The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has picked up the U.S. News & World Report award for “Best Midsize Car for the Money”. It is the second time in three years a Hyundai model has won the title. The Sonata’s nomination was shared by 18 other foreign and domestic midsize sedans in one of the industry’s most competitive fields.
The publication recognized the Sonata for its impressive quality and versatility, highlighting its spacious interior and noted that “usable technology litters the Sonata’s lengthy list of standard and optional features.” Other features highlighted included a larger trunk than most competitors and “one of the lowest starting prices in the class”.
2017 Hyundai Sonata
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is offered in three efficient powertrain options, updated technology and dynamic bending light. At a starting price of USD21,600, the 2017 Sonata is considered the most affordable midsize sedan.
The Sonata’s Dynamic bending light suite, updated last year, consists of a list of available safety features such as Automatic emergency braking, Smart cruise control, Lane departure warning, Automatic high beam assist, Rear parking assistance system and Blind spot detection system.
As for passive safety, the 2017 Sonatas come standard with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with indicators for each tyre.
An all four-cylinder lineup continues to power the 2017 Sonata range. The base, naturally-aspirated engine, the 2.4-liter Theta II GDI, produces 185 horsepower. The Sonata Eco comes with a 1.6-liter, turbocharged Gamma engine and delivers 178 hp. It mates to an efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In addition, the range-topping 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI generates 245 hp. Both Theta engines are paired with a six-speed SHIFTRONIC ® automatic transmission.
These powertrains move great technology down the road. The 2017 Sonata is available with many comfort and convenience features like hands-free smart trunk, 8-inch navigation display, CarPlay, Android Aut, electronic parking brake, and Blue Link telematics system. Standard features include drive mode select (change the engine and transmission settings between eco, normal, and sport, choose between normal and sport steering feel, all at the push of a button), remote keyless entry with alarm, body color heated exterior power mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.