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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$26,000 - $30,100

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Overview

Marking the second year of the new generation of Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan, this year the car has undergone some minor changes with a new hybrid powertrain for greater fuel economy and has retained the same platform, with the traditional styling of the regular Sonata.

Giving you the same advantages of the regular Sonata, this hybrid mechanical sedan gives you a smooth ride, has a roomy interior and solid value for money. Priced between $26,000 and $30,100, the 2017 Sonata Hybrid comes in two flavors and you can opt for standalone features based on your requirement.

Sonata Hybrid gives a stiff competition to its peers with its high rated fuel economy. This year the sedan has upped the game with its telematic upgrades which includes a stylish 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display which comes standard on all the variants. You can even switch to 8-inch touchscreen which is available on some of the optional trims.

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Pros

Eased out ride

Sprightly acceleration

Spacious interiors

Cons

Tight headroom in rear seats

Generic and basic design

What's New?

Redesigned

New infotainment system


Features

Power

193 hp

140 torq

MPG

39 city

45 hwy

transmission

6-speed automatic

drivetrain

front wheel drive

0 to 60

7.1



Styles

 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan in Pewter Gray Metallic color  2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan in Graphite Blue Pearl color  2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan in Eclipse Black color  2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan in Diamond White Pearl color
Pewter Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

8.7

Interior

8.7

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan SE

SE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$26,000

Configurations
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 154-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 140 lbs.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (39/42/45)

 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan Limited

Limited

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$30,100

Configurations
Limited w/Blue Pearl Interior 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
HP: 193 hp @ 6000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (38/40/43)
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 154-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 140 lbs.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (38/40/43)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 24 days ago

8.7

Overall Rating


 

8.7/10
Engine

 
 

8.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

Marking the second year of the new generation of Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan, this year the car has undergone some minor changes with a new hybrid powertrain for greater fuel economy and has retained the same platform, with the traditional styling of the regular Sonata.

Giving you the same advantages of the regular Sonata, this hybrid mechanical sedan gives you a smooth ride, has a roomy interior and solid value for money. Priced between $26,000 and $30,100, the 2017 Sonata Hybrid comes in two flavors and you can opt for standalone features based on your requirement.

Sonata Hybrid gives a stiff competition to its peers with its high rated fuel economy. This year the sedan has upped the game with its telematic upgrades which includes a stylish 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display which comes standard on all the variants. You can even switch to 8-inch touchscreen which is available on some of the optional trims.

Features

There are two trim options available in the new variant of the Sonata Hybrid namely: SE and Limited. The base variant starts at $25,500 and comes equipped with some standard features like cloth upholstery, six-way manual-adjustable front seats, proximity key entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, a hands-free power trunk, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system among others.

Trim

SE

Limited

MSRP

$26,000

$30,100

Key

Features

Automatic headlights Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
LED Daytime Running Lights and LED taillights Leather seating surfaces
Hands-free smart trunk with auto open Leatherette door panel inserts with stitching
Proximity Key entry with push-button start Manual rear side sunshades
Chrome exterior door handles with welcome light Premium door sill plates
7-inch color touchscreen display audio 7-Inch color touchscreen display audio
Heated power side mirrors with turn signal indicators Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink
Rearview camera Rearview camera
Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with 4.2"color multi-info LCD display Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster
AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers
  Blue Link Connected Car System

The other trim option Limited has a price tag of $30,500 and comes with a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a second USB port, satellite radio, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, and Blue Link Connected Car Services. If you include the Ultimate Package worth $3,850 then you can add a heated steering wheel, an Infinity premium stereo, wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, rear sunshades, rear parking sensors among other features.

Engine

8.7/10

The 2017 Elantra does an admirable job blending comfort, efficiency and even some agility, particularly in the new Sport model, with more power, a firmer suspension, and bigger brakes. - KBB

Engine and Transmission

The powertrain Of Sonata Hybrid brings together a 154-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-4 with a 38-kilowatt (51-hp) electric motor which is placed between its engine and Sonata unique 6-speed automatic transmission which together pulls off a combined output of 193 hp. The 1.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery which gives the car much needed green energy is located under the trunk floor of the sedan which is the default place for the spare tire. The electric motor added to the sedan gives the car added torque and gets recharged when brakes are applied.

