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This competitive but ho-hum sedan has a quiet cabin, a comfortable ride, and excellent rear-seat room and access. Handling is sound and responsive enough. But the SE we tested had lackluster tire grip, hurting braking and emergency handling. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder returned a good 28 mpg overall; a stronger 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is optional. The Eco uses a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automated manual. We found the controls to be easy to use, and the rear seat is one of the roomiest in the class. Safety features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot detection. Plug-in and hybrid versions are available; the latter returned an impressive 39 mpg overall in our tests and makes for a very pleasant sedan.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Hyundai Sonata recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 1999. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2006.

Road Test

With the Sonata's 2015 redesign, Hyundai made some significant improvements to a car that already competed credibly against such big dogs as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. They improved the ride and reduced road noise. The styling is now more upr...

Highs

  • Good value and a long warranty
  • Spacious and accommodating

Lows

  • SE versions have lackluster tire grip to the detriment stopping distances and emergency handling
  • Sport 2.0T version has uneven power delivery and a stiff ride

Best Version to Get

Easily the best value is the Sonata SE with the Popular Equipment Package. It offers decent amenities for just over $23,000. If you have the money, the Sonata Limited hits the sweet spot. It's attractively finished and well-equipped, with leather, navigation, push-button start, blind-spo...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (178 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 electric (202 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (193 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)