2021 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2021 Hyundai Sonata makes a stronger case for itself after last year's complete redesign. No longer merely a value play — although it is still keenly priced and well equipped — Hyundai’s midsize sedan has a rejuvenated sense of style and also boasts impressively up-to-the-minute tech. The model line has been fleshed out with a fuel-sipping Hybrid and the Sonata’s first performance version ever, the highly credible Hyundai Sonata N Line. Though buyer interest in this segment is shrinking, the cars have never been better, and the 2021 Sonata is a fine example of that truth. Is it our top-recommended family sedan? No, would be the Honda Accord. Should the '21 Sonata be on the short list along with the Accord? Absolutely. What's new for 2021? Following up on the Sonata’s major redesign last year, the 2021 model year sees the arrival of the first Sonata N Line, a sporty variant with an exclusive 2.5-liter turbocharged engine making 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. You can read more about it in our Sonata N Line review. Elsewhere in the lineup, the new Safe Exit Assist feature alerts passengers who attempt to open a door when a vehicle is approaching from the rear. Finally, the Limited trim adds a six-way power passenger’s seat, and the SEL Plus gains 19-inch wheels. What's the Sonata’s interior and in-car technology like? The 2021 Hyundai Sonata boasts a sleek, futuristic cabin with minimal clutter and high-quality materials. Like most new cars, its infotainment control screen is featured prominently atop the dash. Base models get an 8-inch screen, while a 10.25-inch touchscreen is optional from the SEL model on up. No other midsize sedan (aside from the mechanically related Kia K5) offers such a large screen, and as we describe in our Sonata infotainment review and video below, we think it's terrific. Behind the wheel sits a customizable 12.3-inch virtual cluster display (optional on SEL, standard on SEL Plus and Limited), and the top-of-the-line Limited also offers a full-color head-up display. There are some nice touches for tech junkies, too, including Hyundai’s “Digital Key,” which allows the owner to unlock the Sonata by waving an authorized smartphone over the exterior door handles. Hyundai also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration as standard equipment. There are three USB ports and wireless charging is refreshingly not exclusive to the highest trim level. Hybrid buyers are in for a special treat, as those who opt for the range-topping SEL Plus also get a solar roof. In sunny conditions, these panels can replenish up to 2 miles of additional range per day, or approximately 700 miles per year. More practically, they can power accessories while the engine itself is off, like the air conditioning on a sunny day. How big is the Sonata? The Sonata doesn't have as much backseat legroom as the palatial Honda Accord. The gap isn't as massive as the spec sheet suggests (we think there are differences in the way Hyundai measures interiors) …
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The 2021 Hyundai Sonata makes a stronger case for itself after last year's complete redesign. No longer merely a value play — although it is still keenly priced and well equipped — Hyundai’s midsize sedan has a rejuvenated sense of style and also boasts impressively up-to-the-minute tech. The model line has been fleshed out with a fuel-sipping Hybrid and the Sonata’s first performance version ever, the highly credible Hyundai Sonata N Line. Though buyer interest in this segment is shrinking, the cars have never been better, and the 2021 Sonata is a fine example of that truth. Is it our top-recommended family sedan? No, would be the Honda Accord. Should the '21 Sonata be on the short list along with the Accord? Absolutely. What's new for 2021? Following up on the Sonata’s major redesign last year, the 2021 model year sees the arrival of the first Sonata N Line, a sporty variant with an exclusive 2.5-liter turbocharged engine making 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. You can read more about it in our Sonata N Line review. Elsewhere in the lineup, the new Safe Exit Assist feature alerts passengers who attempt to open a door when a vehicle is approaching from the rear. Finally, the Limited trim adds a six-way power passenger’s seat, and the SEL Plus gains 19-inch wheels. What's the Sonata’s interior and in-car technology like? The 2021 Hyundai Sonata boasts a sleek, futuristic cabin with minimal clutter and high-quality materials. Like most new cars, its infotainment control screen is featured prominently atop the dash. Base models get an 8-inch screen, while a 10.25-inch touchscreen is optional from the SEL model on up. No other midsize sedan (aside from the mechanically related Kia K5) offers such a large screen, and as we describe in our Sonata infotainment review and video below, we think it's terrific. Behind the wheel sits a customizable 12.3-inch virtual cluster display (optional on SEL, standard on SEL Plus and Limited), and the top-of-the-line Limited also offers a full-color head-up display. There are some nice touches for tech junkies, too, including Hyundai’s “Digital Key,” which allows the owner to unlock the Sonata by waving an authorized smartphone over the exterior door handles. Hyundai also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration as standard equipment. There are three USB ports and wireless charging is refreshingly not exclusive to the highest trim level. Hybrid buyers are in for a special treat, as those who opt for the range-topping SEL Plus also get a solar roof. In sunny conditions, these panels can replenish up to 2 miles of additional range per day, or approximately 700 miles per year. More practically, they can power accessories while the engine itself is off, like the air conditioning on a sunny day. How big is the Sonata? The Sonata doesn't have as much backseat legroom as the palatial Honda Accord. The gap isn't as massive as the spec sheet suggests (we think there are differences in the way Hyundai measures interiors) …
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$23,950 - $33,950 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
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Engine 2.5L I-4
MPG 28 City / 38 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 191 @ 6100 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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