Models

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

MSRP

$26,000

$25,675

$26,790

$29,605

Engine

2.0L GDI 4-Cylinder Hybrid

2.0L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Hybrid

2.5L I-4 DOHC Hybrid

2.0L 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylinder

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT Automatic

CVT Automatic

CVT Automatic

Horsepower

193 hp

188 hp

200 hp

212 hp

Torque

140 lb-ft

129 lb-ft

156 lb-ft

129 lb-ft

Most of the hybrids in this class including Ford Fusion and Honda Accord still happen to use the CVT or continuously variable automatic transmission as it is called, which is unpopular for its notorious for the whining, droning sound that it emits.

The Sonata Hybrid has tried to address this issue and has effectively employed a traditional six-speed automatic transmission which is capable of delivering a smooth, quiet shift and makes the most of Sonata power.

Acceleration

The Sonata has good acceleration scores being a hybrid sedan. With its 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder with a 38-kilowatt (51-hp) electric motor, it can easily run from 0-60 in a mere 8 seconds. Its quarter-mile performance is, however, the lowest in the class. It generates 0.80 g of lateral acceleration which brings it at par with other hybrid midsize sedans.

Models

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

7.4 sec

7.2 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

16.3 sec

12.9 sec

15.6 sec

12.2 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.5L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

4.2

4.2

4.5

3.6

Both Toyota Camry and Honda Accord share identical numbers and Ford Fusion gives a close competition with just a few milliseconds of difference.

Ride and Handling

The Sonata Hybrid boasts of a soft suspension which drastically reduces the discomfort while riding on rough pavement and bumps on the road. The sedan has a responsive steering but you wouldn't get the feel of a sport focused sedan.

When it comes to handling the Sonata Hybrid holds its own grounds and doesn't disappoint but some of its competitors like Fusion and the Accord are more engaging to drive and they are also equipped with better steering and chassis turning.

Braking

The brake pedals in the sedan are not so impressive as it feels grabby and mushy when you first push on it, this occurs especially during highway speeds, which is often followed by a long, disconcerting dead period while you press down the brake pedals harder.

The actual breaking performance of the Sonata is satisfactory but some of its rivals have a more natural feel in their brakes.

Model

Hyundai Sonata hybrid SE

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

12.0

11.8

11.7

11.5

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11.9

11.1

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3497

3668

3485

3483

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

127

125

123

It took nearly 121 feet to stop the SE variant of the Sonata Hybrid but the Limited trim Sonata stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet which some would say is a tad bit shorter than average in its class.

Ford Fusion performs the best in panic brake test while others in the competition like the Camry and Accord tow nearly the same line as Sonata SE.

Fuel Economy

The Hybrid SE model has one of the best fuel efficiency ratings among the cars in its class. It has been rated at 39 mpg city, 45 highway, 42 combined by the EPA. However, climbing up the trim the number falls down to 38, 43, and 40 mpg.

Adding the electric range of the sedan, it car has 27 miles of electric range and has a combined output of 39mpg while the car runs as a hybrid after the battery has completely drained out.

Model

Hyundai sonata hybrid SE

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

MPG (city)

39

43

42

49

MPG (highway)

45

41

38

47

MPG (combined)

42

42

40

48

The Accord steals the show by being the most fuel-efficient model in its class. It has been rated at 49/47/48 mpg at city, highway and combined respectively. Others in the lineup compete with each other in their mileage ability in city and highway as the numbers vary but the combined estimate is almost equal with just 2 mpg of difference.

Interior

8.7/10

The Elantra's interior is definitely a top selling point. It's well built, attractive and spacious. In addition, the controls are logically placed, and getting in and out is a breeze. - KBB

Seating and Comfort

The cabin of Sonata Hybrid is spacious and comfortable which is basically due to its nicely padded and supportive seats and the entire cabin is remarkably quiet. Passengers wouldn' have much problem adjusting inside the sedan as there's plenty of head, legroom and shoulder room and a vast backseat, however when compared to its peers this car's rear headroom is tighter.

Model

Hyundai Sonata hybrid SE

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/57.9/45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.8/58.0/41.6

39.0/58.9/42.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/56.5/35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

38.1/56.6/38.9

37.2/55.1/33.7

As per the claims made by the brand, the Hyundai has the best-in-class front-seat headroom and legroom which is very generous even for tall passengers. The interior roominess of the Sonata variant shares almost distinct space provided for its passengers inside the car.

