Hyundai Adds Eco Model to 2015 Sonata Lineup


Hyundai redesigned its midsize sedan for 2015 and just announced a third powertrain for a new Eco model. The automaker says the Sonata Eco provides 10 percent better fuel economy than the base Sonata. 

2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Look

The new Eco trim uses a 177-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission — a first for Hyundai. The 1.6-liter joins the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder and Sport 2.0T models' 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

Hyundai estimates that the Sonata Eco should deliver 28/38/32 mpg city/highway/combined, up from the 2.4-liter's 25/37/29 rating. It shares the base SE's equipment but adds extras like a chrome grille, side-mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, automatic headlights, a 10-way power driver seat, a 5-inch audio touch-screen and a backup camera.

The Sonata Eco will go on sale later this summer starting at $24,085, including destination. Base Sonatas start at $21,960, including destination, and are on sale now.

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Not sure I see the logic in this. Pretty much pair a mid-size car (which I've driven and liked) with a 90s civic class engine to eek out a couple miles per gallon for a higher price? The turbo is nice but don't see what they gain overall. Bragging rights?


177hp is the norm for the mid-sized class: the Fusion has 175, the Accord has 185, and the Camry has 178. This engine delivers 195ft-lbs to boot - and as it is with most turbo'd engines, a majority of it will available at lower rpm's -- ensuring that this 177hp engine will drive similar to something larger. All the while delivering near-segment leading 38mpg freeway. I'd be surprised if the 1.6l turbo doesn't replace the 2.4l entirely somewhere down the road.


Can we still count on their numbers? They were caught red-handed on lying about the numbers...
Now, their advertisement will have the same asterisk that they advertised about "save the asterisks"...

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