2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Look


Competes with: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry

Looks like: Hyundai is taking an evolutionary styling approach with the updated Sonata

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

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Family sedan shoppers already have a number of relatively new cars to consider like the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, and later this year there'll be a new version of Hyundai's Sonata. It's offered with a choice of two four-cylinder engines, including a performance-oriented turbocharged unit, and is available with a host of convenience features from an automatically opening trunk lid to Apple's CarPlay entertainment interface. It's available in SE, Limited, Sport and Sport 2.0T trim levels and will be built in Alabama.


The Sonata's new exterior styling is an evolution of the prior-generation's. Familiar design cues include a trapezoidal grille and chrome accent trim along the sides of the hood. However, where the prior car emphasized sleek lines, the new Sonata is more muscular thanks in part to an upright nose. The new sedan slips through the air nonetheless with a drag coefficient of 0.27.

SE models have LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and a lip spoiler. Limited models add rocker panel extensions and dual exhaust outlets. Sport trim levels get unique grille and front bumper styling as well as chrome side molding while the turbocharged Sport 2.0T gets quad exhaust tips, 18-inch alloy wheels and unique rear bumper styling. High-intensity-discharge headlights are available.


The new Sonata's interior is a big departure from the prior generation's with a blocky center control panel instead of the old Sonata's flowing styling. The control panel is angled toward the driver to make the buttons easier to reach and the center screen is at the same height as the instrument cluster for easier readability, according to Hyundai. The Sport 2.0T model gets a flat- bottom steering wheel with shift paddles for driver-initiated gear changes and a unique instrument cluster.

Standard features include a stereo with iPod connectivity and an MP3 jack, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The available navigation system features an 8-inch touch-screen with split-screen functionality; a recording feature for satellite radio broadcasts; SiriusXM Travel Link for traffic, sports, weather, movie and gas price information; Pandora internet radio; Siri Eyes Free support for iPhone; and Apple CarPlay. Compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c, CarPlay brings the user interface of the iPhone to the Sonata's dashboard, allowing drivers to make calls, use the Maps app, play music and access messages.

Hyundai's latest Blue Link system is also available. The system provides Google-powered destination search, app-based remote start and climate control, and vehicle service scheduling. Other available features include a trunk lid that opens automatically when the key fob is detected for 3 seconds, sunshades for the rear side windows, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

Under the Hood

The base engine is a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and a 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder comes in the Sport 2.0T trim level. Both engines make less peak power than their predecessors but have improved responsiveness at lower engine rpm, according to Hyundai. A six- speed automatic is the only transmission offered.

The 2015 Sonata uses a new multilink rear suspension with dual lower arms that's designed to improve ride quality and braking stability. Sport 2.0T versions get a sport suspension and larger front brake discs.

Safety Features

Standard features include seven airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and traction control. Available features include forward collision warning, a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a complete stop if necessary.









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Nice. I have to grow up on the interior but looks good. I wonder why they detuned the engines. They did the same in the new Genesis too.


This is definitely the evolution of the fluidic sculpture design and Schreyer, as head designer now, has definitely softened the appearance---in a good way. The interior is classy and Hyundai is all grown up and definitely in the big leagues now. All that's left to mature is the driving dynamics and Toyota and Honda would be in huge trouble.

Kyle W

I have to say, I like it despite the fact that it's now become a little more generic. That interior bores be, though. I like the swoopy stylish interior of the outgoing model way more.


I don't like the profile as they extended the roofline back so it looks like a hatchback and not a sedan.

It makes the current Sonata look quite cartoonish as this is a much more sophisticated, mature design.


Looks good, especially the interior, but those HP losses are pretty big.. Especially with the 2.0T losing 29 HPs...


This has to be the most competitive vehicle segment out there. Every year, a competitor in this group is getting redesigned or refreshed. For 2015, there four redesigned models alone.(200, Legacy, Camry, Sonata)


They didn't 'detune' the engines, they retuned for statutory emissions compliance, refinement, and improved low speed/low load torque.
The turbocharger was downsized for reduced latency at the expense of top end power.
Never the less, the base car is a 130mph vehicle, and the turbo will go 150mph (if not better for both)


I think back of Sonata has regression...

Randall Stoddard

I'm interested in a limited. However, my wife thinks the large chrome strip along the bottom side of the car will get hammered by all our Texas gravel and will look terrible pretty quick. The dealer says little aftermarket mud flaps and its inherent angling design will preclude this. Opinions??

I like the interior changes and think many others will too, not to mention standard features keep getting better and better.


I have a 2015 Sonata Limited. There is a vibration/roughness in shifting through the gears from 35-50 mph in either ECO or Normal driving modes. Much better when using the Sport driving mode. Other than this, the car is great.

Anyone else have the shifting problem?


yes i have the shifting problem - but it's at around 20mph. sometimes it just hesitates and sometimes worse than others. I normally drive in eco mode but will try sport and see if that makes any difference.

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