New for 2015: Hyundai
By Jeff Youngs, January 21, 2015
2015 Hyundai Overview
With a quick glance at the 2015 lineup, it's clear that Hyundai's designers and engineers haven't been using a lot of their vacation time recently. To varying degrees, changes have been made to most of the company's models, including mild styling and equipment updates to the Accent, Veloster, Azera, Elantra sedan, and the Santa Fe crossovers. More extensive modifications are evident on the redesigned Genesis and Sonata sedans, and the Genesis Coupe sees its base 4-cylinder engine cut from the spec sheet. Returning without any modifications are the Equus and Elantra GT. The Elantra Coupe has been discontinued.
2015 Hyundai Accent
Much of the recent focus on Hyundai has focused on the company's large sedans and various crossover models, but buyers on the hunt for a small economy car will find something that suits their needs, too. For those individuals, Hyundai offers the updated 2015 Accent, a front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback fitted with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and available in GS, Sport, and GLS trim levels. In addition to a slightly reworked front end and a few new paint colors, the 2015 Accent arrives with a GLS Popular Equipment package boasting Bluetooth connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio controls, cruise control, and a sliding center armrest.
- Restyled grille, lights, and wheels
- Popular Equipment package
- Vitamin C, Pacific Blue, and Misty Beige paint colors
- Accent Sport replaces the Accent SE
2015 Hyundai Azera
With few exceptions, Hyundai has upgraded its 2015 models with anything from a few tweaks to a full-fledged redesign. The 2015 Azera leans toward the former category, as it returns with a restyled grille and front bumper, as well as a hands-free remote trunk release, updated navigation system with Siri eyes-free voice-command technology, and safety features including a blind-spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive headlights.
- Restyled bumpers, grille, alloy wheels, and center console
- Several added standard safety and convenience features
2015 Hyundai Elantra GT
There has been some shuffling of the Hyundai Elantra lineup this year, but none of it has involved the 5-door GT, which is a carryover model from 2014. This sporty 5-passenger hatchback continues on with its 173-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, various driving modes (comfort, normal, and sport), leather upholstery, heated front seats, and more.
- No changes for the 2015 model year
2015 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
Fans of the Elantra Coupe may be disappointed to learn of its discontinuation, but those who prefer the almost coupe-like style and added versatility of the Elantra sedan should be pleased to find that their chosen ride returns with a couple of key upgrades. In addition to Monaco White, Lakeside Blue, and Symphony Silver being added to the color palette, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan now offers two all-new equipment packages: the SE Style package that consists of a power moonroof, leather interior trim, LED headlight accents, and a bit of extra chrome and aluminum here and there; and the Sport Tech package, within which buyers will find a 7-in. touch-screen navigation system, 360-watt audio unit, and Hyundai's telematics technology. Also new for 2015 is the Limited Ultimate package, a replacement for 2014's Limited Tech package.
- Tech, Style, and Limited Ultimate equipment packages
- Five new paint colors
2015 Hyundai Equus
Despite the changes and advancements Hyundai has made over the years, some folks still associate the brand with inexpensive economy cars. Granted, that angle continues to be covered by the Accent, but at the other end of the spectrum is the company's luxury-grade Equus sedan. Built to legitimately compete with top models wearing Infiniti and Lexus badges, among others, the 2015 Hyundai Equus--a carryover from 2014 available in Signature and Ultimate trim levels--features a standard 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine and amenities such as a power open-and-close trunk, power front seats with memory and 12-way adjustment for the driver, 12.3-in. center display screen, triple-zone automatic climate control, power-reclining rear seat, genuine wood and aluminum interior trim, head-up display, power sunshades, 9 air bags, and much more.
- No changes for the 2015 model year
2015 Hyundai Genesis
It's a year of change for the Hyundai Genesis sedan, which arrives with new styling, an all-new chassis, and, for the first time, an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. V-6 and V-8 engines have been carried over, though they now produce slightly less horsepower and a bit more torque. Other tweaks include the addition of safety systems such as intelligent cruise control, convenience features like a standard 8-in. touch-screen navigation system and hands-free remote trunk release, and the debut of an optional panoramic moonroof.
- Redesigned inside and out
- Available AWD system
- Improved front-seat comfort
- Rear sunshades
- Panoramic moonroof
- New chassis designed to provide better ride and handling
- Engines deliver less horsepower but more torque
- Available intelligent cruise control
- New blind-spot monitoring and head-up display systems
- Hands-free remote trunk release
- Standard 8-in. touch-screen navigation system
- Updated infotainment system
2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Though it hasn't undergone the same significant transformation as its sedan namesake, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe does return with a few updates of its own. Perhaps most noteworthy is the absence of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, meaning the 3.8-liter V-6 is standard and, in fact, the only power plant available. Changes have also been made to the selection of trim levels, with the Grand Touring exiting the scene and a new base variant added.
