Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

You may recall my first drive experience with the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It took place in the heartland of Alabama, along I-65 at Hyundai’s Montgomery Assembly Plant. There I spent time in with all three Sonata models: the 1.6-liter, I-4 Turbo in the Eco model, the 2.4-liter, I-4 volume engine, and the sportier, 2.0-liter, I-4 Turbo. All three made a positive impression during the short routes over the busy afternoon. A more extended test was in order.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a Sonata 2.0T painted in Urban Sunset, much like the tester I had in Montgomery. Even the options list — or lack thereof — looked the same. Carpeted floor mats costing $125 was the only added extra my recent ride had. That’s not altogether terrible, as the Sonata comes with a healthy list of standard features, including the proximity key entry and push-button starting, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a five-inch touchscreen in the dash with SiriusXM and Bluetooth connectivity, HID headlights, and LED taillights. The most noticeable feature missing is navigation, but it is available.

The Sonata proved to be a helpful tool in the week’s chore list — a list that included a trip to IKEA, hauling four other passengers around town, and jaunting down the highway while riding solo. So how did the Hyundai handle the week? Click past the jump to find out.

Click past the jump for more on the 2015 Sonata

A massive robot swings its single arm left, and picks up the entire shell of a Hyundai Sonata, lifting it skyward, twisting it around, and setting down perfectly in place on a jig where more robots angrily attack it with welding guns. Sparks fly as more pieces find their way into the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

As you may have read in my review of the all-new 2015 Sonata, my recent time behind the wheel of Hyundai’s newest car also came with a quick spin around the automaker’s Alabama assembly plant. The behind-the-scenes tour weaved its way past massive robots, around long conveyer belts, and over thousands of square feet of floor space all dedicated to building cars.

Scenes like that above happen all over the three-million square-foot facility, around the clock and every day of the week. The Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant is responsible for making nearly half of every Elantra and Sonata sedan wandering American roads and every single Sonata Hybrid sold in the States. Each and every day, another 1,000 new Hyundais roll off the assembly line thanks to the work of some 3,000 workers and over 400 robots.

Click past the jump for an inside look into the HMMA Assembly Plant

The Sonata has been roaming the streets of America since 1989. Those early Hyundais were rather boring, bland cars with little styling, questionable reliability, and a name that was synonymous with less-than-impressive tax brackets. Things began to change for the Korean automaker when its products became better looking and longer lasting. The 2005 Sonata was a key player in that movement with its good-looking proportions and U.S.-built claim-to-fame. Things got even better in 2011 when Hyundai debuted the YF platform Sonata. Its upscale looks and solid powertrain sent the competition packing and sent Hyundai’s sales numbers skyward.

Now entering 2015, the Sonata has once again gone under the knife. But unlike 2011, the look is more sculpted, angular, and upscale thanks to Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.

Like I mentioned in my Sonata preview article, I spent a recent day behind the wheel of Hyundai’s newest car in hopes of gaining an understanding about the direction the new Sonata is headed, as well as the changes that exist.

Click past the jump for the full review

Say hello to the 2015 Hyundai Sonata – the Korean automaker’s all-new midsize sedan. From its front grille to tailpipes, this car is completely different inside and out for the upcoming model year. Hyundai invited me to spend a day behind the wheel of its latest cash cow along the rolling hills of Montgomery, Alabama in the shadows of its massive assembly plant perched just off I-65.

With six trim levels and three engines to sample, the testing was extensive. The drive route included plenty of twisty roads, some interstate jaunts, and a few in-town treks to get a feel of how the new Sonata handles. Hyundai has spread out its trim packaging from spartan to sporty to luxurious. The trim levels include SE, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, Sport 2.0T w/ Ultimate Package, and Eco. The three engines are spread evenly throughout the trim levels and include the turbocharged, 1.6-liter I-4; the carry-over, 2.4-liter I-4; and the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4.

But before I dive into all the nitty-gritty details of the new Sonata in full Driven Review, click past the jump for a sneak peak at what the new car is all about.

The Sonata has been roaming the streets of America since 1989. Those early Hyundais were rather boring, bland cars with little styling, questionable reliability, and a name that was synonymous with less than impressive tax brackets. However, with the Sonata’s 2006 heavy revitalization, that began to change. The idea that the Sonata and the Korean brand making it were bargain basement started to fade. The following generation of Sonatas beginning in 2011 completely obliterated that notion. Hyundai’s brand perception rose, as did its vehicles’ styling, reliability, and ability to sell extremely well. For 2015, the Sonata is again completely new. And new to the Sonata’s trim line is the new Eco model, designed with fuel efficiency as its prime goal.

With Hyundai estimating the car to get 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined, the Sonata Eco gains an extra 10 percent fuel efficiency about the standard 2015 Sonata. Hyundai employs some fairly interesting hardware to achieve the extra efficiency, including a specialized engine and the first-ever use of a dual clutch transmission in the mid-size car category.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco.

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge , Ford , Acura , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

Happy Thursday, everyone! It is time once again for your favorite automotive-centric internet radio show: the TopSpeed.com Podcast . This week Justin and Mark join me for another full show full of hijinks, burning petrol and the occasional silliness.

The Weekly Wheels segment features the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid , the Mitsubishi Outlander and a special appearance from a classic Porsche .

