2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid FWD Sedan

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The Hyundai Sonata has undergone a complete redesign for the 2015 model year. The hybrid model first joined the Sonata lineup in 2011 and has since received a few tweaks, and four years later, this sedan is more refined than ever.

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The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a midsize sedan that competes with some of the best-selling cars on the market today, but this underdog is looking to pave its path by offering what many don’t – value. This hybrid delivers a bucket full of features at a price that most rivals can’t compete with.

Having been redesigned for 2015, this hybrid is more attractive than ever. The Sonata Hybrid is available in two trim levels: base and Limited. The most attractive parts of this vehicle are its sleek look, its refined interior and the added benefit of fuel efficiency with the hybrid engine.

The exterior design of the 2015 Sonata is what Hyundai describes as “an athlete in a well-tailored suit.” While it may be a more toned-down version than the one last year, it seems as though the design will also have more longevity. The more mature look includes wider shoulders and horizontal lines that give off a calmer look. There is also an addition of a rear lip spoiler and its chrome surroundings, which in conjunction with the dual exhaust with bright tips, add a sporty touch.

The cabin of the Sonata is as clean as the car’s outward appearance. The centre stack got straightened out and the hierarchy of controls re-evaluated thanks to a bit of regrouping. The overall design is more formal than that of the previous generations, while the steering wheel is sportier and more reminiscent of the one in the Genesis. The cabin is spacious, being able to comfortably fit the five passengers that it promises. Those in the back get even more hip and legroom this time around, but headroom stays consistently tight for taller passengers due to the sloping roofline. The trunk is ample at 16.3 cubic feet of space and the 60/40 split-folding seats will only increase the room for cargo. There is no doubt that the materials, space and overall quality of the Sonata cabin have improved for 2015.

As for tech specs in the Sonata, it is completely dependent on the trim level that you go with to determine how good your features will be. The lower trim levels get a basic radio, CD player, USB port and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Moving up in trims can deliver an all-new infotainment system showcased via an eight-inch touchscreen display. The system includes navigation, smartphone-app capability and much more.

Under the hood of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a 2.4-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired with a 35-kilowatt electric motor. The engine produces 159 horsepower on its own, which is elevated to 199 in combination with the battery. The combo also generates 154 pound-feet of torque. This hybrid is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, with fuel economy ratings of 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

Overall, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a great option for those looking for a stylish and smart car at an affordable price. The Sonata Hybrid definitely will fit the needs of many midsize sedan buyers, while also offering a lot of value in the form of its superb efficiency ratings.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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Rating: 7.6 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
FWD Sedan$28,499 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Limited$30,699 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Limited w/Technology Pkg$34,499 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

May 01, 2015 thru June 01, 2015
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
FWD Sedan$28,499$5,000$0
Limited w/Technology Pkg$34,499$5,000$0
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
FWD Sedan$2,023$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%0.99%1.99%1.99%
Limited w/Technology Pkg$2,499$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%0.99%1.99%1.99%
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
FWD Sedan$2,023$02.99%2.99%2.99%3.99%N/AN/AN/A
Limited w/Technology Pkg$2,499$02.99%2.99%2.99%3.99%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

Engine 2.4000 L
Horsepower @RPM199
Fuel TypeElectric
Body typeSedan
Number of Doors4
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 185 hp and 178 pound-feet of torque powers the SE, Sport and Limited models. All Sonatas are front-wheel drive, and all engines except the Eco's are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata SE has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 29 mpg combined (25 city/37 highway). The Sport and Limited trims are slightly less at 28 mpg combined (24/35).

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Interiors and Special Features:

The Sonata SE is fairly basic inside, but materials and build quality are improved over those in the base trim level from last year's Sonata. With their plusher door trim and additional cabin accents, the higher trim levels compare pretty well to those of segment rivals. Not surprisingly, the Limited trim, with its available two-tone color schemes and convincing wood grain trim, is particularly appealing. The Sport 2.0T features heavily bolstered sport seats for added lateral support during spirited back-roads drives.

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Safety features:

Standard safety features on every 2015 Hyundai Sonata include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag.

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Diversity antenna
6 speakers
Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, CD player (reads MP3 format) and colour screen
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted

Body Exterior

Chrome/bright trim around side windows and on side of body


Brake assist system
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Electronic brake distribution


Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks


Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,695.00


2 12V in front
Cruise control
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Proximity Key smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start
3 passenger assist handles
Vehicle start button
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Cargo area light
Voice activating system; includes phone
Remote control trunk/hatch release
Front reading lights
Rear camera parking distance sensors


External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,820, overall width (mm): 1,835, overall height (mm): 1,465, wheelbase (mm): 2,795, front track (mm): 1,597, rear track (mm): 1,597 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,900
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,015, rear headroom (mm): 960, front hip room (mm): 1,403, rear hip room (mm): 1,395, front leg room (mm): 1,155, rear leg room (mm): 880, front shoulder room (mm): 1,470, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,440 and interior volume (litres): 2,939
Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 344


Chrome exterior door handles
Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged


Emissions data: CO2: 3,019 kg/yr
Electric power info: battery type: lithium-ion polymer, battery voltage (V): 270
Emissions data: CO2: 2,893 kg/yr
Engine: 2.4L Theta II in-line four-cylinder DOHC with VVT

Engine Performance

Secondary power: 159 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 154 lb ft @ 4,500 rpm
Power: 199 hp and 235 ft lb of torque
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 6.6 ; highway= 5.9 ; combined= 6.3 ;


Fuel: electric and/or unleaded
Fuel tank: 65 litre capacity
Fuel system: multi-point injection


External temperature
Main dashboard display
Multi-function display screen 4.2 and 1
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Luxury trim: leather on shifter, alloy look on center floor console, leather on doors, alloy look on dashboard and none
Floor covering: none


Headlight control with dusk sensor
Front fog lights
Daytime running lights
LED brake lights, side indicator lights, day time running lights and rear lights
Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens


Card key power locks ; automatic locking
Anti-theft protection


Pearl paint


Crash test results NHTSA, 5, 5, 5.00 and 4
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Acceptable, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 5, 5.00 and 4
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Front to rear curtain airbags
Front side airbags


Rear seat center armrest
Front seat center armrest
Rear seats: non-folding bench with seating for three
Front driver seat : heated, bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : heated, bucket
Seat upholstery: cloth
Seating: 5 passengers


Intermediate service 6,000, variable distance/period and 3,728
Main service variable distance/period


Vehicle speed proportional power steering type
Leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment


Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Dashboard console with covered storage, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console


Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs


Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
Front-wheel drive
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) stability control
Transmission: SHIFTRONIC 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor
3.320:1 axle ratio


Ventilation system with cabin filter and automatic recirculation
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls


Trim level:
Data completeness
Version information 16 Jul 2014
Powertrain type : hybrid
4-door sedan
Date introduced:


Rear view mirror
Tinted glass
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with indicator lights
Rear window with defroster
Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Zone tinted windshield
Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows


Warranty battery: 96 months/ 160,000 km
Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km


Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,591 and Manufacturer’s own


Tire kit
Front and rear all-season tires 205/65/H
Front and rear alloy wheels: 16"x 6.5"