The 2017 Hyundai Sonata earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2017 BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, and is distinguished among an elite group of five vehicles in the Full-Size class. In areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASGʼs annual data-driven Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, the Sonata performed among the top five vehicles in a competitive class comprised of 106 Full-Size cars for model year 2017. BEST 5 honored models are the best overall performers in class and are among ASG's top selections for 2017. While the Sonata has been recognized in the market as a good value selection in the segment, ASG now identifies the Sonata as a best all-around value selection, with environmental, social and economic considerations.
ASG’s annual study also found the 2017 Hyundai Sonata to hold the lowest cost of ownership in its class, earning ASG’s coveted BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE Award. The Sonata outperformed all Full-size cars in a competitive class of 106 vehicles, holding claim to the lowest cost of ownership when considering purchase and operating costs across the first 6.5 years of vehicle ownership (87,594 miles).
ASG’s annual study applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. The vehicle that performs highest in any performance area, in a given class, obtains a rating score of 100 in that specific performance area (Economic, Social, Environmental and All-Around Performance). Each vehicle is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle in its class, with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. For example, a rating of 95 translates to a 5% performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle in class.