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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ranks in the top half of the hybrid and electric car class. It has a long list of standard and available features, above-average cargo space for a hybrid sedan, and solid safety and predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Many standard features
  • Below-average operating costs
  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Above-average trunk space for a hybrid sedan
  • Grabby brakes
  • Lower fuel economy than other hybrids

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Hybrid Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Sonata Hybrid is a good midsize car and a good choice in the hybrid and electric car class. This well-rounded sedan offers a smooth ride, plenty of standard features, and a good predicted reliability rating. It also has more cargo space than most other hybrid sedans. The Sonata Hybrid is a fine daily driver, but its regenerative brakes feel somewhat grabby, and it can’t match the fuel economy of most rivals.

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We’ve researched 22 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

At the time of writing, we do not have dedicated pricing for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, expect to pay an estimated $18,580 to fuel, insure, maintain, and repair the 2017 Sonata Hybrid. That’s about $3,710 per year. These estimates are below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sonata Hybrid?

The 2018 Sonata Hybrid starts at $25,500. A 2017 model will probably cost less, but you’ll miss out on a few noteworthy updates. For 2018, Hyundai refreshed the Sonata Hybrid’s exterior styling and improved its ride quality with suspension and steering enhancements. A few driver assistance features also became standard, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. The Sonata also gained available wireless phone charging. If you can do without these enhancements, the 2017 model will suit you fine. But give the 2018 a try before making your final decision.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is Best?

Although Hyundai redesigned the Sonata Hybrid for 2016, the 2017 offers a few advantages over previous models. For 2017, the Sonata Hybrid received a new 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. However, you’ll probably save some money with a 2016 model. If you value technology, the 2017 model is the clear choice. If not, the 2016 will meet your needs.

Models prior to 2016 will cost less, but they won’t have the advantages of the redesign. Also, the plug-in hybrid model wasn’t available until the 2016 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 Sonata Hybrid.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Sonata Hybrid is available in two trims: SE and Limited. The Plug-in Hybrid also comes in two trims: Base and Limited. We review the nonhybrid 2017 Hyundai Sonata separately.

Standard amenities include alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a hands-free trunk, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. This excellent array of standard features makes the SE model a great buy.

Limited models add leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and xenon headlights. It’s also the only trim available with Hyundai’s Ultimate Package, which includes several advanced safety features, a sunroof, an Infinity premium audio system, and a larger touch screen with built-in navigation.

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid shares many of its standard features with the regular hybrid, though it adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, the larger touch screen, navigation, heated front seats, and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat to its base model.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, and Mitsubishi have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Sonata Hybrid?

The 2017 Sonata Hybrid performed well in crash testing. It earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does not distinguish between hybrid and nonhybrid models. It named the nonhybrid Sonata a 2017 Top Safety Pick, awarded it the highest score of Good in all five crash tests, and gave it a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

Hyundai equipped all 2017 Sonatas with a rearview camera. A few other driver assistance technologies are available. These include automatic high beam assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and an electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is also available.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid?

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid finish neck and neck in our hybrid and electric car rankings. They have similar fuel economy estimates, passenger space, and cargo volume. Both get excellent safety scores, though the Optima Hybrid's are a little better, and have above-average reliability ratings, though the Sonata Hybrid’s is slightly higher. Both sedans offer a quiet, comfortable ride and a generous number of standard features. Test-drive both and pick the one you enjoy more.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Sonata or 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the best hybrid cars on the market. It boasts more rear-seat legroom than the Hyundai, a perfect predicted reliability rating, and better fuel economy in the city. It also has one the strongest powertrains among midsize hybrid sedans. By contrast, the Sonata Hybrid offers better fuel economy on the highway, higher safety scores, and a little more passenger and cargo space. It also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both make good choices, but the Toyota finishes higher in our rankings.

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2017 Sonata Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 193 horsepower. Plug-in hybrid models have a stronger electric motor that pushes the total output up to 202 horsepower. All Sonata Hybrid models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

The Sonata Hybrid is more than capable for city driving. The transition from electric to gas power is barely noticeable, and the Sonata Hybrid offers a smooth ride, even over rough pavement. The brakes provide a lot of force, making it difficult to come to a smooth stop. Unlike some competitors with noisy continuously variable automatic transmissions, the Sonata Hybrid’s six-speed automatic transmission feels refined. In plug-in hybrid models, the electric motor leaps up to speed quickly, letting you dart through traffic. Leave yourself some extra room for passing on the highway, though.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets up to 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. While that’s better than you’ll get with a midsize nonhybrid vehicle, it’s not as good as what other hybrids offer. For example, the Honda Accord Hybrid earns 49/47 mpg city/highway.

The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid gets up to 99 MPGe and has a range of up to 27 miles on electric power alone (for more information, read What Is MPGe?). With regular gasoline, it earns a combined 39 mpg. Charging the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid’s batteries takes around nine hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, though a 240-volt charging station reduces that time to three hours.

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2017 Sonata Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Sonata Hybrid Seat?

The five-seat Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats are available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the back seats are among the roomiest in the class. However, the sloping roofline somewhat limits rear-seat headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Sonata has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as an additional upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sonata’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal, citing lower anchors that are buried too deeply in the seats.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Features

Hyundai equipped the 2017 Sonata Hybrid with a decent array of standard features. Every sedan comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free trunk, and a rearview camera.

Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an upgraded nine-speaker premium audio system, and a sunroof. There are also several advanced safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors.

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has more standard features than the regular hybrid model. It adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, the larger touch screen, navigation, and a seven-speaker premium audio system are all standard on. The sunroof is not an option with this model.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Dimensions

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2017 Sonata Hybrid offers 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is fairly large compared to other midsize hybrid sedans. The Plug-in Hybrid’s battery takes up a little more space, reducing storage to 9.9 cubic feet. Unlike some rivals, the Sonata Hybrid offers a standard hands-free trunk.

2017 Sonata Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Sonata Hybrid is 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,497 pounds in the base hybrid SE model, up to 3,810 pounds in the plug-in hybrid’s Limited trim.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Built?

Hyundai manufactured the 2017 Sonata in South Korea.

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