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2017 Toyota Camry vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata

2017 Toyota Camry

Introduction

 

The midsize sedan market can be said to one of the most cutthroat markets in the automotive industry. The sheer number of choices that a buyer has in this market can be overwhelming because all the models offer nearly the same features. Very few of them stand out and it’s very difficult to separate signal from noise and find a right fit for you. We decided to compare two of the top cars in the market, the 2017 Toyota Camry and the 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

With its killer looks, power packed performance, unparalleled reliability and beautiful, spacious cabin, the Toyota Camry is really the apex option you have in the midsize sedan class. The Toyota Camry has a lot of things going for it. It has received wide recognition and multiple accolades from the industry and consumers alike. It’s the top rated model on Cars.com’s American-made index; it’s the best selling passenger car period. It has also been given an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.

As if that’s not enough, the Toyota Camry also has a hybrid powertrain as an option that lets you save money on fuel. A powerful V6 engine is also available to upgrade from the standard 4-cylinder engine. The car comes with a plethora of features that provides a comfortable ride and a luxurious design. No matter what path you are on, the Toyota Entune multimedia interface ensures that you and your family are always connected and entertained.

 

Performance

 

Taking a look at performance, both cars are equipped with a 4-cylinder engine. In the efficiency department, the Sonata fuel efficiency matches the Camry. Yet the Camry also offers a powerful V6 Engine for more sporty experience. It produces 268 horsepower. The 0 to 60 time is 6.1 seconds on the Camry XSE V6 engine. The Sonata V6 Engine trails behind a bit, producing 245 horsepower. What might be a deal breaker for some drivers is the 0 to 60 time for the Sonata, which is a disappointing 8.3 seconds.

The rare combination of fuel efficiency and high performance in a mid-size sedan can only be achieved by Toyota, a manufacturer that has over two decades of experience in hybrid vehicles. It is clearly reflected in the Camry Hybrid Synergy drive powertrain. Though the results are not out yet, the expected fuel economy for the 2017 Camry Hybrid LE is 42 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg.

You might be surprised to learn that the 2017 Camry Hybrid can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. That’s a performance between the V6 and the four-cylinder gasoline engines.

But for most people, acceleration is not the top priority. What matters is being able to perform in the stop and go traffic of everyday commuting. That’s where the electric motor in the Camry Hybrid comes in handy.

The transaxle in the hybrid Synergy drive combines the power of the electric motor with the 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine seamlessly. The driver is barely aware of these two systems working in tandem to provide a smooth and fuel efficient driving experience.

None of the energy is wasted in a hybrid Toyota vehicle. Regenerative braking is used to capture the energy used while braking and it is stored in the power bank for later use. This makes the Camry even more fuel efficient.

There are various modes available to help you prioritize fuel savings over performance or vice-versa. To drive the hybrid Camry solely on the electric motor choose the EV mode, which allows a maximum speed of 25 mph and range of up to 1.6 miles at a time. Selecting the Eco mode prioritizes fuel economy and adjusts the air conditioning and throttle response accordingly.

 

Styling

 

Both cars have done a 180-degree turn when it comes to style and design. The Toyota Camry is now much better looking than its previous versions. It looks well sculpted, fresh and modern and even a little edgy. On the other hand, the previously wild looking Sonata has gone for a more prudish look. It has adopted basic lines over curves. While the Sonata has the cabin controls group together in compartments much like a German manufacturer would do, Toyota has taken inspiration from its crossovers and trucks and gone for a simple, easily reachable layout for its controls.

The sleek and modern Toyota Camry design is guaranteed to turn heads. It has become one of the most awe-inspiring sedans today. The SE trim sports a mean looking grille making it look like a sports sedan. The XSE trim takes it to the next level and features LED running lights and 18-inch wheels along with Chrome exhaust tips. The Toyota Camry is available in many attractive colors such as Ruby Flair, Midnight Black, and Blue Streak. The Camry packs a bit more of a punch in its design than the Sonata.

 

Comfort

 

The 2017 Toyota Camry provides a buttery smooth ride no matter where you are driving. It has facilities to make every passenger comfortable no matter if they are going for a long trip or running a short errand. The cabin has plenty of room thanks to Toyota’s considerate design.

The Sonata falls a bit behind when it comes to the spaciousness of the car. Tall passengers will especially appreciate the extra 3.3 inches of legroom in the Camry.

The 2017 Toyota Camry has been fitted with many new technological features that improve the experience of being in the car. The XSE and XLE trims are equipped with Premium JBL audio and Entune Audio Plus multimedia systems for sublime infotainment in the car. In addition, Qi wireless smartphone charging pads are included in the XLE trim. In the hybrid trims, a light is used to show whenever the Camry is in ECO mode so the driver is aware that the vehicle is prioritizing fuel efficiency.

 

Safety

 

The pre-collision system that comes with automatic emergency braking led the 2016 model Toyota Camry to win the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. The 2017 Camry has a pre-collision detection system, lane departure alert, dynamic cruise control, and auto high beams.

All Camry models come standard with an advanced airbag system for the front passenger and the driver. Side curtain airbags, knee airbags for the front passengers and the front and rear-seat-mounted airbags make up a total of 10 airbags. The XLE and the XSE trims offer a rear cross traffic alert with a blind spot monitoring system, making for a car with incredible active safety tech.

Stolen Vehicle Location, Roadside Assistance, Emergency Assistance button and Automatic Collision Notification systems are available on the XLE trim as part of a separate option called the Safety Connect Telematics System.

The basic safety features that are available in all 2017 Toyota Camrys include the anti-locking braking system, vehicle stability control system, electronic brake force distribution system, traction control system, and brake assist. It’s no wonder the Camry is the highest ranked in safety.

 

Conclusion

 

You can clearly see that the 2017 Toyota Camry distinguishes itself in the crowded midsize sedan class market and emerges as a class leader. It is filled to the brim with exciting features and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The reliability of the Toyota Camry is proven by many years of its legacy. While the Sonata starts at a low price it does so at an expense of quality and many essential features that make the life of the passenger better.

The Toyota Camry 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission that can produce a total of 178 horsepower and deliver excellent mileage of 35 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine on the base model of the Hyundai Sonata produces 185 horsepower and delivers a comparable efficiency rating. Where the Sonata fails is delivering this power to the road.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine is an engine against which the Hyundai Sonata cannot compete. It delivers powerful performance while at the same time is fuel efficient. A six-speed automatic transmission is coupled with this beast of an engine and the car puts out an impressive 268 hp while providing excellent efficiency of 30 mpg on the highway. The nearest Sonata can come to this is with its very underwhelming 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It is clear that if having a powerful vehicle is on top of your priority list, the Toyota Camry is a much better candidate for you.

The Hyundai Sonata also lacks some amenities that Toyota Camry delivers with its signature Entune interface. All the entertainment you need is just a touch of a screen away with this system. The vibrant 6.1-inch touchscreen is a joy to use and is standard on all models. Another feature which the Sonata does not provide is Qi wireless charging, available on the Camry XSE and XLE.