The 2015 Sonata ECO is the perfect blend of the base Sonata and the loaded Sonata Sport 2.oT. With styling inside and out that is darker and sexier than the base model, the Sonata ECO wears a tasty black chrome for its grille that really moves the car’s look upmarket. At least from the front.
From the side and in profile, the ECO is a bit more humble. 17-inch low-rolling resistance tires look a bit silly and undersized, while a single exhaust pipe out back is down by half versus the Sonata Sport 2.0T.
But where the ECO really pulls out all the stops is under the hood. A brand-new 1.6-liter turbo four is paired to a GTI-rivalling dual-clutch automatic. Seven gears and a playful sing up the rev-counter. Check out the HD drive video below to see the new powertrain in action — delivering a 60-mph sprint more than 1.5-seconds quicker than the base Sonata.
This ECO test car is deeply impressive on the road, especially with its well-specced price coming in just above $28k. A huge list of features on the Tech package is the only option from the ECO’s base price of $23,275.