What Is It?
2015 Hyundai Sonata
What's New About This Model?
Fully redesigned from top to bottom, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata rides on a new chassis that promises more refined handling, while the revised styling aims to give the midsize sedan a more mature look.
New safety and entertainment features are part of the package as well, along with more interior passenger space. Compared to the current model, the new Sonata is about an inch longer and 1.2 inches, wider while the wheelbase and height remain roughly the same.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Hyundai officials said they're expecting deliveries of the Sonata to start this summer.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been announced, but we expect the new Sonata will be priced similar to the outgoing model despite its many improvements.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Sonata is available as a four-door midsize sedan only. There are four trim levels: SE, Sport, Limited and Sport 2.0T. Only the Sport 2.0T comes with the more powerful turbocharged engine.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder: 185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque
- 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder: 245 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque
- Six-speed automatic transmission standard
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
New for 2015 is a High Beam Assist feature that automatically turns the high beam headlights on and off depending on the level of oncoming traffic. There's also an advanced cruise control system that will bring the car to a complete stop in heavy traffic conditions. Hyundai's Smart Trunk system that was first introduced on the latest Genesis sedan will also be available on the Sonata. This feature automatically pops the trunk open if you stand next to it for 3 seconds with the key in your pocket. It's also worth noting that the trunk itself offers 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which makes it one of the largest in the segment.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Like almost every model in the Hyundai lineup, the Sonata has a full complement of airbags and passive safety systems as standard. The Limited and Sport 2.0T models also come standard with a blind-spot detection system, while a lane departure warning system and a forward collision warning system are available as options.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Fusion: Like the Accord, the Ford Fusion offers two different hybrid models for those looking for maximum mileage. Even if that is not your thing, the standard Fusion offers a great mix of size, features and performance that rivals anything from Japan.
Honda Accord: The latest Accord matches up well in terms of size, power and features when compared to the Sonata. Honda also offers a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid version of the Accord for those looking for maximum mileage.
Toyota Camry: Although it's not all new, the 2015 Camry received significant upgrades that give it a new look along with several new features. Given that it was already a best-seller before, it's going to be even harder to top once the new version comes out in the fall.
Should You Wait for It?
Given that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is scheduled to go on sale in early summer, there's not much waiting to do. The choice to go with the 2015 model largely comes down to whether you prefer the new styling and/or need the latest features.