Inside the New Hyundai Sonata

Since 1987, the Sonata has been Hyundai’s offering for the mid-size sedan class.

Combining comfort, space, and amenities with a competitive price tag and a great warranty, the Sonata has become a popular option to drivers for years. It has been updated several times to continually improve its performance and to be equipped with the most modern features. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata was a crowd pleaser across all areas.

Now in its seventh generation, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata continues to be an excellent option for anyone seeking a reliable vehicle that is also fun to drive.

With a solid power train, a comfortable interior, and excellent safety ratings, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata makes a great vehicle for daily commuting and as a family car.

There are six trims available: the SE, Eco, Sport, Sport 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T, and each trim has many customization options. If you are looking to buy a 2017 Sonata by Hyundai, it is excellent option that will meet nearly all your needs.

Specs

Considered a mid-size sedan, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata holds its own in a competitive class that includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, and Ford Fusion.

It is a four-door sedan, and there is seating for five. With its 110-inch wheelbase, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata has stability while remaining agile. It has a curb weight of 3,200 to 3,600 pounds, depending on the trim.

Its sizeable trunk provides over 16 cubic feet of cargo space, and the rear seat has a 60/40 split design for added storage space.

With a base MSRP of only $21,950, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. There are several options available for upgrading, including a few packages available that will cost you a little more.

Also, each trim has a different starting price:

  • SE: $21,950
  • Eco: $23,125
  • Sport: $23,400
  • Sport 2.0T: $26,600
  • Limited: $27,150
  • Limited 2.0T: $34,350

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has numerous features that come standard, even on the base model. Some of the standard features on the Sonata include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Vehicle stability management and electronic stability control
  • Automatic projector headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Power locks and windows

On top of those, every 2017 Sonata comes with America’s Best Warranty. This includes the 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and the 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty.

Performance Features

There are three different engine options for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata:

  • SE, Sport, and Limited: 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder that provides 185 horsepower
  • Eco: 1.6-liter, inline 4-cylinder that provides 178 horsepower
  • Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T: 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo that provides 245 horsepower

Each trim is equipped with front-wheel drive, a gasoline direct injection fuel system, and drive mode select. All but the Eco trim have a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Eco trim is equipped with a 7-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission.

Safety Features

The creators at Hyundai know that modern safety equipment is one of the highest priorities in looking for a new car.

The 2017 Hyundai receives great ratings from the IIHS for crash safety, allowing you to breathe easier knowing you’re protected every time you get in your car.

Standard safety features on the Sonata include a suite of airbags, blind spot mirror, rearview camera, keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes.

The Limited and Limited 2.0T models are equipped with a separate safety package that includes:

  • Blind spot assistance
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Dynamic bending light
  • Smart cruise control

Entertainment and Interior Features

The interior of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is comfortable and spacious, even for five adults.

With an efficient layout and easy to read gauges and displays, drivers will enjoy a smooth, comfortable experience. Power locks, power windows, air conditioning and other great features come standard across all trims.

For drivers looking for a truly luxurious experience, the Limited/Limited 2.0T trims will be great. They are equipped with a sunroof, heated leather seats, wood grain accents, and power front seats with lumbar support.

Convenience and entertainment features on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata are plentiful, too. Standard equipment on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata includes:

  • Bluetooth
  • Blue Link telematics
  • USB/auxiliary/smartphone input jacks
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto/Apple Car Play which allows users to sync a smartphone, letting you listen to music, make calls, and check messages through the touchscreen display

While this is an impressive suite of entertainment features, the Limited/Limited 2.0T trims include an optional upgraded 9-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a 4-inch trip computer.

How Does It Compare to the Competition?

While the mid-size, four-door sedan class is very competitive, with the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Kia Optima all in the class, the 2017 Sonata more than holds its own.

It has a lower base price than others in the class, its performance and horsepower ranks among the highest in the class, and it has excellent features that come standard across all the trims.

Fuel Efficiency

Due to the three different engines available in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, there is some variance in the fuel efficiency. The SE, Sport, and Limited trims all have an EPA rating of 25/35 mpg (city/highway).

For drivers seeking better gas mileage, the Eco trim gets 28/36 mpg. For drivers who prefer performance over fuel efficiencies, the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T have powerful engines but still get a solid mileage rating of 22/31.

Pros and Cons

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a solid, well-made vehicle, and while it is not a flashy vehicle, it more than makes up for it in countless other ways.

It offers peace of mind through its great warranty. It is comfortable and even the base trims feel luxurious. With several available trims and numerous package options available, you have the opportunity to purchase the car that best meets your needs without overspending on things you may not need.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata also has a 5-star safety rating in overall crash safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and modern safety features. This is a vehicle that is designed to help prevent accidents and to keep you safe in the event of an accident.

If you are looking at buying a new vehicle for 2017, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a great option.