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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Elantra Release Date, Review and Info

Providing plenty of value and style, a comfortable and well-appointed cabin, the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes with plenty of talents and performance. Some of the defining aptitudes for the new model includes a ling warranty coverage, a quiet cabin, a feature and technology galore, and a spacious cargo volume. Its release date should be expected during the 4th Q of 2016.

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A first for the 2017 model includes a keyless ignition and entry, standard automatic climate control, and standard leather seats.

The new and redesigned Elantra offers quite an impressive list of technologies and features that will undoubtedly give the vehicle a competitive edge. Ever since the vehicle debuted back in 2011, the vehicle has continued with a laudable growth curve and has exceeded all other major models in terms of the tenure.

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Youthful rivals have had a tough giving the Elantra a run for its money. Despite its long existence, the vehicle hasn’t aged a day as Hyundai has consistently offered a refreshing appeal and stuffed it with latest features. The same exponential growth continues with the 2017 model. The vehicle comes with upscale features including but not limited to a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and LED running lights. Things even get better if you opt for the top-rated Limited and Sport trims.

If you are seating there and looking for greying signs, you’ll find none! This, therefore, means the new Elantra is now better and more confident on the road and offers irresistible looks and interior appeal.

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Available Trims – Hyundai Elantra

The sedan is available in a whopping four trims: base SE, mid-trims Value Edition and Limited, and the top-of-the-line Sport trims.

Exterior Review & Interior Pictures – 2017 Hyundai Elantra

The redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra base SE trim offers a trip computer, full power accessories, 15” steel wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, air-conditioning, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, and satellite radio.

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Optional on the SE is the Popular Equipment package that comes bundled with 16” wheels, steering wheel mounted audio controls, foglights, heated mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, a 4.3” touchscreen display, a sliding rear armrest, illuminated vanity mirrors, extendable sun visors, a rearview camera, a sliding center armrest, and blind-spot monitor.

The Value Edition adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, and a sunroof.

2017 Hyundai Elantra interior, steering wheel and leather seats

Opting for the Limited trim adds adjustable steering effort, Blue Link telematics, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, LED accents, projector headlights, 17” wheels, and LED taillights.

Optional features available for the Limited trim includes an upgraded audio systems, a navigations system, a 7” touchscreen interface, and a sunroof.

2017 Hyundai Elantra interior, steering wheel and leatherr seats

Finally, the Sport trim comes featuring a sport-tuned suspension and steering steel, heated rear seats, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, black exterior accents, a more powerful engine, and exterior heated mirrors.

Engine Specs – 2017 Hyundai Elantra

The SE, Value Edition, and the Limited trims come equipped with a four-cylinder 1.8L engine rated at 145 horsepower and 130 pounds of torque. The six-speed manual transmission is the default system, while the auto is available as an option but standard on the Limited and Value Edition trims.

During our own test drive, the Limited trim was able to saunter to 60 mph from standstill in just 9.7 seconds.

According to Hyundai, the EPA fuel economy ratings of the manual-equipped SE stands at 27/37/31 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

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Regardless of the trim, the rest return EPA ratings of 28/38/32 mpg.
The figures are solid, however, window-shopping for other alternatives will reveal that there are other vehicles in the same segment which offer better fuel economy ratings.

Finally, the performance-themed 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport comes with a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 173 horsepower and 154 pounds of torque. During our test drive, the automatic-equipped 2017 Hyundai Elantra sauntered from 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds.

Its EPA ratings stand at 24/34/28 mpg with the manual, and 24/35/28 for the automatic-equipped Sport model.

Release Date & Price – 2017 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

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Excited about the Elantra? If yes, expect to pay an MSRP starting from $17,250 for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. As for the release date, expect the vehicle to be available in U.S dealerships sometime during the 4th Q.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date, Specs and Info

Despite the new Hyundai Santa Fe lacking the same attention as some other three-row crossover SUVs, it still manages to come with a unique sense of style and comfort. Its affordable price tag might also be the reason it’ll emerge a favorite in its segment. Expect its release date during the middle of this year.

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Some of the defining attributes of the new 2017 Santa Fe include an easy-to-use technology interface, a generous list of standard features, an agile V6 engine, a classy cabin, and a lengthy warranty.

The new vehicle is almost an obvious choice for people shopping for a three-row crossover. Though it might lack a name recognition, the new Santa Fe may tip your decision in its favor through various features and technologies it comes with.

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Once you get inside the vehicle, there are lots of things to covet on. First is the cabin space, the vehicle offers more interior space than any other seven-passenger crossover in its segment. The first two rows offer an excellent space for both leg-and headroom. As for the third row, you might find it necessary to keep the young adults there as the space isn’t that favorable for adults which is almost the case for every large crossover irrespective of the nameplate.

That aside, the cabin of the 2017 Santa Fe offers an appealing ambience, simple control layout, and lots of convenience features for your money. You’ll find the touchscreen interface easy-to-use even if you are still in that generation that finds apps a bewilderment.

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Another interesting thing about the vehicle is the standard V6 powerplant. This serene, potent V6 engine provides a laudable acceleration to 60 mph while still keeping those EPA fuel economy ratings on check. However, you might find its rivals offer more power and specs, refinement, and more composure than the Santa Fe.

Before making up your mind, you’ll probably want to explore what the segment offers. Some of the crossovers that will undoubtedly give the Santa Fe a run for its money include the 2017 Toyota Highlander, 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Chevy Traverse, 2017 Kia Sorento, and 2017 Ford Flex.

Available Trims – Hyundai Santa Fe

The new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered in either six of seven passenger configurations. Both will come in two trims: SE and Limited. The smaller 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Hybrid are reviewed separately.

Exterior Sport Changes & Interior Sport Review – 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

The redesigned SE comes standard with air-conditioning, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, roof rails, cruise control, a 50/50-split flat-folding third row seat, full power accessories, a rear spoiler, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an eight-way power driver seat, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, a 4.3” touchscreen display, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a 40/20/40-split sliding and reclining seats, windshield wiper de-icer, a CD player, iPod/USB integration, HD radio, and third-row air vents.

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The Premium package available as an option tacks in a leather upholstery, manual rear window shades, a four-way power front passenger seat, leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring, 19” wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded gauge cluster, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control (dual-zone), rear-cross traffic alert, and a four-way power front passenger seat.

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The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited comes standard with all the contents of the Premium package plus second-row captain’s chairs instead of the second-row bench seat.

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The optional Ultimate package comes standard with driver memory settings a 115-V household style power outlet, a panoramic sunroof, heated second-row seats, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, an 8” touchscreen interface, and driver memory settings. This package also nets in a 12-speaker Infiniti sound system, xenon headlights, and a 10-speaker for the SE model, and LED taillights for the Limited models.

Engine Specs – 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

A 3.3L V6 engine rated at 252 pounds of torque and 290 horsepower comes beneath the hood of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. The power is transmitted to either the front wheels of the four wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe engine

The EPA fuel economy ratings for the engine are 18/25/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the front wheel drive, and 18/24/20 mpg for the 4 four wheel drive. When fully equipped, its maximum towing capacity stands at 5,000 pounds.

Sport Price & Sport Release Date – 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Upon its release, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV will probably cost you an MSRP starting from $30,400. As for the release date, expect the vehicle during the second half of 2016.

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