2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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$27,750

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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)

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 5.0
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Even better than I hoped

I traded in my 2016 Sonata Hybrid Limited, which I loved, for the '21 with the hope that its tech, safety features and gas mileage would justify a slightly higher price tag. It has easily surpassed my expectations. The infotainment system has tons of features, but they're still easy to use. I'm starting to use the built-in navigation more than Android Auto, which surprised me. The Highway Driver Assist (HDA) feature works seamlessly and the gas mileage is fantastic. Since the weather warmed up in March, I've been averaging over 54 MPG per fill-up (actual calculation) for a car expected to get 45/47/51. If there is one flaw, the seats are a little stiff, but the overall ride is still smooth as silk.

4.7

I love this car

Its such a pleasure to drive. It darn near drives itself. I get lots of compliments. I get great milage , the stereo is awesome and its too quite.

5.0

Beautiful and easy to drive

Comfortable easy to maneuver, beautiful car. Having hybrid luxury car is perfect combination look good and save money. Exterior and interior design is a winner. Highly recommend car

See all 7 consumer reviews

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