If plenty of passenger room, lots of standard and optional features, a solid built quality, easy-to-use controls, and a smooth and comfortable ride, the new 2021 Hyundai Sonata is certainly the way to go. Its release date, although unconfirmed as of the writing of this review, should be expected sometime in the first half of 2021.
Read plenty of reports about the industry (what, you really mean you don’t?) and you’ll realize that crossovers are steadily supplanting the midsize sedan as the preferred American family vehicle of choice. However, the Sonata, as of last year, sold greater number of units than both of Hyundai’s crossovers combined. This isn’t a surprise considering the Sonata is an “A” rated sedan that is capable of even enticing its skeptics.
Some of the changes to expect from the new sedan include a new 7” infotainment system that now replaces the outgoing 5” unit. It is now more responsive and perfectly laid out and minimizes input errors by its sheer size. The newest Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system comes with both upgraded Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functionality. The new system tacks on Google destination search, automatic emergency contact notification, remote ignition, and all the lengthy list of features in the previous model.
Quite frankly, the new infotainment system is just one of the many significant appealing factors in the new model. Its interior, for instance, is comfortable and cavernous. The backseat is large and comfortable enough to ferry adult friends and kids. The driving quality is smooth and you shouldn’t expect it to feel like your grandpa’s Oldsmoboat during highway cruises. The luxury features and technologies are offered in plenty even for its basic model.
But even so, there are other vehicles in the midsize sedan segment that should also be considered, as they too offer a plethora of appealing features. These competitors include the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6, and Ford Fusion.
Available Trims – Hyundai Sonata 2021
Trims offered for the new 2021 Hyundai Sonata include the Hybrid, SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Limited 2.0T, and Sport 2.0T. However, the Sonata Hybrid review is substantively covered elsewhere on this blog.
Exterior & 2021 Hyundai Sonata Interior Review
The base 2021 Hyundai Sonata SE offers a seven-inch touchscreen display, an auxiliary audio jack, a rear folding 60/40-split seatback, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rear lip spoiler, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, satellite and HD radio, full power accessories, a USB port, BlueLink Telematics, automatic climate control, and automatic headlights.
Next up is the Sonata Sport model, it offers an eight-way driver powered seats, LED daytime running lights, and simulated suede upholstery. In addition to all these, the Sonata Eco adds 17” alloy wheels, distinct body styling tweaks, dual exhaust with chrome tips, and a special fuel-economy-focused engine.
Several options bundled into Premium and Tech packages are offered for the Sonata Sport rim model. these include an automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a navigation system, a sunroof, an upgraded audio system, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, and an eight-inch touchscreen display.
Springing for the Sonata Limited trim model gets you heated rear seats, LED taillights, a six-way passenger power seat, a leather upholstery, a sunroof, and all the features of the Sport model.
Upgrading to the Sonata Sport 2.0T gets you 18” wheels, a steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, 18” wheels, heated rear seats, woof grain trim, xenon headlights, a sport-tuned steering and suspension system, and an aft diffuser.
Finally, the Sonata Limited 2.0T winds up the trim lineup with its list of features: rear window sunshades, automatic high-beam control, a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker premium audio system, driver memory settings, adaptive cruise control, ventilated and heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, pre-collision automatic braking system, lane-departure warning system, and engine stop-start.
2021 Hyundai Sonata Engine Specs
Three engines are offered for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata: a four-cylinder 2.4L good for 185 hp and 178 lbs. ft. of torque offered for the Limited, Sport, and SE models; 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 260 pounds-ft. of torque and 245 horsepower available for the 2.0T models; and a turbocharged 1.6L four cylinder mill offered exclusively for the Sonata Eco trim model.
Their mpg figures, top speeds, and other detailed specs are still under wraps as of now. But it is expected Hyundai will unveil them sometime before its release date.
Rumors suggest the 2021 Sonata Hybrid will be offered with a new powertrain that will aid it break the 40 mpg mark. As of now, the Hybrid Limited mpg figures stand at 39 city/43/41 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Price & 2021 Hyundai Sonata Release Date
An MSRP starting from $26,000 should be expected for the Sonata Hybrid Sedan, and $21,750 for the Sonata Sedan. They should go for sale sometime in the first half of 2021.
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