Author: Steve Allen |
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The Hyundai Sonata continues to offer a strong lineup in 2017 with three efficient powertrain options, great technology, and newly available dynamic bending light. The 2017 Sonata starts at $21,600, excluding $835 freight charge, which is $150 less than last year and makes it the most affordable midsize sedan.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Sonata packaging changes maximize value, safety, and comfort at every price point across the lineup. Price dropped $600 on the Sonata Eco to just $23,125 and the Sport 2.0T came down an incredible $2,300 from last year to $26,600.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

Dynamic bending light bolsters an already impressive list of available safety features on the 2017 Sonata, including:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Smart cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Rear parking assistance system
  • Blind spot detection system
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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

Sonatas equipped with blind spot detection receive additional benefits of lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert.

The 2017 Sonata comes standard with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with indicators for each tire.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

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An all four-cylinder lineup continues to power the Sonata in 2017. The base, naturally-aspirated engine, the 2.4-liter Theta II GDI, produces 185 peak horsepower and 178 lb. ft. of torque. The Sonata Eco comes with a 1.6-liter, turbocharged Gamma engine and delivers 178 peak horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque. It mates to an efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Eco models achieve 28 and 36 mpg EPA fuel economy, city and highway, and 31 mpg combined. The range-topping 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI generates 245 peak horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque. Both Theta engines are paired with a six-speed SHIFTRONIC ® automatic transmission.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

These powertrains move great technology down the road. The 2017 Sonata is available with many comfort and convenience features like our hands-free smart trunk, 8-inch navigation display, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, electronic parking brake, and Blue Link telematics system.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

2017 Hyundai Sonata © Hyundai Motor Company

 

Standard features include drive mode select (change the engine and transmission settings between eco, normal, and sport, choose between normal and sport steering feel, all at the push of a button), remote keyless entry with alarm, body color heated exterior power mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system. Hyundai replaced the color Venetian Red Pearl with a more vibrant Scarlet Red.

Performance

For a deeper understanding of how the Sonata delivers rewarding ride and handling performance on the road, consider these suspension and chassis upgrades. Front and rear aluminum suspension components offer weight reduction and strength, while a dual lower arm rear suspension enhances braking and stability during high speed maneuvers. In addition, road noise has been reduced through improved vehicle chassis rigidity and soundproofing materials.

The manifold and turbine housing of the Sonata 2.0T twin-scroll turbo is one cast stainless-steel piece. Its highly advanced design helps minimize lag and makes this powerplant lighter than a conventional turbo engine while putting out 245 horsepower. Specifically engineered to recover even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger, the Sonata’s turbo improves combustion efficiency, and provides low-engine-speed efficiency.

Safety

The Automatic Emergency Braking system uses both a camera and radar sensor. If a crash is imminent and the driver does not react, the system deploys Automatic Emergency Braking. The system can even apply full brake-force stopping power from 5 to 50 mph.

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist

This available radar-based system helps detect when a vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot and provides both an audible and a visual alert to help keep you aware as you move down the road. When reverse gear is selected, Rear Cross-traffic Alert helps identify and warn the driver of vehicles approaching from the side. Lane Change Assist measures the closing speed of an approaching vehicle in the adjacent lane to determine if changing lanes is safe and if it’s not, gives the driver an audible and visual warning.

Dynamic Bending Light illuminates your turns

When the road curves and the driver turns the wheel, this available system moves the headlights to provide a better view in dark corners and an added element of safety.

Automatic High Beam Assist

This thoughtful available feature automatically switches from high to low beam headlights when an oncoming vehicle is detected.

Rear parking sensors

Available distance sensors embedded into the rear bumper make parking as simple as driving. They produce a warning sound for the driver if the rear of the car gets too close to any object.

Driver’s Knee Airbag

This standard feature offers added protection for the driver and is just one more innovative element of Sonata’s comprehensive passive and active safety systems.

