2015 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $21,150 - $33,525

Ranked #4 in Sedan

8.0

Overall Rating

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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One of the premium sedan offerings from the house of Hyundai is the Sonata. It got an all-new look for 2015 MY, which now looks much better and eye-catchy. It comes in six trim levels and quite a few engine options which produce decent power and offer impressive mpg figures. Furthermore, the interior looks classy and stunning and offers a generous cabin.

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Pros

Strong turbocharged motor options.

Premium quality materials in the cabin.

User-friendly features.

Unblemish interior quality.

Cons

Cramped headroom especially at the rear.

Sports trim’s acceleration is not up to the expectations.

What's New?

Refreshed exterior and interior design

New Eco trim level with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26525

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

106.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/29/35 mpg

highway range

647.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE PZEV$21,150 onwards

SE$21,150 onwards

GLS$21,150 onwards

Sport$23,175 onwards

Eco$23,275 onwards

SE Plus$26,525 onwards

Limited$26,525 onwards

GLS 3.5$26,525 onwards

GLS PZEV$26,525 onwards

2.0T Premium$28,575 onwards

Ultimate$28,575 onwards

2.0T Ultimate$33,525 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Hyundai Sonata in Ammonite Gray Metallic color
Ammonite Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The Sport 2.0T trim is made different from the other trim levels, which focuses more on a sportier and enthusiast drive. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata starts from $21,000 and goes up to $29,000. It rivals the likes of the 2015 Ford Fusion, 2015 Kia Optima, and 2015 Nissan Altima. Let's find out how it stacks up against its rivals in this review.


9.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2015 Hyundai Sonata Features

9.5/10

The Hyundai Sonata is basically offered in six trim levels and has few customization options for interior and exterior as well. The trims are named SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T. The Limited and Sport 2.0T trims have an option for grey accents at the exterior, which makes them look much more sporty and eye-catching. Since Sonata is a flagship sedan offered by Hyundai, it is equipped with a wide range of features. As you go on higher trim levels, you’d find features like automatic headlamps, power-adjustable seats, Hyundai Blue Link telematics system, leather upholstery, paddle shifters in Sport 2.0T, and many more.

Trim

SE

Sport

Eco

Limited

Sport 2.0T

Limited 2.0T

MSRP (FWD)

$21,150

$23,175

$23,275

$26,525

$28,575

$33,525

Key Features

16-inch alloys

Adds To SE

Similar To SE

Adds To Sport

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Same features as the Limited but with 2.0T engine upgrade

 

Rear spoiler

Automatic Headlights

Special Fuel-economy-focused Engine

Leather Upholstery

Sport-tuned Suspension And Steering

Leather Seating Surfaces w/Contrast Stitching

 

Cruise control

Eight-way power Driver Seat

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Rear Air Vents

Rear Diffuser With Quad Chrome Exhaust Tips

Ventilated Front Seats

 

6-speaker audio system

Hyundai's Blue Link Telematics System

Eight-way power Driver Seat

Rear Window Sunshades

Sport Seats With Accent Stitching

Leather Steering Wheel

 

Auto-dimming IRVM

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Automatic Headlights

Upgraded Audio System And Driver Safety Aids

Steering-wheel-mounted Paddle Shifters

Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

We Recommend

Opting for the Limited trim would definitely be worth the money. If you’re buying such a premium sedan, you definitely want some additional luxurious features like a leatherette cabin, leather upholstery, automatic AC, premium audio system, which is better offered in its Limited trim. However, the Sport 2.0T is totally a different trim option that is more focused on the sporty driving experience. If you are looking for an enthusiastic driving experience, the Sport 2.0T will be the best option in the lineup.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2015 Sonata comes with quite a few engine options. The base engine is a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated motor that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft. of torque. The 2.0-liter turbocharged motor, which is fitted with its Sport 2.0T and kept optional with Limited trim, produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. The Eco trim is the only one that features a 1.6-liter turbocharged motor and produces 177 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque.

The sedan is offered only in the FWD layout, and irrespective of the trim levels, all the engines come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration is not something to be highlighted, but the vehicle performs decently. The base variant takes 7.6 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph and 16.8 seconds to cover a quarter-mile. These figures get better with its turbocharged motor options.

Models

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Kia Optima

2015 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$21,150

$22,500

$21,840

$22,300

Engine 

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power 

185hp @ 6,000 rpm

175hp @ 6000 rpm

192hp @ 6300 rpm

182hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

178lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

175lb-ft @ 4500rpm

181lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

180lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.6

8.8

6.6

7.6

Quarter mile (sec)

16.8

16.5

N/A

16.0

Top Speed (MPH)

135

135

137

119

The Fusion feels quite underpowered and sluggish in acceleration when compared to some of its rivals. The Nissan Altima has almost the same power output from its motor as the Sonata and the performance is also quite decent. The Optima with the superior power figures is also the fastest to accelerate from 0-60 MPH, while the Sonata and the Altima take equal time for the same.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2015 Sonata also endures impressive mpg figures. Its 2.4L motor is now much more refined, and it delivers 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highways. And with the massive fuel tank of 18.5 gallons, you can expect the city driving range of over 460 miles, and it can easily cover over 680 miles on the highways. With its 2.0L turbocharged motor, the economy is lowered significantly both in the city and the highways, which is something you have to compromise if you need better performance. The ECO variant of the sedan returns 32 mpg combined.

