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8.8

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.4
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Review

The Hyundai Sonata’s smooth ride, upscale and roomy interior, user-friendly tech features, and great build quality push it toward the top of our ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet interior with first-class materials
  • Plush ride quality
  • Simple, easy-to-use features
  • Muscular turbocharged engines
  • Base engine lacks passing power

2015 Hyundai Sonata Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is an excellent option if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. It’s elegantly styled inside and out, quiet and comfortable to drive, and equipped with easy-to-use convenience features. It’s also a good value thanks to a solid predicted reliability rating, a long certified pre-owned warranty, and used car prices that are often lower than popular competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. When it was new, we named the Sonata our 2015 Best Midsize Car for the Money and 2015 Best Midsize Car for Families.

Used 2015 Hyundai Sonata Performance and Interior

The Hyundai Sonata has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The engine zips the Hyundai along quickly in city driving and delivers a respectable 24 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, but it offers meager passing power on the highway. The Sonata Eco model improves all three areas; its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine may only have 177 horsepower, but it’s paired with a seven-speed automatic that enables quicker passing and higher fuel economy of 28/36 mpg city/highway. The top-level Sonata 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 245 horsepower. It scoots the sedan along competently, though fuel economy dips to 22/31 mpg.

The Sonata earns praise for its smooth, comfortable ride quality. Bumps and dips in the road are soaked up nicely. Its brakes bring the car to a halt with confidence, and its steering is precise, which helps create a feeling of connection with the road.

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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata seats five and offers impressive head- and legroom in both rows. The front seats are soft and nicely contoured, and the rear seats can fit taller passengers with room to spare. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather is available, as are heated and ventilated seats. The sedan has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The trunk yields a roomy 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands, thanks to the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The Sonata’s cabin is well-insulated, producing a library-quiet ride, and its interior quality rivals that of some luxury cars.

Hyundai equips all 2015 Sonatas with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and keyless entry. Available features include a 5- or 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a hands-free trunk, and Blue Link telematics (which allows owners to remotely lock/unlock their vehicle, set limits for teen drivers, and call for help in an emergency). The dashboard benefits from logically placed controls and an elegant design inspired by the luxe Hyundai Genesis. Both touch screens are user-friendly as well, and each sports redundant knobs and buttons for easily adjusting the climate and audio settings on the go.

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Used 2015 Hyundai Sonata Prices

The price of a used 2015 Hyundai Sonata ranges from about $13,700 for Sonata SE models to around $22,100 for Sonata Limited 2.0T vehicles. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 21 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 21 Hyundai Sonata reviews, as well as hard data points like safety scores and the total cost of ownership, to help you make the best car buying decision possible.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a good predicted reliability score of four out of five. This score tops the Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, and Volkswagen Passat.

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How Safe Is the Sonata?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Hyundai Sonata a 2015 Top Safety Pick, giving it a Good rating, the highest offered, for all crash tests but the overlap front. It received an Acceptable rating for this test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sonata a perfect five-star rating for its overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

Hyundai offers a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert in all but the base Sonata SE trim. Only Sonata Limited and Limited 2.0T models are available with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sonata

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata marks the first model year of the vehicle’s seventh generation. A Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was also available in 2015, and it offers higher fuel economy of 35/38 mpg. However, this model is based on the previous generation Sonata, and as a result, it lags the newer nonhybrid sedans in interior quality and advanced safety features.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Is Right for Me?

Hyundai offers the 2015 Sonata in six trim levels: SE, Eco, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T. You don’t have to opt for a pricier top trim to find great features. All models have keyless entry, air conditioning, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The Sonata Eco and Sport add 5-inch touch screens, a rearview camera, and Blue Link, and they’re available with navigation, a larger 8-inch screen, and blind spot monitoring. The Sonata Limited shares these features and adds heated and ventilated seats, a sunroof, an Infinity sound system, and forward collision warning. For zippier turbocharged performance, look to the top Sonata Sport 2.0T and the fully loaded Limited 2.0T trims.

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 and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata impress in many of the same ways. Both midsize sedans were redesigned for 2015 and offer a supple ride, a quiet and roomy interior, user-friendly infotainment systems, and a similar list of safety features (like blind spot monitoring). The Camry rates slightly higher in predicted reliability and offers a more muscular V6 engine, but used Sonata models are typically available at lower prices. Both are great buys in this class.

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

The 2015 Honda Accord is another perennial favorite, and like the Sonata, it rewards passengers with a spacious and upscale interior, many advanced safety features (like adaptive cruise control), and above-average predicted reliability. The Accord tops the Sonata when it comes to driving dynamics; it feels far sportier and nimbler. That said, the Honda isn’t as smooth over rough pavement, nor is its infotainment as easy to use. Factor in the Sonata’s often-lower used car prices, and it’s the better buy.

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