2017 Hyundai Sonata Buyer's Guide

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Starting Price: $22,435 | Build

Above Average: Roominess, interior appeal, infotainment, warranty

Below Average: Less and less

Consensus: Still a features-per-dollar standout, with increasingly well-rounded appeal


One of the segment's A players

The Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan, all-new last year, has subtle styling outside, an elegant design inside and improved driving feel. When Hyundai introduced the new Sonata, it increased its appeal as a midsize sedan that's loaded with a surprising number of features for the money -- and its starting price is lower than it was last year. Also adding to the appeal are hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, benefiting from all of the improvements made to the regular Sonata, plus better fuel economy than the previous hybrid.

The Sonata has been a huge success for Hyundai, so much so that Hyundai owners are now among the most loyal shoppers at, trailing only Toyota, Lexus and Honda in percentage of new-car shoppers reconsidering their current vehicle brand for their next purchase.

Driving It

The Sonata's powertrain is among its many strengths, even with the base engine, as noted in our 2017 Hyundai Sonata review: "A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 185 horsepower anchors the Sonata lineup as standard equipment. Paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission, it offers satisfying acceleration and decent fuel economy."

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Sonata Sport 2.0T

While the 2.4-liter engine powers most Sonatas and the Sonata Eco's 1.6-liter is the fuel-economy leader, those whose blood runs hotter should consider the Sonata Sport 2.0T. Its turbocharged engine puts out 245 horsepower, and a dual-pinion steering rack further improves steering feel compared to other Sonatas.

Sonata Hybrid

For those who want to visit greener pastures, Hyundai offers two gas-electric options: the Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. The new Hybrid achieves 42 combined mpg, with fuel economy as good as 45 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 27 miles on electric power and has a total range of 590 miles.

Owners' Opinions

While visitor and Hyundai Sonata owner Lt. Tacman noted the Sonata offers a spacious rear seat and large trunk, there were some negatives too: "Quality as you can tell is pretty high, but maybe my only true gripe is the sound system. This is one of the quieter cars I have been in. I'm sure Hyundai wanted it that way. And I'm sure they thought the audio system didn't need to be top tier because of it. The result is a severely underwhelming system in terms of volume and bass." But one final comment sums it up: "If you find yourself as an entry level businessman, or just want a taste of the good life without the "executive" price tag, that lets everyone know you are still a working man (or woman), the Sonata will fit you just fine." Read more Hyundai Sonata consumer reviews.

Build and Price

Good looks and newfound popularity haven't gone to the Hyundai Sonata's head, as it remains a great value. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata starts at a bit over $22,000 and tops out at under $36,000 for a fully loaded Limited 2.0T model. Build and price your own 2017 Hyundai Sonata to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Midsize Sedans

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is one of 11 solid midsize sedans available today, and the trick is finding the one that offers the best combination of what's important to you. Check out our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide to make sure your best match doesn't go overlooked.


Photo Gallery: Hyundai Sonata Inside and Out


Video: Hyundai Sonata Review & Road Test


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