Usually, when a new vehicle goes on sale it is more expensive that the model it replaces but it appears that Hyundai didn’t follow this path with the 2015 Sonata because its new sedan is actually cheaper than its predecessor. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata starts at $21,150, which makes it $300 cheaper than the 2014MY Sonata.
The base model is powered by the 2.4-liter Theta II FDI four-cylinder engine that generates 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The same engine is found on the SE, Limited and Sport models. All models carry a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic.
The 2015 Sonata Sport is priced from $23,175, while the 2015 Sonata Limited costs $26,525. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T starts at $28,575. This model uses a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine that delivers 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All the prices don't include the $810 freight charges.
Hyundai offers the 2015 Sonata as standard with seven airbags, including the new driver’s knee airbag. Moreover, there are plenty of advanced safety technologies available, such as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Departure Warning System.
When the 2011 Sonata was introduced in 2009, the vehicle set the standards higher for design in the mid-size sedan segment, making both consumers and rival carmakers notice its groundbreaking design. Now, this design matures for the 2015 model year, as the latest Sonata comes with crisp lines and smooth surfaces. A confident evolution of the original fluidic sculpture design language, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 further expresses the premium appearance and excellent value of the Sonata.
The newest Sonata comes with a larger, more refined grille with a wide air intake. This face is complemented by simple exterior lines that indicate the Sonata’s improved dynamic performance and the human-machine connection it delivers. The strength of the sedan is accentuated by a stretched signature Sonata beltline while the increased stability of its chassis is reflected by its taut, horizontal rocker panels.
While it still features its coupe-like roofline, the new Sonata is provided with a larger window graphic that helps highlight its more spacious roomier interior. The width of the sedan is emphasized by horizontal lines in the rear end. Interestingly, the new Sonata comes with a coefficient of drag value of just 0.27 Cd, which is lower than any non-hybrid in the mid-size sedan class.
For customers seeking a traditional design, they could go for the 2015 Sonata SE that is specified with standard LED daytime running lights, chrome surround for the day light opening, a rear lip spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. Sonata Limited builds on this equipment list while adding rocker panel extensions and dual exhaust. Sonata Sport, meanwhile, is provided with a more aggressive front grille and bumper, side chrome molding and side rocker extensions.
Meanwhile, the Sonata Sport models with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are specified with dual exhaust. Sonata Sport 2.0T models, on the other hand, don quad exhaust tips, distinct rear bumper fascia and 18-inch alloy wheels.