Inside the New Hyundai Sonata

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that's both a best-seller and industry favorite, earning accolades like Best Midsize Car from U.S. News and World Report, a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, a IIHS Top Safety Pick, and one of the 10 Most Awarded Cars from Kelley Bluebook.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata more than holds its own against the competition.

The car is relatively unchanged from the 2016 model year, but still earns high marks for its excellent safety scores, great fuel economy, and spacious passenger and cargo space. With seven trim levels, the MSRP for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata ranges from $21,950 - $34,350.

Performance

The 2017 Sonata has three engine options to choose from. The base, limited, and sport models comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The exception is the eco trim level, which includes a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. These trims earn an EPA-estimated, best-in class fuel efficiency of 25/36 city/highway miles per gallon.

The Sport 2.0 and Limited 2.0 both come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which provides powerful performance and 26/32 city/highway miles per gallon. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an optional add-on. Fans of the Sonata note its smooth ride and responsive brakes.

Interior

Those who want a sedan with plenty of interior space can't go wrong with the Hyundai Sonata. It features expansive headroom and legroom for drivers and passengers as well as class-leading 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space. The cabin features plush materials and an insulated cabin that provides a hushed, luxurious feel.

High-tech infotainment features are not only plentiful, but also easy to use with intuitive controls. The base model Sonata comes standard with all the tech features you want, including a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto smartphone integration available through either Bluetooth or a USB port, a 7-inch touch screen and both satellite and HD radio.

Compared to Rivals

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata more than holds its own against the competition. Other midsize sedans that stack up to the best-in-class Sonata include the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, and Toyota Camry. Although the 2016 Sonata has few downsides, some may find the performance of the four-cylinder engine options lacking in comparison to more powerful rivals. Still, the Sonata easily wins the best all-around competition when it comes to the midsize sedan class.

Pros and Cons

One of the most unique features of the 2017 Sonata is its best-in-class projected reliability. Hyundai is one of the only manufacturers in the industry that offers a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The Sonata also stands out for its excellent crash test scores and safety features. It's a Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety and received a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. It's one of the few cars in this class to come with a standard rearview camera and brake assist on all trim levels. Available driver assist features include blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

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