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1997 Hyundai Sonata Review
Perfect for the commuter.
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The 1997 Hyundai Sonata comes in four trim levels, with two transmission choices and two engine choices. It seats a maximum of five occupants, including the driver.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata GL, Hyundai Sonata GL V-6, Hyundai Sonata GLS
The sheet metal for the exterior looks brand new. The exterior mirrors have been restyled to produce less noise, and the horn switch moves from a spoke button to the center of the steering wheel.
Monotone paint, body-colored body side moldings, and body-colored front and rear bumpers come standard on the 1997 Hyundai Sonata. A compact steel spare tire comes with all models. Lightly tinted windows, dual power remote mirrors, a mechanical trunk/hatch/door release, and a mechanical remote fuel flap release provide standard features on the Sonata. A wing spoiler and mud flaps provide options as well.
A fixed antenna, black grille trim, and steel wheels come standard on all models except for the GLS. The GLS has a retractable antenna, chrome grille trim, and silver alloy wheels as standard features. The GL V-6 offers silver alloy wheels as an option.
The base Sonata includes manual front and rear windows. Other versions feature power front and power rear windows, as well as the driver’s window being one-touch down. All models except for the base have the option of a sunroof. The GL V-6 has the option of a lip spoiler.
The interior of this sedan comes loaded with comfort, convenience, and storage features. Standard comfort features for the 1997 Hyundai Sonata include front bucket seats, a four-way front-passenger seat, height-adjustable front seat belts, a tilt steering wheel, a driver foot rest, a rear 60/40-split bench seat, adjustable front head restraints, and fixed rear head restraints. The base comes with a four-way driver’s seat, while higher-level trims come with a six-way driver’s seat. Driver lumbar support also comes standard on all but the base. Leather steering wheel trim provides an option for the GL V-6 and GLS.
Standard convenience features include a day/night rear-view mirror, manual air-conditioning with under-seat ducts, a cargo light, one 12V DC power outlet, and a fading dome light. An AM/FM/cassette audio system, front cup holders, an in-dash clock, and a passenger vanity mirror comprise some other convenience features that come standard with this sedan. All models except for the GLS have four speakers and standard cloth seats. The GLS includes six speakers to go with its audio system and premium cloth seats. Front map lights remain optional on the GL and come standard on the GLS. The GLS also comes with two door curb lights and the option of a CD player and 10 speakers.
Standard storage features include a lighted, locking glove box, a full floor console, bin instrument panel storage, and dual door bins. Two seatback storage pockets come standard for the GLS. A cargo net provides an option for all models.
Performance & Handling
A four-speed automatic transmission comes on every model except for the base, which uses a five-speed manual transmission as a standard. The two-liter, four-cylinder engine comes standard on the base and the GL. The three-liter V-6 engine comes standard on the GL V-6 and GLS.
The 1997 Hyundai Sonata uses front drive. It comes with a front strut suspension and a multi-link rear suspension. It has coil springs in the front and rear. Front and rear anti-roll bars increase stability. It utilizes rack and pinion steering. Cruise control remains optional on the GL and GL V-6 and comes standard on the GLS.
The 1997 Hyundai Sonata has quite a few safety features, although anti-lock brakes remain optional. Driver and passenger front airbags come standard, though. Other standard safety features include a center high-mounted stop light, a rear window defroster, rear child safety door locks, and variable intermittent windshield wipers. The Sonata also informs the driver when the oil pressure, battery charge, fuel levels, or fluid levels become unacceptable.
Manual door locks come standard on the base, while power door locks come standard on the other models. The base and the GL use front disc and rear drum brakes. The GL V-6 and GLS utilize four-wheel disc brakes. Four-wheel disc brakes provide an option for the GL V-6. Anti-lock brakes, a key fob for all doors and a content theft deterrent alarm system remain optional for all versions except the base.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Sonata GL: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Sonata GL V-6:18/24 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Sonata GLS: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Comfortable interior
You Won't Like
- Optional anti-lock brakes
- Optional cruise control on some models
Perfect for the commuter.
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