2017 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2017 Toyota Camry

Posted Monday, Jul 24, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry: two cars that have been going head-to-head for driver purchases on car lots across the country for many years. Both vehicles boast improvements and features that make it easy to see why they’re getting so much attention.

Just because these mid-size sedans are neck-and-neck doesn’t mean they’re on equal footing; we think the Camry outperforms the Sonata by miles. As your local Los Angeles Toyota, we want to help you understand why.

 

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry: two cars that have been going head-to-head for driver purchases on car lots across the country for many years. Both vehicles boast improvements and features that make it easy to see why they’re getting so much attention.

Just because these mid-size sedans are neck-and-neck doesn’t mean they’re on equal footing; we think the Camry outperforms the Sonata by miles. As your local Los Angeles Toyota, we want to help you understand why.

Pricing

With a suggested retail price of $21,600 for the Sonata and $23,200 for the Camry, it’s true that you’ll pay a little bit more for the Toyota. That extra $1,600 isn’t frivolous; it pays for itself in improved features and better performance on the road. Despite the difference in price, we still feel that the Toyota offers better dollar-for-dollar value based on what it has to offer. More on that in the next few sections.

Safety Features

Both the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata came in at about the same place when it comes to safety features, at least on NHTSA frontal crash testing, but it was the Camry instead that won 2017 Top Safety Pick+, largely because of its technological advancements.

Features like pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alerts come on both the XSE and XLE versions for a price increase of between $2,475 and $3,720.

In contrast, to access a similar build in the Sonata, you’re paying around $5,500 for two separate packages. This difference explains why the Sonata’s price is lower overall, as the Camry is including more for less.

Performance

One of the biggest and boldest ways the Toyota Camry outdid the competition this year was in performance. Expect up to 278 horsepower out of this bad boy despite the fact that it houses only a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine (depending on which trim or package you choose).

It rides much smoother than the Sonata, and just “feels” better on the road with improved overall reactivity. Even the standard 4-cylinder boasts up to 178 horsepower—more than enough power to get you through your morning and evening commute with ease.

There’s a rumor that the Camry’s lacking a sporty feel, and this isn’t necessarily incorrect. Despite the V6 engine’s power, it does fall just this side of truly qualifying as “sporty.” That said, it’s certainly not boring, and it has enough kick to keep driving interesting even on the longest winding roads. Expect a smooth, even ride with enough power to crest hills in the winter and handle curves in the summer.

Reliability

 

Speaking of reliability, this is another area where the Camry wins. J.D. Power and Associates gave it a solid 5 out of 5 for reliability, making it one of the most reliable vehicles for 2017. Expect few (or no) mechanical issues for at least the first three years.

Even if something does go wrong, the Camry comes with three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty to keep you in the driver’s seat. Come on in to your local Los Angeles North Hollywood Toyota and see just how reliable this terrific vehicle is first-hand.

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