Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

About Hyundai Sonata

The midsize-sedan market is possibly the most competitive in the U.S. Not only do you have the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, pretty much everything else is at least a solid player, like the Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, Nissan Altima and our Best Buy winner, the Kia Optima. So it's no small feat that the 2017 Hyundai Sonata stands out from this distinguished crowd. Credit the choice of naturally aspirated, turbocharged, hybrid and plug-in drivetrains; conservatively handsome styling, the latest in high-tech, and a comfortable and quiet driving environment. This year, Apple CarPlay is part of the technology, and the base Sonata even gets a $150 price reduction, making it the least expensive car in its class.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2017?
2017 Hyundai Sonata

Two noteworthy changes for the 2017 Sonata include adaptive headlights on Limited models, and Apple CarPlay that was added during the 2016 cycle. Hyundai also lowered the price a little on the base Sonata, giving it bragging rights as the least expensive car in its class.

  • Expert Rating: 9
  • Consumers Rating: 8.7
  • MPG 25|36
2016 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2016?
2016 Hyundai Sonata

This year a Sonata hybrid and Sonata plug-in hybrid round out the Sonata lineup, while Android Auto made its debut in late 2015. Other changes include lighter-weight suspension components, new wheels for the Limited trim, and automatic emergency braking on models equipped with forward-collision warning.

2015 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2015?
2015 Hyundai Sonata

All-new for the 2015 model year, Hyundai’s midsize sedan sports new looks both inside and out. A new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission also debuts in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

2014 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2014?
2014 Hyundai Sonata

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata has over 50 improvements this year. Some of the more notable include refreshed interior/exterior styling, standard Driver Selectable Steering Mode, available Blind Spot Detection system, available ventilated seats and a new navigation system with an 8-inch color monitor.

2013 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2013?
2013 Hyundai Sonata

For the 2013 model year, the Hyundai Sonata receives a handful of minor revisions to its feature content. GLS trims equipped with the Popular Equipment Package now include fog lights and heated front seats, while Limited models get a traditional moonroof in place of the previously-standard dual-panel unit. Standard heated front seats for SE trims round out the changes.

2012 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2012?
2012 Hyundai Sonata

For 2012, the Sonata Limited gains a 3-piece panoramic sunroof, while all trims receive Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment and safety system. Cars equipped with navigation also come with HD Radio.

2011 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2011?
2011 Hyundai Sonata

There's a new mainstream mid-size sedan in town, and it's going to force Honda and Toyota to step up their games.

2010 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2010?
2010 Hyundai Sonata

In a nod to improved fuel economy, Hyundai has added its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to the SE and Limited trims. A V6 is still available on all but the base GLS model. Auxiliary audio and a USB input jack are now standard on all trims.

2009 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2009?
2009 Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata gets a comprehensive – and much needed – mid-cycle update for 2009. The architecture is the same, but it has a completely reworked interior, upgraded engines, minor exterior revisions, different spring rates and larger front and rear stabilizer bars.

2008 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2008?
2008 Hyundai Sonata

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is now available on all trims, while the GLS trim can now be had with a V6 engine. XM Satellite Radio is standard across the line and the SE receives a power driver's seat. Limited models now feature a six-speaker Infiniti sound system with separate subwoofer.

2007 Hyundai Sonata
What's new for 2007?
2007 Hyundai Sonata

A new SE trim is added to the Sonata lineup and features 17-inch wheels and a V6 engine. The four-cylinder GLS models receive a price reduction while the top-end Limited trim gets a new chrome grille and optional Infinity sound system. Both the four- and six-cylinder engines now qualify the Sonata as an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle.

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Consumer Reviews

Overall an excellent

By on Thursday, September 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Build quality, Quietness, Comfortable Ride, Tech"

