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)

2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Look

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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.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (7)

Hyundai Announces 2014 Sonata Hybrid Pricing

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The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will start at $26,810 for the base model and $31,560 for the Sonata Hybrid Limited, both including an $810 destination charge. Prices are only up slightly compared to the 2013 model, but the 2014 version adds more standard features.

2014 Hyundai Sonata: What's Changed

Both versions of the Sonata Hybrid use last year's 35-kilowatt electric motor and 47-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, powering a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 199 horsepower and an electric-only top speed of 74 mph; the engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid drivetrain uses all-electric mode during less strenuous driving and the gas engine for startup and more demanding conditions, enabling an EPA-estimated 36/40 mpg city/highway for both models, unchanged from the 2013 version.

By Matt Schmitz | March 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

Hyundai Teases 2015 Sonata

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Hyundai promises an "all-new" midsize sedan for 2015. The automaker released a teaser photo of the redesigned Sonata and confirmed that the U.S. version will debut in April at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The Sonata was last redesigned for model-year 2011, and the new version comes on the heels of a revised-for-2014 Elantra compact sedan.

Hyundai plans on unveiling the Korean-spec model later this month. Stay tuned for details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (4)

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cars.com Review

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When it comes to driving a hybrid, perhaps the highest compliment one can pay is how un-hybrid-like it is — until it comes time to pay at the pump. Then, of course, "hybrid-like" goes from pejorative to preferable in a single fill-up. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela is pleased to report that the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid blurs the line between gas and hybrid driving dynamics while clearly defining itself as the latter where fuel economy's concerned. Read Varela’s review below.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 13, 2013 | Comments (5)

2014 Hyundai Sonata: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: A face-lifted exterior joins a new touch-screen audio system and updated navigation system 

Price change: Base GLS models start $155 higher than 2013 versions

On sale: Now

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2014 for shoppers interested in SE or Limited, 2013 for GLS buyers

Hyundai's midsize sedan is already pretty competitive, and an updated for 2014 version should only make the Sonata more appealing. Along with a modest price increase, the 2014 Sonata gets revised exterior styling, more convenience features and a new touch-screen audio display unit; its powertrain carries over.

Outside, the sedan wears a more fluid looking grille, new 17- and 18-inch wheels, and optional high-intensity discharge headlights and LED taillights. Hyundai says the new 17- and 18-inch wheels have also been designed to reduce road noise. The SE version now also gets a standard body-colored spoiler.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 8, 2013 | Comments (14)

Recall Alert: 270,000 Hyundai, Kia Vehicles

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Hyundai and Kia are recalling about 270,000 vehicles in three separate actions, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hyundai is recalling 240,000 model-year 2006-10 Sonata sedans and 2006-11 Azera sedans due to a corrosion problem that could affect rear-wheel alignment. Meanwhile, Hyundai is also recalling 20,300 model-year 2013 Santa Fe midsize SUVs and Kia is recalling 9,345 model-year 2014 Sorento crossovers, both due to a potential problem with the right front axle.

In the largest of the recalls, the affected Sonatas were manufactured between March 1, 2005, and Jan. 21, 2010, and the Azeras from Sept. 27, 2005, to Nov. 22, 2010, the newspaper reported. Check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. Road salt used in 20 cold-weather states and the District of Columbia can lead to rust on the underside of the affected vehicles; this could lead to misaligned rear wheels. The states include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Hyundai said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the corrosion issue, the Tribune reported.

By Matt Schmitz | August 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Do Turbocharged Cars Require More Maintenance?

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Turbocharged engines will require more frequent maintenance, such as oil changes and fresh spark plugs, though they typically don't require additional service compared to naturally aspirated engines. Here are some examples: Dodge advises changing the spark plugs on the Dart's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder every 30,000 miles, compared with every 100,000 miles for the 2.0- and 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engines. Dodge does not post a schedule for oil changes, instead telling owners to have it done based on an oil-change indicator system that monitors how many short trips you make, outside temperatures and other driving conditions.

On the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder used in the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, Hyundai says to change the oil every 7,500 miles or at least once a year. With the turbocharged 2.0-liter, Hyundai says to do the first oil change after 3,000 miles or six months and then every 5,000 miles or six months. Spark plug changes also are more frequent on the turbo 2.0-liter: every 45,000 miles or three years versus 105,000 miles or seven years on the 2.4-liter engine.

By Matt Schmitz | August 5, 2013 | Comments (11)

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

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When it appeared in 2011 to counter rivals like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid generally didn't fare too well in head-to-head matchups. Complaints of a lack of refinement in the hybrid powertrain and braking feel were cited, and the Sonata routinely under-delivered on the fuel economy front. Hyundai seems to have been listening, as these are exactly the areas the company focused on for the 2013 Sonata Hybrid, and the result is a top-notch, fully competitive hybrid sedan ready to take on the competitors.

Changes start with the powertrain: The same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine remains, but it now makes slightly less power, 159 horsepower compared to the 2012 model's 166. This is made up for by a more powerful electric motor, rated at 35 kilowatts instead of the last model's 30. Net power thus drops from 206 in the 2012 model to 199 in the 2013, but this is the only trade-off for superior performance, fuel economy and cargo room. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid's lithium polymer battery has a higher capacity, but it's also lighter and better packaged, allowing the trunk's cargo room to grow from 10.7 to 12.1 cubic feet.

By Aaron Bragman | April 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced at $26,445

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For the 2013 model year, Hyundai has bumped up the Sonata Hybrid's electric-only capability and fuel efficiency while reducing its price. The Sonata Hybrid will start at $26,445, including a $795 destination charge; that's $180 less than last year's starting price with destination. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid Limited trim level will start at $31,345 with destination.

The 2013 Sonata Hybrid improves fuel economy and operates in all-electric mode more often and for longer periods of time, the automaker said. This is achieved with an advanced version of Hyundai's Hybrid Blue Drive architecture, which adds a larger-capacity 10.5 kW generator, an electric motor that boosts output by nearly 17% and a lithium-polymer battery pack that increases output by 38%. These upgrades are paired with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, good for a top electric-only speed of 75 mph, according to Hyundai.

By Matt Schmitz | February 21, 2013 | Comments (4)

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