- Redesigned for 2015 with brand-new exterior and interior styling
- Updated engine options as well
- Available hands-free Smart Trunk
Back for 2015 with a fresh redesign, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata offers brand-new styling inside and out, as well as updated engine options for the new model year.
The last time the Sonata got a redesign in 2011 it vaulted the midsize sedan from an afterthought in a crowded segment to a real contender alongside the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The new Sonata looks to build on that, with more aggressive styling and a few new tricks up its sleeve. But most important for consumers will be its price, which in contrast to most cars that get more expensive after updates, actually drops by about $300.
Hyundai calls the new look seen here on the Sonata and the larger Genesis sedan “fluidic sculpture 2.0” and it will gradually make its way across their whole lineup over the next several years. It’s very different than the previous design language, which used more curves and swoops while the new Sonata has bolder styling with sharper lines. The trapezoidal front grille returns, but is now larger and almost appears to be leaning forward from some angles. New for 2015 is the available hands-free Smart Trunk; stand within three feet of the trunk for three seconds with the key fob on your person, and it will pop open automatically making it easier to load without having to put down whatever you’re carrying to open the trunk.
The Sonata’s engine options have also been updated; they are slightly less powerful than the older engines, but Hyundai says that they have improved responsiveness at lower RPMs, where most day-to-day driving happens. The base engine is a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, while Sport 2.0T models feature a 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which adds paddle shifters in the Sport 2.0T. The suspension has also been upgraded to a new multilink setup in the rear which translates to improved ride quality and better stability under braking. Also available is an Eco version of the Sonata which gets its own engine, a 177-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Eco versions gets the best fuel economy with 28/38 mpg city/highway, while other models range between 21-24/31-35 mpg.
Inside, there are drastic styling changes as well. Gone is the curved dashboard from the last generation Sonata, replaced by a more traditional looking center console that is slightly angled towards the driver for easier access to HVAC and audio controls. Like previous generations of the Sonata, there are a lot of standard features here for the Sonata’s price. Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, remote keyless entry, satellite radio, and air conditioning are all standard. A new navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen is available, as is leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, and HD radio. The Sonata also has a full suite of optional technology for iPhone integration (5, 5s, and 5c models), with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free support.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. The latest in car safety technology is also available, such as smart cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning.