Pecheles Automotive Compares 2015 Toyota Camry VS 2015 Hyundai Sonata Near New Bern, NC

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2015 Toyota Camry

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2015 Toyota Camry

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2015 Hyundai Sonata

Safety Comparison

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sonata doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry XSE/XLE offers an optional Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Sonata offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Camry and the Sonata have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Sonata:



Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

73 G’s

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

20 cm

20 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 47 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sonata is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sonata.

There are over 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Camry has more powerful engines than the Sonata:


Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

178 HP

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

268 HP

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

177 HP

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

Sonata Sport 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry is faster than the Hyundai Sonata:

Camry 4 cyl.


Sonata 4 cyl.

Sonata Sport 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

5.8 sec

8.4 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

14.2 sec

16.5 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.3 MPH

100.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

88.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camry stops shorter than the Sonata:



60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Camry SE handles at .81 G’s, while the Sonata Eco pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camry SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sonata Eco (27.2 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Camry has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sonata.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camry’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sonata’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Sonata’s optional windows’ rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Camry has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Sonata only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Camry will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Sonata.



Five Year

39% to 50%

31% to 39%

Three Year

49% to 62%

44% to 55%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $172 to $6123 less than for the Hyundai Sonata.

Recommendations Comparison

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



Motor Trend selected the Camry as their 2007 Car of the Year. The Sonata has never been chosen.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Hyundai Sonata by almost two to one during 2014.

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