The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata made its official debut today at the New York International Auto Show. In a press release, Hyundai says the redesigned Sonata features an updated look it calls "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0," as well as a "stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features."
Kelley Blue Book Senior Analyst Karl Brauer says the Sonata's last redesign made it a front-runner among midsize cars in terms of styling and features, but its competitors have spent the last four years updating and improving their midsize sedans. According to Brauer, now the Sonata is going through a "substantial mid-cycle upgrade to compete with top sellers like the Accord and Fusion."
The 2015 Sonata will continue with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the base engine and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as an option. For 2015, the 2.4-liter engine makes 185 horsepower, 5 less than the 2014 model. The 2.0T's turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also detuned, and produces 245 horsepower for 2015 versus the 2014's 274 horsepower. Hyundai says it detuned both engines "for better responsiveness in lower-RPM situations where customers spend the majority of their time." A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine.
Standard features on the 2015 Sonata include a USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth. A navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen, Pandora Internet radio and Siri "Eyes Free" iPhone integration is optional, which enables the driver to use voice commands for various functions, including making calls, accessing messages and listening to music. Later in the year, the Sonata will also be available with Apple CarPlay iPhone integration, which allows greater control of various iPhone functions.
New safety features for 2015 include forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and lane departure warning. The Sonata also gains automatic high beams and a feature that opens the trunk lid automatically whenever the key fob is held in the trunk's proximity for 3 seconds. Other available features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and rear-window sunshades.
Hyundai says the 2015 Sonata will go on sale in early summer 2014. Pricing information has not yet been announced.
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