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Introducing the New Hyundai Sonata

Introducing the New Hyundai Sonata

May 30, 2017

The new Hyundai Sonata hasn’t changed all that much for 2018, but that’s fine. It didn’t really need to change. There are a few new, fun technological upgrades and an interesting price drop. Overall, the Hyundai Sonata remains a very impressive contender in the mid-size sedan market. Its prices, options, and fuel efficiency should put it squarely on your shortlist if you are looking to upgrade this year. Here are the answers to important questions about the new Hyundai Sonata.


Are there any special package options for the other Sonatas?


Yes, there are two add-on packages available for the Sonata Limited. The $3,400 “Tech Package” includes HID Xenon headlights with Dynamic Bending Light, a 4.2″ color LCD Multi-info Display and Electroluminescent Gauges, an 8″ touchscreen navigation system, SiriusXM Travel Link, Infinity Premium Audio System (400 watts), Integrated Memory System (IMS) for the driver seat and outer mirrors, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, rear side window sunshades and LED interior lights.

The $1,750 “Ultimate Package” includes Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic High Beam Assist, rear parking sensors, Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability and an Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Vehicle Hold. You have to get the “Tech Package” in order to get the “Ultimate Package.”


Doesn't Hyundai make a Sonata Hybrid?


Yes, there is a Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid available. The Sonata Hybrid is available in two trim options — the SE and the Limited. The Sonata Plug-in is also available in two trim options – the Hybrid and the Hybrid Limited.


Has Hyundai kept up with the latest technology?


Yes. All Sonata packages come with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Blue Link Telematics system, Smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks. All but the Limited 2.0T come with an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 6-speaker audio system. The Limited 2.0T comes with an Infinity AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 9-speaker audio system with subwoofer and external amplifier. All Sonatas also come with HD Radio technology with multicasting, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. They also come with a standard 7″ color touchscreen audio, except the Limited 2.0T which comes with the 8″ touchscreen navigation and 4.2″ color trip computer with Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster.


Is the Sonata fuel efficient?


Yes, all of the Sonata’s get pretty good gas mileage. The Sonata Eco is the most efficient of the gas-only models with 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The others are almost as good. The least fuel-efficient is the Limited 2.0T. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The hybrids are, of course, much more fuel efficient. The Sonata Hybrid gets 38-39 mpg in the city and 43-45 mpg on the highway. The Plug-in Hybrid gets a whopping 99 mpg combined city/highway when you use electricity and gas or 39 mpg when you use only gas.


Has the new Sonata gotten good reviews or awards?


Yes, it has. U.S. News & World Report put it in the #3 slot in their Best Midsize Cars list with an overall score of 8.8 out of 10. It was beat out by the Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Camry. JD Power and Assoc. gave it a 4 out of 5 rating for predicted reliability. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it five stars in every category except rollover, where it only got four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it a “Good” rating, which is the highest possible, and awarded it Top Safety Pick. Car and Driver gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and its overall consumer rating is 4.5 out of 5, according to Edmunds.


Are there any special package options for the new Sonata Sport?


Yes, the $950 Value Edition Package available for the Sonata Sport. It includes a power tilt/slide sunroof, lit chrome outer handles, hands-free smart trunk, push button start with a Proximity Key entry, heated front seats, leather bolster with cloth inserts in the seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.


How expensive is the Sonata?


The new Sonata’s are quite affordable. The most inexpensive trim is the Sonata SE which starts out at right around $22,000. The Limited 2.0T and the Plug-in Hybrid are the most expensive. Their base prices are just over $34,000 and $34,600, respectively.


How many trim options are available?


The Sonata is available in six different trims: the SE with a 2.4L engine and 6-speed Automatic Transmission, the Eco with a 1.6L engine and 7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission, the Sport with a 2.4L engine and 6-speed Automatic, the Sport 2.0T with a 2.0L engine and 6-speed automatic, the Limited with a 2.4L engine and 6-speed automatic and the Limited 2.0T with a 2.0L engine and 6-speed automatic.


Did Hyundai make any big changes this year?


The biggest changes are in the audio systems with the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A very interesting change, of sorts, is a price reduction. They reduced the cost of the Sport 2.0T by over $2,500.


What comes standard on the basic Sonata?


There isn’t really a “basic” Sonata, so to speak. The Sonata comes with a 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder 185-hp engine, 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 245 hp or the 1.6-liter 178-hp twin-scroll turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine, depending on the trim option you choose. All 2017 Sonatas come with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, Drive Mode Select, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system with a Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist standard. They also come with projector headlamps, a rear spoiler, seven airbags, a remote keyless entry system with an alarm, power door locks, windows and mirrors, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control and a smartphone/USB and MP3 and auxiliary input jacks.

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