Hyundai Adds Eco Model to 2015 Sonata Lineup

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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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Comments 

pBen

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?

mattsoca

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.

J

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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