2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Added to Lineup
Hyundai is adding a fuel-efficient Eco model to the new Sonata lineup for 2015. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco starts at $23,275, or $2,125 more than the base model. Fuel economy tops out at 28/38 mpg, an improvement of more than 10 percent over the standard engine. Until now, we only knew of two powertrain options for the Sonata. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque comes with most models, while a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque on the new Sport 2.0T trim. The Eco model brings with it a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It will also be the first Hyundai product equipped with a sporty seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a unique feature that sets it apart in the midsize sedan segment. Now that the Sonata's maximum fuel economy ratings have risen, the Sonata beats out the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord's EPA ratings by a landslide. It now boasts about the same numbers as the Nissan Altima. Standard features on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco build off those from the base model. The Sonata Eco adds standard amenities like a chrome grille, automatic headlights, side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar, chrome interior door handles, a five-inch color touchscreen, rearview camera, and Blue Link telematics. An optional $4,100 Technology Package tacks on blind spot detection, auto opening trunk, heated leather surface seats, 8-inch nav system, proximity key with push button start, and other amenities. Hyundai will begin production on the Sonata Eco in Alabama later this summer. Source: Hyundai
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