The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is completely new for this model year. The story of the Sonata is one of constant improvement, and this new seventh-generation model is already one of the best midsize sedans you can buy. That's a strong statement, but here are five good points to back it up.
If you ever thought the last Sonata was trying too hard to stand out, you weren't alone. This 2015 model avoids the clash and goes for class. All the lines, shapes and proportions work together for a design that seems to give the car more authority. The cabin has also been updated, with shapes and materials that wouldn't look out of place in an expensive German car.
The Sonata is one of the most spacious midsize sedans out there. This new generation brings more hip and legroom for back-seat passengers and better under-thigh support for those in the front seats. This makes it a great car for longer trips. Even the trunk holds an above-average 16.3 cu ft.
That relentless quest for refinement extends to the engine bay. In the upper trims, Hyundai swaps out the V6 in favor of a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, giving a better balance of power and fuel economy. But it's not just what they do -- it's how they do it, and even the basic 2.4-liter delivers its 185 horsepower with smooth efficiency.
You know that situation where you walk up to the trunk with an armful of bags and wish there was someone who could open the lid for you? The new Sonata is happy to oblige. If you stand by the trunk for 3 seconds with the keys in your pocket or purse, the lid will pop up automatically.
You can still get a base Sonata for $22,000 or so, with a well-equipped model running at about $24,000. Even the top-of-the-line Sport 2.0T model is appealing for around $30,000 out the door. Hyundai is famous for its value, and the new Sonata keeps with the program.