Hyundai’s Sonata got a new face for 2015, but the big news for both gear-heads and green-heads is under the hood. That’s where Hyundai’s new, 1.6 liter turbocharged engine lives – and (according to the EPA) it’s good for 38 miles per gallon.
For a car the size of a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, that’s a lot!
That 38 MPG rating comes down to more conventional 32 MPG in the EPA’s combined city.highway cycle, of course, but that 38 is the number that’ll sell cars. Even at “just” 32 MPG, however, Hyundai is calling the fuel economy of its 2015 Hyundai Sonata a class leader. Whether or not that’s the case, the new engine marks a 10% improvement over last year’s naturally-aspirated 2.4 liter.
The new Sonata’s engine is only part of the car’s fuel economy equation, however. The 177 HP turbo 4 is mated to an all-new, 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission that promises to be a step or two above the unit in the Sonata Hybrid I drove last year (it would have to be).
Pricing for the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco model is expected to start at just over $23,000, and includes automatic headlights, 10-way-adjustable electric driver’s seat, unique Eco stitching, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment, backup camera, and chrome interior door handles as standard equipment.
Sources | Photos: Hyundai, via Carscoops.