2017 Hyundai Sonata – Release Date, News and Rumors

If plenty of passenger room, lots of standard and optional features, a solid built quality, easy-to-use controls, and a smooth and comfortable ride, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata is certainly the way to go. Its release date, although unconfirmed as of the writing of this review, should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.

2017 Hyundai Sonata front angle, headlights and grille

Read plenty of reports about the industry (what, you really mean you don’t?) and you’ll realize that crossovers are steadily supplanting the midsize sedan as the preferred American family vehicle of choice. However, the Sonata, as of last year, sold greater number of units than both of Hyundai’s crossovers combined. This isn’t a surprise considering the Sonata is an “A” rated sedan that is capable of even enticing its skeptics.

2017 Hyundai Sonata rear view, silver color, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

Some of the changes to expect from the new sedan include a new 7” infotainment system that now replaces the outgoing 5” unit. It is now more responsive and perfectly laid out and minimizes input errors by its sheer size. The newest Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system comes with both upgraded Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functionality. The new system tacks on Google destination search, automatic emergency contact notification, remote ignition, and all the lengthy list of features in the previous model.

2017 Hyundai Sonata front view, blye color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Quite frankly, the new infotainment system is just one of the many significant appealing factors in the new model. Its interior, for instance, is comfortable and cavernous. The backseat is large and comfortable enough to ferry adult friends and kids. The driving quality is smooth and you shouldn’t expect it to feel like your grandpa’s Oldsmoboat during highway cruises. The luxury features and technologies are offered in plenty even for its basic model.

2017 Hyundai Sonata exterior, side view, red color, alloy wheels

But even so, there are other vehicles in the midsize sedan segment that should also be considered, as they too offer a plethora of appealing features. These competitors include the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6, and Ford Fusion.

2017 Hyundai Sonata exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Available Trims – Hyundai Sonata 2017

Trims offered for the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata include the Hybrid, SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Limited 2.0T, and Sport 2.0T. However, the Sonata Hybrid review is substantively covered elsewhere on this blog.

Exterior & 2017 Hyundai Sonata Interior Review

2017 Hyundai Sonata steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

The base 2017 Hyundai Sonata SE offers a seven-inch touchscreen display, an auxiliary audio jack, a rear folding 60/40-split seatback, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rear lip spoiler, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, satellite and HD radio, full power accessories, a USB port, BlueLink Telematics, automatic climate control, and automatic headlights.

2017 Hyundai Sonata front view, silver color, headlights and grille

Next up is the Sonata Sport model, it offers an eight-way driver powered seats, LED daytime running lights, and simulated suede upholstery. In addition to all these, the Sonata Eco adds 17” alloy wheels, distinct body styling tweaks, dual exhaust with chrome tips, and a special fuel-economy-focused engine.

Several options bundled into Premium and Tech packages are offered for the Sonata Sport rim model. these include an automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a navigation system, a sunroof, an upgraded audio system, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, and an eight-inch touchscreen display.

2017 Hyundai Sonata interior, leather seats, steering wheel

Springing for the Sonata Limited trim model gets you heated rear seats, LED taillights, a six-way passenger power seat, a leather upholstery, a sunroof, and all the features of the Sport model.

Upgrading to the Sonata Sport 2.0T gets you 18” wheels, a steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, 18” wheels, heated rear seats, woof grain trim, xenon headlights, a sport-tuned steering and suspension system, and an aft diffuser.

2017 Hyundai Sonata auto show, side view, blue color, alloy wheels

Finally, the Sonata Limited 2.0T winds up the trim lineup with its list of features: rear window sunshades, automatic high-beam control, a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker premium audio system, driver memory settings, adaptive cruise control, ventilated and heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, pre-collision automatic braking system, lane-departure warning system, and engine stop-start.

2017 Hyundai Sonata rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Hyundai Sonata Engine Specs

Three engines are offered for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata: a four-cylinder 2.4L good for 185 hp and 178 lbs. ft. of torque offered for the Limited, Sport, and SE models; 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 260 pounds-ft. of torque and 245 horsepower available for the 2.0T models; and a turbocharged 1.6L four cylinder mill offered exclusively for the Sonata Eco trim model.

2017 Hyundai Sonata engine

Their mpg figures, top speeds, and other detailed specs are still under wraps as of now. But it is expected Hyundai will unveil them sometime before its release date.

