2017 Hyundai Sonata
- Spacious interior with seats that are good for the long haul
- A smooth highway ride with minimal road noise
- Very user-friendly entertainment/navigation interface
- Excellent crash test ratings
- ten-year engine warranty
- Optional turbocharged engine doesn't deliver the performance of its competitors
- Slightly less rear legroom than its rivals
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Edmunds' Expert Review
We might be living in an era where crossover SUVs have become the new family vehicle of choice, but that doesn't mean you should overlook excellent midsize sedans like the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata earned our "A"rating two years ago upon its redesign and it still holds up today.
For 2017, the Sonata remains unchanged, save for a slight reshuffle of some standard and optional features. And it's fine that Hyundai has left the Sonata well enough alone. The cabin is still cavernous and comfortable, with loads of room in the backseat for when you need to ferry the kids, their friends or adult friends. The Sonata also drives confidently, with a smooth ride quality and precise control that avoids that floaty big-sedan feel out on the highway.
You also get plenty of features for your money. Even if you pick the base model, you're not going to feel as if you're getting the short end of the stick, while the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T has luxury-car levels of equipment.
The Sonata's technology features are impressive, from available driver safety aids like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking to large, crisp touchscreen displays for navigation and entertainment functions.
Remember, however, that the midsize sedan segment is full of strong competitors. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are the long-running standard-bearers in this class for near flawless value and execution. But there are other excellent choices as well, including the handsome and well-rounded Ford Fusion, the stylish Mazda 6, the sporty Nissan Altima. and the Chevrolet Malibu. Despite this formidable company, the Sonata offers plenty of comfort, performance and value to make it a standout.
Standard safety features on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag.
All Sonatas except the base model also come with a rearview camera and Blue Link, Hyundai's emergency telematics system (includes roadside assistance, crash response, remote door lock control and monitoring features for parents with teenage drivers that include speed, geo-fencing and curfew limits).
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the Limited and Limited 2.0T models. Lane departure warning, automatic forward collision emergency braking and rear park assist are standard on the Limited 2.0T, optional on the Limited.
In Edmunds' simulated panic-stop testing from 60 mph, the Sonata Sport 2.0T stopped in 125 feet, an acceptable distance for midsize family sedans. The Eco and Sport models did the job in an even more impressive 119 feet.
In government crash testing, the Sonata earned a perfect five-star overall rating, with five stars overall for its performance in frontal- and side-impact crash tests. In crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Sonata earned the top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test and a second-best "Acceptable" in the small-overlap frontal-offset impact test. The Sonata posted a "Good" rating for the remaining side-impact, roof-strength and whiplash protection (seats and head restraints) tests.
2017 Hyundai Sonata configurations
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan available in Base, SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trim levels. The Sonata Hybrid is reviewed separately.
Standard features on the base model include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40 split-folding seatback. Technology features include Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input.
Moving up to the SE adds automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, the Blue Link telematics system (with smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The Sport and Eco trims add LED daytime running lights, side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, simulated leather cabin trim and an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar). The Eco differs with a special fuel-economy-focused engine, while the Sport gets 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhausts with chrome tips and unique body styling tweaks.
A Value Edition package for the Sonata Sport bundles a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a hands-free remote opening trunk, partial leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Limited includes the Sport's features, but trades the sporty chrome and carbon fiber styling accents for a more refined look. It also adds unique 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, leather upholstery, wood grain trim, a six-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear seat vents, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Driver aids include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
The Sport 2.0T adds a more powerful engine, 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, a rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips, sport seats, aluminum pedals, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The range-topping Limited 2.0T includes unique 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic high-beams, rear parking sensors, a lane departure warning system, an automatic pre-collision braking system, automatic engine stop-start, driver memory settings, a heated steering wheel, rear window sunshades, ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a premium Infinity nine-speaker audio system and technology features from the Limited trim and the Sport's Tech package.
Many of the features from the Limited 2.0T are available as part of options packages on the lower trims.
All Sonatas are front-wheel drive, and all engines except the Eco are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque powers the base, SE, Sport and Limited models. At the Edmunds test track, a Sonata Sport sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, an average result for this class.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder Sonata returns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined (25 mpg city/36 mpg highway).
The 2.0T models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. We recorded zero-to-60-mph acceleration in 8.3 seconds, a poor result considering its power advantage over the standard engine.
On the other hand, the 2.0T models return an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway), and we managed to earn an impressive 28 mpg on our diverse 120-mile evaluation route.
The Eco features a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Oddly, the Eco recorded an impressive 7.5-second zero-to-60-mph run, beating the 2.0T model by almost a full second. The EPA says the Eco will achieve 31 mpg combined (28 city/36 highway). We validated those figures with our own 32-mpg trip on the Edmunds evaluation route.
One of the most striking characteristics of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is the hushed way it goes down the road. This is a seriously quiet car. Dispatching road irregularities with smooth damping is this sedan's biggest strength, with well-controlled ride quality that's never harsh, regardless of trim.
Though the Sonata feels balanced in quick turns, it's not a very engaging driving experience. Even the Sport 2.0T trim isn't very thrilling, and it's especially hard to understand the disappointing engine performance given its impressive power output.
Oddly enough, the Eco model provides the most excitement. The smaller engine packs more punch than the base 2.4-liter engine and quicker acceleration than the underperforming turbocharged 2.0T. The Eco is actually our pick of the trio.
The Sonata SE's interior is fairly basic, but materials and build quality are on par with the class. The higher trim levels get plusher door trim and additional cabin accents for a more premium feel. Not surprisingly, the Limited trim, with its available two-tone color schemes and convincing wood grain trim, is particularly appealing. The Sport 2.0T features more thickly bolstered sport seats for added lateral support during spirited maneuvers.
What the interior design lacks in flash, however, it makes up for in clean, logical layout and controls. We appreciate dedicated buttons for primary functions like navigation, phone, radio and media, rather than burying those functions in a touchscreen menu system.
The 7-inch standard touchscreen is large enough to make selecting functions easy and fairly free of distraction while in motion, while the attractive 8-inch screen used with the navigation system features uncluttered, clearly labeled maps with easily readable text and crisp graphics.
The Sonata has more than ample passenger room for four adults. The front seats are well padded, supportive, and perfect for long-distance cruising. There's slightly less rear passenger room than some competitors, but only larger than average adults will notice.
At 16.3 cubic feet, the trunk is a little more generous than average for this segment, and the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat is at the ready to add more cargo capacity should the need arise. Models equipped with the hands-free "smart" trunk opener automatically pop the trunk if the person with the key fob stands behind the car for more than three seconds.
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2017 Hyundai Sonata video
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.
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.
Features & Specs
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.
2017 Hyundai Sonata Overview
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is offered in the following submodels: Sonata Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SE PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Eco 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Sport 2.0T w/Black Leather 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Sport 2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Limited 2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Sonata 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Sonata.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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2017 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,640. The average price paid for a new 2017 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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