Models

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Kia Optima

2015 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

25

22

23

27

MPG (Highway)

37

34

34

38

MPG (Combined)

29

26

27

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

16.5

18.5

18

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

462.5/684.5

363/561

425.5/629

468/684

The 2015 Fusion fails to impress with its fuel economy, which might be due to its bulkier structure. The Fusion also offers the smallest tank and can run only up to 560 miles on the highways. The Altima leads the segment with a combined 31 mpg. When comparing the overall range, both Altima and Sonata stand at the pedestal with class-leading combined range of 684 miles.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Interior

9.0/10

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata offers one of the best-looking cabins in the segment along with comfortable seating for 5 people. The cabin is offered in a dual-tone color option for all the trim levels except for the Sport 2.0T, which is offered in all-black interiors. The dashboard looks very premium with the dual-tone combination along with some wooden treatment on it. It is covered with soft-touch elements at the top and some hard plastics at the bottom. The center area doesn't look very modern, but it is good in terms of practicality. The doors also have a good fit and finish and have a well-cushioned armrest.

The seats are offered in fabric upholstery as standard, however, for the Limited and Sport 2.0T trim, you’ll get leather upholstery. You’ll get ample room at the front, however, at the rear, tall persons can feel a little cramped due to its lower roofline. Coming to its cargo capacity, the Sonata offers the most spacious boot in the segment. Behind the second row, you have a volume of 16.3 cu-ft, which is sufficient enough to carry some large-sized luggage.

Models

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Kia Optima

2015 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/57.9/45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

40/57.3/45.5

40/56.4/45

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38/56.5/35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.6/55.7/34.7

37.1/56.4/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cu- ft)

16.3

16

15.4

15.4

All cars in the competition can accommodate 5 adults comfortably, however, the front row room offered in the Sonata is the best. The front headroom in the Fusion is quite less as compared to others, while the Altima has less room at the rear. Moreover, both Kia Optima and Nissan Altima offer the least trunk space of only 15.4 cubic feet. Standout interior features include:

  • Power adjustable front seats along with heating function.
  • Remote keyless entry.
  • Dual-zoned automatic AC.
  • Leather upholstery
  • Bucket Seats

How intuitive is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment unit featured in 2015 Sonata is a 5-inch touchscreen display that is standard in all trim levels. This is not really an intuitive unit but features all the required features which you expect from a mid-size sedan. It is paired with a 6-speaker premium sound system which gives a truly immersive sound experience. Moreover, you also get features like Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM, USB, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, and an iPod/USB audio interface as standard. Standout infotainment features include:

  • SiriusXM radio
  • Bluetooth
  • NavigationWireless Cell Phone Hookup
  • Blue Link telematics
  • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
  • Satellite RadioNavigationBlue Link telematics

2015 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

6.0/10

The 2015 Sonata is one of the attractive looking cars in the segment, at least among the rivals. The sedan looks much more elegant and got an all-new refreshed design for the year 2015. At the front, it has a projector headlamps setup, which is much sleeker now and merges perfectly with the side window chrome liners. The front grille is fully redesigned and is now finished in chrome.

From the side profile, the car looks quite long and sits quite low to the ground. It reflects a perfect sedan look with an elegantly sloping roofline. The chrome accents that surround the window liner, door handles, and the bottom part highlights its looks. The base trim features 16-inch alloys, while the remaining trims are equipped with 17-inch wheels. The top of the line Sport 2.0T features 18-inch alloys which are perfect for a sporty drive.

Models

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Kia Optima

2015 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3252

3431

3237

3108

Length (in.)

191.1

191.7

190.7

191.5

Width (in.)

73.4

72.9

72.1

72.0

Height (in.)

58.1

58.1

57.1

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

5.1

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

110.4

112.2

110

109.3

The Sonata has a well-balanced body weight which really helped it in enhancing fuel economy. It also has almost the same length as others, but still, it has better space management inside and offers best-in-class trunk space. The ground clearance is decent for all the cars in the segment, where they can tackle some small bumps. Standout exterior features include:

  • Rear spoiler
  • 18-inch alloys with all-season tires
  • Chrome highlights all around the body
  • Automatic projector headlamps
  • LED tail lamps

2015 Hyundai Sonata Safety

9.0/10

Along with better comfort and styling, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata also ensures the total safety of the occupants. The structure is robust enough, and it is proven by excellent safety ratings from reputed agencies like NHTSA and the IIHS. The sedan receives an overall safety rating of 5 on 5 stars by the NHTSA and ‘Top Safety Pick’ from IIHS with a Good rating in all tests except small overlap front where it manages to obtain an Acceptable rating. Standout safety features include:

  • Brake assist
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear park assist
  • Tire pressure warning
  • Blue Link emergency SOS

2015 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is best suited for a comfortable ride, while the Sport 2.0T is for enthusiasts. It has all the luxurious amenities inside along with better performance and fuel economy as compared to others in the segment. The exterior looks completely refreshed for the 2015 model year. It now looks absolutely modern and elegant. Apart from all of this, it also ensures best-in-class safety ratings and is equipped with some advanced safety features as well. Overall, the 2015 Sonata is a complete package in the segment.

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