Last week, I flew to Montgomery, Alabama to get an up-close-and-personal look at the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. And I do mean up close – I had the chance to literally drive this new Sonata off the assembly line at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant, and take a driving tour through the Alabama countryside! The Sonata has a ton of interesting features, and it was a lot of fun to drive – these are just a few of the things you’ll find in the 2015 Sonata:
- More room than any of the comparable vehicles in its market
- 7 airbags, including knee airbags – as someone with a history of knee issues, I really love the idea of helping protect this important area from impact.
- Automatic high beams that turn on & off when they sense cars nearby
- Blind spot detection
- Lane-change assist
- Driver position memory on seats, ideal for cars with multiple regular drivers
- Hands-free smart trunk
- Smart cruise control – detects when the car in front of you stops so that it can pause and resume appropriately
- Rear parking sensors
- Apple® CarPlay – compatible with Siri on iPhone 5 and higher, this works with your smartphone for hands-and-eyes-free voice operation of phone features such as making calls and listening to music
The 2015 Sonata Base model starts at $21,150; other models include the Sonata Eco, which will start at $23,275 (Excluding freight charge), and the turbocharged Sonata Sport 2.0T, which will retail between $28,575-$33,525. I’ll be sharing all my adventures touring the HMMA plant and driving through Alabama in the new Sonata next week, so stay tuned!