2015 Hyundai Sonata Review, Feature and Images – Like the perennial mid-size sedan sales leaders it seeks to upstage, the Sonata is a musical theme whose title persists through regular rewrites. This is the seventh revision, and, carrying the symphonic parallel a little further, elements of the composition have been changed but the melody lingers on: high quality, attractive inside and out, with an exceptional value proposition. The Hyundai Sonata is redesigned for 2015 and reviewers say it has a pleasant, hushed ride as well as a high-end cabin that ranks near the top of the class.
With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Hyundai Sonata is our 2015 Best Midsize Car for the Money. The Sonata also has the best combination of space, reliability and safety ratings, and available family-friendly features. That makes it our 2015 Best Midsize Car for Families.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has powerful acceleration off the line but doesn’t deliver adequate passing power on the highway, test drivers say. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Sport 2.0T trim is swifter on the highway, they say, and some believe its power is comparable to the Sonata’s six-cylinder competition. Nonetheless, others wish it delivered more punch. The new Sonata Eco has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models but the Eco, which has a seven-speed automatic (automated manual). The base 2015 Sonata gets an EPA-estimated 25/37 mpg city/highway, which is good for an affordable midsize car. Some automotive writers think the Sonata offers a well-balanced driving experience with a comfortable ride, precise steering and composed handling, and most agree that it has superb braking power. However, others report that the Sonata has numb steering and driving dynamics that aren’t particularly exciting.
Compared with many of its rivals, the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s cabin materials are more high-end, automotive writers say. They also appreciate the Sonata’s pleasantly quiet interior. Critics note that the Sonata’s trunk has 16.3 cubic feet of space, which is large for the class. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod input. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and Hyundai’s Smart Trunk system, which opens the trunk when it detects the key fob behind the vehicle for more than three seconds. Other available features include adaptive cruise control (which can bring the car to a full stop), a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system or an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation. Both infotainment systems are attractive and user-friendly, according to automotive reviewers. Test drivers like that many of the Sonata’s audio, climate and navigation controls are easy to use and kept separate from the touch-screen system.
Standard features in the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata include a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod input. Available features include rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Infinity sound system, adaptive cruise control (which can bring the car to a full stop), proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system or an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation. The Sonata is also available with Hyundai’s subscription-based Blue Link telematics system, which can use a built-in cellular connection to provide point-of-interest searches from Google and emergency assistance. You can also start and lock or unlock your car using Hyundai’s Blue Link smartphone app.
Critics write that both the 5- and 8-inch touch-screen infotainment systems are attractive and easy to use. The 8-inch system comes with navigation, which auto writers say delivers straightforward driving instructions. Test drivers like that many navigation, radio and climate settings are adjusted with user-friendly buttons and knobs instead of being integrated into the touch screen.