2015 Hyundai Sonata Finally Has Looks to Fit Its Name

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Finally Has Looks to Fit Its Name
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Call it a slam dunk, a home run or a knockout, but one way or another Hyundai has a winner on its hands at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

The company just revealed its 2015 Sonata mid-sizer, which adopts the same design language found on the Genesis luxury sedan. Joining standouts like the Mazda6 and Ford Fusion, the new Sonata looks damn good. It’s that simple. Well maybe not entirely, because styling is just the beginning of what’s new for the Sonata.

Slated to go on sale  early this summer, the South Korean company will build the Sonata in its Montgomery, Ala. plant. Changes to the car include a revised, stiffer chassis and an improved co-efficient of drag lower than any other non-hybrid sedan in the segment. That probably means the car will be noticeably quieter and more engaging to drive than the outgoing model.

For 2015, Hyundai plans to continue offering customers a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine in all trim levels with the provision for a 2.0-liter turbo engine as well. Starting with the new generation, both of those engines will make less power. The 2.4 will put out 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, which is a mile decrease in both torque and horsepower in favor of a more accessible powerband for most driving situations. The 2.0-liter turbo sees a much greater decrease to 245 hp and 260 lb-ft. For perspective, that represents a drop of 29 hp and 9 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The company is adding a Sport trim that, when mated with the turbocharged engine will also come with bigger brakes, a sportier suspension setup. Those models also come with a more aggressive-looking body, quad exhaust pipes (perhaps signifying each cylinder) and standard 18-inch wheels. Base models will arrive with 16-inch alloy wheels as part of the standard equipment list.

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As with the exterior, Hyundai went to work making the Sonata’s cabin look like it belongs in a more premium segment than it actually competes in. Sport models with the 2.0T get a unique cabin with a flat-bottom steering wheel and paddle shifters. It also gets a special instrument cluster with needles that rest in the 6 o’clock positon.

Regardless of which model customers choose, the company says it revised cabin layout to improve ergonomics. The center stack is aimed toward the driver and looks stylistically similar to the 2015 Genesis.

All models come with Bluetooth, and satellite radio, but there’s also an available eight-inch screen upgrade that adds navigation and a split-screen music display. Cars equipped with the screen can re-wind up to 22 minutes of radio playback and support Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration. The company’s updated Bluelink system is also included and offers upgrades including a remote start feature via mobile devices, destination searching powered by Google and a car care app that can schedule dealer maintenance for the car.

Hyundai is also now offering new convenience technologies including automatically adjusting high beams, adaptive cruise control with the ability to completely stop the vehicle, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert t avoid fender benders while backing out of a driveway.

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GALLERY: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Live Photos

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GALLERY: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Official Images

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  • korichneveygigant

    not sure if I like it, the current one is very very nice

  • chavitz

    Its front facia looks very similar to 2014 Volvo’s . Also Hyundai genesis’ facia looks very similar to Mercedes’. Hyundai is a blatant, shameless, aggressive copycat—-so cheap, including those car owners

  • larry

    The current body style is more impressive than this one.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    Another winner from Hyundai.

  • roundthings

    Looks better than the current melted model but I always find it odd that some articles fawn over Hyundai for no real reason.
    It’s OK, it’s not better than any other midsizer except the Camry

  • agent008

    A ripoff of the 2014 Volvos, at least the front part. I try to like Hyundai but they make it difficult. Sister brand Kia always ends up winning in my book when compared to Hyundai.

  • turnipweed

    I like the Sonata, but no V6 is a deal killer.

  • Jacob Park

    Looks alot like the Optima to me

  • TimmyB44

    Is that why nearly EVERY manufacturer copied the 2010 Sonata? Ford (fusion), Honda (Accord), Toyota (Camry), GM (all lines), … every one of them came out AFTER Hyundai changed the game in 2010! If you dislike the company, fine. But, as a 5-time owner of Hyundai/Kia products, there is nothing cheap nor ugly about them. By far, the best value out there, for 12 years running.

  • Simon Osorio

    wtf.. its the kia OPTIMA.. ill stick to my 2011 sontanta 2.0T ..now if only tires where cheaper :P

  • luthan

    nice video until you screw it up at the very end LOL. you mean Sonata, right?

    I have the 2011 Sonata, and was hoping to upgrade to the newest model, but I don’t like the look of this. Sad really because I became a Hyundai fan after getting my Sonata.

  • longo

    Timmy, you are right on. We just completed a 2000 mile trip this
    week and honestly every other car that we saw on the road had styling
    cues from a Hyundai. Fords, Honda’s, etc etc..they all frantically
    changed to Hyundai’s Swoopies to try and keep up. The new Hyundai’s
    were selling like hotcakes at the North Pole and really shook up the
    boring Eggs on Wheels designs that the others had been rolling out year
    after year.

    Talk about “blatant, shameless aggressive copycats”, now there they are, all on the road looking like Hyundai’s.The
    Koreans are the not the new kids on the block anymore they have been
    making great products for years now and they just keep getting better. Wish I could say the same thing about VW, Chrysler and the rest of the rat pack.