2015 Hyundai Sonata: Gas Mileage Review Of New Mid-Size Sedan Page 2

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited, test drive, Hudson Valley, NY, Aug 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited, test drive, Hudson Valley, NY, Aug 2014

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A few further impressions of the new 2015 Sonata:

  • The cabin of the Limited model is elegant and restrained, with a handsome beige and black two-tone, although the high-quality soft-touch plastic surfaces aren't actually that soft
  • There's lots of useful storage inside the car, from door pockets and console cup-holders to a covered bin and a sliding-door compartment, plus a small tray--even with a conventional shift lever sprouting from the console as well
  • The rear seat offered decent room for adults, but both the lower cushion and the seat-back are quite reclined--and the seat is low to the floor as well
  • Rear three-quarter vision is decent for a modern car designed to meet the latest crash-safety standards, though the high tail makes the rear-vision camera all but mandatory for reversing
  • The memory settings for seat and mirror positions (though it didn't include steering wheel position, which is manually adjusted) comes with a set of instructions on the display between the instruments--very smart, and the first time we've seen this on a test car
  • The navigation system includes a speed-limit overlay that's one of our favorite new digital features in high-end luxury cars, and delightful in a mass-market car like this one

2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited, test drive, Hudson Valley, NY, Aug 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited, test drive, Hudson Valley, NY, Aug 2014

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While less distinctive than its predecessor, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is more refined and appears to be marginally more fuel-efficient--though we're really waiting for the Sonata Eco model with the smaller engine.

Meanwhile, we expect the mainstream versions to sell as well as the previous model that put Hyundai into serious contention in the mid-size sedan segment--and perhaps better.

UPDATE: Our 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited test car carries a base price of $26,525, with a list of standard features far too lengthy to reiterate here.

A $3,500 Tech Package added the panoramic sunroof, a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen, xenon headlamps, the heated and ventilated front seats, memory function for the seat and mirror positions, and a high-end audio system with satellite and HD radio, among other features.

The $1,500 Ultimate Package on top of that added the adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, rear parking assistance, an electronic parking brake, and automatic high beams.

The only option was a $150 package of carpeted floor mats. Adding the mandatory $810 delivery fee, the bottom line on our test car came to $32,510.


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