Cons: "Tight drivers cockpit (for me)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Overall this car is an excellent vehicle and the features for the price is the cherry on top. I only have 1 complaint and that is my cooled seats don't cool very well. I'm having Hyundai look at them next week. I had a loaner car when mine was in the shop for an oil change, and they gave me the exact same model, 2015 Sonata Limited. And when I used it's seat cooler, it almost froze me out. My car, you can barley feel it. I looked at most of the other competitors in the Sonata's segment and you can not get the level of quality interior build, smooth ride, quiet cabin and awesome technology that the Hyundai offers unless you want to pay $$ more. And even then, the build quality and materials used don't stack up to it. The interior is very spacious, the only complaint I have is the drivers cockpit is not as wide as I'd like. I'm 6'1" and I like to drive with my legs out to the sides and my knees hit the door handle on one side and the middle console on the other, so I have to put my feet towards the middle of the floorboard so I can get enough knee room. But as a whole, very comfortable ride. The quietness of the cabin and smooth ride is great! I commute 5 days a week and I traded in my 2011 Elantra Limited as the road noise and rough ride was a little too much for my liking. Although I did take a drive in the 2015 Elantra and I almost thought of buying it as it has also come a long ways in noise and ride quality as well, but the overall room and tech the Sonata had won me over. I was even thinking of purchasing the 2014 Azera (love the looks and bhp of that car) but again, the tech on the Sonata got me. Passive cruise control is the best. Once I'm on the freeway and turn it on, I almost never have to break or speed up until its time to get off the highway, great invention. The interior quality is very good as is the fit and finish. I hate when you buy a car and you get squeaks and rattles after just a couple years. My Elantra which had 70,500 on it, never once squeaked or rattled, and I can pretty much bet that I won't have that issue either with the Sonata. The back seat has more room than any car in it's class and as soon as you sit in it, you can tell. I always put the drivers seat in the position I like to drive in, then I hop in back to check the leg room. You can sit 3 full size adults on that seat with no issues. The trunk is also of good size and easy to access. I like the new 3 second auto open trunk as well. All you do is walk up behind the car and it will beep 3 times and the trunk will auto open as long as the key fob is in your pocket. Also, I can fit 3 sets of golf clubs in fairly easily. The engine has enough bhp to get you going and the gas mileage has been good. My Elantra averaged around 27 mpg and my larger Sonata is getting 30+. So for the features and quality, it can't be beat. The looks took me a bit to warm up to, I did like the older models looks and really LOVED the Azera's looks. But the more I look at this car, it really does have a refined muscular look to it. There are a lot of cars in this segment and each one does certain things better than the others, but in MHO, the 2015 Sonata does more of them better."

106 people out of 150 found this review helpful

Very good quality

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

I like the clean look of the car

"My second Hyundai Sonata. Very pleased with the limited version. I do wish I purchased one with the front radar tech package. The rear radar warning system is an excellent safety feature. Touch screen is very good. I like the voice phone interface and wish the navigation components were voice controlled. My wife is very happy with the power passenger seat. Overall I give the Hyundai in excellent rating and the pricing is also very good."

17 people out of 24 found this review helpful

I like the clean look of the car

Best bang for my buck

By on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quietness of the cabin, equipment, layout, ride"

Cons: "Seats could be a little softer (they are not stiff"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Sonata with a bow

"I am spending 2.5 hours every working day in the car: to me it is not choosing "just a car", but a second home and office. I have invested a lot of time in selecting a new vehicle. Here are the reasons I did not buy competitors: Accord EX (pros: awesome screens and interior quality, nice open layout, camera on the mirror, handling; cons: suspension is on the stiffer side, road imperfections are quite noticeable). Altima (pros: the most comfortable seats; cons: engine noise, no Android Auto(AA)). Fusion (great car overall, but the cabin layout is claustrophobic and rear seat room is the smallest, no AA). 2016 Malibu (looks awesome, but the ride is on a stiffer side and interior is simply "fine"). Camry LE (everything is in place, but it lacks Android Auto/Apple Car, which serves as a live personal assistant during the trip). Sonata is the car where all my stars have lined up: it has definitely the smoothest ride of the bunch, the car irons out all the cracks in the pavement - you do not feel them nor hear them. Sonata is the quietest car on a highway - no tire noise, no wind noise, it feels and rides like a luxury car, even though I got the entry level model without a single option. Cabin layout is very open, you constantly "feel" spaciousness especially with the light interior (light gray or beige). Sonata has a very confident handling, and there is absolutely no "floatiness" as you would normally feel with soft suspensions. Entry-level model comes with the most equipment compared to the cars above: nice 7" screen with lots of features (XM data - traffic, weather), high-quality HD backup camera, AA works great, seats are comfortable on my long rides, and the price tag is unbelievable if you know how to negotiate - very low 18,000s. The sound system generates an unexpectedly good sound quality - it is not what you would think to get in a "stripped-down model". Paired with the cabin quietness the sound is very good. If you choose very nice options like panoramic sunroof, heated/cooled leather seats and a plethora of safety/electronic features, adaptive cruise control, super stereo system - prepare to pay at least 50% more. In my case - it was not worth "half the car", but everyone is different. Confession: I really loved those options, but then brain overruled my feelings and desires. Paired with 5 year full/10-year powertrain warranty and very low maintenance costs this Sonata SE is my perfect choice to be my 2nd home/office for the next 5 years."

154 people out of 220 found this review helpful

Sonata with a bow

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