A trio of four-cylinder engines is geared for fuel economy; Six-speed automatic transmission and an automated manual for the turbocharged “Eco” model.
When the previous Hyundai Sonata arrived for the 2011 model year, its creators devised a coupe-like shape along with a bold grille and headlight treatment. This time around, the Sonata is toned down in looks and shares a physical affiliation with the bigger 2015 Genesis sedan. The interior receives a new dashboard and control panel including an integrated display screen and numerous, but logically positioned, pushbuttons with fewer twisty knobs. What has also been reduced is the output generated by the Sonata’s two returning engines. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder now makes 185 horsepower, down from the 2014 version’s 200 horsepower. Similarly, the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 245 horsepower (previously 274 horses). In each case, a six-speed automatic transmission directs power to the front wheels. Slotted between those two choices, and exclusive to the new Sonata Eco model, is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That engine connects to a seven-speed automated manual transmission that promises rapid-fire electronically activated upshifts. Note that the gas-electric Sonata Hybrid will be reissued sometime in calendar year 2015 as a 2016 model. The Sport gets its own grille and front bumper and added rocker-panel and chrome side moldings, but to move up to 18-inch wheels (16-inchers are standard on base cars and 17s are standard on Sport and Limited) you’ll need to order the Sport 2.0T. Both it and the Limited steal the content show with luxury-class amenities such as dual-zone climate control and leather seat coverings. A panorama sunroof is optional, as are a number of popular electronic safety intervention aids that can help keep passengers safe and the Sonata from receiving unwarranted body blows.