2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a good reliability rating, quick acceleration, and a comfortable cabin. Thanks to its high overall score, it places near the top of our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Zippy acceleration
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Comfortable seats
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Bland driving dynamics
  • Low fuel efficiency among hybrid rivals



Rankings & Research

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Hybrid Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 37 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Sonata Hybrid is a good used midsize car. It has a composed ride, and it features a user-friendly infotainment system and an attractive cabin. The Sonata Hybrid's fuel economy estimates are subpar among hybrid vehicles, though they’re above average for the class as a whole. This sedan’s performance is held back by unresponsive steering.

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How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

We currently do not have pricing information for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. However, you can view listings of the Sonata Hybrid for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cost to Own?

The Sonata Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be around $20,820, or $4,164 per year, which is slightly above average among hybrids.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sonata Hybrid?

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is part of a generation that began with the 2016 model. It features updated styling, available wireless device charging, and standard amenities like forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The 2019 Sonata Hybrid likely costs more than a 2015 model, but it's worth the extra dough.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is Best?

For the Sonata Hybrid, 2015 marks the final model year of a generation that began with the 2011 Sonata Hybrid. This Hyundai gained a standard Blue Link telematics system for 2012, and the 2013 Sonata Hybrid saw no major changes from the previous year. Hyundai added a standard rearview camera, HD Radio, and touch-screen audio controls to the 2014 Sonata Hybrid and discontinued the optional heated rear seats that same year. There were no major changes for the 2015 model year.

You may want to shop for a 2014 Sonata Hybrid. It has many standard features and likely costs less than a 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Two of the recalls involve possible seat-belt detachment that could increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Also, the sunroof panel may detach and could become a road hazard.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid comes in two trim levels: base and Limited. The base trim has a sufficient amount of features for most shoppers. These include an infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, a rearview camera, the Blue Link telematics system, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Limited trim adds premium features such as leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Sonata Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Sonata Hybrid an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2015 Sonata Hybrid.

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid comes standard with a rearview camera.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Versus the Competition

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

The nonhybrid Hyundai Sonata has more available safety features than the Sonata Hybrid, including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The nonhybrid Sonata also has more interior space and two available turbocharged engines. However, the Sonata Hybrid tops the regular Sonata in fuel efficiency and has standard features like a 4.3-inch touch screen and a rearview camera. Shoppers who prioritize fuel efficiency should go with the Sonata Hybrid. Those looking for more available safety features, stronger engine options, and additional space should opt for the nonhybrid Sonata.

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

The Sonata Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are similar. Both feature strong engines and user-friendly infotainment systems. However, the Camry Hybrid has superior fuel economy, a higher reliability rating, and more available safety features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. It also has more cargo space and comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen.

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2015 Sonata Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Drive?

This Hyundai has a comfortable and composed ride, but its steering isn't very responsive. The Sonata Hybrid comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to make 199 horsepower, and it’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers peppy acceleration.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid delivers 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. These are good estimates for the midsize car class, but they're subpar among hybrid rivals.

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2015 Sonata Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Sonata Hybrid Seat?

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid seats up to five people in two rows. Cloth upholstery, manually adjustable seats, and heated seats are standard. Leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a power-adjustable driver's seat are available. The first-row seats are roomy and comfortable, and the rears seats have enough space for two adults. Taller passengers may wish for additional headroom in the rear, however.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Features

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid comes standard with an infotainment system that includes a 4.3-inch touch screen, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, and audio controls on the steering wheel. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and an eight-speaker premium audio system.

The Sonata Hybrid has easy-to-use audio and climate controls, and its touch-screen infotainment system is intuitive. Standards have changed over the years, so make sure your devices can connect to the Bluetooth system.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Dimensions

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cargo Space

The Sonata Hybrid has 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for a hybrid. This Hyundai also has good small-item storage room.

2015 Sonata Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2015 Sonata Hybrid is about 15.8 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from around 3,500 to 3,635 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Built?

Hyundai built the 2015 Sonata Hybrid in South Korea.


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