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8.5

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sits in the middle of the highly competitive and closely ranked midsize car class. It has a comfortable interior, user-friendly features, peppy acceleration, and solid reliability. 

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable seats
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Zippy acceleration
  • Lower fuel economy than hybrid rivals
  • Bland driving dynamics

 

 

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a decent option if you’re shopping for a fuel-efficient midsize sedan. The Sonata gets up to speed quickly, cruises quietly on the highway, and treats its front-seat passengers to cozy accommodations. Hyundai also offers a long certified pre-owned warranty, and used models are often thousands of dollars less than comparable Toyota Camry and Honda Accord hybrids. The catch is that these models offer better fuel economy, higher quality interiors, and far more active safety features.

Used 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Performance and Interior

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 199 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The hybrid system provides surprisingly quick acceleration and good passing power. The transmission serves up quick shifts and changes seamlessly between gas and electric power. The Sonata has a relatively low fuel economy rating for a hybrid, however, managing just 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

The Sonata delivers a comfortable and composed ride, and it feels stable when rounding turns. It trails its top hybrid competitors in refinement, though. The steering is responsive but offers little feedback for the driver. Additionally, the Sonata’s brake pedal feels somewhat disjointed. While stopping power is good, there’s a slight delay between pressing the pedal and when the brakes apply the desired pressure. This is a common criticism of hybrid vehicles due to their regenerative braking systems.

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The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid seats five and features a comfortable, quiet interior. The dashboard flows cleanly from the center console, and though there are some hard plastics, there are also plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The Sonata’s front seats are generously padded and provide fine comfort on long trips, though the bottom cushions could be longer and more supportive. Head- and legroom are excellent up front, though somewhat stingier in the back seat. Cloth upholstery and heated front seats are standard; leather is available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Sonata offers 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small by midsize sedan standards but typical for hybrids.

Hyundai equips all 2015 Sonata Hybrids with a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a CD player, a rearview camera, and the Blue Link telematics system. Base models feature a 4.3-inch touch screen. Limited models are available with a 7-inch screen with navigation. Both systems have straightforward controls, though the larger touch screen is more capable and easier to use on the go. The Blue Link system allows owners to set speed and driving distance limits for teenage drivers, lock and unlock the car remotely using a mobile app, and locate the vehicle if it’s stolen.

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Used 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ranges from about $16,400 for base models to around $18,700 for Sonata Limited Hybrid models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 33 Sonata Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like safety scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Hyundai Sonata has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Sonata Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Sonata Hybrid a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

Hyundai equips all Sonata Hybrid models with a rearview camera. The Sonata lacks advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring, which many competing hybrids offer.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sonata Hybrid?

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid marks the fifth and final model year of the vehicle’s first generation. Hyundai launched a fully redesigned Sonata Hybrid for 2016. Several available features became standard in 2014, including a rearview camera and a touch screen. Apart from this, there’s little difference between 2013 through 2015 models. As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models at lower prices.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid comes in two trims. Base model standard features include a 4.3-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Blue Link, SiriusXM satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry, and cruise control. The Sonata Hybrid Limited adds leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A Premium package for Limited models adds a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, and a sunroof.

You may also want to shop for a certified pre-owned Sonata. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is an excellent midsize sedan. The Accord earns a superior fuel economy rating (49/45 mpg) and offers a higher-quality interior, sportier driving dynamics, and more advanced safety features. The drawback is that used models are often much more expensive than used Sonata Hybrids.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

We named the Toyota Camry Hybrid our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for the Money. The Camry tops the Sonata with better fuel economy (42/38 mpg), higher predicted reliability, and a wider array of active safety features. Like the Sonata, its infotainment system is also easy to use. Toyota redesigned the Camry’s exterior for 2015.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid earns commendable fuel economy (43/39 mpg) and impresses with its comfortable ride and well-dressed interior. However, it trails the Sonata Hybrid with below-average predicted reliability. The Hyundai is the better pick.

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