Review: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Review: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

With stand-out styling and a star roster of features, the Sonata is a favorite among drivers in Richmond.  As such, it comes as no surprise that we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the hybrid models and how they’re different from others on the market.

With both hybrid and plug-in engines, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is shaping up to be an instant classic among eco-conscious drivers. Check out our full review to see all the reasons why this is the best hybrid in its class:


The 2017 Sonata has four hybrid models: Hybrid SE, Hybrid Limited, Plug-In Hybrid, and Plug-In Hybrid Limited. All models are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor, but Plug-Ins have motors with 12 kW more output and 360-volt lithium-ion polymer batteries. Hybrids make a net 193 horsepower, while Plug-In models net 202 horsepower. All models are equipped with an efficient 7-speed automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the Sonata Hybrid SE gets 39 MPG city and 45 MPG highway, while the limited gets 38 MPG city and 43 MPG highway. Plug-In Hybrid models have 27 miles of electric-only range, and get 99 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent.

Safety and Tech

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Sonata a Top Safety Pick, as it earned perfect scores in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gave it a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

All models of the Sonata Hybrid have standard rearview camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Stability Management System, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. It’s also available with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control, rear parking sensors, and Automatic High Beam Assist.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2017 Sonata Hybrid has standard infotainment with 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio, 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth technology, Blue Link Connected Car System, and USB/auxiliary inputs. It also comes standard with dual front automatic temperature control, premium cloth seating, LED daytime running lights and taillights, projector headlights, solar control glass, and chrome exterior door handles with welcome light.

Available features include a hands-free trunk release, panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, leather seating, 3D tech appearance accents in Blue Pearl leather, and leather and woodgrain accents. Additionally, drivers have the option for Infinity infotainment with premium sound and subwoofer, 8-inch touchscreen navigation, Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, and Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat and side mirrors.


Starting at $26,000 MSRP

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