The 2021 Hyundai Sonata banks on less rivals competing for prospective buyers of mid-dimensions sedans. The way it’s decided on to surface area in the nonetheless-congested team: extraordinary aptitude, along with loads of attributes and price.
With the Sonata, Hyundai’s shaped a silhouette with luxury overtones, crafted a cabin with the identical, and stocked it all with some of the very best warranty coverage and common gear of any relatives four-doorway. We give it a TCC Score of seven.3 out of 10. (Read extra about how we fee cars.)
Hyundai sells the Sonata in a assortment of trim amounts: SE, SEL, SEL Moreover, Minimal in fuel-only versions, and Blue, SEL, and Minimal in Sonata Hybrid flavors. Among the the former, the foundation two.5-liter inline-4 has extra ability on the spec sheet than the turbo-4 (191 horsepower compared to 180 hp), but the turbo’s percolating effectiveness at small speeds gives it a slight nod, however its automatic transmission attempts to damp down on the enjoyment. Fuel economic climate of 52 mpg combined comes with the most efficient Sonata Hybrid Blue, and it’s a stellar scrimper and saver, particularly at its sub-$30,000 price tag.
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The Sonata might move on driving thrills—its ride and steering consider a leisurely set to match its acceleration—but its style requires all the probabilities it can. We’re nonetheless mixed on the sum of dazzling trim on the entire body, and on the frowning grille applied to an otherwise lissome and lanky entire body, but the Sonata’s inside chalks up its win unanimously, irrespective of some sportswear-knit cloth and black plastics on foundation versions.
Front-seat passengers can spread out with enough place to spare in the Sonata. The back seat’s trimmed down but nonetheless can suit a few adults—or can be folded down to increase trunk area from its 16. cubic ft. We’re smitten with high-conclude Sonatas: They have extra audio deadening, broader swaths of nicer finishes, even quilted leather-based. They have the ambiance of luxury cars minus the high-conclude badge and sticker.
Each and every Sonata has automatic unexpected emergency braking, a touchscreen infotainment program with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile compatibility, and LED headlights. New for 2021 are 19-inch wheels on middle trim amounts, a ability front passenger seat on the prime trim, and a harmless-exit warning primarily based on the car’s blind-spot displays. Dear Limiteds can be equipped to use Android smartphones as vehicle keys, can wear leather-based upholstery and can come with a panoramic roof—while Hybrids present a solar roof panel that can enhance fuel economic climate by accumulating electrical power passively when they sit parked. The rather, efficient 2021 Sonata Hybrid even makes perception when it’s not relocating.