2017 Hyundai Sonata serving Countryside Illinois

Overview

By the 2017 model year, the Hyundai Sonata has already established its place in the top tier of midsize sedans-thanks to perennial improvements to its reliability, interior space, design, and amenities. Now in its seventh production cycle, the Sonata is presented in six variants: SE, Eco, Sport, Sport 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T.

Interior

Designed as a five-seater with two rows of seats, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata supplies 106.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. The trunk yield16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, with the ability to split-fold the bench-style rear seat to expand it into the cabin. Going with the upper-level Sport trim adds 8-way power adjustability and power lumbar support on the driver's seat; the Sport 2.0T gets leather seat covers and front-seat heating capability as bonuses. On the Limited trim level, 6-way power adjustability and power lumbar support are added on the front passenger seat. The Limited 2.0T in particular gets a lot more: rear-seat heating capability, front-seat cooling capability, and a driver's-side memory system. At the base level, the new Sonata gets a six-speaker stereo system for entertainment. It comes with AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a single-disc CD player with MP3 playback capability, HD Radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for smartphone-based control, SiriusXM satellite radio service, steering wheel-mounted controls, and a 7-inch color touchscreen. If you go with a 2.0T variant, you'll also get a remote garage door opener, proximity key entry, push-button engine start, and auto dimming on the rearview mirror. The Limited 2.0T is unique with its nine-speaker 400-watt audio system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system.

Exterior

The 2017 Sonata uses the second-generation "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, which makes it a sharper-edged, more aggressive-looking vehicle than ever before. Also, rather than using a body-on-frame construction, the Sonata uses unibody construction to make it sturdier and more stable. Exterior lighting is provided by halogen lamps, a rear spoiler sits on the trunk for a sportier appearance and improved aerodynamics, and the car rides on 16-inch alloy wheels. On the Sport, turn-signal indicators make an appearance on the dual fold-away heated power side mirrors; and true to its naming, the Sonata is made sportier with the addition of front bumper and side rocker panels. Also, the Sport has LED bulbs on the headlights instead of halogen ones for longer life, and the headlights automatically switch on when needed to increase conspicuity. If you go with the Limited, the halogen lights at the back are also upgraded to LED ones, and the trunk automatically pops open when you stand in front of it. The Sport and Limited are upgraded to 17-inch wheels, while the 2.0T model rides on 18-inch ones.

Mechanical

The new Sonata uses an all-wheel independent suspension, which has a front MacPherson strut design and a rear multi-link design. For a firmer-and thus sportier-driving feel, go with the 2.0T variant, which has its suspension tuned tight. Instead of using energy from the engine, the Sonata's power steering relies on an electric motor, which is typically installed on the steering column. With the 2.0T model, however, the motor is installed on the steering rack assembly. Also, as opposed to the dual exhaust system of the other trims, the Sport and Limited 2.0T have a quad exhaust system.

Powertrain

The standard engine on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder (I4) engine named the Theta, which has an output of 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0T suffix is due to a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 version of the Theta engine, which outputs 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. For achieving the best fuel economy possible on the 2017 Sonata, go with the Eco, which is unique with its G4FJ engine. As a 1.6-liter I4, it is the smallest of the three Sonata engines, and it generates 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Also, while the other two engines are joined to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the G4FJ comes with a 7-speed dual clutch auto-manual transmission. Both mechanisms include a Shiftronic shifter so that you can simulate manual gear shifting.

Safety

The 2017 Sonata has an airbag system that comprises two front impact airbags, a driver's knee airbag, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and two front and two rear side curtain airbags. Also standard on the new sedan are electronic stability control, a blind spot mirror, traction control, a rearview camera, and powered four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. And there's Blue Link, a telematics system that provides car care services like emergency assistance, automatic collision notification, and vehicle service scheduling. On the Limited trim, the blind side mirror gives way to a more robust blind spot detection system, which comes with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited 2.0T gets a lot more safety features, which include rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, stop/start technology, and automatic high beam assist and dynamic bending light ability.

Can't wait to check out the new Hyundai Sonata for yourself? For 2017 Hyundai Sonata serving Countryside, give Oak Lawn Hyundai a call today. Based in Oak Lawn, Illinois, our dealership is dedicated to serving Oak Lawn Chicago Countryside Tinley Park Illinois residents. Contact us for our Hyundai Sonata specials.

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