Specification

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Engine
Type
DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) 4-cylinder
DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) 4-cylinder
DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) 4-cylinder
Materials
Aluminum block and heads
Aluminum block and heads
Aluminum block and heads
Bore and Stroke
88.0 mm x 97.0 mm
88.0 mm x 97.0 mm
88.0 mm x 97.0 mm
Displacement
2.4 L / 2,359 cc
2.4 L / 2,359 cc
2.4 L / 2,359 cc
Horsepower
185 @ 6,000 rpm
185 @ 6,000 rpm
185 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque
178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Valves per Cylinder
4
4
4
Compression Ratio
11.3:1
11.3:1
11.3:1
 
Transmission
6-speed electronic automatic with OD lock-up torque converter, shift lock and SHIFTRONIC™ manual shift mode
First
4.212:1
4.212:1
4.212:1
Second
2.637:1
2.637:1
2.637:1
Third
1.800:1
1.800:1
1.800:1
Fourth
1.386:1
1.386:1
1.386:1
Fifth
1.000:1
1.000:1
1.000:1
Sixth
0.772:1
0.772:1
0.772:1
Reverse
3.385:1
3.385:1
3.385:1
Final Drive
2.885:1
2.885:1
2.885:1
 
Suspension
Front
MacPherson strut with gas-charged Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and 23-mm stabilizer bar
MacPherson strut with gas-charged Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and 23-mm stabilizer bar
MacPherson strut with gas-charged Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and 23-mm stabilizer bar
Rear
Independent multi-link design with coil springs, gas-charged Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and 17-mm stabilizer bar
Independent multi-link design with coil springs, gas-charged Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and 17-mm stabilizer bar
Independent multi-link design with coil springs, gas-charged Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and 17-mm stabilizer bar
 
Steering
Type
Column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS), Rack-and-Pinion, Engine-RPM-Sensing
Column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS), Rack-and-Pinion, Engine-RPM-Sensing
Column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS), Rack-and-Pinion, Engine-RPM-Sensing
Overall Ratio
14.3:1
14.3:1
14.3:1
Turns, lock to lock
2.78
2.78
2.78
Turning circle, curb to curb
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.
 
Brakes/ Tires/ Wheels
Front
Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 12.0-in. ventilated disc with pressure proportioning valves
Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 12.0-in. ventilated disc with pressure proportioning valves
Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 12.0-in. ventilated disc with pressure proportioning valves (Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 12.6-in. ventilated disc with pressure proportioning valves - OPT)
Rear
Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 11.2-in. solid disc with pressure proportioning valves
Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 11.2-in. solid disc with pressure proportioning valves
Dual diagonal, split circuit, power-assisted 11.2-in. solid disc with pressure proportioning valves
ABS
4-wheel, 4-channel and 4-sensor with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and ESC
4-wheel, 4-channel and 4-sensor with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and ESC
4-wheel, 4-channel and 4-sensor with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and ESC
Tires
P205/65R16
P215/55R17
P215/55R17
Spare Tire
T125/80D16 Compact temporary spare tire
T125/80D16 Compact temporary spare tire
T125/80D16 Compact temporary spare tire
Wheels
16 x 6.5-in. aluminum alloy wheel
17 x 7.0-in. aluminum alloy wheel
17 x 7.0-in. aluminum alloy wheel
 
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase
110.4 in.
110.4 in.
110.4 in.
Overall length
191.1 in.
191.1 in.
191.1 in.
Overall width
73.4 in.
73.4 in.
73.4 in.
Overall height
58.1 in.
58.1 in.
58.1 in.
Tread width (front/rear)
63.5 in. / 63.8 in.
63.1 in. / 63.3 in.
63.1 in. / 63.3 in.
Coefficient of drag (Cd)
0.27
0.27
0.27
Minimum Ground Clearance
5.3 in.
5.3 in.
5.3 in.
 
Interior Dimensions
Head room
Front
40.4 in.
40.4 in.
40.4 in.
Rear
38.0 in.
38.0 in.
38.0 in.
Leg room
Front
45.5 in.
45.5 in.
45.5 in.
Rear
35.6 in.
35.6 in.
35.6 in.
Shoulder room
Front
57.9 in.
57.9 in.
57.9 in.
Rear
56.5 in.
56.5 in.
56.5 in.
Hip room
Front
55.3 in.
55.3 in.
55.3 in.
Rear
56.1 in.
56.1 in.
56.1 in.
EPA passenger volume
106.1 cu. ft.
106.1 cu. ft.
106.1 cu. ft.
EPA cargo volume
16.3 cu. ft.
16.3 cu. ft.
16.3 cu. ft.
EPA total volume
122.4 cu. ft.
122.4 cu. ft.
122.4 cu. ft.
 
