2021 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $23,600 - $33,500

Ranked #13 in Sedan

7.3

Overall Rating

2021 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Getting a revamp in 2020, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata enters into its second year of the seventh generation with a fresh trim lineup and additional features. The Sonata Sedan is mostly carry forward from its 2020 model year. This year, we have a performance N Line that joins the Sonata's trim lineup with an all-new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. The N Line (reviewed separately), boasts exclusive features like enhanced handling, a black-painted grille, dual exhaust pipes, and sporty front seats with red accent stitching. Sonata's base model comes at a starting price of $23,700, and the range-topping Limited starts at $33,950. Compared to most cars in the segment, Sonata's price is still on the lower side.

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Pros

An array of safety features

Spacious interior

Multiple engine options

Impressive cargo space

Cons

The powertrain is least engaging

Interior lacks premium offering

What's New?

The 2021 Sonata gets a new wheel and tires along with additional features across the trim levels

A new N Line performance trim joins the Sonata lineup this year

The N Line comes powered by a 290-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine

The SEL, SEL Plus, and the Limited get a standard passenger alert system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

192.9 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3120 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/33/38 mpg

highway range

562.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$23,600 onwards

SEL$25,700 onwards

SEL Plus$27,650 onwards

Limited$33,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Hyundai Sonata in Phantom Black color
Phantom Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.7

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.3

Exterior

5.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The Sonata interior comes fitted with the latest features and leather upholstery. However, the base trim comes with cloth upholstery on the seats. Mechanically, the Sedan shared most of its powertrain cues with its cousin Kia K5. The cabin and trunk area are spacious enough to accommodate five people comfortably. Although the base Sonata gets lots of standard features the higher trims like SEL Plus and Limited get more advanced features. This makes it compete against popular Sedans like Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda 6. With the SEL trim, you can avail yourself of a Convenience package that adds features like a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, and dual-zone automatic climate control. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan front view
2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan rear view

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.3/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

7.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Hyundai Sonata Features

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and the N Line. There's also a hybrid version of the Sonata that has been reviewed separately. A standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the Sonata with 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The N Line is the performance version of the Sonata equipped with features from SEL Plus trim along with the Tech package. 

Trim

SE

SEL

SEL Plus

N Line

Limited

MSRP

$23,700

$25,800

$28,300

$33,300

$33,950

Key Features

8-inch touchscreen

Hands-free trunk opener

Wireless charging pad

Panoramic sunroof

Digital key feature

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Heated mirrors

Digital instrument cluster

12-speaker premium Bose sound system

Automated remote parking system

 

LED headlights

Blind-spot monitor

Rear charge-only USB port

N Line-specific design detailing

Surround-view parking camera

 

Adaptive cruise control

Power-adjustable driver's seat

Simulated leather and faux-suede upholstery

Unique 19-inch wheels 

Head-up display

 

Lane-keeping and lane-centering assist

Keyless entry and ignition

Hyundai Digital key

Sport-tuned steering and suspension

10.25-inch touchscreen display

The range-topping Limited gets a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with various premium interior equipment. The trim also gets standard 18-inch wheels with wider tires than the SEL. Other features include the ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable passenger seats.

Which Trim should you buy?

Right from the base model, the 2021 sonata offers an array of standard features. However, if a recommendation is to be made among the available trims then we shall opt for the SEL that offers tempting features that are hard to ignore. With a unique cabin style, the SEL reveals a distinctive look. Additionally, it gets a convenience package that offers features like a panoramic sunroof, a bigger instrument console, and a wireless charging system.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

7.0/10

There are two engine choices with the 2021 Sonata, a 2.5L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder producing 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, available on base SE and SEL trims. The SEL Plus and Limited trims get a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that churns out 190 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Both the engine comes paired with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan engine bay

The N Line gets power from a 290 horsepower Turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers impressive torque of 311-pound feet. The N Line gets dedicated 19-inch wheels with wider summer tires compared to the SEL Plus trim. The N Line is more into the performance side, so it gets sport-tuned suspension and steering.

Models

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Mazda 6

MSRP

$23,700

$24,770

$24,970

$24,325

Engine

2.5L NA Inline-4

1.5L turbocharged I4

2.5L NA Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

CVT

8-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

Power

191hp @ 6,100rpm

192hp @ 5,500rpm

203hp @ 6,600rpm

187hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque

181lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

192lb-ft @ 1,600rpm

184lb-ft @ 5,000rpm

186lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

0-60 MPH

7.9 secs

7.6 secs

7.6 secs

7.1 secs

Quarter Mile

15.9 secs

15.9 secs

15.7 secs

N/A

Top Speed

150 mph

115 mph

135 mph

131 mph

When it comes to the acceleration, the 2021 sonata sprints to 60 MPH in 7.9 seconds, keeping it close to the rivals that also score similar timings. However, the sonata is tuned to offer a top speed of 150 MPH which is far greater than rivals like Camry and Mazda 6. The higher trims like SEL Plus and Limited are capable of doing the sprint in 7.3 seconds. The sporty N Line model manages to take just 6 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. 

