2017 Hyundai Sonata: Standing Out in a Crowd

11.04.16 - 2017 Hyundai Sonata

If I were to tell you there was a Korean made car that was able to stand out in a market that includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima and Kia Optima you might be surprised and excited to learn what that car was. Once you know it’s the Hyundai Sonata you might think this car was an obvious choice to stand out in this crowd and be one of the cars in this class that offers you more for the money than anything else, because that’s what Hyundai has done for years.

The Hyundai Sonata is a great mid-sized car that offers you the comfort you need and a ton of technology and even a bit of refinement for you to feel like this car is teetering on being a premium model. This is a car that offers you a value by having a low starting price, a full menu of great feature and the fuel mileage you want in a car that will serve you well on the road. For 2017 this car has added adaptive headlights on the Limited models and Apple CarPlay to give you more connectivity with your smartphone than before.

When you shop the Sonata, there are five different drivetrains for you to choose from so that you can have the car you want to enjoy. All except the Eco model are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and the Eco uses a seven-speed dual clutch setup to give you more speed from the engine.

The base engine is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder that gives you 185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver 25 city/36 hwy mpg in the SE and 25 city/35 hwy mpg on the Sport and Limited models. Next up is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that’s found in the Sport 2.0T. This engine delivers 245 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque to give you the power you want to enjoy and shows up with 21 city/30 hwy mpg and is only offered on the Limited models.

Next up we see the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine of the Eco model. This smaller power plant makes good use of the 177 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque available to it. This engine also returns excellent fuel numbers at 28 city/36 hwy mpg. There are two hybrid engines, both of which use a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The base hybrid gives you 193 horsepower and 38 city/43 hwy mpg in the Hybrid and then 39 city/45 hwy mpg in the Hybrid SE. The Plug-in Hybrid model gives you a 27 mile electric only range and the fuel mileage of 39 mpg combined while offering you 202 horsepower and 99 MPGe when using only the electric motor.

Starting at the SE model you have automatic headlights, an infotainment system that uses a seven-inch touchscreen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, stability and traction control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40 split rear seat. The Sport model adds a power driver’s seat and gives you chance to add a sunroof. The Sport and Limited models allow you to begin climbing the engine tree and give you other items such as a ten-speaker Infinity sound system, smart cruise control with start/stop capability, automatic high beams, ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof. There is even the opportunity for you to add a hands free trunk release that can make it easier for you to carry item to the back of your Sonata.

When you look to the pricing of this vehicle, the starting price for the SE model is at $22,800. Moving up to the Eco you will pay around $24,000 and the Sport comes in at just a little higher. The Limited reaches the $28,000 mark and the turbo engine will cost $3,200 more on the Sport and $6,000 more on the Limited. The Hybrid begins at a little less than $27,000 and comes to $35,500 for the plug-in version. The Sonata is a car that you can easily enjoy driving and offers you a great menu of features and price points for you to have the car you want at the price you’re willing to pay.

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