2017 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2017 Hyundai Sonata
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Hyundai Sonata is the model that helped Hyundai find its mainstream appeal in the U.S, yet it's by no means the king of the hill, as it competes with top sellers like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

The Accord remains very much a Honda in driving feel, even though it's quite a large vehicle now.

Last year's mid-cycle revamp gave the Camry a sportier emphasis to go with its space and efficiency.

The Kia Optima, which is closely related to the Hyundai Sonata, also deserves a look; it's almost identical to the Sonata in powertrain and layout, but it somehow handles better, and its sleeker, Euro-influenced styling aims for a very different crowd.

The Ford Fusion remains one of the boldest designs on the market, and with several different turbocharged engines and a Fusion Hybrid, it's the lineup with the most choice.

As a sturdy alternative, we recommend the Subaru Legacy; it has stellar safety scores and a bit more room than the Sonata.

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The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a strong family-sedan value, with inconspicuous looks hiding top-notch safety and fuel economy.
The 2017 Ford Fusion blends enduring good looks, a wide variety of powertrains, impressive interior space and comfort along with all the latest electronic safety systems and a few design upgrades.
The safety and all-weather performance of the 2017 Subaru Legacy are convincing enough. Consider the roomy sedan's value at any trim and decent gas mileage, and it's no wonder it was our Best Car to Buy for 2015.
The 2017 Toyota Camry is a comfortable commuter without much pretension; a very good appliance for car buyers who prefer substance over style.
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
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