Based on the SE Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr Sedan with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG
Front Wheel Drive
122.4 cu ft
2017 Hyundai Sonata video
2017 Hyundai Sonata Expert Rundown
Looking for a well-rounded and affordable sedan? The 2017 Hyundai Sonata might be a great fit. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata is Hyundai's rival to midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. And it's so good that frankly it's easy to take it for granted at this point. But Hyundai has made incredible strides over the past few years. The current Sonata is fully competitive in its class. It's got fuel economy up to 36 miles per gallon with a base 2.4-liter fou4-cylinder. It's got a spacious interior. And as you can see, it's a good-looking car too. And Hyundai's warranty is the icing on the cake. You still get 10 years, 100,000 miles on the powertrain. And that continues to lead the class. We're looking at the turbo version here. And that's one disappointing thing about the Sonata. The 2.0T model, as they call it, doesn't quite have the punch you'd expect. And our track testing would notice that it lags behind other performance-oriented models in this class. Inside the Sonata, the back seat's about average for the class, which means there's room for a couple of six-footers. No problem. Pretty standard stuff here. That's why you get a midsize sedan in the first place. Up front, Hyundai's dialed back the styling of bit on the dashboard. It's a little more conservative this time around. And frankly, we think it's a step up in terms of appeal. It's almost a entry-level luxury look here with the way they've laid out the controls. And Hyundai's got a decent touchscreen infotainment system. And they even give you metal pedals in the Sport model. This is a very competitive segment. We mentioned the Accord. Mentioned the Camry. There's even the Mazda 6 as a dark horse candidate. Bottom line is you want to do a lot of test driving before you make a final choice. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
When the Sonata was redesigned two years ago Edmunds gave the midsize sedan an "A" rating. In the years since, it has only become more versatile and refined.
There are no big changes to the Sonata for 2017, but some options have been shifted around and some features that were optional are now standard. What's best about the Sonata are all the talents it already carried: The cabin is among the roomiest and cushiest in its class, and the Sonata comes with a particularly generous portion of rear seat legroom. And that room doesn't come at the expense of a precisely controlled suspension, responsive steering and some genuine driving fun. Even when the Sonata is filled with passengers, it keeps its composure. And it's a good bet that those passengers will appreciate being able to stretch out.
Another advantage of the Sonata is value. Even the base Sonata comes comfortably equipped so that it feels like a real car and not a stark penalty box. Move up to the top-of-the-line Limited powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the Sonata becomes a genuine midsize luxury car. It features leather upholstery, a big sunroof, upgraded wheels, and a full load of technology including blind-spot monitoring and an automatic braking system to keep an emergency from turning into a disaster. A brilliantly bright touchscreen for controlling the navigation and entertainment systems is a bonus.
A 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain comes standard.
Three powertrains are offered in the Sonata, not counting the gas-electric hybrid versions that are covered separately on Edmunds. Base Sonata SE and Sport models are powered by a non-turbocharged 2.4-liter four rated at 185 horsepower. Latched to the standard six-speed automatic transmission, that combination is EPA-rated at 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway).
A turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder with 178 horsepower accompanied by a seven-speed automatic transmission is now offered in the Eco model with a rating of 31 mpg combined (28 city/36 highway).
The most powerful engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that boasts 245 horsepower. This comes paired to a six-speed automatic in Sport and Limited versions. That combination is rated at 26 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway).
The market is filled with attractive midsize sedans, and the Sonata is certainly a bright spot in this segment. Edmunds is here to help you pick the perfect car and get a great deal.
The Sonata is a comfortable and likable midsize sedan that proves Hyundai can build cars that are not just easy on the pocketbook, but easy to live with as well. Like most vehicles in the midsize sedan class, the Hyundai Sonata offers front-wheel drive, numerous safety features and a choice of trim levels that include sporty and plush variants. Lower pricing and outstanding warranty coverage has traditionally set the Sonata apart from its peers, but later versions of this car also stand out for their high-quality interiors.
Whether serving family car or commuter car duty, the Hyundai Sonata is a nice place to be thanks to its spacious cabin, comfortable seating for four or five and simple controls. In reviews, we've found that the Sonata provides acceleration ranging from solid to spirited, depending on the engine you choose. Steering and handling have steadily improved over the years, as has ride quality. Hyundai's midsize sedan might not have the cushiest ride in this class, but most buyers will find it plenty comfortable.