2017 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $21,600 - $34,350

Ranked #9 in Sedan

7.9

Overall Rating

2017 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a great midsize sedan that receives no significant change apart from streamlining some standard features and options packages. Redesigned two years ago, The 2017 Sonata offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, with ample legroom in the rear seats. The drive remains confident, with precise control without being a floaty sedan on the highway. With three powertrain choices, the MPG ratings of Sonata can range up to 28/36 mpg city/highway.

The 2017 Sonata's price range from $21,600 up to $34,350 and you get plenty of features for your money. Even the base Sonata is fairly loaded, while the top-range Limited 2.0T has luxury-car levels of features. Hyundai has covered the safety of the car by equipping it with aids like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. But there are some excellent choices in the segment including Mazda 6, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu.

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Pros

Many standard features and class-leading safety aids

Above-average cargo capacity

Excellent MPG ratings

Refined engine and extremely smooth handling

Available hybrid, plug-in hybrid and Eco models

Cons

The Eco-engine feels under powered for the class

rear headroom can be tight for tall passengers

What's New?

Extensive safety and infotainment features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3250 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

106.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.4

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/36 mpg

highway range

666.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

PZEV$21,600 onwards

Base$21,600 onwards

SE$21,950 onwards

SE PZEV$21,950 onwards

Eco$23,125 onwards

Sport PZEV$23,400 onwards

Sport$23,400 onwards

Sport 2.0T$26,600 onwards

Limited PZEV$27,150 onwards

Limited$27,150 onwards

Limited 2.0T$34,350 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Hyundai Sonata in Dark Truffle color
Dark Truffle

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.8

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.3

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan option, slotting in above the Elantra and below the Azera. The luxury-oriented Genesis has also moved into their own models like the G80 and G90, so you have that option as well but the prices soar up exponentially. For 2017, Hyundai makes two key updates to Sonata's feature list. The feature and options list has been streamlined and a new Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) option has been added on Limited trim. The DBL is a safety feature that automatically rotates the headlights in the direction of a curve as the driver turns the steering wheel.

The MSRP of 2017 Sonata starts at just above $21,000 which is affordable in the class. The five-year cost of ownership of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is an estimated $22,700 including fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repair cost. These estimates are lower than almost every other vehicle in the class.


8.5/10
Features

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.8/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.3/10
Safety


2017 Hyundai Sonata Features

8.5/10

Hyundai offers the 2017 Sonata in Base, SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T trim levels. The Sonata Hybrid is reviewed separately. The prices begin from $21,600 for the entry-level Sonata model and go up to $34,350 for the Limited 2.0T model. All Sonatas are front-wheel drive, and all engines except the Eco are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Trim Base SE ECO Sport Sport 2.0T Limited Limited 2.0T
MSRP $21,600 $21,950 $23,125 $23,400 $26,600 $27,150 $34,350
Key Features Remote keyless entry with alarm Rearview camera

 

7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission with SHIFTRONIC controls LED Daytime Running Lights   LED taillight  
  Air conditioning Air conditioning Air conditioning Air conditioning  

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

 
 

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with touchscreen speakers

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with constructively speakers

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers

 

Proximity Key entry

 
 

Smartphone/USB auxiliary

Apple CarPlay support

Smartphone/USB auxiliary

Smartphone/USB auxiliary   Leather seating surface  
 

Bluetooth hands-free phone system with phonebook transfer

7" color touchscreen audio display

Bluetooth hands-free phone system with phonebook transfer

Sport front grille and bumper fascia

 

Dual automatic temperature control

 
 

Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio, phone, and cruise controls

Automatic headlights Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio, phone and cruise controls

Sport rocker panels

 

Standard features on the base trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40 split-folding seatback. Technology features include Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port, and auxiliary audio input.

We Recommend

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata SE has an excellent array of standard features for the starting price of $21,950 (MSRP). You will get alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. So, it's the best buy as it offers the most value.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

7.2/10

"The Sonata offers a smooth and capable ride, even over rough pavement. Its performance is not the most exciting in its class, even in the Sport 2.0T trim, but it’s fine for daily driving."-Cars.US News

2017 Sonata Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is available in three engines options across its six trim levels. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. This base engine is standard in the SE, Sport, and Limited trims and comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai offers a Sonata Eco model which gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine good for 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged Sonata has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and improves the fuel economy over the base powertrain.

The most powerful Sonata Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A Sonata Hybrid is also available which increases the EPA rating to 40 mpg. (reviewed separately). The Sonata's engine pushes it smoothly and shows capability. The Eco sedan may be the most engaging because of instant torque while the two turbocharged engines offer adequate passing power at highway speeds.

Models 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
MSRP $21,600 $22,995 $23,155 $23,070
Engine 2.4L GDI 4-Cylinder 2.5L DOHC 16-Valve I4 2.4L 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC I4 2.5L I-4 DOHC SMPI
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic CVT automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6000 rpm 184 hp @ 5700 rpm 185 hp @ 6400 rpm 178 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm 181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm 170 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

By comparison, the base engine of Sonata is adequately powered but the 2.0T engine steals the show. Also, none of Sonata's rivals offers such varied engine choices. Still, the driving dynamics of the Hyundai aren't that athletic as the Mazda 6 or the Honda Accord.

