It’s only been two model years since the Sonata received a full redesign, so a big update isn’t expected for some time. That didn’t stop Hyundai from making the 2017 Sonata even more desirable with some new features and a price cut.
The biggest visual change is the addition of Dynamic Bending Light—Hyundai’s version of adaptive lighting that turns the headlights with the steering wheel—as an option on Limited trim models.
The second set of changes the Korean automaker is making for the new model year is a collection of updates to the equipment in the lineup to help maximize value. Hyundai didn’t dive into specific details, but it did mention that prices will fall in 2017 as the base Sonata starts from $21,600 ($150 reduction), the Eco falls $600 to just $23,125, and the Sport 2.0T’s price falls by $2,300 to $26,600.
Other than these changes, the 2017 Sonata remains nearly identical to the 2016 model, including its powertrain. The base model will come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The Eco trim gets the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.0T models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 245 horsepower.
There is no mention of when the 2017 Sonata will hit showroom floors, but my guess is that they are arriving now or will start arriving soon.