- V-6 engine now standard (4-cylinder no longer available)
- Grand Touring trim level discontinued
- 3.8 Base trim level added
- Mid-level 3.8 R-spec adds automatic climate control and push-button start
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
Only a couple of years have passed since the Santa Fe was dramatically redesigned, so the relatively minor changes ushering in the 2015 model year come as little surprise. To keep things fresh, Hyundai has refined the chassis a bit and beefed up the assortment of standard features by adding automatic up/down functionality to the front passenger window, daytime running lights, and a blind-spot mirror within the driver's exterior rearview mirror. More significant is the availability of a new hands-free power liftgate.
Offered in 7-passenger GLS and 6-passenger Limited configurations with either FWD or AWD capability, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe features a 3.3-liter V-6 engine mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
- Retuned chassis
- Additional standard features
- Platinum Graphite and Sparkling Silver paint colors
- Available hands-free power liftgate
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Like its 3-row counterpart, the shorter, 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport returns for 2015 with a newly available remote power liftgate feature, revised chassis tuning, new paint colors, and more standard features. Shoppers considering this crossover have their choice of FWD or AWD, as well as 190-horsepower 2.4-liter and 265-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines.
- Available remote power liftgate
- Updated steering and suspension systems
- New paint colors
- Added standard features
2015 Hyundai Sonata
One of Hyundai's bread-and-butter models, the large (as classified by the EPA) Sonata has been redesigned for 2015, arriving with what might be interpreted as attractive yet more subdued styling, reengineered suspension, claims of a quieter interior, and a host of content updates. Among the highlights are a new remote trunk release that simply requires the key fob be held nearby (in a pocket, purse, etc.) for 3 seconds, Apple's Siri eyes-free voice-command technology, revised 8-in. touch-screen navigation system, ability to rewind up to 22 minutes of satellite radio programming, front heated and cooled seats along with heated rear seats, 7 standard air bags, and the availability of safety technologies including a blind-spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Shoppers considering the 2015 Hyundai Sonata may also be interested in changes under the hood. Like the 2014 model, this new Sonata offers the choice of a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, though horsepower has been lowered from 190 and 274 to 185 and 245, respectively, all in the name of improved fuel economy. That thinking is also behind the launch of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, which is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 177 horsepower managed by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (all other Sonatas use a traditional 6-speed automatic).
- Completely redesigned
- Reduced interior noise
- Revised suspension
- SE, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Eco trim levels
- Eco model's turbocharged engine and dual-clutch transmission
- Carryover engines produce less power
- Improved fuel economy
- Available hands-free trunk release
- Siri voice-command technology
- Latest generation of Hyundai's infotainment system
- Added safety features
- Optional cooled front and heated rear seats
- Updated navigation system
2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
While the Sonata has been completely redesigned, the Sonata Hybrid carries over unchanged for one more year. Expect an all-new version to debut in 2015 as a 2016 model. Until then, the Sonata Hybrid will continue to be offered in base and Limited trim levels and will deliver an EPA-estimated 38 mpg combined from a powertrain consisting of a 6-speed automatic transmission, 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine, electric motor, and a 47-kW Lithium polymer battery.
- No changes for the 2015 model year
2015 Hyundai Tucson
For 2015, the 5-passenger Hyundai Tucson crossover SUV has been updated with standard LED taillights for the top-of-the-line Limited variant and a new Popular Equipment package for the GLS. The latter includes leatherette and cloth upholstery, rearview camera, power driver's seat with 8-way adjustment, automatic headlights, and a 4.3-in. touch screen for the audio system. An SE version is also available, covering the middle ground between the entry-level GLS and the Limited. Buyers have their choice of FWD or AWD capability and, depending on the configuration, either a 164- or 182-horsepower 4-cylinder engine.
- Popular Equipment package (GLS)
- LED taillights (Limited)
2015 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai's uniquely styled 3-door FWD Veloster hatchback returns for 2015 as a near mirror image of its 2014 predecessor, aside from new 18-in. alloy wheels for the Style package and the addition of automatic climate control to the Technology package. The company continues to offer this model in base, Turbo, and Turbo R-Spec trim levels with momentum coming from a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder or a 201-horsepower turbocharged version of the same engine.
- 18-in. alloy wheels added to Style package
- Automatic climate control added to Technology package