2015 Hyundai Sonata

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- With its 2011 Sonata, Hyundai put itself at the forefront of a few trends in the competitive midsize-sedan segment. That car featured bold, expressive styling that woke up the sleepy family sedan market, and it was also the first among its competitors to go to an all-four-cylinder powertrain lineup. The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata may appear to be less revolutionary than its predecessor, with its more conservative styling and carryover powertrain lineup, but there is at least one big change: the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco.
The 2015 Sonata Eco uses a 1.6-liter, direct-injection, turbocharged engine that pairs with a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission. That’s pretty advanced stuff for a workaday family sedan. The only other midsize sedans with small, direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinders are the Ford Fusion with its 1.5-liter EcoBoost and the Volkswagen Passat with its 1.8-liter TSI. The Passat TDI turbodiesel is the only other car in the Sonata’s competitive set that offers a dual-clutch transmission.
This new model’s high-tech powertrain is meant to give the Sonata Eco a slight boost in fuel economy numbers, to an estimated 28/38/32 mpg (city/highway/combined) rating. But along the way, Hyundai also created our favorite version of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata -- impressive given we already hold the 2.4 GDI and 2.0T versions of this midsize sedan in high esteem.
The Sonata Eco’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four is similar to the one found in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, but has different tuning because of its efficiency-minded mission. It makes only 177 hp—8 hp less than the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder—but punches above its weight with 195 lb-ft of torque, 17 lb-ft more than the Sonata 2.4. In combination with the smooth, quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, the smaller, torquier engine actually makes the Eco model feel peppier than the standard car, both when accelerating from a stoplight and while passing or merging at highway speeds. We found ourselves frequently looking down at the speedometer in surprise, as the small 1.6 gets the big Sonata sedan up to speed with little effort.
Although most mainstream family sedan buyers won’t notice, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco also has a slightly more interesting personality compared with the Sonata 2.4 SE, Sport, and Limited trim models without giving up the standard car’s commendable refinement. The 1.6T engine is just as quiet as the bigger fours, but emits a perceptible growl under hard acceleration that’s more pleasing to the ear than the coarse noises from the 2.4-liter four. The Eco also has a slightly more balanced feel in the corners thanks to the lighter front end, but doesn’t compromise ride quality in the way the Sonata Sport’s slightly stiffer suspension tuning does.
If the Sonata Eco drives so well, then why is Hyundai relegating this 1.6T powertrain to a low-volume fuel-economy trim? Hyundai says the main limit on Eco availability is the fact that the 1.6T is produced in South Korea and has to be imported into the U.S. before it’s installed in Sonata Eco models at Hyundai’s plant in Alabama. This limits production of the Eco in comparison with high-volume Sonata sedans, because the 2.4-liter four is produced in Alabama. (And because the 1.6T engine must be shipped over from South Korea, the Eco is likely Hyundai’s least-profitable Sonata.) As such, Hyundai is not setting any expectations for the Eco in terms of model mix until it sees how the market receives this efficiency-minded trim.
One Hyundai product planner did admit that early positive response to the Eco powertrain means the company is not ruling out the use of a small, turbo four-cylinder as the volume engine for the Sonata down the road. We wouldn’t be surprised if the 1.6T engine rolls out to more models later in the Sonata’s life cycle.
For now, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco offers an impressive overall package. It gets great fuel economy, drives with a high level of poise and refinement, and even costs about the same as the equivalent 2.4 GDI model, with its $24,085 starting price. It’s the clear choice in the Sonata lineup, and would be near the top of our midsize-sedan shopping list.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Specifications

Base price $24,085
Price as tested $24,085
Engine 1.6-liter DOHC turbocharged I-4
Power 177 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Drive Front-wheel
Fuel economy 28/38 mpg (city/highway) (est.)
Cargo capacity 16.3 cu ft
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport Front Side In Motion
The sheet steel comes into the assembly plant in rolls, like paper. Huge hydraulic presses more than four stories high stamp the steel into body panels. As sparks scatter, robots weld together structures from complex shapes of high-strength steel. Some 3000 men and women (and more than a few robots) assemble all the pieces. Finally an American car is driven away from the assembly line, one of about 400,000 that will be built this year.
The difference is, this American car is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It’s designed for America, built in America, and, most important, perfectly in tune with what America wants in an automobile. The Hyundai Sonata is the new Camry.