Rumors suggest the 2017 Sonata Hybrid will be offered with a new powertrain that will aid it break the 40 mpg mark. As of now, the Hybrid Limited mpg figures stand at 39 city/43/41 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Price & 2017 Hyundai Sonata Release Date

2017 Hyundai Sonata Release date

An MSRP starting from $26,000 should be expected for the Sonata Hybrid Sedan, and $21,750 for the Sonata Sedan. They should go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata exterior, front view, headlights and grille

2017 Hyundai Sonata side view, blue color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Hyundai Sonata side angle, silver color, alloy wheels

2017 Hyundai Sonata front view, black color, headlights and grille

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2017 Hyundai Sonata interior, dashboard, steering wheel

2017 Hyundai Sonata interior, leather back seats

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date and Specs

The Chevrolet Traverse for 2017 nearly checks all the right boxes when it comes to the market needs.
It is highly recommended for buyers looking for a three-row SUV that offers expansive cargo room. Its release date is set for next year.

Some of its highlights include top crash-test scores, improves rearview visibility, a compliant ride quality, a seating configuration for up to eight passengers, and a spacious cargo room. For 2017, the Traverse gains a faster 4G LTE connectivity, ad Wi-Fi capability.

Not long ago, anyone shopping for a vehicle with a generous cargo space and an eight-passenger seating capacity would only have a choice of either getting a big SUV or a minivan. Fortunately with the advent of so many brands offering large SUVs, shoppers now have a wider scope to choose from, and the new 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is definitely one of them.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse exterior, silver color, alloy wheels

The Traverse could be easily viewed as the brand’s leader in everything that defines a proper SUV. Despite GM offering a plethora of SUVs like GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave, among others, the Traverse remains the best choice for anyone looking for a serious SUV profile.

It rides impressively and boasts of top crash test-scores. There are, however, certain areas that need some relooking despite the efforts that have been employed by GM to make the Traverse the best SUV for the market. The downsides include a cumbersome riding quality, a finicky infotainment system, and small climate and antiquated climate and audio controls.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse black color, alloy wheels

Some alternatives to check out include 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, and 2017 Toyota Highlander.

Available Trims – Chevrolet Traverse

Depending on the second-row seating configuration, the seating configuration choices are limited to either seven or eight. Basically, there are three trims: base LS, LT, and the top-of-the-range LTZ. Both the LS and LT are further subdivided into sub-trims (detailed below).

Exterior Changes & Interior Reviews- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse

The redesigned base LS comes standard with a 60/40-split folding second-and third row-seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, front and rear air conditioning, 17” steel wheels, OnStar telematics system, cruise control, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a CD player, smartphone app integration, a 6.5” touchscreen display, a six-speaker premium sound system, and two additional USB ports.
The 1LS further adds a satellite and HD radio.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse gear shift knob, dashboard and lcd screen

Opting for the 1LT trim gets you a leather wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, exterior heated mirrors, an airbag occupant protection, and tilt-only steering wheel.

The Traverse 2LT comes bundled with front heated seats, LED headlights, an auto-dimming aftview mirrors, rear-seat audio controls, headphone jacks, Bluetooth audio connectivity, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and second-row captain’s chairs.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

The top-of-the-line 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ comes bundled with a rear cross traffic alert, 20” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, forward collision warning system, driver seat memory functions, a blind-spot warning system, power folding mirrors, lane departure alert, and ventilated front seats.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Some of the features and technologies available on the upper trims are also available for the lower trims as options. Some of the options include a rear seat entertainment system, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a panoramic sunroof, unique exterior colors, a towing package, and a household-style power outlet.

Engine Specs – 2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Both the LS and LT trims come fitted with a 3.6L V6 engine under their hoods. The engine is rated at 266 pounds of torque and 281 horsepower. As for the top-of-the-line 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ, buyers should expect 288 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque due to the dual exhaust outlets.

A choice of either the front wheel drive or the all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission system are available. However, the LS comes with the front wheel drive as the only drive mode.

2013 GM 3.6L V-6 VVT DI (LFX) for Cadillac ATS
2013 GM 3.6L V-6 VVT DI (LFX) for Cadillac ATS

During our own testing, the AWD 2017 Chevrolet Traverse was able to clinch 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds.

When properly equipped, expect a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds. EPA ratings stand at 17/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the front-wheel-drive, and 16/23/19 mpg with the AWD system.

