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2017 Hyundai Sonata Review

A long list of standard and available features, above-average cargo capacity, and solid safety and predicted reliability scores all help the 2017 Hyundai Sonata rank in the top third of the midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Many standard features
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Large cargo capacity for class
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Headroom can be tight for rear-seat passengers

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Midsize Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Hyundai Sonata has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Hyundai Sonata Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Sonata is an excellent midsize sedan. This well-rounded vehicle offers solid fuel economy, a spacious trunk, low projected ownership costs, and a smooth and refined ride quality. Though its engine options aren’t the most impressive in the class, the Sonata remains a great option for daily driving. Its combination of quality and value helped it earn our 2017 Best Midsize Car for the Money award.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 27 Hyundai Sonata 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?

Based on the nearly 2,600 Sonata listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $12,500 and $22,900 for a 2017 model. The average listing price is $15,300. The price you’ll ultimately pay will depend on the car’s mileage, location, condition, and equipment.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, you’ll pay an estimated $22,700 to fuel, insure, maintain, and repair the 2017 Sonata. That’s about $4,540 per year. These estimates are lower than those of almost every other vehicle in the class. Only hybrid models are consistently less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sonata?

At $22,050, the base price for a 2018 Sonata is almost $7,000 more than the average 2017 model. However, Hyundai made a few noteworthy updates to the 2018 Sonata. Its exterior was refreshed, and it received suspension and steering enhancements designed to improve ride quality. A few driver assistance features were also made standard, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. You may be able to find a used 2017 model that is equipped with these safety features for less than you’ll pay for a base 2018 model. Unless the 2018 model’s improved ride and new styling is crucial to you, the 2017 Sonata is a better, more affordable option.

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No new midsize – or even compact – cars can compete with the 2017 Sonata’s average price. If you really want a 2018 for the average price of a used 2017 Sonata, you’ll have to drop all the way down to a subcompact car. However, none of these come close to the 2017 Sonata in terms of passenger room, cargo space, or features. 

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Sonata Is Best?

The 2017 Sonata is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year. Hyundai made no changes for the 2017 model year, and all models in this generation score similarly. Therefore, the 2016 model is your best bet. It was the first Sonata to receive a standard 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also was the first to have a standard rearview camera. The cherry on top is that you’ll probably pay less for the 2016 model than the 2017 Sonata.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. That’s excellent for the industry – and few in the class can match it. The 2017 Toyota Camry and its hybrid counterpart are the only class rivals with a higher rating.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Recalls

As of this writing, one recall has been issued for the 2017 Sonata. The driver’s air bag may not fully inflate, which increases the risk of injury during a crash. If this recall applies to the model you are considering, make sure the problem has been resolved before you buy.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Model Is Right for Me?

The Sonata is available in six trims: SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is reviewed separately.

The base Hyundai Sonata SE has 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. This excellent array of standard features makes the SE model a great buy.

The Sport trim adds LED daytime running lights, larger alloy wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a few exterior accents, while the Sport 2.0T adds a stronger engine. The Eco model comes with a different turbocharged engine that has even better fuel economy. The Limited trim adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. The Limited is also the only trim available with a suite of advanced safety features (including adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, automatic high beam assist, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors), ventilated front seats and heated rear ones, a Premium audio system, and an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system. All of these come standard in the Limited 2.0T trim.

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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, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Sonata?

The 2017 Sonata performed well in crash testing. It earned five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s overall, front, and side tests. It earned four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Sonata a 2017 Top Safety Pick and awarded it the highest score of Good in all five crash tests conducted, as well as a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

All 2017 Sonatas come standard with a rearview camera. A few other driver assistance technologies are available. These include automatic high beam assist, lane departure 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 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Sonata or 2017 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is another good choice among midsize sedans. Available as a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan, the Accord has a handsome interior and comfortable seating. It’s also available with a V6 engine. Like the Sonata, the Accord offers a smooth, comfortable ride. However, the Sonata is the better choice. It has a little more room for passengers and cargo, as well as better fuel economy than the Accord’s already-great numbers. The Sonata also has a significantly higher predicted reliability rating.

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

You can’t go wrong when choosing between the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata. The Camry has more rear-seat legroom, boasts a class-leading predicted reliability rating of five out of five, and offers a V6 engine. In contrast, the Sonata offers better fuel economy and more passenger and cargo space overall. It also costs less and comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Your choice will come down to a matter of preference.

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2017 Sonata Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Drive?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata offers three engine options. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s found in the SE, Sport, and Limited trims produces 185 horsepower. It’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sport and Limited models are also available with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower. The Eco model features a turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It puts out 178 horsepower and is the only engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of the six-speed. Front-wheel drive is standard in all models.

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. Notably, the Eco sedan may be the most engaging because of its quick acceleration. The two turbocharged engines offer adequate passing power at highway speeds.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Sonata gets above-average fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with its base engine. The stronger turbocharged engine gets 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is still decent. The Eco model, at 28/36 mpg city/highway, has some of the best fuel economy estimates of a nonhybrid in the class. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, reviewed separately, gets up to 39/45 mpg.

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2017 Sonata Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Sonata Seat?

The Hyundai Sonata seats five on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, sport seats with more side support, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the back seats are roomy enough to hold most adults – though taller riders may desire a little more space.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata?

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. It noted that the lower anchors were buried too deeply in the seats.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Features

Hyundai equipped the 2017 Sonata with a wide array of standard features. Every sedan includes a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, remote keyless entry, and a rearview camera. Available features include a larger touch screen with navigation, an upgraded nine-speaker premium audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free liftgate, and a few advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Dimensions

Hyundai Sonata Cargo Space

The 2017 Sonata offers 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space – among the largest capacities in the class. The 60/40-split-folding rear seat expands that space considerably. Unlike some rivals, the Sonata offers an available hands-free liftgate.

2017 Sonata Length and Weight

The 2017 Sonata is 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,219 pounds in the Eco model up to 3,589 pounds in the Limited 2.0T trim.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Built?

Hyundai manufactured the 2017 Sonata in Alabama.

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