Styling for grown-ups

Let us all praise designer Christopher Chapman and his small studio of forty people in California for the dramatic, last-generation Sonata, which broke the spell of sleep-inducing styling that has cursed mid-size sedans in this country. His introduction of “Fluidic Sculpture” certainly underscored the homeliness of the competition, although the Sonata’s surfacing did seem a little overwrought as time went on.
For the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, the design team has let the shape evolve a little, something Chapman understands from his years at BMW. When you walk up to the new car and put your hands on it, Chapman wants you to sense an inner strength in the taut, muscular surface. At the same time, plenty of visual drama remains, notably the “saber line” of brightwork that runs the length of the car along the lower edge of the glass, plus the coupe-like roof with its sleekly arching C-pillar.
For us, the 2015 Sonata’s interior style is even more impressive, as its sweeping horizontal gesture gives the feeling that you’re in a premium car. The array of controls on the center stack has the kind of logical organization that makes operation intuitive, plus there’s an 8.0-in communication screen in some models. No miracle has been accomplished to make you believe that you’re in a Jaguar, but the all-new Sonata still makes the other cars in its class look dowdy.

Space for grown-ups, too

Personally, we hardly ever care very much about interior space. Let big people drive trucks, and if you let your in-laws ride around in the spacious back seat of your car, they’ll just be encouraged to visit more often. (And who wants that?)
Even so, we found ourselves cruising the roads around the Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama, with three people in the car, and everyone stayed happy. The big guy in the back had space for his legs, plus he was surprised that his head didn’t graze the roof. He also really liked the optional, transparent panoramic roof, not just because the additional light makes the interior feel more spacious but also because it let him scan the horizon for thunderstorms. (We encountered no lightning, but fish could have survived very happily in one downpour.)
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been stretched in every dimension, and now it measures 191.1 inches long, 73.4 inches wide, and 58.1 inches high on 110.1-inch wheelbase. It’s definitely a large car (EPA certification says so) with 106.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, not to mention a very large trunk of 16.3 cubic feet. This makes the 2015 Sonata fractionally larger than the Accord, Altima, Camry, and Passat.

Country clubs and vegetable stands

As we cruised down the interstate, we found ourselves thinking that this new Sonata is much quieter than before. Then again, the previous car didn’t exactly set any new standards in quietness, as it was tuned for a certain amount of hush at freeway speed yet boomed, thrashed, and thumped whenever you asked anything else from it. With the new Sonata, you could throw a couple sets of golf clubs into the trunk and make your way in perfect comfort to one of the nine Robert Trent Jones-designed golf courses that Alabama has helped build to encourage tourism.
Later, as we spent time on the winding country roads through largely unspoiled woodlands and pastures, it came to us that the new car is not just comfortable but also extremely poised. In fact, we found ourselves with too many knots of speed to make a turnaround to one of the vegetable stands for which the fertile farming country here is famous.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has made a leap in structural rigidity thanks to meeting the new federal standards for offset crash impacts, but while the car indeed feels more solid than before, there’s more to the Sonata’s newfound goodness than this. The crisper steering and supple suspension action make the car feel securely planted. It’s no sports sedan, but it never seems to put a foot wrong. You simply fly down the road, and then you look down at the speedometer to find yourself going 10 mph faster than you thought.

What kind of barbecue sauce would you like with that?

If you’re a rational person, you’ll choose the 2015 Hyundai Sonata SE with its 2.4-liter, Theta II four-cylinder engine. It’s rated at 185 hp @ 6000 rpm and 178 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, which is on par with the competition (though reduced by 5 hp and 1 lb-ft from last year). The engine feels livelier than before because the variable valve timing affords quicker response over a broader range of rpm, and it also seems more refined than before. If you choose the luxurious 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited, you should get 24 mpg city/35 highway/28 mpg combined. The only flaw here is the electric power-assisted steering that comes with the 2.4-liter engine package, because its action still feels sticky, although it has been improved to deliver better on-center feel.
If you’re like us, you’ll probably be seduced by the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T, not the least because of the availability of the zippy orange paint (Urban Sunset). You’ll notice the way the new Sonata’s HID headlights and LED running lights have been supplemented by a dramatic grille, chrome accent for the bodywork’s rocker panels, and quad exhaust tips. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with its twin-scroll turbocharger has been revised for much improved response at low rpm, so the car surges away from a stoplight with more authority than before. The price has been a reduction in peak output to 245 hp @ 6000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 1350 – 4000 rpm, some 29 hp and 9 lb-ft less than before.
This seems like a bad deal on paper, yet we liked this 2.0T engine’s notably quicker, quieter response while accelerating away from stoplights in metro driving, and the engine made great use of the 2.0T’s six-speed automatic with its shift paddles on the steering wheel and a set up of shorter ratios in first through fourth gears for quicker acceleration. Also we expect that the 2.0T should more easily make its EPA fuel economy rating of 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. Even better, the 2.0T comes with a different electric-assisted power steering (the motor is mounted on the steering rack instead of the column), and its behavior feels more natural. Meanwhile the 2.0T’s upgrade to P225/45R-18 tires from the 2.4-liter Limited and Sport SE’s P215/55R-17s provided all we needed in handling sportiness.

