2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Release Date, Review, News – In comparison to its predecessor, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is no longer the dullard of its class. With very good fuel economy ratings, spacious interior, refined and well-equipped cabin, serene and smooth ride, generous standard equipment list, and improved handling and steering, the Sonata Hybrid is undoubtedly headed in the right direction. Buyers should expect its release date sometime mid next year according to credible online reports.
The previous Sonata Hybrid lacked updates and refreshments which disappointed its fans considerably. However the point of contention was that the regular Hyundai Sonata came with lots of redesigns and this lead to various rumors suggesting Hyundai was considering dropping the hybrid model.
This has proved nonsensical with the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid which flaunts several improvements and upgrades over the previous model. Now, with the Hybrid model finally graduating to the present Sonata generation, buyers should expect a more grown-up styling, stiffer platform, and a more refined and satisfying driving experience.
In the hybrid world, fuel ratings aren’t a big deal as it is obvious to expect better ratings than the regular models. With an upgraded suspension system, a powerful electric motor, and a smaller engine, the standard model now achieves EPA ratings of 40/44/42 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The ratings represent a significant leap from the previous model’s 38 mpg/combined. Also part of this year’s changes include active air shutters behind the grille, aero tweaks, and a redesigned tail. Beyond that, the Sonata is pretty much the same as the regular Sonata. However, if the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid doesn’t satisfy most of your expectations, some alternatives to consider include the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and the rejuvenated 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Available Trims – Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for 2017 is available in only two trims: base SE, and the well-appointed Limited trim. The Plug-In Hybrid and the new regular 2017 Sonata are reviewed separately.
Interior Review & Exterior Changes
Standard equipment on the SE include dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics, foglights, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB port, a CD player, and a rearview camera.
Upgrading to the Limited gets you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear-cross traffic alert, xenon headlights, 17-ich alloy wheels, driver memory settings, wood grain-look interior accents, a six-way power front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, heated front and rear seats, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, an eight-way power driver seat, and manual-rear window sunshades.
The Ultimate package available for the Limited trim gets you upgraded BlueLink smartphone integration, automatic high-beam headlight control, a panoramic sunroof, an 8” touchscreen display, a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam control.
On the safety front, the Hybrid model gets you a rearview camera, a driver side knee airbag, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, automatic crash notification, front seat side-impact, emergency assistance, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane-departure warning system, rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning system.
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Engine Specs
A new 2.0L engine paired to an electric motor is the only powertrain offered for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The combined output – 193 horsepower is routed to the front wheels via the 6-speed auto transmission system.
The SE, as already mentioned, returns fuel economy ratings of 40/44/42 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 39/43/41 mpg for the slightly heavier Sonata Hybrid Limited.
Although the EPA ratings may appear strange, it is because of the hybrid system utilizes a less powerful electric motor relative to its competition thereby boosting highway figures while reducing those of the city.
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
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Price & Release Date
Apart from the slightly less rear headroom, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid should certainly be on the shopping list of many people who wish to try their hand on a hybrid model. Its release date should be expected mid-next year if online reports are anything to go by.
As for the price, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is set to come with an MSRP starting from $26,500. The price represents a slight increase over the previous model’s window sticker but you’ll still get value for money. You could also lease the vehicle before committing.