2021 Hyundai Sonata

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$23,950

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2021 Hyundai Sonata
2021 Hyundai Sonata

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Front-seat comfort
  • Cornering stability
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Impressive estimated gas mileage (Sonata Hybrid)

The bad:

  • Push-button gear selector doesn't free up storage space
  • Optional 10.25-inch screen lacks tuning knob
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto don’t use all of 10.25-inch screen
  • Optional smartphone Digital Key only for Android phones
  • Steering lacks feedback (Sonata Hybrid)

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Hyundai Sonata trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New 290-hp N Line trim level
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Choice of three four-cylinder engines
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Gas-electric hybrid version available
  • Solar-charging roof available (Sonata Hybrid)

2021 Hyundai Sonata review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

Completely redesigned for 2020, the front-wheel-drive Hyundai Sonata is a sleek, modern, five-seat mid-size sedan. Engine choices include a standard 191-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder; an available 180-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; or a new-for-2021 290-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A conventional eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, while the 290-hp four-cylinder gets an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

A gas-electric hybrid powertrain goes in the Sonata Hybrid, which is EPA-rated up to 52 mpg combined. Sonata competitors include the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry

What’s New on the 2021 Hyundai Sonata? 

The Sonata gets a big power bump with the debut of the N Line trim level, which features the new 290-hp four-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission. SEL, SEL Plus and Limited trims gain a Safe Exit Warning feature for 2021, and the SEL Plus also adds 19-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires.  

What Features in the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • LED headlights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split, folding backseat
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist

Available features include: 

  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Hands-free trunk lid
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Navigation
  • Bose premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Head-up display
  • Digital Key for Android phones
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert

2021 Hyundai Sonata Vs. 2021 Toyota Camry: How Do They Compare?

The Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry are both roomy and comfortable family sedans packed with standard safety and convenience features. The Sonata has some tech features not available on the Camry, but the Toyota has an available V-6 engine, which the Sonata doesn’t offer. Both sedans offer fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid drivetrains.

Should I Buy the 2021 Hyundai Sonata? 

The Sonata is a spacious and well-equipped family sedan with distinctive styling and more available high-tech features than some competitors. The car’s push-button console gear selector doesn’t free up any extra storage space, however, and we wish the 10.25-inch touchscreen had a tuning knob. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Slick looks, jerky power delivery!

The design of this car - inside and out - drew me in. Add to this the comfortable front seats and the pleasant dealer experience, and is was a great start. Like many turbo engine cars, the Sonata is difficult to drive smoothly. Upshifts and downshifts are inconsistent and usually NOT intuitive. Step on the gas pedal...lag, lag, then suddenly power is abruptly present. In normal traffic conditions, when you must continually vary speeds, the 1.6L turbo lag is aggravating. When lifting off the throttle and coasting toward a stoplight, (30 down to approx 18 MPH) the sensation of "drag" or engine braking is annoying, as it scrubs off natural momentum. If you are not sensitive to certain mechanical and momentum-related quirks, the car is great.

3.3

2021 Rear doors already rusting.

The rear doors have a drainage problem. They hold water, after a rainstorm. Rust has already begun to form. You open the back doors and several ounces of water run out. Every time. This was an engineering mistake.

5.0

Overall, a comfortable vehicle.

My only complaint is the GPS system is not very user friendly. Most of the input is counter-intuitive when trying to enter a destination. Aside from that, the car runs great, handles well and has excellent overall gas mileage. I wish it came with a shift handle rather than the push-buttons on the transmission, but it eventually has sunk in what to reach for. A shift handle can be used without taking one's eyes off the road, but push-buttons can't.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance

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