In 2021, the Hyundai Sonata Limited is an extremely excellent way to attract the attention of a family car. Its bold styling features an exaggerated design, a striking grille, as well as a unique design element that includes the shiny trim that runs along with the front fenders, and then into the headlights, creating what designers refer to as a “lighting signature.” Inside the interior, the Sonata boasts a classy spacious interior, brimming with premium features and plenty of space. Although the Sonata isn’t the most exciting or fast for driving pleasure, it comes with three efficient engines and a hybrid model which has better government fuel efficiency scores over those of the Toyota Camry hybrid. However, it’s worth noting that this Hyundai isn’t so much about figures rather than value due to its low-cost pricing and the impressive quantity of content, which has earned it the Editors’ Choice nomination.
What’s New for 2021?
Hyundai offers the 2021 Sonata the new wheel-and-tire combination as well as other features. Its SEL Plus model now comes with Pirelli P Zero all-season tires, mounted to 19-inch wheels. All three models, the SEL, SEL Plus, and the Limited come with a smart safety-exit signal that warns drivers of approaching traffic when the vehicle is parked in a parallel manner. The most elegant Sonata model is now available with a six-way, adjustable front seat. A sleek N Line model with a 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder is also part of the line-up.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The SEL Plus model the most economical way to purchase the turbo-four engine that has been upgraded to 180 horsepower It’s also the only Sonata that is currently equipped with 19-inch rims as well as upgraded all-season tires. It also comes with a 12.3-inch gauge cluster that is fully digital with microsuede and leatherette upholstery, air vents in the backseat, and a USB port, as well as wireless charging. We’d recommend getting our preferred Sonata to the Tech package, too. It comes with the 12-speaker Bose stereo as well as a 10.3-inch touch-screen infotainment unit as well as a panoramic sunroof and a semi-autonomous driving mode.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Sonata isn’t the best handling car in its class — we prefer it more than the Honda Accord and the Nissan Altima better–but it’s nevertheless well-balanced and flexible when driving. The ride is tenser than we’d like and a bit more firm than the majority of automobiles in this class however, the Sonata is at the very least swift thanks to the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. In our tests, the Sonata powered by this engine reached 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, which is a decent performance in this class. The eight-speed auto is smooth and well-timed. We’d like to also congratulate Hyundai for retaining the traditional automatic transmission within its sedan for families. A majority of the market has been shifted to the droning (but powerful) continuous variable auto transmissions (CVTs). When we tested our testing using Sonata, we were impressed by the Sonata hybrid we liked its efficiency in reducing fuel consumption, but we didn’t like its inability to seamlessly switch between electric and gas power sources. We’re particularly impressed with this N Line model’s 290-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but we’ll need to wait until the time comes for its launch later in the year.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Sonata features a variety of powerful engines that are fuel-efficient and hybrid models having the most efficient EPA estimates. The Blue hybrid is capable of up to 50 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway. The other hybrid Sonatas are anticipated to reach 45 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway. A base 2.5-liter engine can be expected to achieve between 28 and 38 mpg in the city and highway The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is a minus of 1 mpg for both categories. In our 200-mile highway test the turbocharged Sonata we tested clocked 31 mpg in real-world conditions. It’s six mpg less than the EPA’s estimates and is in line with the other sedans we’ve tried. We’ve yet to compare the figures on the remainder of the Sonata’s models and it’s yet to be seen if the engine that isn’t turbo-powered or the hybrid model does better than the hybrid model in delivering to the expectations set by the government.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Sonata is beautiful and it feels as if it’s more valuable than the car’s price tag suggests. The back seats are comfortable and large, the materials appear like they’re upscale and the layout of the dashboard is straightforward and ergonomic. The Sonata’s 16 cubic feet of storage space is what we would expect from mid-sized cars, but it’s not the greatest nor worst of the class. However, we can have room for seven carry-on luggage in its trunk, which gives enough room for a long journey with the whole family.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The infotainment system is based on the 8.0-inch center touchscreen. In SEL models equipped with the Convenience package SEL Plus or Limited variants, you can also find a 12.3-inch electronic gauge display. Hyundai’s latest tech element comes in the form of a feature that it calls Digital Key, which allows owners to utilize Hyundai’s mobile app and Hyundai’s app to unlock the car via Near-Field Communication (NFC) and to control certain features of the vehicle remotely. It allows users to remove the key fob behind when their lifestyles have made the use of a key fob inconvenient.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Sonata was awarded five-star ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA). The Sonata was classified as an Outstanding Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS). Hyundai’s SmartSense package of driver-assistance functions is standard which includes automatic high-beam assistance as well as adaptive cruise control and a driver-attention alert that detects drowsy or distracted driving. The Sonata is able to pull into and out of parking spaces in the meantime you wait from the outside. But, this feature is only available to the highest-end Limited trim. Important safety features include:
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Hyundai’s warranty is legendary, due in large part to the powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles. Hyundai also provides complimentary scheduled maintenance, which is better than major competitors like Toyota.
- The limited warranty is valid for five years or the equivalent of 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranties cover the powertrain for 10 years, or 100,000 miles
- The maintenance included is covered for 3 years , or 36,000 miles