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Hyundai Sonata | CarMax

Budget-conscious shoppers who aren't looking to sacrifice on features will find both their tastes and wallet are happy with the Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata is a mid-sized sedan which comes well-equipped at even the base trims. There's plenty of space for five passengers and luggage for your next adventure. Check out this Hyundai Sonata review to find out what makes this vehicle so popular with our customers.

Hyundai Sonata Key Specs & Features (2015-2018)

  • Powerful, standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine
  • Comfortable seating for up to five passengers
  • The 2017 Hyundai Sonata with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission gets an estimated 26 mpg combined.1


5 Reasons to Buy

1. Comfort features

The base-level trim Sonata doesn't skimp on the options. You'll find a great selection of tech and comfort features included in all models. In the 2015-2018 Sonata, features such as heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, Bluetooth® connectivity, and satellite radio are available.

2. Powerful

Hyundai Sonata: Engine | CarMax

The 2015 model year and newer Sonatas have either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A hybrid system is available for 2013 and newer models, while a plug-in-hybrid Sonata was available beginning with 2016 models.

3. Practical technology

Hyundai Sonata: Tech Dash | CarMax

The Sonata is equipped with some very useful technology. A rearview camera and blind-spot detection should come in handy when driving around town. Many of these features are available in 2013 and newer Sonatas.

4. Spacious interior

Hyundai Sonata: Front Seats | CarMax

The interior of the 2013-2015 Hyundai Sonata isn't just full of impressive features. There is a fantastic 103.8 cubic-feet of passenger volume and 16.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk in the 2015-2018 models.

Hyundai Sonata: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

5. A quiet ride

The Hyundai Sonata offers a smooth and comfortable ride. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata and later models use suspension designed to reduce road noise and soak up the bumps.

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What You Need to Know

Hyundai Sonata trims (2015 -2018)

  • SE - The standard entry-level trim includes automatic headlights, a rear-view camera, Blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring, power accessories and a 7-inch touchscreen.
  • Eco - This trim adds a seven-speed transmission and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • SEL - A favorite trim that adds LED daytime running lights, heated exterior mirrors with signals, hands-free trunk with auto-open, push-button start, power driver seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Sport - Bring out your fun side with steering wheel paddle shifters, sport appearance grille, dual chrome exhaust tips, a power sunroof and LED interior ambient lighting.
  • Limited - Enjoy some luxury with LED headlights and taillights, chrome exterior accents, driver seat and mirror memory, leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
  • Limited 2.0T - Sport and luxury meet with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed transmission, a power panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, and an eight-inch high-definition touchscreen


Hyundai Sonata: Backseats | CarMax

Function and comfort define the interior of the Hyundai Sonata. Heated cloth front seats are standard on 2015 to 2018 models, as is a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Bring all the luggage you need thanks to a generous 16.3 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Exterior colors

The 2015-2018 Hyundai Sonata is available in the following colors:

  • Electric Blue
  • Lakeside Blue
  • Machine Grey
  • Phantom Black
  • Quartz White Pearl
  • Scarlet Red
  • Symphony Silver

Hyundai Sonata Average CarMax Prices2

  • 2014-2017 Hyundai Sonata: Average price under $16,000
  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata: Average price under $20,000

Years in review

2013 Hyundai Sonata - The Hyundai Sonata received a minor face-lift for 2013, with slight changes to the front fascia and grille from previous years. There are seven trims and two engines to choose from, which means there's a lot of variety in features. The well-equipped Sonata featured standard Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker radio and a suite of modern equipment.

2014 Hyundai Sonata - A major refresh occurred in 2014. Added to the Sonata was a 4.3-inch touchscreen, new 17- and 18-inch wheels, blind spot detection, an optional automatic climate control, and carbon fiber trims. There were many more updates to the Sonata option packages and appearance, too.

2015 Hyundai Sonata - Completely redesigned from the ground up, the 2015 Sonata was the first year for the seventh-generation. Hyundai used the next generation of the Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, creating an attractive and modern-looking car. LED daytime running lights, 16-inch wheels, and chrome-tipped exhaust was standard on base-level trim.

2016 Hyundai Sonata - Engine tweaks to improve the fuel mileage of the 2.4L four-cylinder engine, and the exterior got a few minor changes. Forward collision braking added to the list of technology features. The infotainment system got a new seven-inch touchscreen.

2017 Hyundai Sonata - Hyundai updated the options packages for the 2017 Sonata, which reduced the complexity. There were no real changes from the 2016 Sonata, except for the addition of Dynamic Blending Light on top-tier Limited trims.

2018 Hyundai Sonata - Mid-year changes were introduced into the 2018 model year. These mid-year changes added some aggressive styling to the Sonata with a sport fascia and grille. A heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and wireless smartphone charging were also included.

The Bottom Line

The Hyundai Sonata is a vehicle that can fit into your daily, active lifestyle. There are sport trims available for drivers looking to add some excitement to their commute, and useful features for small families. In either case, the Hyundai Sonata has a lot to offer at a nice price point.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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