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2021 Hyundai Sonata Overview

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Rear side view of 2021 Hyundai Sonata
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The 2021 Sonata’s advanced technologies, efficient performance, and sleek design make it a strong showcase for Hyundai’s best features. This midsize sedan has been in production since the mid-1980s — longer than any other Hyundai vehicle. However, just one year removed from a total makeover, it shows no signs of slowing down. The 2021 Sonata is available in five trims: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, N Line, and Limited.

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  • Close-up of 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line wheel
  • Close-up of 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line grille badging

What’s new

The Sonata received a few new features for 2021, including an available Safe Exit Warning system and a new 19-inch wheel option. However, the biggest development is the Sonata’s sporty new N Line trim. This model comes with a powerful turbo engine, performance upgrades, and exclusive N Line styling both inside and out.

  • Overhead side view of 2021 Hyundai Sonata driving down road
  • Front side view of 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line cornering on track

Performance and efficiency

You can choose from three Sonata powertrain options. The first is a 2.5-liter engine that makes 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque while yielding up to a combined 32 mpg. SEL Plus and Limited trims come with a 1.6-liter turbo that puts out 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine achieves a combined 30 mpg. Both of these options are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The N Line trim gives you a 2.5-liter turbo engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets a combined 27 mpg and connects to an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.

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  • Overhead front side view of parked 2021 Hyundai Sonata
  • Rear side view of parked 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

Exterior design

The exterior of the 2021 Sonata combines coupe and sedan characteristics for a sleek, dynamic look. All trims get LED headlights and taillights. Wheels come in 16-inch, 17-inch, and 19-inch designs. You can also opt for shareable Digital Key tech, which lets you unlock the vehicle with an Android smartphone. The N Line adds unique fascia and bumper designs, along with special badging, twin dual exhaust, and gloss-black mirrors.

  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata front seats, dash, and steering wheel
  • Side view of 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line front seats

Interior features

With its spacious five-passenger layout, the Sonata can easily serve as a family car or a sophisticated commuter vehicle. Premium cloth seats come standard, with leather and leather/suede trim available on higher trims. Power-adjustable front seats with memory, heat, and ventilation are available as well, along with amenities like dual automatic temperature control, a heated steering wheel, and push-button start. If you need to load up with luggage or groceries, the Sonata’s trunk can swallow 16 cubic feet of cargo.

  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata touch screen
  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line touch screen

Safety and infotainment tech

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes fully loaded with advanced infotainment and safety technologies. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Driver Attention Warning are a few of the Sonata’s standard safety highlights. On higher trims, you can add cutting-edge systems like the Blind-Spot View Monitor, Highway Drive Assist, and Remote Smart Parking Assist.

The Sonata’s infotainment system includes a standard 8-inch display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. Premium options include a 10.25-inch screen, navigation and traffic features, Bluelink connected services, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, and wireless charging.

Check our page of model overviews at The News Wheel to learn about the rest of Hyundai’s 2021 vehicle lineup.