Price & 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date

The redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Traverse goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $31,205. As for its release date, buyers should expect it in dealerships sometime early next year, according to very reliable sources.

News has it that GMC has been recalling its SUVs due to faulty mechanical issues, we are still gathering all the details and we’ll update soon on the same.

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse side angle, black color, taillights

2017 Chevrolet Traverse exterior, rear angle, taillights

Lincoln’s Expansion Continues with the 2019 Lincoln MKX

Lincoln is expanding the roster of its cars with the all-new 2019 Lincoln MKX model. The company has been going through a complete makeover. The reason? It’s parent company Ford decided to make greater investments and to triple the production of its luxury line.

Having more luxury vehicles is certainly good. And Lincoln is a company which does not mind benefiting from all of this. The long term goal for the company is to triple the sales of the luxury line by the year 2020. They have carefully laid their plan in front of us. And it looks pretty manageable. So we are waiting to see more news about their plans.

Their short term steps currently include dealing with individual cars and updating them. Lincoln first gave extensive updates to their MKZ and MKC models. These were the first vehicles that they modernized. The next one is the crossover MKX which is going to get the same kind of treatment.

The 2019 Lincoln Market

The idea of the company is to make the majority of its sales in China. The company quite frankly admits that they are going to concentrate on this market. This will probably make their sales numbers much manageable. In addition, it will help them reach their final quota.

Now, back to the 2019 Lincoln MKX, which is finally getting updated. Lincoln is changing MKX  for two reasons. The first one, that we mentioned the model is a part of the global growth which Lincoln is planning. And the other one, the fact that the sales of this car have not been going so well. The MKX was already in need of an update. And revamping it will bring the needed boost. Something the brand was lacking.

The initial idea was to base the 2019 Lincoln MKX on the latest MKX Concept Crossover model. This model was unveiled back in 2014 in Beijing. Now when they unveiled MKX for the fans at Detroit, we see how much alike the models have been.

The company improved the a lot. And we see that they are to offer a much larger potential for this car. They managed to reshape the car in this modern way. All in all, the vehicle is still missing some key information. And we are unveiling them here for you. We want to make them available for the general public to see.

The release date is set for the upcoming year. So there is no better way to learn about the information about the 2019 Lincoln MKX than here.

When can we Expect to See the 2019 Lincoln MKX for Sale?

The 2019 Lincoln MKX was very recently unveiled. However, there are still emerging information about it which we care to report on. The info about the car is coming out gradually. Some of it comes directly from Lincoln. And other information are leaking to us though different ways.

All in all, the official release date is still not set. But unofficially it might already been by the start of next year. Although some people think that it is more likely that it appears in the mid- year, our impression is still an early release date.

Lincoln is trying to speed up the process of releasing this model. Even though they are careful and producing the product as extensively as they can, they are not going to rush its production. We are saying that the comeback of the MKX is going to be a great thing for the company. They will for sure make a lot of fans happy.

Prices for the Newest 2019 Lincoln MKX

The updated version of the 2019 Lincoln MKX is going to have a bit higher price than now. The current model is going for a base MSRP price of $38,900. And with the prospect of a new MKX on the way with many new improvements, it is impossible for the price not to change. The vehicle will be available at around $40,000 now. And it will account for many improvements and additions which the vehicle is getting.

When you look at it, it is a normal price increase which you would expect to get and it does not go too high compared to the rivaling cars. But it is still somewhat expensive even for the luxury market. The model will certainly find its niche public as it always does and the expansion of its sales is very much expected to happen and it will make the necessary quota done. All in all, the MKX will probably get the increase in sales it deserves and we will get to see it gain much higher demands.

Updated Exterior Design

The newest 2019 Lincoln MKX is going to follow the same form all of the recent Lincoln cars have been redesigned with. It is a significant departure of what the outgoing model looks like and makes a lot of improvements and bases most of them on the Concept Crossover model seen a few years ago.

The new vehicles can best be described as being corporate looking as they have decided to go that direction and reshape the vehicle in that manner, bringing it a more stable new look for modern times. The initial changes which have been made include the addition of a split-wing grille and new blade like headlamps, while the profile has an elegant feel and look to it.

The model beforehand had a very boxy like appearance. The new model balances things about pretty well and reshapes the car so it looks contemporary and gives it a look which many modern people can relate to.

