By on March 3, 2014

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Our first official rendering of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, which will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

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43 Comments on “2015 Hyundai Sonata: This Is It...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Yawn.

    • 0 avatar
      billfrombuckhead

      Where’s February’s sales results? In mourning over the butt kicking Detroit gave to JapanInc? Ford almost beating TRDyota in retail sales. Mopar within 5000 cars of passing TRDyota and beating Honda by almost 50,000 units. This wasn’t supposed to happen according to the WSJ! ROFL!

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Hyundai’s quality control/reliability issues have caught up with them, and it’s going to be a long, tough slog for them to now have to regain credibility territory they once held yet lost in the last 3 years.

        This is especially true now that they not only offer no price advantage to the Japanese and American competition, but in many cases have vehicles priced higher than competitors – contrast this development their standing 3 to 5 years ago, when their reliability was rapidly closing the gap with Japanese makes AND their vehicles could be had for a 20% discount to those competitor vehicles all day long without breaking a sweat.

        The lesson to take away here is that reliability credibility is spectacularly difficult to gain, yet extraordinarily easy to lose.

        I genuinely hope that Ford has heeded this lesson, yet fear that they haven’t based on their newest natch of vehicles, motors & transmissions.

        • 0 avatar
          don1967

          You mean Hyundai will have a long, tough slog gaining credibility with you specifically.

          The average consumer doesn’t notice fleeting JD Power stories. They notice when a stylish car starts showing up in every third driveway.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            Exactly, like Hyundai had any credibility with DW when they were the 2nd-4th ranked mainstream brand for the preceding 4-5 years (usually placing higher than Infiniti).

            And the drop is hardly surprising when Hyundai had 2 major launches (the Sonata followed by the Elantra) with totally new power-plants (GDI, turbo-power, etc.) and True Delta has already shown improvement.

            What’s he going to say when Ford follows down the same path of the 1st year issues?

            Toyota and Honda haven’t updated their power-trains in ages, but they are planning to go down the same path of GDI and FI.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Make sure to let me know when (or more likely IF) Honda and/or Toyota even approach the reliability dark pool bottom that Hyundai has been scraping for some time now.

        • 0 avatar
          jettaGL

          Very true. I used to recommend Hyundai because of that price discrepancy in the 2000s AND the warranty, which you seem to have neglected…I think the warranty is still the same. Now, when someone tells me they need a new car and high value, I don’t place hyundai on a level of its own like I once did because price has shot up and value has declined.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Great point on the warranty, which I did neglect to mention as a selling point for Hyundai in the past.

            But Hyundai has even managed to turn that, which should be an easy selling point, into something of a negative as of late, given the many ways they’ve reportedly been denying warranty claims to customers (in many cases based on nothing more than pure technicalities and in many other cases allegations of customer abuse/misuse).

      • 0 avatar
        ponchoman49

        Doubt you will see that here. Only when something goes wrong like the ignition lock problem usually in bold letters as front page news.

    • 0 avatar
      thegamper

      +1 on the yawn. Maybe it will look better in person. I have always felt the current version was too busy, this looks a bit lazy.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    More LED eyeliners?

  • avatar
    Ion

    This is a refresh right? I feel like the Sonota’s too young for it to be a new generation.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      All-new. By the time this one is on sale, the previous one will have been on sale for five full model years with almost no changes.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Sort of true. There were just some packaging and minor items added between 2011 and 2013. For example, I believe the panoramic sunroof was introduced as standard on 2012 Sonata Limited units and optional on the SE (our Limited has one), and then became optional for both trims in 2013. But the 2014 facelift was rather extensive, featuring a revised front-fascia, a brand-new rear fascia, a new center stack complete with Hyundai/Kia’s new infotainment system, new options like blind-spot monitoring, and new wheel and paint choices.

  • avatar
    Carfan94

    Looks like a Subaru Legacy.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Subie and other totally copped the hexagonal shaped grill from Hyundai, not to mention the elongated headlight reaching back to the A pillar and placed on the side.

      The grill is a bit awkwardly shaped but overall, it’s a better/cleaner design than the overly busy current Sonata.

  • avatar
    joeveto3

    So far I like it. I’d like to see the rest. And for God’s sake, give if some moves with real steering feedback.

  • avatar
    Tifighter

    2015 Legacy front.
    1998 A6 back.

  • avatar
    brn

    A heavily photo-shopped, distorted view, half “light”, part of a car?

    Doesn’t tell me squat.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    The styling of this car doesn’t matter (to me).

    If I learn that it has steering and suspension tuning that can match Honda or Mazda, then I’ll perk up and pay attention. That’s been Hyundai’s downfall for a very long time.

    It’s no wonder there are so many Hyundais in Phoenix, the city where the roads have no turns.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Holy front overhang Batman!

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The nose resembles the 2008 Elantra.

  • avatar
    Atum

    Well, this is definitely a good example of codominance, being a child of a homozygous Santa Fe and a homozygous Legacy.

    If this uses the recessive trait of premium fuel, considering the parents use regular fuel (dominant in the car world) and are homozygous, not only will I be mad because the gas is expensive, but I’ll also question how the heck the Sonata got premium fuel from homozygous parents!

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Teaser photo or not, that front end is a far sight better than the tortured swollen grimace of the current car.

  • avatar
    gosteelerz

    Looks like the ’06 Generation car.

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    Could the Krinkle Years of automotive design finally be nearing their end? Gawd I hope so!

  • avatar
    anti121hero

    I will admit that I am biased against the Korean makes, but really, how far up t he side of the car does the headlight need to go??? What a ridiculous design feature that just baffles me.

  • avatar

    This rendering is done with a very wide “camera” perspective which is why the nearest corner is so bulbous. The lighting is poor and frankly looks worse than the newest gen video games which are optimized for performance rather than quality.

    Generally though the latest korean cars have been really good looking (esp. Kia optima C-pillar); the proportions and lines all shades of Pininfarina.

    Too bad the chassis tuning & feel isn’t quite there.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    So this will be the third Hyundai to feature “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0″ (the first was the 2013 Santa Fe, and the second was the 2015 Genesis).

    Nice. Maybe I should tell Grandma, who might buy a new 2014 Sonata Limited as soon as tomorrow, to hold off.

  • avatar
    krayzie

    It looks like the new boring Legacy.

  • avatar
    69firebird

    Because you can never have too many 3 foot long plastic headlights to spend the day restoring.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      One of the things I liked about my 1990 Honda Accord EX was the fact that the headlamps were reflector-style units—as opposed to the sealed-beam style that had been used for the past several decades—but the lenses were made of glass, so that they never got scratched up or hazy over the years.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Looks blander the the current car and too similar to many of today’s designs.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I’d rather buy a Kia Optima. Unless they make the Optima all ugly.


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