2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport

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2015 Hyundai Sonata SportOne of the most impressive automakers in the industry today is Hyundai. We’ve been following these folks closely for the past few years and everything from the entry level Accent to the 429-horsepower Equus is built well and built to last.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport Rocks

Our latest experience was in the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport, it’s the basic step-up from the SE model and it’s the volume model, (Hyundai’s bread and butter edition). It comes fitted with a revised 2.4 liter 4 cylinder and trades Hyundai Sonata engine 2015in some of the power found in the top of the line 2.0T in favor of holding the line on fuel economy. The Sport model is making 185 horsepower and 178 lb ft of torque and is still working through a 6 speed electronic automatic transmission. The transmission is now time tested and has a fantastic record for reliability, it’s geared well and seems engineered perfectly for the weight of the vehicle.

2015 Hyundai Sport 2.0T and mid-level Sport Models

Our first evaluation of the all new Hyundai Sonata came courtesy of a fully loaded Sport 2.0T and while all of us were impressed with the top-of-the-line model, we were anxious to see how foregoing the turbo and the fancy amenities would play out in the lower level Sport model. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T ultimately is as high as you can go in the sonata lineup and its quite the car but it stickers for over $34,000. While the lower level Sport carries much the same name, you’ll notice there’s no alpha numeric badge following it.

Quiet and Comfortable

Hyundai Sonata interior 2015The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport is technically considered a mid to large sized car and comes with a sizable 16 cu.ft. trunk and ample rear seat room. As is often the case in the car world, the term “Sport” usually means something different than what you’re expecting and that’s true here as well. Sport models do receive a more athletic appearance overall, but this car wants nothing to do with sporty driving. Instead it offers the plushest ride in the segment with a luxury model type quietness that makes long trips easy to take.
The engine provides just the right amount of power but you’ll definitely wanna step up to the turbo if power and performance is on your list of “must haves”. There are selectable driving modes including ECO and SPORT and a noticeable difference can be discerned when selecting either but don’t let the word “Sport” fool you, this model is more of a cruiser than the moniker might imply.

Industry Leading Infotainment and Technology

 Hyundai Sonata Interior 2015Comfortable, well stitched seats greet passengers in an interior largely free of distraction, and Hyundai uses high quality materials inside that match the added refinement found in the powertrain. The five inch color touchscreen in the center is easy to view and houses the backup camera and music functions. Bluetooth for phone and audio are standard and Hyundai provides easy to access plug in points.
Hyundai LogoThe front seats are heated and the drivers seat is powered, and for all you music lovers out there the six (6) speaker audio system is one of the best we’ve heard. While there’s no hard disc navigation system in this model without opting for the tech package, it does comes standard with a complimentary trial of Hyundai’s bluelink which provides turn by turn driving directions.
The base package with emergency assistance comes free for one year and the guidance package powered by google adds navigation functionality. Our test model had an  MSRP of $24,110. That’s about $10,000 less than the fully loaded Sport 2.0T and it gives Sonata shoppers a wide range to choose from in both price and style level.
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Win Hyundai in El Monte Calif.

Frank Hazem

Frank Hazem is Win Hyundai’s General Manager

Special “thanks” to Frank Hazem and his entire crew at Win Hyundai in El Monte California, their team made it easy for us to gather all the data we needed on this all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport. We spent considerable time at Win Hyundai during our Sonata research and whether we were talking to Parts, Sales or Service Departments, we noticed everyone was knowledgeable and well prepared. If you haven’t checked out any of the new Hyundai product lineup lately, all of us here at Horsepower Broadcasting highly recommend it becomes part of your “to do” list.

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Donny is a Southern California specialty shop owner with primary emphasis on transmission and differential systems. He is an automotive technology graduate with over 30 years of experience. He and his wife own DMC Transmission outside of Los Angeles and were awarded “Shop of the Year” honors in 2010 and 2011.

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