2017 Hyundai Sonata: Is It Fair To Describe It As Just Good Enough?

May 22, 2017 04:22 AM EDT | Paul Urban

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is considered a good option for a family car. It comes with much-needed space. Its fuel efficiency is also favored by experts. However, it is described as just good enough.

For Hyundai, such review may somehow not work to their advantage. Hyundai is known to use user's experience in marketing its cars instead of heavily investing in marketing campaigns. A "good enough" review may not bring them the buzz it needs to sell off its Sonatas.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata competes directly with the likes of Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda 6 and Kia Optima. This has a mixed reception as each expert and car enthusiast gave their own insights. The reception for Sonata may not be notably astounding, however, not too much negative comments are given. It is comfortably sitting in the middle of rankings.

The 2017 Sonata aces the comfort department. Both its front seats and rear bench are well cushioned and offer adequate support. Headroom is also very generous throughout the entire vehicle. Legroom comes adequate, though not class-leading.

It also has impressive crash test ratings making it one of the safest cars to date. It comes with blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. It got received "Good" in IIHS' moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test and "Acceptable" in the small-overlap frontal offset impact test.

The Hyundai Sonata is one quiet car. It also negotiates most road conditions effectively. Various road irregularities with smooth damping are one of Sonata's strengths. It does offer well-controlled ride quality as well.

It has good ratings as well. The site The Car Connection gave it a total rating of 7.2 points. It received the highest ratings in Comfort and Quality, Features, and Safety. It also suggests that the Sonata hides its top-notch safety and fuel economy. This is something that not many people know of.

At the end of the day, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a good car. If it is considered just good enough, then let it be. As many people find out its features and other offerings, it will graduate from being "good enough" to an actual "really good car."

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