KBB Editors' Overview
By Trevor Dorchies - Updated Date: 7/17/2014
Life as a midsize sedan automatically means competing against the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Chevrolet Malibu. Hyundai also considers the Volkswagen Passat, Chrysler 200, and its corporate cousin – the Kia Optima – as secondary competition. Overall, the midsize sedan segment is packed with stalwart offerings – some of the best-selling vehicles in the automotive industry. It will take a different train of thought for the 2015 Sonata to carve out its own space in the segment, but the all-new Sonata will try to lure prospective buyers in with more features and even a touch of luxury for less money than the competition.
You'll Like This Car If...
You say you don't want to drain your bank account, but still want some value and refinement? The 2015 Hyundai Sonata SE undercuts segment heavyweight sedans from Honda and Toyota by $825 and $1,275, respectively.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are best sellers for a reason, offering loads of space and, perhaps most importantly, legendary reliability at a reasonable price. While Hyundai has been around in the U.S. for a few decades now, it's still working to win the masses over.
What's New for 2015
All-new for the 2015 model year, Hyundai's midsize sedan sports new looks both inside and out. A new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission also debuts in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
Of the available Sonata powerplants, the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is the peppiest, allowing the 5-passenger sedan to take off from a standstill with ease. At the top of the 2.0-liter line, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T trim brings a different steering wheel than what's found in the rest of the lineup. Not only did we find this particular steering wheel to be easier on the eyes, a new dual-pinion rack exclusive to the 2.0T enhances handling. Back here on Earth, the 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine will carry the bulk of 2015 Sonata sales and for good reason. It's quiet and works harmoniously with the 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the newcomer – the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo – we expect this to be the choice for those focusing on fuel economy above all else. We're anxious to drive it once Hyundai makes it available later this year.
CHROME-TIPPED QUAD EXHAUST
Opting for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T model brings different styling cues like chrome-tipped exhaust pipes. That's not something you'll find on an Accord or Camry anytime soon.
8-INCH TOUCH SCREEN
One of the optional features we recommend springing for, the 8-inch color touch screen houses navigation, a rearview camera, and media interfaces like Bluetooth and SiriusXM radio.
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