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2017 Sonata 2.0T

See Around Corners With New Safety Feature

By rotating the projector in the front headlights to reflect light in the direction the wheels turn, Hyundai has added an important new safety feature to the 2017 Sonata. Since the inception of the headlight, driving at night worked wonderfully as long as you stayed on a perfectly straight highway. Once you get on a dark country road with twists and turns, the illumination factor decreases rapidly every time you go around a corner. With Dynamic Bending Light, the new Sonata helps see animals, vehicles and other obstacles that might be lurking around corners. You can see and test drive the new Sonata now at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

New Technology Comes With Lower Prices

Even with new safety technology available on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, the base price of both the Eco and Sport 2.0T have dropped. You’ll notice a $600 price savings from last year on the Eco, and a stunning price reduction of $2,300 off the starting ticket on the Sport. Other safety features on the new Sonata include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane assist, high beam assist, rear parking sensors and blind spot awareness.

Standard Features Help Keep You in Control

When you buy any model of the 2017 Sonata, you get a number of safety features that help keep you on the road and heading in the right direction in the case of inclement weather. Vehicle stability management, traction control and electronic stability control are all designed to help right the vehicle if you should start to skid out of control. In the case of a crash, the Sonata is outfitted with seven airbags to help protect you and your passengers. Every Sonata has four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes that come with electronic brake distribution, to make sure the proper amount of stopping power goes to each wheel.

Choose From Three Different Powertrains

Depending on the model of Sonata you choose, there are three different engines available for the 2017 model year. The base engine is a naturally-aspirated 2.4L that generates a respectable 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The Eco has a smaller 1.6L engine, but it’s turbocharged so it pumps out 178 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful engine available is the 245-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged GDI engine that mates with a six-speed transmission. Take some time and compare all the models in the Hyundai Sonata inventory at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale, then pick the one that best suits your driving needs.


Magazine Tests Exceed Advertised Mileage

Although the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco promises to get up to 40 mpg on the highway, the editors at “Car and Driver” found they got up to 43 mpg during a recent extended evaluation of the vehicle. As you might guess “Eco” means the newest addition to the Elantra stable is good for the environment, scoring hybrid-like efficiency without the extra cost of the hybrid setup. One of the main reasons for the Eco’s miserly efficiency is its turbocharged 1.4L engine that makes up for its diminutive size by creating more torque. It only takes the Eco 1400 RPM to release its peak 156 pound-feet of torque, creating a thrust that takes it from 0 to 60 mph half a second faster than other Elantras equipped with a 2.0L engine. Test the performance out for yourself by taking a test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

New Transmission Also Separates Eco from Pack

Unlike other Elantras, the Eco has a dual-clutch, 7-speed transmission that also offers a manual shifting mode. The combination of the engine and transmission moves seamlessly through the gears as you build speed, providing plenty of power to get on a freeway or pass a large truck on a mountain climb. “Car and Driver” took it through its standard series of performance tests and the Eco did well for a car designed as an efficient commuter. The Eco powered through the quarter-mile run in just 16.2 seconds, hitting an impressive 87 mph. Top speed on the vehicle is limited by a governor to 120 mph. The Eco also hit 60 mph from a dead stop in 7.8 seconds. None of those numbers are going to impress a muscle car owner, but they do show plenty of pop to give drivers an occasional thrill behind the wheel.

Eco Driver Assistance Features Promote Safety

The Hyundai Elantra Eco has the same great driver assistance features as other Elantra models. Seven airbags are strategically located to protect the driver and passengers, including side and rear curtain airbags to help in the case of someone else t-boning your car. Pedestrian detection with automatic braking helps avoid collisions with someone who may come out of nowhere while your distracted with other traffic. If you’ve ever found your self drifting on those long lonely road trips, lane depature warning and lane keep assist will help keep you on the right path. Smart cruise control helps you remain a safe distance from the car in front, even applying the brakes if needed. The new Elantra Eco is an efficient alternative to hybrids costing thousands more. Check out the entire Elantra lineup at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.