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2015 Hyundai Sonata Debut

More refinement, but less excitement?

2015 Hyundai Sonata Research Click to hide

What's New

Going on sale early this summer, the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata features a more refined look and drive feel.

The first thing we see is an evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. The new model looks more subdued than the original Sonata that debuted in 2011. It features a more refined grille but retains its coupe-like roof.

Under the sheetmetal, Hyundai increased sound absorption materials to reduce unwanted noise in the cabin. The Sonata also sits on a stiffer platform, which Hyundai says should enhance crash test performance.

Hyundai's two four-cylinder engines have been revised for 2015. Its 2.4-liter base four-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower, slightly less than the previous version. Meanwhile, a sporty 2.0-liter turbocharged model pumps up the power to 245 and promises a more responsive drive.

Who It's For

The Hyundai Sonata has always been an alternative choice in the staid midsize sedan category. Its bold look and sculpted lines have long attracted a number of new buyers. As Hyundai alters its design direction for the Sonata, we think buyers will enjoy the added refinement and smoother drive. Families and practical-minded buyers will likely find a good match in the new Sonata. Those who like getting a lot of features for the money will also likely be attracted to this car.

Key Features

Here is what to expect in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
  • next-generation Blue Link system with destination search, remote start, and Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app for service scheduling
  • optional navigation
  • Eyes Free Siri integration keeps driver's eyes on the road when using infotainment functions
  • Smart trunk that releases when key fob is detected; helpful for when a driver's hands are full

What We Think

While the Hyundai Sonata may not have always been our top choice, we always thought it was a worthwhile candidate in its segment. For 2015, we think Hyundai has sorted out some of the kinks. We wouldn't say there are any huge advancements for this new model however. It will remain a favorite among loyal Hyundai buyers and those looking for practicality at a good price. But we wish it retained some of the styling elements of its predecessor.

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