Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy can be seen throughout their newly refined lineup. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata maintains the style cues of the recent Hyundai lineup, which has raised the bar for design in the mid-size segment. A redesigned front fascia helps the Sonata show of its crisp lines and achieves a drag coefficient of only 0.27, the lowest in its class (excluding hybrids).
Tips are plentiful in the dual exhaust Limited and the quad-tipped Sport models giving the appearance of a heartier engine than the typical 2.4 and 2.0T options. The engines have been revised as well, with the 2.4 producing 185hp and 178 lb/ft, while the turbocharged 2.0 produces 245 hp and 260 lb/ft.
Inside the Sonata proves that it’s the little things in life that make it easier. Center stack controls are angled toward the driver to provide quick access, and all controls have been placed at what Hyundai feels is the optimal spot for comfortable use. Typical Hyundai safety features and technology are peppered throughout the Sonata, and a new feature dubbed Smart Trunk opens up the truck by simply tapping the key fob to the trunk lid.
The 8-inch navigation system offers useful split screen abilities to allow simultaneous viewing of music and maps. New Blue Link additions include Google destination searches, remote start timer and the Hyundai Assurance Car Care app to assist in the scheduling of service appointments.
Underneath its sleek body, more than 50% of the Sonata’s platform utilizes high-strength steel to provide superior strength, and a revised multilink rear suspension gives the Sonata responsive handling. If the Sonata isn’t your cup of tea though, Hyundai has brought along some friends.
Back in 2008, Hyundai entered into the luxury market with the Genesis. Competing with long term contenders like BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes, the Hyundai Genesis ushered in the “Fluidic Sculpture” philosophy. Since then the Hyundai Genesis has picked itself off the luxurious ground and become a serious contender in its class.
An optional 5.0 V8 kicks out 420hp and 383lb/ft, and it’s couple to an 8-speed automatic comes with both the V6 and V8 models. A 2.9-inch stretch in wheelbase provides a poised stance that is balanced out with a five-link multilink suspension left over from the first-generation. A newly designed variable-ratio steering comes from an electric steering assist motor that is perched on the rack, as opposed to the column.
Premium luxury options and safety features abound while Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow modes keep confident control. Hyundai has built a name for itself for provide luxury at less than a premium price, while attempting to maintain fuel economy across the board.
Finally, if fuel economy is the ace-in-the-hole for you, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV was announced some time ago with a positive response. Hydrogen power may not be for everyone, but for those in range of the handful of fueling may be swayed by Hyundai’s lease program. With $2,999 down and a monthly payment of $499, you get a zero-emissions Tucson and as much hydrogen fuel as your can guzzle up, providing to be an interesting option.
There is no doubt that Hyundai has taken some drastic direction changes in its philosophies and these changes have proven them to be a significant threat to the major automakers’ market share. With the changes that have been instituted in the last decade, it will be interesting to see where the take it in the next one.
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