What’s New and In Store for 2017
The first car that I fell in love with was a 1992 Hyundai Sonata. It was sitting on a lot in my hometown in South Dakota, its golden finish glistening under the spring sun. My sister needed a car, so I promptly made a deal with my parents to help me buy the Sonata so she could drive my first car, and then hers, a 1985 Dodge Aries. Within a matter of months, I put gold trim on the doors of my new Sonata, would add a Pioneer stereo system, performance muffler, and would switch out the wheels for alloy rims and performance tires. The car was fast, too. There was no speed governor. I won’t get into how fast I got it up to, as I am not certain of the statute of limitations for traffic laws. In any case, it was fast enough for a 16-year-old with a friend who liked to race his Mazda 626. My admiration for Hyundai would continue well beyond the terrible styling choices I made for that poor car. I still gush about the brand quite often. In fact, my wife and I have our eye on a Santa Fe and I also keep trying to convince her that we need a 1998 Tiburon.
What we both like about the Santa Fe reflects Hyundai’s continued commitment to well equipped, safe, and stylish vehicles, particularly the value and reliability that they offer in having a second-to-none warranty program. Hyundai was named the 2016 winner of the annual KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, recognized for their lowest projected ownership costs. Hyundai also took several 2016 and 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick honors for the Sonata, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Elantra and Tucson as well as took home NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings for those vehicles. Heading into 2017, Hyundai continues to add innovative features such as active bending headlights to their vehicles and more tech like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, as well as many other active safety features. Two models received a complete refresh, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, and Hyundai debuts its new eco-friendly 2017 Hyundai Ioniq later this year.
2017 Hyundai Elantra
- MSRP: From $17,150 to $22,750
- MPG: Up to 29 City / 38 Highway, 32 City / 40 Highway (ECO)
- Engine: 1.4 L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder (128 hp ECO), 1.6 L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder (201 hp Sport), 2.0 L 4-Cylinder (147 hp)
Elantra GT Hatchback
- MSRP: From $18,800 to $19,800
- MPG: 24 City / 32 Highway
- Engine: 2.0 L 4-Cylinder (173 hp)
Newly designed for 2017, the Hyundai Elantra is fresh and features a multitude of new technology. The fascia is sharp, with a sporty stance and new grille, bumper, headlight, and taillight designs. Inside the cabin, you’ll find an urbane look and feel – clean, spacious, and well kempt. Seating is comfortable, as is the ride. Hyundai designed the Elantra to be smoother and quieter, and it handles at high speeds with very little noise.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan offers three engine configurations, including two turbocharged engines to up performance. The 2.0 L base model can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The ECO’s turbocharged 1.4 L is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch and gets up to 40 mpg Highway. Last but not least is the 1.6 L turbocharged Sport, pushing 201 horsepower and focused on performance.
Awarded 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honors and 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for Elantras built after March 2016, the Elantra also received a Good headlight rating from the IIHS and NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating. Available advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights and automatic high beams, forward collision warning and mitigation, and lane departure warning and mitigation. Other features include 7-inch touchscreen and available 8-inch touchscreen, available LED taillights, leather upholstery, Hyundai Blue Link system, and auto defogging system.
Hyundai’s spacious and speedy Elantra GT hatchback comes with a 16-valve, 2.0 L DOHC 4-Cylinder that pushes a best-in-class 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai boosts it has more cargo space than the Ford Focus, more aerodynamic than the Subaru Impreza with lower coefficient of drag of 0.3, and more features than the MAZDA3 offers. It received a 5-Star Safety Rating in NHTSA crash tests and offers all the popular bells and whistles of the Elantra sedan.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe (Three-row)
- MSRP: From $30,800 to $39,400
- MPG: Up to 18 City / 25 Highway
- Engine: 3.3 L V6 (290 hp)
Santa Fe Sport (Two-row)
- MSRP: From $25,350 to $33,450
- MPG: Up to 21 City / 27 Highway
- Engine: 2.4 L 4-Cylinder (185 hp), 2.0 L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder (240 hp)
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a mid-generation refresh, both inside and out. Premium features like 18” alloy wheels, chrome accents, and LED running lights hint at what’s also on the inside. With room for up-to seven passengers, the Santa Fe has an upgraded, spacious interior featuring a standard 7-inch touchscreen with integrated Android Auto and Hundai Blue Link System, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, and a rearview camera. Other standard features include a 12-way power driver seat, stain-resistant cloth seats, Dual-zone automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer, and sliding 40/20/40-split second-row seating.
Paired with a 6-speed transmission, the 24-Valve DOHC 3.3 L V6 produces 290 hp and 252 lb-ft torque. With smooth shifting, quick acceleration, and a max towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, the Santa Fe has both pep and power. While the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport mirrors the new interior and exterior updates, under the hood it carries over both 4-Cylinder options. Opt for more performance and better fuel economy with the 2.0 L turbo engine, pushing 240 hp and 260 lb-ft torque. Paired with AWD, it has a lot of performance potential.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded both the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Santa Fe Sport 2017 Top Safety Pick+ honors. The Santa Fe is one of only a handful of other vehicles to receive a Good IIHS headlight rating. The Santa Fe three-row has not undergone NHTSA testing yet, but the two-row Sport scored an overall safety rating of 5 stars. Standard safety equipment for the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles include roof-mounted side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors and driver’s knee airbag, Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control with Downhill Brake Control, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Available safety features include Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Smart Cruise Control.
See how the 2017 Santa Fe stacks up against the Kia Sorento.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq
Available as an all-electric model, a hybrid, or a plug-in hybrid model, the newest Hyundai green machine is offering something the rest of the green scene hasn’t seen much of: some competition. Designed with aerodynamic prowess (0.24 coefficient of drag), the exterior is fluid in shape and features a unique fascia that is more aggressive than the Elantra, but maintains some family resemblance.
As for the interior, the Ioniq is shaped by futuristic qualities and ecologically responsible materials. An intuitive layout and clutter-free design makes for a relaxed driving experience, emphasized by the simple, clean look and “light” feel. Stay connected with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integrated with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Also included is wireless charging for your smartphone. Safety features offered for the Ioniq include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Smart Cruise Control.
Both the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature the new 1.6 L, direct-injected 4-Cylinder engine producing 104 hp and 109 lb-ft torque. Paired with the 32 kW (43 hp) electric motor, the two offer a total of 139 hp. The Electric features a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of 125 MPGe and produces 88 kW (120 hp) and 215 lb-ft torque.
Minor Changes / Unchanged
- 2017 Hyundai Accent (The new Value Edition bundles alloy wheels, audio controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, and Bluetooth capability)
- 2017 Hyundai Azera
- 2017 Hyundai Sonata (Active bending headlights are now available and was awarded 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick honors)
- 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (New 7-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and HD radio are standard as well as new paint color palette)
- 2017 Hyundai Tucson (2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honors and some upgrades to the SE trim’s interior materials)
- 2017 Hyundai Veloster (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and HD radio available)
With the debut of Hyundai’s Genesis luxury line of cars, the Hyundai Genesis sedan and Hyundai Equus transition into the 2017 Genesis G80 and 2017 Genesis G90, respectively. As for the Hyundai Genesis coupe, we may see it down the road under the Genesis brand.
Which 2017 Hyundai are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!