If you are looking for a midsize sedan that offers a solid build quality, easy-to-use controls and touchscreen, lots of standard and optional features, spacious and quiet interior, and value for the money, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata definitely has what you’re looking for. In fact, it’s one of favorites in this segment. Its release date should be expected sometime in the beginning of 2017.
Its design layout is simple but attractive, with LED lighting accents standard on most trims. You’ll realize that crossovers are steadily supplanting the midsize sedan segment as the vehicle of choice for the American family. What, you don’t read industry reports? Well, if you don’t, that’s what the automobile stats are implying.
For starters, the Sonata is the best-selling model for Hyundai and the previous model’s sales were greater than both of Hyundai’s crossovers combined. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the upgrades in technology and performance of this “A” rated sedan. An even greater and attractive proposition should be expected for the 2017 model.
The most significant change for the new model lies in its infotainment system. The new seven-inch touchscreen replaces the outgoing model’s smallish five-inch unit. Feature added include a Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone functionality. Others include automatic emergency contact notification, remote ignition, and Google destination search capability.
That aside, other areas that come with notable changes include the spacious backseat, smooth ride quality, and the plenty of features offered even for the base model. But even with so many intriguing bells and whistles offered on the Sonata, several eccentricities exist including a relatively unrefined 2.4L engine, and an average performing turbocharged 2.0L engine.
But more so than ever before, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata is deserving of its continued success. But if not, you should probably check what its competition offers. They include the Mazda 6, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and the Ford Fusion.
Hyundai Sonata – Trims Available
Six trims – Limited 2.0T, Sport 2.0T, Limited, SE, Sport, and Eco – are offered for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. The redesigned Sonata Hybrid SE review is covered elsewhere on this blog.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Hyundai Sonata Interior Changes
Standard accessories and features offered for the base Sonata SE trim model includes full power accessories, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, 16” alloy wheels, a rear folding 60/40-split seatback, automatic headlights, HD and satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, heated rear seats, a rear lip spoiler, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, and a six-speaker sound system.
The Sonata Eco and Sport add a simulated leather cabin trim, 17” alloy wheels, unique body styling tweaks, dual exhausts with chrome tips, special-fuel-economy focused engine, a power eight-way driver seat, side mirrors with turn signals integration, and LED daytime running lights.
The Sonata Limited trim model includes a rearview auto-dimming mirror, LED taillights, six-way power passenger seat, body styling tweaks, and heated rear seats.
At the zenith of the trim pole is the Sonata Limited 2.0T trim model that includes an automatic pre-collision braking system, rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlight control, a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker sound system, ventilated and heated front seats, an adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam control.
Many of the upscale features offered for the top-trims are also offered for the lower trims in terms of either standalone options or are packages in optional packages. The full details about the optional packages provided isn’t available as of this writing, but we expect to hear some hints as its release date nears.
2017 Hyundai Sonata Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is offered by several engine: the standard mill is a 2.4L engine rated at 178 lbs. ft. of torque and 185 horsepower, and comes fitted under the hood of all trims except the Sonata Eco. The other offered is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 245 horsepower and 260 pounds-ft. of torque.
Lastly, but certainly not the least, is the four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L engine. It comes paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission system which then forwards the power generated – 178 hp and 195 pounds-ft. of torque to the wheels.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.4 in. (73.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 122.4 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 16.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3252 lbs.
Top Speed: 119 mph
0-60: 8.1 sec
MPG: 25/38 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Dark Truffle, Lakeside Blue, Nouveau Blue, Phantom Black, Quartz White Pearl, Shale Gray Metallic, Symphony Silver, Venetian Red …
Towing Capacity: N/A
2017 Hyundai Sonata Release Date & Price
The Sonata price, according to credible sources, starts from a base MSRP of $21,750, and goes to maximum of about $34,910 for the Sonata Limited model. From $30,100 for the Sonata Hybrid Limited, and from $26,000 for the Sonata Hybrid SE. industry reports allege it should probably be offered for sale sometime in early 2017.
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