Capacities
Fuel
18.5 gallons
18.5 gallons
18.5 gallons
 
Curb Weight
6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
3,250 lbs
3,311 lbs
3,380 lbs
 
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg
25 mpg
25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg
35 mpg
35 mpg
Combined
29 mpg
28 mpg
28 mpg
 
Towing Capacity
Maximum towing capacity
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
 

Features

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Mechanical Features
Engine



Type: Inline 4-cylinder
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Displacement (2.4 liters)
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Horsepower: 185hp @ 6000rpm
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Torque: 178 lb.-ft. @ 4000rpm
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Compression ratio: 11.3:1
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DOHC 16-valve train with D-CVVT
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Fuel system: Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
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Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
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6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
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Final drive ratio: 2.885:1
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Drive Mode Select
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Body/Suspension/Chassis
Body construction: Unibody
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Front suspension: MacPherson Strut with coil springs
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Rear suspension: Independent multi-link design
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Column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS)
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Turning diameter, curb-to-curb (35.8 ft.)
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Power 4-wheel disc brakes
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16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/65R16 tires
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17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tires
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Safety Features
Driver's blind spot mirror
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Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
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Rearview camera
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Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
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Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability
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Rear parking sensors
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Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
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Dynamic Bending Light
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure indicator
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Automatic High Beam Assist
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Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system
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Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
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Traction Control System (TCS)
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Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
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Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
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Brake Assist (BA)
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Advanced dual front airbags (SRS) with Occupant Classification System (OCS)
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Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags (SRS)
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Side-curtain airbags (SRS) (front and rear passengers)
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Driver's knee airbag
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Front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
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Rear LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
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Power window lock-out button
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Energy-absorbing steering column
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Front and rear crumple zones
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Remote keyless entry system with alarm
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Exterior Features
Hands-free smart trunk
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Dual fold-away heated body-color side mirrors
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Side mirror-mounted turn-signal indicators
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Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL)
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Body-color exterior door handles
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Chrome exterior door handles with welcome light
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Sport front grille
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Chrome window surround
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Side rocker panels with chrome molding
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Sport appearance front bumper
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Chrome-tipped single exhaust
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Chrome-tipped dual exhaust
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Rear lip spoiler
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Solar control glass
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Variable intermittent windshield wipers/washer
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Shark-fin antenna
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Projector headlights
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HID Xenon headlights
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Automatic headlights
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LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
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LED tail lights
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Proximity Key entry with push button start
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Interior Features
Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
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Air conditioning
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Dual automatic temperature control
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Floor console-mounted rear vents
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Power windows with driver’s auto-down/up
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Power auto-down/up passenger window
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Power door locks
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Rear side window sunshades
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8-way power driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
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6-way power passenger seat
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Integrated Memory System (IMS) for driver's seat and side mirrors
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Ventilated front seats
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Heated front seats
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Heated rear seats
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Premium cloth seating surfaces
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Leather sport bolster with cloth insert seating surfaces
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Leather seating surfaces
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Leatherette door trim inserts
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Leatherette door trim inserts with stitching
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60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
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Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
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Metal grain appearance accents
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Carbon fiber appearance accents
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Woodgrain appearance accents
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Premium door sill plates
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Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
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Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
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Steering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth® and cruise controls
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Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
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Blue Link® Connected Car System
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Smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks
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Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® and compass
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Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold
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7-inch color touchscreen audio
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8-inch high-definition touchscreen navigation
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AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers
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Infinity® AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 10-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer and external amplifier (400 watts)
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HD Radio™ technology with multicasting
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Android Auto™
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Apple CarPlay™
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4.2-inch color trip computer with Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster
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Temporary spare tire
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Optional Features
Value Edition Package includes Conventional Sunroof, Chrome exterior door handles, Hands-free Smart Trunk Opener, Proximity key entry with push button start, Sport seats – leather bolster with cloth inserts, Heated front seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
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Tech Package includes HID Xenon headlights, Dynamic Bending Light (DBL), LED interior lights, 8-inch Navigation system, Infinity premium audio system, 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Info Display, IMS – driver seat and outside mirrors, Ventilated front seats, Heated rear seats, Rear side window sunshades, SiriusXM® Travel Link® (Complimentary Trial)
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Ultimate Package includes Tech Package and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic high beam assist, Rear parking assistance system, Smart Cruise Control Grille, Smart Cruise Control with Start/Stop, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Vehicle Hold
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4.4 Out of 5
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