Infotainment System

The interior infotainment of the Sonata hybrid is one of the best in its class with the touchscreen having crisp graphics and straightforward menus. Some of the standard equipment includes:-

  • Optional 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • AUX
  • Bluetooth

Cargo volume

The total storage space of Sonata Hybrid is 13.3 cubic feet which is one of the best in its class. In the Limited Trim, buyers can make use of the level's folding rear seats which can provide additional flexibility for maximum utility. Since the lift-over height of the sedan is quite low, and the cargo floor is also low and flat, it gives the advantage of carrying in many potential ways to arrange groceries, suitcases, or other essential items.

Exterior

Like Hyundai's latest Tucson compact SUV and Sonata sedan, the new Elantra looks more conservative than its predecessor, but also more sophisticated than its price suggests. It's not gaudy, either, though we admit the large hexagonal grille is borderline gaping. - KBB

Dimension and Weight

By stepping back from the daring and dramatic look of its 2015 predecessor, the latest Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan has been completely redesigned by giving the car a conservative, mature, and understated look which might be described as a very generic look by many.

One of the exuberant features that have been given to the car is a revised front end with a larger horizontal-bar grille and different headlamps which also serves the purpose of improving the aerodynamics of the sedan apart from making subtle changes in the appearance.

Model

Hyundai Sonata hybrid SE

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs.)

3497

3668

3485

3483

Length(in)

191.1

191.8

190.9

194.1

Width(in)

73.4

72.9

71.7

72.8

Height(in)

57.9

58.0

57.9

57.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

6.2

6.1

5.8

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

112.2

109.3

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

63.5/63.8

62.3/62.0

62.8/62.4

62.4/62.7

The Hybrid sedan weighs around 3,800 pounds which has drastically increased from its non-electric sibling mostly because of its 9.8-kwh battery. It makes the car weigh 270 pounds heavier than an average hybrid and 500 pounds higher than a base 2.4-liter Hyundai Sonata. Importantly, its weight doesn\u2019t hamper much of its performance as it is comparable to other hybrids in its class.

 

Safety

Safety Ratings and Reliability

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid scored top five-star rating in the government crash testing. It also earned a perfect five stars for both front-impact and side-impact protection. The IIHS hasn't tested this specific model yet but the regular sonata gets a top good score in all of its safety tests.

Some of the standard features of the Sonata Hybrid includes antilock brakes, stability, and traction control, side curtain airbags, a driver-side knee airbag among others. With the Ultimate Package option added to its Limited trim, you can have rear parking sensors, a lane departure warning system and a forward collision warning system.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Restricted Driving Mode
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS has not yet rated.

Competition

Ford Fusion Hybrid S vs Hyundai Elantra GT

The Ford Fusion Hybrid S has an impressive system that can deliver impressive fuel economy of about 42 mpg and also boasts of many advanced tech and safety features. It is able to manage to give its riders a quite ride on the highway as the interior has been made with noise cancellation materials. However, the car has a sleek roofline which reduces rear visibility and headroom.

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid vs Hyundai Elantra GT

With better acceleration than the standard Camry, the LE Hybrid stands out with its user-friendly interior controls and a comfortable and spacious interior. Its riders would be having a nice time as they can enjoy good visibility in all directions. Though other cars in its variant have sharper handling. The Toyota Camry LE Hybrid have lesser truck space than the standard model.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2017 variant of the Honda Accord Hybrid has best-in-class fuel economy and also has quick acceleration for a hybrid. The sedan's cabin has plenty of room for accommodating tall adults as it has enough head and legroom. Accord promises you of pleasant handling when going around turns. Although it has some best in class standard safety features but its overly vigilant nature of collision warning system can be annoying. Neither it has a very user-friendly touchscreen interface. Accord's adaptive cruise control isn't the best at maintaining or regaining speed

Final Verdict

Carrying a higher price tag, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid seems a tad bit expensive especially for a sedan with an electric range of only 27 miles. When compared to Honda Accord Hybrid which has more power, better fuel economy and state of the art driver safety aids it clearly seems to have an edge over its rival Hyundai Sonata.

Ford Fusion Hybrid can also be considered as a good option as the car along with Accord provides sportier driving performance than the Sonata. In terms of performance and personality, Sonata resembles Toyota Camry Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid which some say has mechanical links with Sonata but features Kia's very own styling and design.

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