2017 Sonata 0-60 mph and Quarter-mile Acceleration

The 185 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder in the Sonata Sport takes it from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, an average result for this class. The 245 hp 2.0T model does a similar sprint from zero-to-60-mph in 8.3 seconds, surprisingly slower than the base and a poor result considering its power advantage. The Eco trims are the fastest off-the-line, recording an impressive 7.5-second zero-to-60-mph run.

Models 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
0-60 MPH 8.3 sec 7.9 sec 7.3 sec 8.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.3 sec 16.1 sec 15.8 sec 16.5 sec
Engine 2.4L 2.5L 2.4L 2.5L

Among the rivals, the Accord's 7.3 sec 0-60 mph time beats ll the sedans. The Mazda 6 records just under 6 seconds while the comfortable Camry is the slowest with an 8.5 sec time. Moreover, the Sonata is slightly heavier than most of its rivals and the cheapest as well, so this acceleration time shouldn't be a deal-breaker

2017 Sonata Ride and Handling

The smooth and comfortable ride quality is one of the biggest strengths of Sonata. The smooth damping ignores all the road irregularities and the sedan is seriously quiet. Though the drive isn't athletic like the Mazda or the Honda, it's is fine for daily driving.

Around the corners, the Sonata feels balanced and you will never have that floaty sedan feeling. Even the Sport 2.0T trim isn't very thrilling, and it comes as a surprise considering such power advantage 2.0T has over other variants and rivals as well. For most excitement, the Eco model should be the first choice.

2017 Sonata Braking Performance

The 2017 Sonata has above-average rotor size in front as well as rear, and in a panic stop the 3250-pound sedan took impressive 125 feet to stop from 60 mph. The brakes don't feel too firm and give natural feedback.

Model 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
Brake Front 12.0" 11.7" 11.1" 11.7"
Brake Rear 11.2" 10.9" 11.1" 11.0"
Curb Weight 3250 lbs. 3250 lbs. 3239 lbs. 3245 lbs.
60-0 MPH 125 ft. 126 ft. 117 ft. 129 ft.

Comparing the braking performance of Hyundai Sonata with the rivals highlight Honda Accord's excellent performance. The Honda stopped in 117 feet, which is a great performance considering the 3239-pound weight of the sedan. All other rivals are subdued by the Sonata.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2017 Sonata base engine delivers above-average fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Eco improves the base car's EPA rating to 28/36 mpg city/highway, which is the best fuel economy estimate of a nonhybrid in the class. The Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trims return EPA-rated gas mileage of 22/31 mpg, which is still decent.

Model 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
MPG (city) 25 26 27 24
MPG (highway) 36 35 36 33
MPG (combined) 29 29 30 27

Fuel Tank Capacity

18.5 gallons

16.4 gallons

17.2 gallons

17 gallons

Range (city/highway)

463/666

427/574

465/627

408/561

The Sonata's above-average gas mileage combined with an above-average 18.5-gallon fuel tank capacity allows it to deliver an extraordinary range of 666 miles on the highway. Also, all Sonata trim levels are front-wheel-drive which also improves the fuel efficiency for the sedan.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.8/10

"What the interior design lacks in flash, however, it makes up for in clean, logical layout and controls. "- Edmunds

2017 Sonata Seating and Comfort

The Hyundai Sonata seats five and the base trim offers a fairly basic interior, but the build quality ad materials used are on par with the rivals. Standard is the cloth upholstery, however, the higher trims get upscale door trim and a more premium feel. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, sport seats with more side support, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The top-range Limited trim is available with two-tone color schemes and convincing wood grain trim. As the name suggests, the Sport 2.0T features heavily bolstered sport seats for added lateral support.

As for the interior space, the 2017 Sonata's front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the rear seats are roomy enough to hold most adults. The rear seat headroom is somewhat questionable for tall passengers, may need a little more space. The interior design is functional and lacks flashy styling. 

Model 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.4/57.9/45.5 38.4/57.1/42.2 39.1/58.6/42.5 38.8/58.0/41.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.0/56.5/35.6 37.1/55.5/38.7 37.5/56.5/38.5 38.1/56.6/38.9

The only downside of the Sona6ta's interior is the rear seat headroom which is below-average, otherwise, the sedan offers plenty of space and comfort features at a cheaper price. The Toyota Camry offers the most space in the rear while Mazda 6 has the least.

2017 Sonata Infotainment System

The 2017 Sonata's 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is large enough and responsive to avoid any distractions while driving. The available 8-inch touchscreen with navigation system features clear graphics and well-labeled maps. Standard infotainment features include a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, remote keyless entry, and a rearview camera.

