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.
The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.
Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.
While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.
One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.