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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

For too many years South Korean auto manufacturers Hyundai has lived in the shade of their Japanese rivals, in particular Toyota and Honda, despite the fact that they now offer top-quality vehicles at a much more competitive price.

In 2009 Hyundai, who had become particularly well-known for their smaller saloons and hatchbacks, took a stab at the midsize sedan sector, with the launch of their Sonata. In the five years that it has been on the market the five-passenger midsize family sedan has carved out a tidy niche for itself, largely due to providing high standards standards for space, styling, fuel economy and value for money.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The 2015 version of the Sonata, recently released, looks like it’s going to continue to increase its for following, thanks to Hyundai’s ability to build on the sedan’s existing strengths while providing even better value for the buck.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been handed an increased footprint from its predecessors, in terms of length, width, height and wheelbase, making it the largest vehicle in its class, which means considerably more space, both for passengers as well as their luggage.

As far as engine capacity is concerned, the basic version of this year’s Sonata comes with a 2.0 liter engine, with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine also available, capable of generating 185 horseppwer, with both engine versions paired to a six-speed automatic with manual shift capability. Anyone looking for some turbo power, can opt for a 2.0-liter turbo , which will see the Sonata come with sporty steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, a unusual feature for a car in this class.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

While the 2.0 and 2.4 liter engined variations have been around on the Sonata for some time, for 2015 Hyundai have introduced a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, aired with a seven-speed dual-clutch “auto-manual” transmission to provide maximum mileage.

Also for this year the Sonata exterior styling has also been given something of a revamp with much of its design features obviously been taking from Hyundai luxury-focused Genesis sedan.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

This year there is a choice of five trim levels on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata: SE, Sport, Limited, Eco and Sport 2.0T. Interior trims are of the very high standard that has become a part of the Hyundai image, and as far as leg and head room is concerned, the Sonata leaves absolutely nothing be desired , leaving most of its competitors lacking.

With all that space at their disposal , anyone taking a long trip will not be disappointed with the Sonata, which also boasts a trunk capable of holding 16.3 cubic meters, with an especially wide opening and well thought out, easily remote activated releases for the folding rear seats make the Hyundai Sonata winning blend of convenience and utility.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

This year’s Sonata’s control layout has been slightly revamped , yet still very straightforward to use, with a number of easily found dedicated buttons to control the primary functions of the vehicle, such as navigation, phone, radio and all of the other popular forms of media.

While the Sonata is built for comfort much more than speed, the Sport version did return a creditable 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, while in panic braking tests from 60 mph, the Sport 2.0T took 125 feet to draw to a full halt, again what should be reasonably expected for a car in its class.

Those looking around for a new medium to large sized saloon car that won’t break the bank and still impress the neighbors would do well to consider the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, which comes with a long list of top level features as standard with the entire package topped off by a very generous 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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