The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata currently ranks second among affordable midsize cars, which is an improvement over the 2014 model that placed ninth in the class when it was new. Here’s how the redesign helped the Hyundai Sonata jump seven spots in our midsize car rankings.
The 2014 Sonata’s interior materials and design were competitive for the segment when it was new, reviewers agreed, but they say the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s cabin quality is near best-in-class and reminiscent of more expensive vehicles. Some also point out that taller passengers will appreciate the extra head- and legroom created by the 2015 Sonata’s slightly larger dimensions. On the center console, logically arranged buttons and an easy-to-use infotainment system were high points of the 2014 Sonata, and the new 2015 Sonata once again delivers on these fronts, critics say.
Although the Hyundai Sonata’s base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine loses five horsepower for 2015, critics report that acceleration is still brisk from a stop and adequate on the highway. One also notes that engine noise is considerably reduced compared to the 2014 model, while test drivers agree the new Sonata retains the previous generation’s poised handling, comfortable ride and strong brakes.
While great reviews of its performance and interior helped the 2015 Sonata move up in our rankings, it also gets good fuel economy for the class. Its EPA-estimated 25/37 mpg city/highway is an improvement over the 2014 model’s 24/35 mpg rating, and is currently third-best behind the 2015 Nissan Altima and 2015 Subaru Legacy among non-hybrid affordable midsize cars.
Though the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a great choice, make sure you check out some of the 2015 Sonata’s competitors before making a decision. The 2015 Honda Accord, which currently ties the Sonata for second place in the class, has a spacious back seat, good ergonomics and plenty of power around town and on the highway, test drivers report. If having fun behind the wheel is important to you, the number-seven-ranked 2015 Mazda Mazda6 earns praise for its exceptionally agile handling. Reviewers also appreciated its upscale interior and straightforward control layout.
While improvements for the 2015 model year have made the Sonata a more appealing choice, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is worth considering if you’re looking to buy used. It ranks in the top third of used midsize cars $15K and up, and auto writers liked its confident handling, well-constructed interior and comfortable seats when it was new.
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