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Our news stories cover the prospect of a new GTI Club Sport , the upcoming 2015 Dodge Charger and a potential successor to the Mitsubishi 3000GT . Mark covers the 5 best pickups under $30k , and then we celebrate the coming of spring with talk of the M4 Convertible .

Thanks to you guys, we had a big Q&A segment that included our picks for worst car names ever, what cars we wish would hit U.S. shores and we discuss what cars we would wipe from the history of existence. Other fun questions include what we would cram a Ferrari V-12 engine into, odd stories from press drives and we discuss what it would take to make us leave this great job. It was quite the eclectic collection of questions.

Thanks for being so awesome, guys. Keep the questions coming.

We wrap up our show with Own, Drive, Burn in which we celebrated the warm weather some more with our choices between a Porsche Boxster , Mercedes-Benz SLK and a BMW Z4 .

As an extra bonus to everyone listening, watching and actually reading this far down in the post, I am going to be giving a few of my own personal bits of cool auto stuff to some of you guys. I have a smaller version of the Aston Martin DB5 Aston Martin DB5 print that is hanging on my wall, and I have a calendar from the same photographer. To have a chance at winning just subscribe to the TopSpeed Podcast YouTube channel, and follow @TopSpeedPodcast on Twitter. That is it. In two weeks I will pick the two winners and send out your cool free stuff. If you want some extra chances to win, you can follow Justin (@TheCarJunky), Mark (@MarkMcNabb) and myself (@Moeferd) on Twitter as well. One entry for each follow.

Good luck.

As always, don’t forget to keep commenting, giving us suggestions and sending us your questions. You guys can reach us at the above Twitter locations, by commenting on this post or by email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

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Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Porsche 944, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Meet the all-new Hyundai Sonata. It’s longer, wider, more rigid, more comfortable, quieter, and a good bit better performing than its predecessor . All important things when competing with the likes of the Toyota Camry , Chevy Malibu , and Ford Fusion . Though it hasn’t officially been revealed inside the U.S., the Sonata has already sang its first note within its Korean home market.

The Sonata is an immensely important car for Hyundai USA as it, along with the Genesis and Elantra, have catapulted the automaker from nearly dead last to a top contender in the American sedan market. It’s been an astonishing feat, really. This redesign should help not only maintain, but also excel Hyundai’s brand perception within the States.

Outside, the car gets a completely new look thanks to Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language with a less swoopy, more chiseled look than before. Only the doors, side windows, and roofline recall the previous car, though that’s not a bad thing. The Sonata hums a new tune inside as well, with a completely new dashboard design. The swoopy lines are gone here, too and traded out for a more angular look. The large gauge cluster and lower center console look very premium and recall those of the range-topping Equus , however the oddly-shaped area around the infotainment screen and the questionable wood trim are less appealing. The interior does boast improved NHV levels and the ergonomics are said to be improved.

Hyundai will likely debut the U.S.-spec Sonata at the New York Auto Show on April 16th where we’ll learn more about the powertrain specs, pricing, and availability. But until then, we’ve got a full run-down on everything Sonata below the jump.

Updated 04/16/2014: The all-new 2015 Sonata made its North American debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, so, we’ve updated our review with new details, images and more specs.

Updated 05/22/2014: Hyundai announced prices for the all-new Sonata set to be put on sale later this summer. Prices will range from $21,150 for the base version and goes up to $28,575 for the Sport 2.0T version.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is the flag-bearer for the Korean company. As its entry into the hotly contested midsize market, the Sonata could make or break the company. Sales have been strong for the Sonata for many years, but Hyundai is hoping that 2014 will be a breakout year for the sedan .

Thanks to a massive collection of changes and enhancements, the new 2014 Sonata wades into battle with the best suit of armor and weapons it has ever had at its disposal. The exterior design has seen updates, interior equipment has been upgraded, and interior refinement is at an all-time high.

Will this be enough to unseat the kings of the midsize market from Japan? The Accord , Altima and Camry have ruled this segment for decades, but Hyundai thinks it has a chance to break into the top three.

Read on to find out if the changes are going to be enough to allow the Sonata to usurp the throne.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Sonata.

At the 2010 New York Auto Show , Hyundai unveiled the Sonata Hybrid , and the 2014 model that we got our hands on its nearly identical to the debut model.

Regardless of its age — about 40 years old in car years — the Sonata Hybrid still looks pretty modern, with its distinctive front fascia that shows off LED-trimmed headlamps and a wavy front grill. The LED taillights and aerodynamic rims are the only details that scream "hybrid." Though it remains relatively up to date, we do expect Hyundai to reveal a redesigned Sonata line for 2015, including the hybrid model.

The interior is very well-appointed, and only LCD gauges and "Blue Efficiency" button on the steering wheel clue you in that this is indeed a hybrid model. A quick press of this "Blue Efficiency" button, and the Sonata Hybrid awakens from its efficient — boring — mode. The hybrid system is attached to a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 159 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system chimes in with an extra 47 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. In all, this system puts down a respectable 200 horsepower, but don’t expect the mid-3,000-pound, midsize cruiser to pin you to your seat.

After some seat time in the Lexus ES Hybrid , we are a little spoiled, but we have to remind you that you get what you pay for. The Sonata checks in around $30,000, and it delivers a premium look and feel. Taking into consideration that hybrid cars tend receive a 20 to 30 percent premium over their gasoline counterparts, the Sonata Hybrid is a relative bargain.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited


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