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1997 Highlights

Sheet metal is all new, and gives Sonata a more substantial look despite somewhat controversial retro-style front fascia and grille. Flush-fitting doors and restyled exterior mirrors help quiet the ride, while horn activation switches from spoke button to center steering wheel pad.

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  • Large and comfortable interior, bargain compared to Ford Taurus and Toyota Camry, interesting front styling


  • Not so much a bargain compared to Nissan Altima and Honda Accord, interesting front styling

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Features & Specs

GL 4dr SedanGLS 4dr Sedan4dr Sedan
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic5-speed manual
Horsepower137 hp @ 6000 rpm142 hp @ 5000 rpm137 hp @ 6000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

Too many repairs!
I bought my car used five years ago. It had 59,000 miles on it, two owners before me, and looked to be in great shape. I LOVED it. It served me very well driving long-distance back and forth from college. The V6 engine gives it great acceleration (though at the expensive of very low gas mileage) and everything about it started out smooth. It was affordable and a very attractive car. Well, after about a year the paint started coming off. My roof is now completely bald five years later and the lovely red paint is not perfect anywhere except maybe the doors. (Of course I've never parked it in a garage and we have harsh winters.) Then about two years in my entire transmission gave out and had to be replaced - VERY expensive. Almost cost as much as the car itself. Then it was the door handle, then the electric window buttons, then the alternator, then all four brakes at the same time. This is spread out over five years, but I've spent well over $4,000 (what I paid for it) in repairs. And it only has 75,000 miles! Today I found out the spark plugs are in wrong so I have to replace them and some other parts. The engine is really loud and clicks when I drive. The transmission can still be a little rough, and when I have the air conditioning on, my car rocks quite a lot. The passenger window is slow to go up. It seems like from the reviews I've been reading, most people have gotten more miles out of their Sonata, but maybe mine was driven hard before me or just wasn't a good one. I'm very attached to it, and it's served me well, but be wary of all the problems that may come along the road!
Loved it!
I just "retired" my 1997 Sonata due to a major mechanical problem and was very upset to have to do so because up until this incident this vehicle performed FLAWLESSLY for me. I had absolutely no mechanical problems whatsoever with this car and it was by far the best vehicle I have ever owned up to this point (I am 35 years old)
99,800 and still going
I just logged 99,800 miles on my 97 Sonata GLS and I just now had my first problem. A leaky valve cover gasket. Can't ask for much better than that.
Used 1997 Hyundai Sonata Overview

The Used 1997 Hyundai Sonata is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include GL 4dr Sedan, GLS 4dr Sedan, and 4dr Sedan. Pre-owned Hyundai Sonata models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 3.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 142 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1997 Hyundai Sonata comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual.

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1997 Hyundai Sonata Gas Mileage

1997 Hyundai Sonata GL 4dr Sedan, 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
20 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/25 highway MPG

1997 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan, 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
18 compined MPG,
16 city MPG/22 highway MPG

1997 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG20
Transmission4-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase106.3 in.
Length185.0 in.
Width69.7 in.
Height55.3 in.
Curb Weight2966 lbs.