2015 Hyundai Sonata is Stiffer, Smoother and More Advanced

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2015 Hyundai Sonata is Stiffer, Smoother and More Advanced

With a new look, a new chassis and plenty of new features Hyundai debuted the all-new 2015 Sonata in Korea today.

The popular midsized sedan has a lot to live up to, but at first glance, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata improves in every category and will surely entice current owners to consider upgrading. Borrowing plenty of the premium technologies first introduced in the new Genesis, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is also significant for the brand, having been designed using an evolved Fluidic Sculpture philosophy. The result is a refined, premium style while the overall size of the sedan grows longer and wider.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2015 Sonata uses 30 percent more advanced high-strength steel and features an ergonomic driver-focused interior layout. In addition, the cabin has become more spacious and luxurious while new technologies include: Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), a hands-free Smart Trunk, driver knee airbag, modern LED lighting, emergency stop signal, an electronic parking brake and heated rear seats. Overall, the Sonata grows nearly 1.4 inches in length and is almost 1.2 inches wider.

When developing the all-new sedan, Hyundai placed a focus on chassis rigidity to ensure it’ll deliver an all new standard for ride quality in the segment. The new model received thorough testing on the Nurburgring while reducing road noise, vibrations and enhancing driving dynamics were also main priorities. To help improve ride and handling performance, significant changes were made to the front and rear suspension resulting in enhanced responsiveness, handling and stability. In addition, steering feel has been further enhanced with the development of the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) resulting in a larger data processing unit, increased logic control cycle and motor control speed and greater steering column rigidity.

Three powerplants will be available for the 2015 Sonata in the Korean market including a 2.0-liter CVVL (166 hp, 148 lb-ft of torque), 2.4-liter GDi (190 hp, 182 lb-ft of torque) and a 2.0-liter LPi (149 hp, 143 lb-ft of torque). Transmission options include a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.

Look for the US-spec 2015 Hyundai Sonata to debut at the NY Auto Show next month.

GALLERY: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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  • Dude McDuderson

    The interior makes me sad. It looks so…old people-ish. Square angles…ugh. The Impala has paved the way now. Which is sad, I really enjoyed the YF Sonatas.

  • Ivan Arturo Menjivar

    No turbo?

  • Krakker

    Yeah,,,, NO turbo?????
    Dang thing looks like a Taurus. SOOOOO disappointing, glad I got my YF 2.0T, this thing rocks, that new version just rocking chairs. Why Hyundai? WHY??

  • Mohankeneh

    omg people of course there is going to be a 2.0 turbo, they said its coming out later though.

  • ColumWood

    Yes. We’re only reporting on the facts we know. So far these are the only engines that have been announced for the Korean market. We expect the US-spec car to debut at the NY Auto Show in a few weeks… and even then we might not get a Turbo model then. If you recall, with the current platform the Turbo model arrived after the initial launch of the car.

  • Mehi

    Totally agree with Dude. It looks good but it doesn’t have the edge the YF used to have over the competition. It looks good but its on par with the Fusion or 6… And yeah the interior blows.

  • UpIrons

    The only thing I like is the stiffer chassis, the stronger sheet metal (there are times where my YF gets rain that makes it ting against the roof and it’s embarassing) oh and the steering and seat improvements. Everything else they can keep because the car looks like a watered down YF, or a fusion.

  • Amp AB Brown

    From what I here working at the kia plant in Georgia as a quality tech. .hyundai is leaning more toward luxury an older crowds, Wow Kia is leaning more towards sport and younger crowds. We just have to see how this goes.

  • Mobis21

    It’s good that the 2015 Sonata now has a more buttoned down chassis. An area of weakness Hyundai finally decided to address. They also improved the electric motor driven, power steering and the flawed, troubled suspension. The optional hardware, LWDS, adaptive radar, cool/heated seats, are well needed and hopefully will make it state side.

    Hyundai talks up how much they tested the Sonata on the Nurburgring but what was the benchmark? Accord? Camry? an Audi? The last competitor example I just threw in there because I haven’t read anywhere on what Hyundai’s competitive benchmark was for the redesign.

    Even so, the one big disappointment for me on this vehicle isn’t the toned down exterior and interior redesign certainly, style and design are subjective although, I do believe this to offer much wider consumer market appeal. My against is with the lack of upgrade in class leading fuel economy in the hotly contested midsize segment where Toyota and Honda dominates.

    I guess Hyundai hasn’t learned how to whistle and chew gum. No wonder Krafcik bailed!

  • Rickers

    So true. Hyundai chassis are shit.

  • Catherine Lin

    As an owner of a 2011 SE Turbo, I’m a little underwhelmed. I thought the styling, plus the low price and large feature count, were the three things that moved the cars out of the door.

    Now they’ve taken what I consider to be a backwards step with the styling and that’s one of the reasons why I loved the present car. The handling isn’t perfect, but the acceleration is excellent and the seats are some of the best for long hauls I’ve ever had.

    I’ve thought about going back to Honda for my daily driver and this might be the push over the cliff that sends me back. The Accord isn’t stylish, but it’s roomy, has great visibility and handles great for a family sedan… plus, for some reason its cheaper to insure ($25/month from Insurance Panda). I’m also a little concerned about the long-term durability of forced induction and feel a conventional V-6 would be a better power plant.

  • ridds patel

    Test drove 2015 sonata se last night (yes its in dealer lots)…the car ride was only a Lil bit different and the looks&interior felt dated, I still love the 2014 sonata…I feel 2015 Chrysler 200 has more to offer than the sonata, pretty impressed with the new Detroit offering