2015 Hyundai Sonata GL

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The Hyundai Sonata raised many eyebrows, in a good way, during its 2011 debut and has since made several tweaks to continue to raise the bar. For 2015, the Sonata returns with even more refreshes, including upscale cues, more room and refined interior.

Full Review

The previous-generation Hyundai Sonata raised the bar in the mid-size sedan segment as it hit all the marks in order to be a great competitor in this class. The 2015 Sonata got another refresh, but this time, it takes things to a more mature level by adding more refinement and features. The Sonata has been around since 1985 and has gone from an afterthought of a car to a bold competitor in the segment. This five-passenger vehicle is a great option for those looking for a well-equipped vehicle at a reasonable price. That is, however, how the Sonata stays competitive – it has a bunch of standard features, while costing slightly less than the competition.

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 surrounding, which in conjunction with the dual exhaust with bright tips, adds 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, which is reminiscent of the Genesis. The available features inside the cabin really make it so that this vehicle can compete in the segment. 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 pretty basic radio, CD player, USB port and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Moving up in trims can deliver an all-new infotainment system that will be displayed on an eight-inch touchscreen display. This system will include navigation, smartphone-app capability and much more.

As for the powertrain, the 2015 Sonata actually comes with quite a few different options. A 2.4-litre four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque powers the SE, Sport and Limited models. Meanwhile, the Sport 2.0T gets a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Eco version gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The other Sonatas come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Overall, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata has really distinguished itself as a player in the mid-size segment. The bold moves made a few years ago have paid off completely by gaining plenty of attention, and this refresh aims to keep it.

2015 Hyundai Sonata
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Rating: 7.8 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
GL$23,999 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
GLS$26,299 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Sport$28,399 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Sport Tech$30,199 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.0T$30,999 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Limited$32,999 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.0T w/Ultimate Package Colour$34,799 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.0T w/Ultimate Package$34,799 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

May 01, 2015 thru June 01, 2015
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
Sport Tech$30,199$2,024$0
2.0T w/Ultimate Package Colour$34,799$2,361$0
2.0T w/Ultimate Package$34,799$2,361$0
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
Sport Tech$2,024$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%1.99%
2.0T w/Ultimate Package Colour$2,361$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%1.99%1.99%
2.0T w/Ultimate Package$2,361$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.99%1.99%1.99%
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
Sport Tech$2,024$01.99%1.99%1.99%1.99%N/AN/AN/A
2.0T w/Ultimate Package Colour$2,361$01.99%1.99%1.99%1.99%N/AN/AN/A
2.0T w/Ultimate Package$2,361$01.99%1.99%1.99%1.99%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

Engine 2.4000 L
Horsepower @RPM188
Fuel TypeUnleaded
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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Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, CD player (reads MP3 format) and colour screen
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
6 speakers
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB
Element antenna

Body Exterior

Chrome/bright trim around side windows


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


Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks


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


Voice activating system; includes phone
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Front and rear reading lights
Cruise control
Rear camera parking distance sensors
3 passenger assist handles
2 12V in front
Remote control trunk/hatch release
Cargo area light


Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 462
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,855, overall width (mm): 1,865, overall height (mm): 1,475, wheelbase (mm): 2,805, front track (mm): 1,614, rear track (mm): 1,621 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,900
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,025, rear headroom (mm): 965, front hip room (mm): 1,404, rear hip room (mm): 1,426, front leg room (mm): 1,155, rear leg room (mm): 905, front shoulder room (mm): 1,470, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,435 and interior volume (litres): 3,004


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


Emissions data: CO2: 4,037 kg/yr
Engine: 2.4L Theta II in-line four-cylinder DOHC with VVT
Emissions data: CO2: 3,869 kg/yr

Engine Performance

Power: 188 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 178 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 9.8 ; highway= 6.7 ; combined= 8.4 ;


Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)
Fuel tank: 70 litre capacity
Fuel system: gasoline direct injection


External temperature
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Main dashboard display
Multi-function display screen 5.0 and 1

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: none
Luxury trim: alloy look on dashboard and none


Headlight control with dusk sensor
LED day time running lights
Daytime running lights
Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens


Remote keyless power locks ; automatic locking
Anti-theft protection


Pearl paint


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


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


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


Vehicle speed proportional power steering type
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


2.885:1 axle ratio
Front-wheel drive
Transmission: SHIFTRONIC 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) stability control
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)


Ventilation system with cabin filter
Air conditioning


Data completeness
Version information 04 Jun 2014
Trim level: GL
Powertrain type : combustion
Date introduced:
4-door sedan


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


Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Warranty powertrain - 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): 1,475 and Manufacturer’s own


Front and rear all-season tires 205/65/H
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim
Front and rear alloy wheels: 16"x 6.5"