Long been the dullard of its class, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been refreshed and updated over the previous model and now look and reeks of premium features on several of its vehicular facets. Some of the reasons that have brought about the turn-around of the mediocre perception include an impressive fuel economy rating, a smooth and whisper-quiet ride quality, generous standard features, and a refined interior accommodation. Read on for a detailed review traversing every inch of the Sonata Hybrid in terms of exterior/interior modifications, engine specs, release date, and price.
Off a major redesign from last year, the new model comes with minimal changes on its exterior design. But before Hyundai gave its hybrid model a major refresh last year, the model had remained stale ever since its debut and its fans and critics alike were starting to make some noises. Well, that’s water under the bridge as Hyundai finally bowed down to pressure and offered its hybrid a serious upgrade.
Based on the Sonata generation, the Hybrid offers a spacious interior accommodation, a stiffer structure, a more refined driving experience, and a rather grown-up styling. For 2017, the model gains a bit of redesign changes and exterior body tweaks.
Fuel economy isn’t a big deal when it comes to hybrid vehicles given their exceptional EPA ratings. For the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2017, the automaker makes some big leaps in terms of remaining competitive in its core function by offering a stonking rating of 42 mpg in combined city/highway cruising at least for the base Sonata Hybrid SE model. Revisions done on the powertrain including an upgraded transmission, a powerful electric motor, and a smaller engine help realize the impressive ratings.
Also part of the changes include a redesigned tail, active grille shutters behind the wheel, and special alloy wheels. Furthermore, sharing the same platform as the regular Sonata means the vehicle still offers a smooth ride quality, solid build quality, and a spacious interior. Several alternatives do exist however, for those who might want to sample the available options. Some of the available choices include the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid.
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Release Date & Price
Rumors within and without the industry say the Sonata Hybrid will probably be available sometime in the first half of 2017. Pricing is yet to be announced by Hyundai, but if the same rumors are to be trusted, the Sonata Hybrid should be expected to go for sale for an MSRP starting from around $26,000.
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Exterior
As already mentioned above, the new model hasn’t changed much from the model it is replacing apart from several tweaks on its grille, and rear fascia. You can also expect sixteen-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting (taillights, headlights, running lights), rear window sunshades, automatic high-beam headlight control, and a panoramic sunroof.
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior
The interior, in keeping up with modern times, comes with important updates and refreshments on its technologies and equipment roster. Some of the accessories you can expect include Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics and emergency communications, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, a CD player, ventilated front seats, wood-grain-look interior accents, a six-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitor, driver memory functions, and a rear-cross traffic alert system.
The Ultimate package is available for the top-of-the-line 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited model that comes bundled with features such as an upgraded Blue Link smartphone integration features, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded nine-speaker Infinity sound system, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, automatic high-beam headlight control, and adaptive cruise control.
Two trim levels, as of this writing, are available for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: SE, and the Limited. The Sonata Hybrid Plug-In model is covered separately on this blog. ]
A 2.0L engine paired to an electric motor enables the Sonata Hybrid achieve a total output of around 193 horsepower. This power is sent to the wheels via the default six-speed transmission system. As already mentioned above, EPA estimates the fuel economy for the Sonata Hybrid model to stand at 42 mpg in combined city/highway cruising.
Wheelbase: 110.4 in
Length: 191.1 in
Width: 73.4 in
Passenger volume: 106 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13,3 cu ft
Curb weight: 3643 lb
Top Speed: 119 mph
0-60: 8,1 sec
MPG: 40/44 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Diamond White Pearl, Eclipse Black, Graphite Blue Pearl, Pewter Gray Metallic, Seaport Mist, Starlight Silver and Venetian Red Pearl
Towing Capacity: N/A
According to the NHTSA – the government entity tasked with the responsibility of crash-testing new vehicles – the Sonata achieved a perfect score of 5/5 stars for overall crash protection, and 5/5 stars for both side-impact and frontal-impact protection.