Available interior features include an upgraded nine-speaker premium audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a hands-free liftgate. Key highlights of the 2017 Sonata's interior are as below:

  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto with 7-inch touch display (standard)
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system (standard)
  • 6 speaker system (standard)
  • 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system (on the limited trims)
  • 9-speaker system with subwoofer and external amplifier rated 400 watts. (on the limited trims) 
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto with 7-inch touch display (standard)
  • 6 speaker system (standard)
  • 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system (on the limited trims)
  • Infinity Premium Audio System (on the limited trims)
  • 9-speaker system with subwoofer and external amplifier rated 400 watts. (on the limited trims)

2017 Sonata Cargo Capacity

At 16.3 cubic feet, Sonata's trunk volume is slightly more generous than most of its rivals. The standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat expands the cargo capacity considerably. Another advantage the Hyundai offers is the available hands-free "smart" trunk liftgate. 

Model 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
Trunk Volume 16.3 ft.3 14.8 ft.3 15.8 ft.3 15.4 ft.3

The Sonata sedan has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class and thus is the most practical midsize sedan. The small storage options are also logical and offers enough space for your phone, water bottles and more.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

7.5/10

"More "conservatively handsome" designs like the current Sonata tend to look fresh longer than more outré styling, such as on the previous Sonata."- KBB

2017 Sonata Dimension and Weight

The 2017 Sonata is a part of the generation redesigned in 2015, and Hyundai has designed it more formally. The previous versions of the car had more dramatic curves and crests while the current model is arguably more sophisticated and conservative a well.

With the tapered shape, the 2017 Sonata still has wide shoulders. The rear end has a lot with a rear lip spoiler and its chrome surround, and the dual exhaust. The Sport trim is visually different from the rest of the lineup, thanks to the distinctive front-end appearance, side rocker extensions, and added chrome body-side molding. Sport 2.0T upgrades rear bumper and add quad exhaust tips, with 18-inch alloy wheels. 

Model 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Mazda 6 2017 Honda Accord 2017 Toyota Camry
Curb weight 3250 lbs. 3250 lbs. 3239 lbs. 3245 lbs.
Length 191.1" 192.7' 192.5" 190.9"
Width 73.4" 72.4" 72.8" 71.7"
Height 58.1" 57.1" 57.7" 57.9"
Ground clearance  5.3" 6.4" 5.8" 6.1"
Wheelbase 110.4" 111.4" 109.3" 109.3"
Track width (in) F/R 63.5/63.8 62.4/62.0 62.8/62.0 62.8/62.4

In terms of size, the Sonata is 191.1 inches long, and it makes use of that efficiently than Honda Accord which is longer, but less spacious. The Sonata has a larger wheelbase than most rivals including Mazda and Toyota, at 110.4 inches. 

2017 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.3/10

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata earned five stars in overall crash safety from the NHTSA, with five stars in front and side crash, and four stars in the rollover test. IIHS gave the 2017 Sonata its most prestigious Top Safety Pick+ designation, with scores of Good in all categories of crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation. 

For the 2017 model year, Hyundai adds to Sonata's safety features list the new Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) system. The DBL system rotates the headlights around turns as the driver moves the steering wheel to enhance nighttime visibility. Other driver-assistance features available on the 2017 Sonata include automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam assist.

Safety Features

  • 7-airbag safety system
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2017 Hyundai Sonata Competition

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs 2017 Honda Accord

Among the midsize sedans, Honda Accord is another good option. Honda offers the Accord a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan, and both have stylish interiors and comfortable seating. Also, a V6 engine option is available with the Accord, offering a sub-six-second 0-60 mph time.

However, Sonata is a better overall package. It offers more room inside for passengers as well as cargo. The fuel economy of the Hyundai is class-leading and it also has better-predicted reliability ratings.

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs 2017 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry has been one of the best-sellers of all time and choosing between the Camry and Sonata can never result in anything wrong. The Toyota Camry has better rear-seat legroom and class-leading reliability ratings. Like the Honda, Toyota Camry also has a V6 option but the Sonata offers better fuel economy ratings with the turbocharged engine.

The Hyundai sonata costs less and offers more standard features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Your choice will come down to a matter of preference.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

The 2017 Sonata is an excellent midsize sedan. Hyundai packs the Sonata with plenty of standard features for a starting price lower than most of the rivals. The vehicle returns class-leading fuel economy, has a spacious trunk, low ownership cost, and offers a smooth ride quality. Though the engine options aren't that impressive still, the Sonata remains good for daily driving and freeway rides. It's a good combination of quality and value.


2017 Hyundai Sonata FAQs

How much does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited costs?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited model starts at $27,150 and comes with a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine while the Limited 2.0T model costs $34,350 and have a 245 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine

Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata has standard Apple CarPlay & Android Auto with a 7-inch infotainment display.

What are the alternatives to the 2017 Hyundai Sonata?

The key competitors of the Hyundai Sonata include Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Mazda 6, and Ford Fusion.

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