Recall Alert: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 5,700 model-year 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedans manufactured between April 25, 2014, and June 16, 2014

The Problem: Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture, reducing brake effectiveness and lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle, which increases the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai notified owners on June 19 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles; the automaker will replace the affected brake calipers for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Used-Car Prices Fall for Third Straight Month in July

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Late-model used-car prices dipped below $23,000 in July for the first time this year, settling at $22,919. That's a 0.78 percent drop from June, and it's the third month in a row that prices have dropped.

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The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's price fell the most in July, dropping 3.2 percent ($653) to $19,511. The only other alternative-fuel car in the top 10 list is the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, and all of the other models are from luxury brands.

By Mike Hanley | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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Hyundai's midsize sedan is back for 2015, redesigned and safer than ever. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today announced that the new Sonata earned its most prestigious safety award, Top Safety Pick Plus. The Sonata earned the honor by overcoming the previous version's lackluster rating in the stringent small overlap frontal crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle's front quarter strikes a tree or utility pole.The 2015 Sonata — Hyundai's second model to earn the institute's top honor this year — earned an acceptable rating in the small overlap test, improving on its previous rating of marginal.

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The Sonata's optional forward collision warning system also qualified it for the Safety Pick Plus rating; the Sonata's system earned a basic score. To qualify for Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must earn good or acceptable in the small overlap test; basic, advanced or superior for front crash prevention; and the top score of good in four other crash tests assessing performance in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,100 model-year 2015 Sonata sedans manufactured from May 2 through May 23, 2014

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a wiring harness problem could interfere with the power-steering system, increasing effort needed to steer the car and the risk of a crash. Drivers may also have trouble moving the shifter from the Park position. Hyundai said there have been no crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: In June, Hyundai notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Sonata vehicles and began contacting owners. Owners may call Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Drive

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I recently drove the all-new seventh-generation 2015 Hyundai Sonata in Montgomery, Ala., departing from the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant. I quite liked the sloping lines both inside and out of the last-generation Sonata, so this new Sonata's appearance takes a moment to get used to. It has evolved drastically into what Hyundai calls its fluidic design 2.0, which is really no longer fluidic but much more linear, tailored and buttoned up (think back to the move from the iPhone 3G's curved corners and rocker plate back to iPhone 4's crisp, clean corners).

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Hyundai's focus with the new Sonata is less on distinguishing itself from the pack with bold design statements and more on a sophisticated design, detailed engineering and thoughtful features.

The base engine is a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, and it gets an EPA-estimated 25/37/29 mpg city/highway/combined. I drove the Sport trim for the first half of the day. With the standard selectable drive modes, I was able to toggle between Sport, Normal and Eco, making minor modifications to the transmission, steering and engine performance. I felt quite comfortable in the 2.4, taking it easy as if I were out for a Sunday drive. It felt smooth when accelerating, cornering and braking, but it certainly wasn't mind-blowing in any one area, and maybe could even be described as slightly sleepy. This would be a good fit for the consumer just looking to get from point A to B. I was a little baffled as to why a couple of other Sonatas on the drive route were tailing me and using any opportunity to blow past me. In hindsight, I now know they were driving the zippy Sport 2.0T with a turbo four-cylinder.

By Kristin Varela | June 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

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. 

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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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By Jennifer Geiger | June 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Starts at $21,960

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Since its debut, Hyundai's midsize sedan has always been a good value; the redesigned-for-2015 model is no exception. When the new Sonata goes on sale later this month, the base SE version will start at $21,960 including destination, $300 less than the outgoing base GLS model.

2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Look

Along with brawnier styling for 2015, Hyundai added new standard equipment like LED daytime running lights and a driver-knee airbag, and some more options, including a host of safety features, an automatically opening trunk lid and Apple's CarPlay entertainment interface.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cars.com's Top 10 Most Anticipated Cars

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Now that auto show season is over, the wait is over when it comes to seeing which new cars will hit dealerships soon, but now the real wait begins.

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There's plenty to look forward to, because there are almost too many new vehicles to choose from such as the redesigned, more modern Ford Mustang and the sleek, futuristic electric car from BMW, the i8. They're not all sports cars though; the tiny Jeep Renegade SUV and midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan are also on our list.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 7, 2014 | Comments (16)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Video

The popular midsize sedan class is one of the toughest segments, but Hyundai's updated-for-2015 Sonata sedan should have more than a fighting chance with shoppers. The new Sonata boasts attractive, fluid styling and loads of creature comforts. Watch the video above and climb inside the new Sonata with Cars.com's Kelsey Mays. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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Hyundai's midsize sedan has always been one of the best-looking cars in the class. A redesign for 2015 means revised styling, but is it enough to keep the Sonata looking fresher than its competitors?

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The Sonata's trapezoidal grille and chrome trim along the sides of the hood return for 2015, as does its sleek, coupelike rear roofline. New this year is a more upright nose, which gives the sedan an aggressive look.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

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