2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Starts at $24,085 | Edmunds

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Starts at $24,085


Just the Facts:
  • The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, a fuel-efficient model with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, starts at $24,085.
  • The price reflects a $2,125 premium over the base 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
  • The Sonata Eco goes into production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant later this summer.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, a fuel-efficient model with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, starts at $24,085, including an $810 destination charge.

The price reflects a $2,125 premium over the base 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

The Sonata Eco goes into production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant later this summer.

Its small-displacement turbocharged engine is rated at 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai vehicle to get the new seven-speed transmission.

The newest member of the Sonata family is expected to return an estimated 28 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, according to Hyundai. The base 2015 Sonata with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine returns 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Hyundai said Sonata Eco's combined 32 mpg rating is "more than a 10 percent improvement" over the base Sonata. The Sonata Eco has not been rated by the EPA.

The only option on Sonata Eco is a $4,100 Technology package that includes leather seating surfaces, a blind-spot detection system, chrome exterior door handles and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Competitors to Hyundai, including Ford and Volkswagen, offer special models that highlight fuel economy.

The 2014 Ford Fusion with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is touted by Ford as delivering "approximately the same power and torque as the 1.6-liter in the 2013 Ford Fusion while improving fuel economy."

A special version of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat, the Passat TDI turbodiesel, delivers 31 mpg in city driving and 43 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Friday said that gasoline prices in the U.S. have been flat. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is pegged at $3.67 versus $3.64 a month ago.

Edmunds says: The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco is designed to appeal to car shoppers who put a premium on fuel efficiency — even if it costs a bit more to start.

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