The whole picnic lunch

With the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, your choices begin at the $21,110 Sonata SE or the new, high-efficiency, $23,275 Sonata 1.6T with its small turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. If you skip the intermediate combinations and go right to the top of the line, there are the $31,575 Sonata Limited Ultimate and $33,525 2.0T Sport Ultimate. The range of audio features is astonishing considering the price (Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto among them), as are the active safety features (including forward collision alert and rear cross-traffic warning).
As a country of what once were simple farmers, Americans are cheap, so we’ll never spend more than we have to. As former colonials who were once far from sources of supply, Americans are practical, and we look for reliability and durability. Americans are inventive, so we appreciate innovative technology, yet we’re not willing to pay more for it unless the cost has been reduced as far as possible. And Americans are upwardly mobile, so we believe in luxury and comfort. When you think about the story of Hyundai in America since it arrived in 1986, the company has focused on each of these things in turn, and maybe it’s the combination of these values that makes the 2015 Hyundai Sonata so American.
One day soon maybe we’ll all stop thinking of the Hyundai Sonata as a car from Korea. After all, Montgomery, Alabama, is not in Korea.

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Sport Ultimate Specifications

Base Price: $34,335
On Sale: Now
Powertrain
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4
Power: 245 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1350 – 4000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Chassis
Steering: Electronically assisted rack-and-pinion
Front suspension: MacPherson strut, coil springs, gas-charged dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Multi-link, coil springs, gas-charged dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes (front/rear): Ventilated discs, ABS
Tires: 235/45R-18
Measurements
L x W x H: 191.1 x 73.4 x 58.1 in
Wheelbase: 110.4 in
Track F/R: 62.9/63.1 in
Weight: 3616 lb
Passenger Volume 106.1 cu ft
Cargo Volume: 16.3 cu ft
EPA Mileage: 23/32/26 City/Highway/Combined
2015 Hyundai Sonata
2015 Hyundai Sonata

New for 2015

The Hyundai Sonata is all-new for the 2015 model year: the interior and exterior have been updated, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available for smartphone integration, the turbocharged 2.0T engine has been revised, and an Eco model with a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is new.

Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that slots above the compact Elantra and below the full-size Azera in the automaker’s lineup. The Sonata is available in trims to appeal to any buyer, from the more powerful 2.0T, to the practical Eco, to the miserly hybrid.

Summary

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata features four powertrains, and all but the Eco feature a six-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Volume models, the SE/Sport/Limited, receive a 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, and is good for an EPA-estimated 25/37 mpg city/highway in SE trim, and 24/35 mpg in Sport or Limited. A more performance-oriented Sport 2.0T model gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and gets an EPA-estimated 23/32 mpg.
Buyers who are more efficiency-minded can choose the Eco, which is powered by a 177-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 that makes 195 lb-ft of torque, and gets paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, over the standard six-speed, and improves on the EPA rating to reach 28/38 mpg. Truly devoted mileage-misers will opt for the hybrid, which pairs a 2.4-liter I-4 and an electric motor that makes 199 hp combined to get a respectable 36/40 mpg. The 2015 Sonata Hybrid is based on the last-generation midsize sedan; a new Sonata Hybrid arrives for the 2016 model year.
Standout features on the 2015 Sonata include an 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment, Apple Car Play (for connecting iPhones), Google Android Auto (for connecting Android-based smartphones), heated front and rear seats, blind spot and rear cross traffic detection, lane departure warning, and an available smart cruise control.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata line received five-star ratings from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ for 2014 by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a conservative yet handsome package that improves on the strong base established by the last-generation Sonata when it launched for the 2011 model year. We like the looks and packaging of the latest Sonata, but especially enjoyed the Eco. The 1.6-liter turbo four has been tuned for efficiency, but when paired with the quick-shifting dual-clutch it feels more powerful than the standard model.
The 1.6T engine is just as quiet as the bigger fours, but emits a perceptible growl under hard acceleration that’s more pleasing to the ear than the coarse noises from the 2.4-liter four. The Eco also has a slightly more balanced feel in the corners thanks to the lighter front end, but doesn’t compromise ride quality in the way the Sonata Sport’s slightly stiffer suspension tuning does.
If you’re considering a midsize sedan, you should take a look at the deceptively named Eco. Hyundai aimed for efficiency, but created one of our favorite Sonata models along the way.
You’ll Like
  • Eco model pairs efficiency and fun
  • Updated new styling
  • Google and Apple products make smartphone integration a breeze
You Won’t Like
  • Driving the 2.4-liter I-4 hard
  • Can't get a manual on the Eco
  • Waiting for the 2016 Sonata Hybrid's updates
Key Competitors
  • Ford Fusion
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Mazda6

