Published: July 01, 2014 |United States
Hyundai 2015 Sonata is intended to execute an impressive number of targeted improvements. The outgoing car successfully aims to establish itself as a credible contender in the midsize car segment. The car is equipped with clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space along with improved infotainment system and design. Also, the car has integrated support for in-dash infotainment platforms CarPlay and Android Auto.
Three infotainment systems are offered in the new Sonata. The SE gets a basic radio/SiriusXM/CD system with a small display, iPod/USB, Bluetooth, and aux-in support.
In the middle is a system with a 5-inch color touchscreen, the same source support, and a rearview camera. It’s standard on the Sport, Sport 2.0T, and Eco models; the Limited increases the power to 360W and adds a subwoofer.
The top-spec system is offered as an option in the all the models with an 8-inch touchscreen and throws in HD Radio too. The Sport and Eco models getting six speakers and a subwoofer, while the Limited and Sport 2.0T get ten Infinity speakers and a 400W amp.
The new model has integrated support for both CarPlay and Android Auto. The driver can leave CarPlay streaming audio through iTunes Radio, for instance, while using Hyundai’s system for navigation. Hyundai is sticking with a physical Lightning cable for connectivity, even when Apple adds Bluetooth CarPlay support; since it argues that will be a more straightforward route for most owners.
Those who buy the 2015 Sonata before those updates happen will get an upgrade to support both CarPlay and Android Auto, with Hyundai aiming to be the first mainstream car company to offer both simultaneously.
2015 Hyundai Sonata CarPlay demo:
Source: Slash Gear