Hundai Sonata’s New Birth With Low Price Very Soon in 2015

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Hyundai revealed the extensively updated 2015 Sonata at the New York Auto Show, and now it has released pricing and option packaging for the mid-size sedan (non-Hybrid trim levels) before it hits dealers this summer.

Available in SE, Sport, and Limited models, that price is for the base SE model, which comes standard with a generous amount of equipment including LED daytime running lights, key-less entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and rear lip spoiler.

The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata will start at $21,960 for the base model including destination. The Sport 2.0T trim with the turbo engine costs $29,385. That’s a $300 price drop from last year’s model.

Power is down a tick for both versions of the Sonata. The direct-injection 2.4-liter now makes 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Last year’s base model made 190 hp. As for the turbocharged model, it now delivers 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s down from 274 hp and 269 lb-ft. Normally we would whine about this all the way to the dealership, but the last turbo Sonata was comically fast.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine returns in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T, tweaked for better responsiveness and low-end torque. Using a turbocharger that has a smaller turbine and compressor wheel, the engine is rated at 245 hp and 260 lb-ft, compared to the 2014 model’s 274 hp and 269 lb-ft. The racier Sonata starts at $29,385. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and although EPA fuel economy figures aren’t yet available, expect them to improve on the outgoing 2014 Sonata’s 24/35 mpg city/highway.

The all-new Sport trim level brings a sportier appearance to the 2015 Hyundai Sonata with 17-inch wheels, a more aggressive ground effects kit, and a chrome exhaust tip, and it’s priced at $23,175. The Sonata Sport can be optioned up with the $1,700 Premium Package adding nifty features like the new hands-free Smart Trunk, blind spot detection, lane change assist, sport seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. On top of this package, there’s also the $1,750 Technology Package adding navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link, Blue Link, and an updated gauge cluster with a 4.2-inch LCD information display and electroluminescent gauges.

A number of packages are available for each model, including a $1700 Premium Package, a Technology Package, and a new Ultimate Package for 2.0T models that throws in a number of driver assistance systems such as smart cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. Production on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is currently underway at the Korean automaker’s plant in Montgomery, Ala., which means they’ll be arriving at dealerships by the end of this month.

Hyundai says the 2015 Sonata will also be more stable under hard braking, and the car is expected to have more steering feel. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport model is set to become the most popular trim of the lineup, and the 2.0T variant has a revised electric power steering system as well as 12.6-inch front brakes and a unique sport-tuned suspension. We look forward to comparing the 2015 Sonata SE, Sport, and Limited models against the competition later this year.

The 2015 Sonata gets a bunch of safety features including seven airbags, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Topping out at $33,525, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T Ultimate is as about as loaded as you can get a mid-size sedan these days, and it combines all of the features found in the Sonata Limited Technology and Ultimate packages.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata underwent significant changes for the new model year with fresh styling, an updated interior, more advanced technology, and improved dynamics. Usually, those kinds of changes come with a slight price hike, but surprisingly the Sonata’s price drops for 2015. The 2015 Sonata starts at $21,960 including $810 destination, representing a $300 decrease compared to the outgoing model.

Hyundai points out that the 2015 Sonata has more passenger and cargo volume than most competitors, and we look forward to determining whether its class-leading passenger volume feels spacious in person. Really, there’s a lot we can’t wait to try out on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata once it goes on sale early this summer. The 2011 Sonata put the midsize nameplate on the map, and now it’s up to the thoroughly redone 2015 Sonata to continue that momentum. Soon enough, we’ll find out whether it can.