What happens when you take the ever-so popular Hyundai Sonata and add a 245-horsepowered 2.0-liter turbocharged engine? This was the question I had in mind as I drove off the production line at the Hyundai Manufacturing Plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

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The powerful design of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T will turn heads. The new Sonata features an attractive Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design (similar to the 2015 Hyundai Genesis I drove back in April), LED daytime running lights, side chrome moldings, and chrome-tipped quad exhaust.

IMG_7372Inside the Sonata you will find leather seats with contrast stitching that welcomes you and compliments the sporty exterior. The contrast stitching doesn’t stop just at the seats though, you will see the stitching throughout the vehicle in places like the steering wheel, side door walls, and sport shift knob— a nice touch to this sporty sedan.

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Now let’s talk performance. When I first learned the Sport 2.0T option was available to drive during my visit to Montgomery, there was no question in mind that this would be the first vehicle I chose. I was struck with excitement as I sat in the drivers seat and hit the open road. The roads in Alabama were perfect for testing out the sport-tuned suspension. The sedan hugged the road as we drove through turns and offered a smooth and quiet ride.

With just a 4-cylinder engine, acceleration and power wasn’t all that impressive in my opinion. I would have liked to see more given the fact this is considered a “sport” model. However, what it lacks in power, it makes up for in performance. Plus, can you really complain when you are getting 32 mpg highway?

The Sonata Sport 2.0T comes in only an automatic transmission, but don’t let that disappoint you because this Sonata features a D-cut steering wheel with paddle shifters giving you more control over the vehicle’s performance when desired.

Smart cruise control makes driving easier by adjusting to the cars in front of you automatically. It’ll even come to a full stop and then start again without any driver input. Other features include Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert, hands-free smart trunk with auto open, lane departure warning system, and a backup camera.

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Overall the 2015 Sonata 2.0T makes a great option for someone seeking a stylish and sporty car without paying the price tag of one. This attractive and spacious sedan starts at just $28,575.

If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, check out the 2015 Sonata Limited —Read our complete review HERE.

 

*Disclaimer: Hyundai flew me out to Montgomery, AL to test drive the New Sonata. All expenses were paid but opinions are my own.*