2017 Hyundai Sonata

Buyer's Guide

Buyers looking for spacious, practical family-friendly choices have more choice than ever. Compact cars and small crossovers - which are now larger and more useful than ever - have eaten away at the midsize segment's market share. Nonetheless, the well-equipped, handsomely styled Hyundai Sonata remains an excellent choice with much to offer buyers.

For 2017, changes to the Sonata are limited. Key changes include new upholstery colours - black cloth and black leather instead of grey cloth and grey leather - plus the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration on certain trims. Adaptive cornering headlamps are also available, but only on the top-of-the-line Limited and Ultimate trims. Last but not least, there's a new shade of red - Firey Red, which replaces Venetian Red.

All but a handful of Sonatas come equipped with a 2.4-litre direct-injected four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and receives Hyundai's Drive Mode Select, which adjusts the throttle response, steering weight, and shift points for the transmission. City fuel economy ranges between 9.4 - 10.0 L/100 km, while highway fuel economy is between 6.5 - 7.0 L/100 km.

A 2.0-litre turbocharged motor is also available but is limited to the top-of-the-line Ultimate trim level. It generates 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It also uses a six-speed automatic. The 2.0T is rated at 10.4 L/100 km city and 7.4 L/100 km highway.

The Sonata is also available in fuel-saving Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid forms. They are covered in depth in a separate review.

Trim levels for the Sonata include GL, GLS, Sport Tech, Limited, and Ultimate 2.0T.

The GL comes standard with all the basics - power windows, remote power locks, cruise control, Bluetooth, six-way adjustable driver's seat, heated seats, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with reverse camera, Bluetooth, and USB port. Despite its position at the bottom of the Sonata range, the GL doesn't look like a bare-bones model; standard LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, and 16-inch alloy wheels add a bit of flair.

The GLS adds premium features which most Canadians are sure to appreciate, including a standard heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated rear seats, and proximity key with push-button start and hands-free Smart Trunk power trunklid. The GLS also gets a power sunroof, chromed door handles, mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

While the Sport Tech trim doesn't get any additional power, this next-step up model adds sporty looking 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, wiper de-icer, LED tail lights, panoramic sunroof, and an upgraded audio system that includes a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen system with navigation, Dimension-branded speakers, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Inside, the Sport Tech also gains sports seats with cloth inserts and leatherette bolsters.

The Limited trim level provides a ride in the lap of luxury with leather upholstery, leatherette door card inserts, power front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, driver memory, aluminum scuff plates, rear side window shades, electronic parking brake, and a nine-speaker Infinity-branded sound system. The Limited also features Hyundai's latest active safety features including bi-xenon headlamps with automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, emergency autonomous braking, and lane-departure warning.

The Ultimate 2.0T backs its added punch with a sport-tuned suspension system, 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddles for manual shifting, sports seats with embossed Turbo logo, quad exhaust tips, a sports appearance package.

Pricing for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata starts at $24,799 and tops out at $36,249.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Specifications

There are 6 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $24,799 MSRP
8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
185 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL $24,799 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GL
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS $27,499 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto GLS
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech $30,649 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech N/A
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Sport Tech
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited $34,649 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Limited
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack $36,249 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack 245 hp @6000 rpm 260 ft-lb @1350 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate w/Colour Pack
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate $36,249 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate 245 hp @6000 rpm 260 ft-lb @1350 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate
4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto Sport Ultimate

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Hyundai / Sonata

Average Rating

2013 Hyundai Sonata

Trim: SE
by xSINGHx on 10-11-2012
Excellent family sedan
Just bought this car 3 months ago and I love driving it. It is sporty and fun to drive. Love the bluetooth voice assistant. Great on gas, I get about 700 kms on a tank (city driving).

We we're thinking of buying a used (2011-2012) Sonata but the 0% financing sealed the deal. Plus, I think used cars have gone up in price and now is the best time to buy new. This is my family's 3rd Sonata and Hyundai keeps improving. Don't hesitate on buying this car.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Hyundai Sonata

Trim: 2.0T
by SonataTurbo on 10-11-2012
very quick and efficient car
It's a great car. Very quick, it has lots of power and is quite efficient. The rear pass through is a little too small though.

The interior is laid out well. I like that Hyundai went with the foot style e-brake to save room on the center console. On a tank of regular fuel, I get over 700kms of mixed city and highway driving. On my last trip I averaged 5.6L/100kms.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Hyundai Sonata

Trim: GL
by xSINGHx on 10-11-2012
Drove close to 300k on the 2009 Sonata and it's still driving like new. Very reliable
My dad and I drive a cab in Toronto and I recommended he get a Hyundai Sonata instead of an Impala which was the most used fleet car a few years ago.

The Sonata is very reliable and has will save you a lot on gas. Since this car is on the road 24 hours a day, it currently has close to 300, 000 kms on it. We bought it used when it had 80,000 kms on it. This is the second Sonata within 3 years because the previous 2009 Sonata was involved in a car accident and was a write off. So my dad decided to get another 2009 Sonata. Even the previous car had over 250,000 kms before the accident. So it's not luck that we hit close to 300k twice.

What I like:
-Great acceleration for a 4 cylinder
-Great at gas. We still get about 600 kms on a single tank.
-Very reliable. No major repairs on both cars.
-Standard features like MP3 player, aux input, USB, etc...

What needs improvement:
-Wish the driver seat was more comfortable
-The side mirror should fold in
-The steering wheel feels a little numb and need refinement


Would I buy this car again? Yes, and I just did. I bought a 2013 Sonata as a family car. And all the improvements I mentioned above have been addressed in the new Sonata.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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