Rating

4
2015 Hyundai Sonata Turbo JP Edition Front Three Quarter 03
Hyundai has detailed another of its special-edition vehicles for the 2014 SEMA show, and this time it is a street art-inspired JP Edition 2015 Hyundai Sonata Turbo. In addition to its street-art exterior design, the unique Sonata will debut with a litany of interior, exterior, and mechanical upgrades.
Bisimoto Hyundai Sonata Rear
Who needs a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat when you can get more horsepower out of this customized Hyundai Sonata? Tuner Bisimoto, creator of the 1029-hp Honda Odyssey minivan, has partnered with Hyundai for the 2014 SEMA show, and its latest creation is this midsize sedan that makes 1 horsepower more than the most powerful musclecar of all time.
2015 Hyundai Sonata IIHS During Crash
The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the sixth mainstream midsize sedan to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + award, and it joins the 2015 Genesis luxury sedan as Hyundai's second-ever model to earn this highest crash safety rating.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
Horsepower:
185 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
178 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, through June 16, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture.
Consequences
If a brake caliper fractures, brake effectiveness would be reduced, lengthening to distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai contacted the affected owners on June 19, 2014 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles. Hyundai dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge. The recall began on September 12, 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 120.
Potential Units Affected
16,900
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 2, 2014, through May 23, 2014. A poor connection within the vehicle's wiring harness may result in a reduction of steering assist from the vehicle's motor driven power steering system or the inability to move the vehicle's shifter from the Park position.
Consequences
The reduction of power steering assist can increase the steering effort needed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Sonata vehicles and has published recall bulletin 14-01-024 providing a service procedure to repair the affected vehicles. On June 7, 2014 Hyundai began to contact the affected retail customers. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 119.
Potential Units Affected
2,138
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 2, 2014, through May 23, 2014. A poor connection within the vehicle's wiring harness may result in a reduction of steering assist from the vehicle's motor driven power steering system or the inability to move the vehicle's shifter from the Park position.
Consequences
The reduction of power steering assist can increase the steering effort needed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Sonata vehicles and has published recall bulletin 14-01-024 providing a service procedure to repair the affected vehicles. On June 7, 2014 Hyundai began to contact the affected retail customers. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 119.
Potential Units Affected
2,138
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY:AXLE SHAFT
Summary
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 1.6 liter model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured August 29, 2014, to October 28, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with an incorrect left axle shaft which may result in the shaft separating from the transaxle differential.
Consequences
If the left axle shaft separates from the transaxle, the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, a separated axle shaft may allow the vehicle to roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, dealers will inspect and replace the axle shaft, as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 126.
Potential Units Affected
208
Notes
Hyundai Motor America


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
Summary
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, to December 4, 2014. The affected vehicles have a front passenger seat belt whose buckle latch assembly may prevent the front passenger from fastening the seat belt.
Consequences
If the front passenger seat belt cannot be latched, an occupant sitting in the front passenger seat has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair or replace the front passenger seat belt buckle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 21, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 130.
Potential Units Affected
128,804
Notes
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IIHS Front Small Overlap
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Depreciation
39.1%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$12,433
39.1%
Insurance
$6,635
20.9%
Fuel Cost
$7,902
24.8%
Financing
$2,154
6.8%
Maintenance
$2,145
6.7%
Repair Costs
$178
0.6%
State Fees
$373
1.2%
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Value Rating: Average