan territory, always a welcome trait in a family car.

This latest Sonata adds a new powertrain to its inventory, expanding choices to four: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder; a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; a gasoline-electric hybrid, which carries over from the 2014 Sonata line; and a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which Hyundai characterizes as the 1.6T Eco.

All but the new 1.6-liter are mated with 6-speed automatic transmissions driving the front wheels. The 1.6-liter is paired with a new 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The other transmissions are 6-speeds.

Styling notwithstanding, one of the most significant elements of the 2015 Sonata redesign is a major uptick in chassis rigidity. The new car’s integrated chassis-body shell is composed of 50 percent high strength steel, according to Hyundai, compared to 21 percent in the previous Sonata. That, added to increased use of structural adhesives and more welds, adds up to a 41 percent improvement in torsional rigidity, 26 percent in longitudinal stiffness. The payoffs are reduced interior noise and improved dynamics. The high strength steel also reduces structural mass, which balances out weight gains from added content and sound deadening. On average, the new Sonata is about seven pounds heavier, model for model, according Hyundai.

The Sonata gives a good account of itself in terms of ride and handling, particularly in the Sport models, with slightly stiffer suspension and a more accurate electric power steering system (rack-mounted motor, as distinct from column mounted). Predictably, the turbocharged Sonatas are quicker off the line, and reduce passing exposure time on two-lane highways. But none of powertrain combos are likely to ignite a driver’s inner racer. The virtues here are supple ride quality, quiet operation, and responses that inspire confidence, if not passion.

Safety is always a top priority in family sedans, and the Sonata meets contemporary standards, with the anticipation of a top a safety pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The expanded inventory of safety features includes only one in which the vehicle takes charge of its own operation; the adaptive cruise control is capable of stopping the car and resuming motion in stop-and-go traffic. But Hyundai has also added the availability of a lane change assist system that includes blind spot detection, as well as forward collision alert and rear cross traffic alert. There’s the usual array of front and side airbags, plus a new airbag that deploys in front of the driver’s knees, to keep him or her from sliding under the dash in a collision. Antilock braking, traction, and stability control systems are all standard features.

Walk Around

Tony Swan
Price As Tested:
“Conservative new styling, same strong value story.”

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata's redesign diminishes the profile character creases that made the previous generation a standout, but adds a little more authority to the front end with a wider grille and LED accents that serve as daytime running lights. Enlarged window openings enhance the sense of interior roominess, and some sculpting at the rocker panel level complements the strong character line running front to rear just below the beltline.

Higher trim levels are distinguished by a splash of chrome along the rocker panels, which are extended on sport models. Sport trim also includes revised front and rear fascias, dual exhaust outlets, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (versus 16-inch wheels on the basic Sonata).

Whatever one may think about the more conservative design, it shows up well in a wind tunnel, with a coefficient of drag value of 0.27, prominent among the current mid-size sedan field (though upstaged by the 2014 Sonata Hybrid at 0.25).

A new and useful feature is a remote trunk opening function. Approach the rear of the vehicle with the key fob on your person, stand there for three seconds, and the trunk will yawn; handy when both hands are full of cargo.

Interior Overview

Tony Swan
Price As Tested:
“Conservative new styling, same strong value story.”

Virtually every new mid-size sedan rolling off the line today is furnished with higher quality materials than its predecessor, and the new Sonata is no exception. Soft touch surfaces have proliferated, and the instrument panel is all new, redesigned for legibility and easy scan. For example, the 8-inch info screen that supports the optional nav system is on the same plane as the primary instrument array.

Hyundai reports that the design team invested many hours just in the steering wheels (there are two styles), to achieve just the right diameter, rim section, contour, and tactility. The standard steering wheel is round, while the Sport version has a flattened bottom, a design conceived for the tight quarters of a sports car, something the Sonata is not. The seats are essentially relaxed fit, designed for comfort, with wiggle room on long trips or stop-and-go commuting, and of course there's an expanded telematics menu, that includes a new Siri eyes-free function with the optional nav system.

The Sonata also offers the option of the second generation of Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment and service system which includes a destination search function via Google, remote start, and a car care app for scheduling maintenance.

The pace of advance in automotive telematics is far faster than actual development in cars and trucks, in part because of the long life cycle of any vehicle. There's a vast array of apps out there, and the array is growing exponentially. Carmakers present various platforms and systems, but with any of them the owner can access the expanding universe of apps simply by linking a smart phone to the car. There are obviously variations from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the connectivity and access is similar.

Model Lineup

Tony Swan
Price As Tested:
“Conservative new styling, same strong value story.”

The 2015 Sonata SE ($21,150) comes with the 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include cloth seats, air conditioning, simulated metal interior trim, tilt-telescope steering, map lights, glovebox and trunk illumination, illuminated ignition surround, cruise control, power windows with driver-side auto up-down, three 12-volt outlets, 60/40 split folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with satellite and MP3, iPod, USB, auxiliary input jacks, heated power folding mirrors, satin finish grille, projector beam headlamps, LED daytime running lights, rear decklid spoiler, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, tire repair kit (no spare).

Sonata Sport ($23,175) upgrades with simulated-leather door panels, faux carbon fiber interior trim, chrome door handles, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, rearview camera, 5-inch color touch screen, Gen. 1 Blue Link Telematics, side mirror turn signal repeaters, sport front bumper cover, three-bar sport grille, dual chrome-tipped exhausts, automatic headlight control, side rocker panels with chrome molding, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, compact temporary spare.

Sonata Eco 1.6 T ($23,275) uses the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; 7-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission; 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Sonata Limited ($26,575) upgrades with leather seats, dual automatic climate control, blind-spot detection, dark chrome grille, chrome door handles with welcome light, LED taillights, woodgrain interior accents, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel, floor console rear seat vents, front passenger window auto up-down, auto-dimming rearview mirror with electronic compass, rear window sunshades, blind spot detection, seven-speaker premium audio.

Sport 2.0 T ($28,575) uses the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, electric power steering with rack-mounted electric motor, 24 mm front antiroll bar, stiffer rear springs and 18 mm antiroll bar, steering wheel-mounted paddles shifters, HID headlamps, three-bar sport grille, sport front bumper cover, rear diffuser, quad chrome-tipped exhausts, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels; and it is upgraded with leather seats with sport bolsters and contrast stitching, tech appearance interior trim, aluminum-clad foot pedals, leather-wrapped D-shaped steering wheel.

Sonata Hybrid ($26,000) and Hybrid Limited ($30,750) are equipped similarly to the Sonata SE and Limited models, respectively, but feature the hybrid gas-electric powerplant.


Tony Swan
Price As Tested:
“Conservative new styling, same strong value story.”

We found the 2015 Hyundai Sonata quiet, comfortable, and refined. Quality fit and finish, competitive fuel economy, and a strong value proposition add up to a compelling midsize sedan story. We don't think the new styling has the presence of the previous-generation Sonata, however.

Tony Swan filed this report after his test drive of several Sonata models near Montgomery, Alabama.

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