They also tried to make the newest MKX a much sportier model compared to the vehicle before. It comes with a new sloping roofline and will also gain new muscular rear fenders. The rear apron has also been changed and there are newly designed wraparound headlights as well.

The rear end will add a completely new rectangular exhaust pipe which gives a different kind of look for the rear part. Many of these features have been transferred from the MKX Concept model which we saw in Beijing and there was a case which said that the car look mostly production ready and had already been made as a vehicle that could go on sale. But they decided to use the parts this way.

New 2019 Lincoln MKX Interior

The inside of the 2019 Lincoln MKX will feature the look of a car which we have seen on the previous models before. The latest batch of Lincoln vehicles has borrowed the details of its design from other models and this is a good direction which Lincoln is taking their cars to as it mainly helps to redirect the line of vehicles in a steady way.

The luxury segment is pretty demanding and it is hard to compete and keep up with it. But the MKX is going to update by adding better and softer leather and by refining the surfaces and making the overall exterior seem so much better. High grade materials are seen everywhere and they also add wood and aluminum inserts as well. The seats are 22-way adjustable ones and they have even made a Revel audio system which is one of the main highlights of the car.

They have even enhanced the amount of convenience features inside which will help with the usability and usefulness of the car. But we do see some faults here as well. Many of the parts seem more like a facelift and not a real redesign.

The layout has not been changed and they still manage to go with the previously used own. Whether this is a good idea for them or not, they are making it work, but how much it will actually be worth remains to be seen. The layout is actually based on the old Ford Focus one which Lincoln has been using forever, so this was probably the model that could have changed all of that, but they decided to keep it for a bit longer.

Powertrain Capability of the 2019 Lincoln MKX

There are going to be two options for you under the hood of the 2019 Lincoln MKX cars. One is the 3.7-liter V-6 that can help the model deliver an output of 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The other is a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V-6 which adds more power and gives the users a performance of 330 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque.

The differences between the two engines are not much, there is just an increase of 30 hp which separates them. Some people would say that the addition of the V-6 engine is pointless and that the model should have done better with a 3.5-liter V-6 option instead. But since the rivaling models all come with two engines choices, they only saw it fitting that the MKX has to have two as well. But the car would have done well even with the one engine.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

The newest updates made for the engines of the 2019 Lincoln MKX are not going to do anything impressive for the engine’s performance. The vehicle will still have the stable output that it had with the previous models. The time needed to reach 0-60 mph is 8 seconds and it is pretty standard compared to the competition. The top speed is labeled to be 155 mph which is also not in any way extreme once you look at the competing models.

The Fuel Economy of the 2019 Lincoln MKX

The fuel economy specs of the 2019 Lincoln MKX are not what you would call spectacular, but they are still perfectly suited for the segment and the car. Owing to the two engine variants there are also two different EPA ratings for the car. The first engine is rated with 17 mpg city, 26 highway, 20 combined, which is not impressive by the least. When using AWD the model makes 16/23/19 mpg. The second engine is going to have a rating of 17/26/21 mpg while the all-wheel versions will consume 17/24/19 mpg.

Have the Dimensions Changed?

The size of the 2019 Lincoln MKX is being kept the same and although the update was extensive they did not tamper with the dimensions. The length of the car is still at 190.0 inches and the wheelbase remains 112.2 inches. The width is 76.1 inches and the height is 66.2 inches. The passenger volume on the inside allows for a space of 107 cu ft and the cargo volume is pretty good with a capacity of 37 cu ft.

The Safety Improves as Well

They are adding the various kinds of gadgets for the 2019 Lincoln MKX. The safety is one of them which also gets newest additions. The new kind of technology implemented in this luxury line is probably a very standard set that you see in the variety of cars that exist now. But either way they are going to give a sort of an advantage for the MKX. It helps to improve the security of one. The gadgets added are a 360-degree camera system, cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking. As you can see the top line model gets a top of the line safety set.

Models that it will Compete Against

With the prospects of updating the 2019 Lincoln MKX, we get a real potential of the brand making their titled plan. The idea behind the update is to make greater sales. And to do that they have to surpass the competition first. This will be the first step to take. The current market is filled with luxury brands. And luxury cars that will oppose the MKX model are vehicles like the Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX.

These models will present the best that the market has to offer. And the idea which Lincoln has of expanding to China is something that not a lot of competitors are thinking of doing. At least not for now. All in all, we expect the brand to gain much more popularity with the new model. It just may end up reaching their plans sooner than expected.