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2015 Hyundai Sonata Review

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata ranks near the top of the midsize car class on the strength of its smooth ride, upscale and roomy interior, and user-friendly tech features. However, the base engine could use more power.

Pros & Cons

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

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2015 Best Midsize Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2015 Best Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Hyundai Sonata has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is an excellent option in the midsize car class. It’s quiet and comfortable to drive, and its styling is elegant inside and out. This Hyundai’s above-average reliability rating and below-average price also makes it a good value.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 25 professional evaluations for this 2015 Hyundai Sonata review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata?

Our site has over 4,600 listings for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, with an average price of about $15,900. Prices range from about $11,900 to roughly $20,000, and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata are estimated to be about $23,447. That’s above average for a midsize sedan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sonata?

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata starts at $22,300, and it’s part of a generation that began with the 2018 model year. For 2019, Sonata gets an improved suspension as well as refreshed interior and exterior styling. It also gets new standard features, including a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, blind spot monitoring, and lane change assist. You'll save a lot of money with a 2015 Sonata, but you'll miss out on these updates.

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There are no new midsize sedans that are priced comparably to the 2015 Sonata. However, you can stay in the Hyundai family with the 2018 Elantra. It starts at $17,100, and although the Elantra is a compact car, you won’t sacrifice much in terms of cargo space because the Sonata’s trunk is only about 2 cubic feet larger than the Elantra’s. Both models have about the same rear legroom, but the Sonata has much more legroom in the front.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Sonata Is Best?

The 2015 model year marks the beginning of the Hyundai Sonata’s seventh generation. The 2013 and 2014 Sonatas have less fuel-efficient engines than the 2015 model, and they are not available with features like Siri Eyes Free and heated rear seats. However, if your budget can handle it, consider the 2016 Sonata. It has a standard 7-inch touch screen and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata?

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

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Sonata has eight recalls. The parking brake and anti-lock braking system warning lights may not illuminate, and the sunroof panel may also detach. In addition, the air bags may not inflate, and the front passenger seat belt may not latch. Other recalls include a left axle shaft that could separate, a brake caliper that could fracture, and possible loss of steering assist. Make sure these issues have been addressed by a dealer before you purchase a 2015 Sonata.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sonata is available 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, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The Sonata Eco and Sport trims add a 5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and Blue Link telematics. These trims are also available with navigation, an 8-inch screen, and blind spot monitoring.

The Sonata Limited adds heated and ventilated seats, a sunroof, an Infinity sound system, and forward collision warning. For zippier turbocharged performance, look for the Sonata Sport 2.0T and the fully loaded Limited 2.0T.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Hyundai Sonata a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institute’s second-highest honor. The Sonata received the highest rating of Good for all crash tests but the driver-side small overlap front test. For that test, it received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sonata an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

A rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available in all 2015 Sonata trims 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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2015 Hyundai Sonata Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Toyota Camry and 2015 Sonata are impressive in many of the same ways. Both midsize cars were redesigned for 2015, and they provide supple rides, quiet and roomy interiors, user-friendly infotainment systems, and similar lists of safety features. The Toyota has a slightly better reliability rating and a more muscular V6 engine than the Hyundai, but used Sonata models are typically available at lower prices than the Camry. 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 it rewards passengers with a spacious and upscale interior, many advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, and an above-average reliability rating. With its nimbler handling, the Accord tops the Sonata when it comes to driving dynamics. That said, the Hyundai has a smoother ride over rough pavement, an easier-to-use infotainment system, and a higher reliability rating than the Honda. Factor in the Sonata’s lower used car prices, and it’s a better buy than the Accord.

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2015 Sonata Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Drive?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has precise steering and a comfortable ride, with a suspension that soaks up bumps and dips in the road nicely.

A 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive are standard in the base Sonata. The Sonata Eco model has a 178-horsepower turbocharged engine that’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The top-level Sonata 2.0T comes with a 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The base engine zips the Hyundai along quickly in city driving, but it could use more pep on the highway. This Eco’s setup provides more passing power than the base engine. But it’s the 2.0T that delivers the most power of the bunch, scooting the sedan up to speed like a V6.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Sonata engine delivers respectable EPA estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, while the Sonata Eco gets better fuel economy of 28/36 mpg city/highway. The Sonata 2.0T’s ratings dip to 22/31 mpg.

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2015 Sonata Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Sonata Seat?

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated and ventilated seats are available. The seats provide 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.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata?

The sedan has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, as well as a middle-seat tether. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system its second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The IIHS said the anchors are buried too deep in the seats and difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Features

Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and keyless entry. Available features include a 5- or 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and Blue Link telematics that allows owners to do things like remotely lock and unlock their vehicle, as well as set limits for teen drivers.

The dashboard benefits from logically placed controls. Both touch screens are user-friendly as well, and each sports physical knobs and buttons for easily adjusting the climate and audio settings.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Dimensions

Hyundai Sonata Cargo Space

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the midsize car class.

2015 Sonata Length and Weight

The Sonata is 15.9 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,252 to 3,505 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Built?

Hyundai built the 2015 Sonata in Alabama.

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