2015 Hyundai Sonata Video Review | Edmunds

2015 Hyundai Sonata Video Review

  • This Hyundai Sonata video review includes information about fuel economy, price, interior and trunk space, available trims (SE, Sport, Limited and Eco), competitor family sedans, and what it's like to drive. For more information, please read the 2015 Hyundai Sonata review.

    The Hyundai Sonata was completely overhauled 2015. Some may find its less stylized design to represent a more refined take on the family sedan segment, while others might find it to be somewhat dull and easily lost in parking lots. However, all should be thoroughly impressed by this Edmunds "A"-rated sedan's long list of merits.

    The Sonata's interior is bigger than before, and is indeed makes it one of the most spacious family sedans. Rear headroom in particular has improved, and adults of most shapes and sizes should easily get comfortable. The trunk is also enormous, with 16.3 cubic feet of space and a wide opening.

    Although the cabin design isn't as interesting to look at as before, it's now more functional, with an almost Germanic look to it — even if the quality of its plastics is just so-so and hardly Germanic. The buttons are big, logically placed and easily reached. The available touchscreen is also easy to use. Below those controls are several large, truly useful bins and cupholders.

    There are several Sonata trim levels, each of which are very well equipped for the money, but it's important to note that different trims are available with different engines. The standard engine on the SE, Sport and Limited is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. It's a capable engine that returns good fuel economy and decent acceleration.

    The turbocharged 2.0T engine returns, but it has less power for 2015 and in our testing, its acceleration was thoroughly unimpressive both in comparison to the Sonata's other engines and competitors' upgrade powertrains.

    New for 2015, though, is a sort of Goldilocks engine. The new Sonata Eco has a 1.6-liter turbo-4 and a special seven-speed automatic transmission that together boast better acceleration and fuel economy than the other two. Considering it only costs 100 bucks more than the similarly well-equipped Sport trim, it's the one we most recommend.

    Every Sonata impresses behind the wheel. It's not engaging like a Ford Fusion or Mazda 6, but like the Honda Accord and revised Toyota Camry, there is a composure to its ride, competence to its handling and a precision to its steering that speaks to the lengths Hyundai has gone to make the Sonata as good as those competitors.

    So, the Sonata is spacious, generously equipped, easy to use, good to drive and fuel efficient. It also has a best-in-class warranty, five-star crash scores from the government and a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. It checks off most boxes, and even if it isn't the most interesting or engaging family sedan, it's certainly easy to recommend.

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