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2015 Hyundai Sonata Ranked as one of the Most Affordable Midsize Cars

2015 Hyundai Sonata

In US News & World Report’s “Affordable Midsize Cars” category, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata ranked No. 2 on the list of 18. This ranking for the new Sonata is based on safety and reliability data along with published reviews and test drives.

US News & World Report also named the 2015 Sonata was named the “Best Midsize Car for the Money” in its class due to the many positive reviews combined with long term ownership costs.

One of the more impressive aspects of the refreshed model is the Sonata’s interior design and materials, which are more upscale than many of its competitors’. Automotive reviewers also praise the Sonata’s quiet cabin and cavernous back seat.

The Sonata has been fully redesigned for 2015. It seats 5 and will be available in SE, Eco, Limited, Sport, and Sport 2.0T trims. All Sonata models come standard with a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed front wheel drive transmission. However, the Sport 2.0T models will come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. In addition, the Eco models include a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 1.6 liter and a 7-speed transmission (automated manual).

The Sport 2.0T version is a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine, which packs more punch on the highway compared to the Sonata’s 6-cylinder rivals in terms of power.

A 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine powers the new Sonata Eco. A six speed automatic transmission is standard on all models except the Eco, which has a 7-speed automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy, the 2015 Sonata offers 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. For a midsize car, this is impressive fuel economy.

Other highlights according to test drivers include Sonata’s well-balanced driving experience, comfortable smooth ride, exact steering, comfortable handling, and excellent braking power.

They also like the amount of space the back seat passengers receive. For its class the trunk is fairly large at 16.3 ft3. Satellite radio, USB/iPod input and Bluetooth come standard on the new Sonata. Some upgrade features include leather seats, panoramic sunroof, heated front and rear seats, and Hyundai’s Smart Trunk system. The Smart Trunk system by Hyundai automatically detects the key fob from behind, and automatically opens the trunk if it is detected for more than 3 seconds.

Other technological features available as upgrades include adaptive cruise control that can slow the car to a complete stop, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear view camera, and a 5-inch infotainment system with touch screen (8 inches with navigation). Reviewers like the user friendliness of the system and they found it attractive. They also liked that the audio, navigation and climate controls are apart from the touch screen infotainment system.

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