Checking out the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The 2015 Sonata in front of my mansion- just kidding, that's Bartow Pell Mansion Museum.

By Nicole Perrino

Recently my family and I had the chance to check out the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. This was our first Hyundai we have tested out and we were eager to see how we liked it. The Sonata arrived in the Symphony Silver color- a great sleek color that complimented the features well. The hubby of course loved the sporty look of the car and was eager to take a spin around town before the car seat was installed- men.

While we love when Drive STI provides us with a fully loaded version of the cars we review- it’s also good to see how the cars are without some of the extras. Here’s some highlights of what you’ll get with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata:

-185-hp 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine or 245-hp 2.0L twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder engine
-6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
-Drive Mode Select
-Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system with Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA)
-Projector headlights
-LED Daytime Running Lights
-Rear lip spoiler
-Seven airbags: Includes driver’s knee, driver and front passenger, front seat side-mounted and front and rear curtain airbags
-Remote keyless entry system with alarm
-Power door locks, windows and outside mirrors
-Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions
-Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions
-iPod®/USB and MP3 and auxiliary input jacks

Our review car did not have a built in GPS, but did include a back up camera and the other technology was great. But, we did realize that it’s definitely worth it to have the GPS added. With a starting point around $21,00-it leaves room for some add ons.

Even though we are a family of 4 now and many families prefer to make the shift to a crossover once they’ve reached our size, we are totally happy with a sedan as long as we fit comfortably. The Sonata’s interior was nice and roomy and the leather interior is a great thing to have when you have kids in the backseat.

Speaking of kids, check out our oldest’s Briana and her review:

As for safety, here is what you need to know:


-Blind Spot Detection2 with Rear Cross-traffic Alert3 and Lane Change Assist4
This available radar-based system helps detect when a vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot and provides both an audible and a visual alert to help keep you aware as you move down the road. When reverse gear is selected, Rear Cross-traffic Alert helps identify and warn the driver of vehicles approaching from the side. Lane Change Assist measures the closing speed of an approaching vehicle in the adjacent lane to determine if changing lanes is safe and if it’s not, gives the driver an audible and visual warning.
-Lane Departure Warning5
Drift outside your lane without signaling and this available system is designed to inform you with an audible and a visual cue. It turns technology into a tool that helps drivers maintain vehicle control and lane positioning.
-Forward Collision Warning7 is an available feature that uses a forward-sensing camera to look down the road, determine the closing speed of your vehicle in relation to the vehicle ahead and provide an audible warning that alerts the driver to a potential collision. Sonatas equipped with this optional feature won a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
-Rear Parking Assistance System
Available distance sensors embedded into the rear bumper make parking as simple as driving. They produce a warning sound for the driver if the rear of the car gets too close to any object.
-Driver’s Knee Airbag8
This standard feature offers added protection for the driver and is just one more innovative element of Sonata comprehensive passive and active safety systems.
-A Smarter Safety Management System
The comprehensive Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system kicks in to give you more control when you need it most. The VSM links to the Traction Control System (TCS) to provide optimal stability, improve brake performance and acceleration or even maintain steering control. The Brake Assist system helps detect emergency braking and ensures that maximum braking force is immediately applied to minimize stopping distances.
Safety features that activate during an accident are crucial. Connecting you to help immediately after, that’s where Blue Link®Connected Care comes in. When an airbag is deployed, the Automatic Collision Notification and Assistance feature notifies our response center and lets us know where you are so that we can quickly send first responders. There’s also SOS Emergency Assistance—simply push a button on the rearview mirror to be put in contact with an agent who can send assistance and stay with you on the line until help arrives. In addition, you receive a monthly report that shows the status of your vehicle’s performance and timely alerts for service and required maintenance.

Overall, we were impressed with the Sonata. It was a great first experience with a Hyundai and we look forward to trying out more of their models. To see for yourself, visit


Thanks as always to Drive STI for allowing us to have a week to check out the latest cars to see what we think. We were not compensated for our opinion.


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