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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.