So after making the career change to Myers Hyundai in Bells Corners, I swapped my 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG coupe for a 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited sedan.
My first thought? This thing is no AMG, what a difference, etc… It was a bit of culture shock, no doubt.
But after a full week with the car now, here’s what I’m starting to notice:
- The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has WAY more space. This sounds a bit like a stupid thing to say, but I didn’t realize how useless that coupe for anything else other than collecting speeding tickets and traffic violations. My trunk is now 4x as large. I have WAY more head space, leg room, arm space, passenger space… I can fit two full size adults in the back seats and THEY are comfortable as well. My cupholders are bigger! My glove box is bigger! It feels physically like three times the car.
- The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has WAY more options. My AMG was loaded to the hilt, but the stuff that you get included in the Limited trim level on the Hyundai are options that Benz charges separately as expensive, individual options. If used Mercedes-Benz pricing for what the Limited trim level is worth in the Sonata, the list is obscene. Consider this – the 20117 Sonata Limited has the same options as a C300 build that’s optioned with the $3,900 Premium Package, the $2500 Premium Plus Package, the $2700 Intelligent Drive Package with Adaptive Cruise Control; the $1700 LED Headlight Package to get powerful headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist; the $1000 upgraded sound system; $250 for the heated steering wheel and $1200 for the cooling seats. That’s $13,000 worth of options you need to add to a base C300 so that it would directly compare to the Sonata Limited.
- All of which matters a LOT when you consider that the 2017 Hyundai Sonata costs WAY less money. That C300 sedan I referenced above has a base price of $44,000, and then you slap $13,000 of options on it to match the Sonata Limited option for option. With about $3000 of freight/PDI/dealer fees and whatnot, you’re at just about $60,000 before tax for the Benz. Compared to a $34,649 Limited that has ALL those options already included, add the same $3,000 dealer and manufacturer fees, you’re at $37,500 before tax for the Sonata!
- And then when you look deeper, you notice that the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is INCREDIBLE value. Benz will charge you almost $23,000 MORE for the SAME options, LESS warranty (48mo/80k kms VS. 60mo/100k kms), LESS passenger and cargo space. They’ll offer you HIGHER finance and lease rates, over SHORTER term, so even if you can get the 0% rates on certain cars, you can’t stretch it out longer to take better advantage of free money.
After I realize all this, having had a chance to thoroughly explore the car, I think to myself, “Well James, that’s all fine and good but nobody really cross-shops and compares a Mercedes-Benz and a Hyundai.”
And then I’m left wondering, after considering everything I considered above… why not?
All in all, this exercise in comparison leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy because not only am I now selling cars that anyone can afford, I think it’s really possible that I’m now selling the best value cars available on the market today.
Thanks for reading! If you have questions about the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me direct at 613-798-3325.
~ James 🙂