2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Reviews - Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid had been the dullard of its class, but no more. The redesigned 2016 Sonata Hybrid is better in every way than its predecessor and stands up well in comparison to its competition in all the key areas.

Beyond the hybrid mechanicals, the hybrid is pretty much just like the regular Sonata, and that means it boasts a smooth ride, roomy interior and solid value. But if you want to look beyond the Sonata Hybrid, there are alternatives. The Honda Accord Hybrid, with its 47 mpg combined rating, tops everything else in the segment for fuel economy and is hard to beat.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is another alternative, and both the Fusion and Accord hybrids offer sportier performance than the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Reviews. Toyota's Camry Hybrid, recently rejuvenated, is a very close rival to the Sonata in terms of performance and personality and represents another great choice. Overall, though, we think the Sonata Hybrid is finally a match for the segment all-stars and worthy of your green-car consideration.

In a First Test review of the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In, we commended the PHEV on its 27-mile all-electric range, less than three-hour charging time using a Level 2 (240-volt) charger, seamless transition between gas and electric power, linear brake pedal feel, ride comfort, spacious interior, and available multimedia and safety technology. However, we did not care for the light and uncommunicative steering, smaller cargo capacity due to the larger battery, and the fact that a panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats aren’t available as they are on the regular Sonata Hybrid. “The Sonata PHEV offers a great blend of fuel efficiency, power, generous EV-only range, and user-friendly technology.”

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Prices and Trims

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is available in four variations: The regular hybrid model comes in two trim levels, and there is a plug-in hybrid model that also comes in two trim levels. A four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive are standard.

The best choice for most shoppers is the base model. At $26,000, the Sonata Hybrid is already priced above average for the class, but it comes outfitted with attractive standard features like satellite radio, proximity key entry, and an infotainment system with smartphone integration. If you have the wiggle room in your budget, though, the Limited trim is still a good value. For about an extra $4,000, you’ll get a more upscale and comfortable Sonata with leather seats, heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats, and a couple of advanced safety technologies.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

The base Sonata Hybrid SE is priced at $26,000 and comes standard with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a proximity key, a hands-free power trunk lid, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

The $30,100 Hybrid Limited trim gets you leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Hybrid Limited model is the only trim available with an options package.

The Ultimate package for the Limited is priced at $4,400 and adds a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker Infinity premium audio system, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear parking sensors.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

The base Plug-in Hybrid model starts at $34,600 and is equipped with the same features as the Hybrid SE, plus a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a seven-speaker Dimension premium audio system, navigation, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Limited

The top-of-the-line Plug-in Hybrid Limited costs $38,600. It adds leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a nine-speaker Infinity premium audio system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear parking sensors.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Engine Specs

Consisting of a 154-hp, 140-lb-ft of 2.0-liter I-4 engine mated to a 51-hp, 151-lb-ft electric motor, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain impressively delivers up to an EPA-rated 39/45 mpg city/highway. Power is routed through a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels. The Sonata Hybrid can run purely on electric power at speeds up to 75 mph by decoupling the gasoline engine from the rest of the drivetrain.

The 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Plug-In is more than five times the size of the one found in the Sonata Hybrid, allowing this sedan to travel up to an EPA-rated27 miles on all-electric power. Additionally, the 50 kW electric motor that is mated to the six-speed automatic transmission is 32 percent more powerful than the motor used in the Sonata Hybrid, allowing for electric vehicle operation at higher engine load and speed. The 2.0-liter I-4 is rated at 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque but the total system horsepower output is 202. When in EV mode the Sonata Plug-in returns an EPA-rated 99 mpgcombined driving and in hybrid mode, the midsize sedan returns 39 mpg combined driving for a total range of 590 miles. Recharge time takes less than three hours using a 240-volt (Level Two) charging station.

With Hyundai’s Blue Link app, 2017 Sonata Plug-In owners can remotely monitor and manage their car. In addition to starting the car and locking the doors through the app, owners can also start or stop charging, schedule charging, or active the climate control and defroster. Additionally, owners can check the existing battery level, real-time electric range, real-time fuel range, charge status, time left until fully charged, plug status (in or out), and vehicle diagnostics.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Exterior

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a four-door sedan that seats five. Up front, you and a passenger will be comfortable on the well-cushioned seats. Passengers in the rear will be especially comfortable, since the Sonata Hybrid has one of the roomiest back seats in the class. Rear-seat headroom is a bit more limited than legroom because of the sloping roofline, so tall passengers may be better off in the front.

While the previous-generation Sonata had the styling turned up to 11, the current one has dialed it back to a more easy-listening 7. Hyundai says the 2016 Sonata is "an athlete in a well-tailored suit," but we'll just call it "conservatively handsome" and leave it at that. There's still a sharp line of chrome extending from the headlights and down the flanks of the car, and Hybrid and Eco models all benefit from unique trim designed to enhance aerodynamics and improve fuel economy. There's not a lot of envelope-pushing here, but it's a good-looking car that will likely age well.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior

The Sonata Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections on its rear outboard seats. It also has a top tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are easy to find and attach to because they’re behind plastic covers at the base of the seat instead of buried in the cushions. A layout like that is usually found in more upscale or luxury cars. The top tether anchors are easily utilized as well, and there shouldn’t be any need to move the front seats forward to accommodate car seats in the back. Overall, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is one of the most pleasant cars to live with if you frequently use car seats.

Inside the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, you may feel like you're riding around in a more expensive car. Materials throughout are high quality, and the cabin is well-built. It's quiet, too, so you can easily chat with passengers.

Compared to other midsize hybrids, the Sonata Hybrid has a fairly large trunk, with 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The Honda Accord Hybrid has slightly more room at 13.9 cubic feet, and the Chevy Malibu Hybrid has less space at 11.6 cubic feet.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard across the entire Sonata Hybrid line for the 2017 model year. With these systems, you can access some of your phone's apps on the touch screen. For example, you can use Spotify or Pandora to stream music, or navigate using your phone's maps app. The Sonata Hybrid's infotainment system is simple to use thanks to its clear graphics and intuitive menu structure. Still, it's mounted high on the center stack so you may have trouble reaching the touch screen.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Safety Features

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and the regular Sonata was named a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS because the sedan received the highest score of Good in all crash evaluations and the highest score in the crash avoidance and mitigation test. The designation of Superior was issued because the Sonata completely avoided an impact of 12 mph and 25 mph thanks to the available Automatic Emergency Braking safety feature

Seven airbags, electronic stability control, rearview camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system all come standard. Available active safety technologies include Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and a Lane Departure Warning system. The Lane Departure Warning system activates if the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers while the Lane Change Assist will warn you if a vehicle in the adjacent lane is approaching too quickly during a lane change when you activate your blinker. - 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Reviews
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