How well does the 2021 Hyundai Sonata handle?

Unlike the previous generation models, the new 2021 Sonata is fun to drive with better suspension and aerodynamics. The car is stable while cornering as well. The steering is pretty responsive and offers decent feedback. While driving in the city, the Sedan feels smooth and stable. The base engine might not feel peppy as the 1.6-liter engine that comes fitted in the SEL Plus and Limited. Handy features like adaptive cruise control and smart lane assist bring more life to the ride quality. 

The cabin remains quiet and calm even when driving at high speeds. The driving modes understand your driving behavior and optimize the system as per the conditions. The wheels are large enough to take over any kind of terrain. The higher trims get 18-inch wheels with all-season tires. The upgraded suspension absorbs road bumps effectively and the creature's comfort inside the cabin does the rest of the job to keep the passengers occupied comfortably.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Braking Performance

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes with 12-inch ventilated front discs and 11.8-inch rear discs. The braking on the new Sonata is buttery smooth. The Sedan comes equipped with a four-wheel anti braking system and automatic emergency braking. The car manages to stop at a distance of 121 feet, which is still shorter than the Accord. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan brake rotor

Models

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Mazda 6

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.0

11.5

12

N/A

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.8

11.1

11.1

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs)

3120

3373

3241

3437

60-0 (feet)

121

120

127

127

With a curb weight of 3120 pounds, the Sonata is a bit lighter than its competitors like Mazda 6, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord. Sonata’s larger brake rotors allow it to stop at a perfect distance of 121 feet. Also, the braking performance is further enhanced by various safety aids that come as standard as well as optional on higher trim levels. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2021 Sonata Sedan comes with highly efficient powertrain options. The base 2.5-liter engine offers an EPA-rated fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The models with turbocharged engines offer 31 mpg on the highways. There is a very minor difference in the fuel economy offered by the non-turbo engine and turbo engine. The hybrid sonata returns around 50 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highways. 

Models

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Mazda 6

MPG (City)

28

30

29

26

MPG (Highway)

38

38

41

35

MPG (Combined)

32

33

34

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.8 gallons

14.8 gallons

15.8 gallons

16.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

414/562/473 miles

444/562/488 miles

458/647/537 miles

426/574/475 miles

When compared to the rivals, the Sonata offers nothing exceptional in terms of fuel economy. However, the fun fact is that performance is not sacrificed on behalf of the fuel economy. The Sonata engines are well optimized to offer best-in-class fuel economy without taking a toll on the driving dynamics. With 14.8 gallons of the fuel tank, you can drive the Sonata to 414 miles in cities and 562 miles on highways.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.3/10

The Sonata interior remains the same as the previous 2020 model year. The front seats come with cloth upholstery on the base SE with manually adjustable seating. The SEL trim gets an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat along with heated seats with premium cloth upholstery. The higher trims get dual-zone automatic climate control along with multiple air vents in the rear seating row. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan dashboard area

Priced at $28,300, the SEL Plus offers similar leather upholstery with notable inserts. The Limited trim offers power lumbar seats and leather upholstery. The SEL trims can be coupled with a Convenience package that adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and wireless charging pad. The center console comes with a slide-open compartment that is sufficient for storing small bags. The interior offers multiple small storage spaces that can easily fit bottles, cups, and magazines. 

Models

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Mazda 6

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/57.9/46.1

37.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.4/55.9/42.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/56.1/34.8

37.2/55/40.4

37.6/55.7/38

37.1/55.1/38.7

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.0 cu-ft

15.1 cu-ft

15.1 cu-ft

15.4 cu-ft

Compared to the rivals, the Sonata offers better space in the cabin. Be it the legroom, headroom, or shoulder room, passengers have encountered fewer problems in occupancy. With a cargo capacity of 16 cubic feet, the Sedan offers best in class space compared to other cars in the market. However, the wheel arches restrict some wider items to get into the trunk easily. Some of the notable interior features of 2021 Sonata are:

  • Blue Link connectivity and remote services 
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat 
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear climate vents
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless charging pad for smartphone
  • 12-speaker premium Bose sound system

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata gets an upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment is user-friendly and offers responsive operation. The SEL Plus gets a larger 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. There's plenty of control mounted on the steering wheel and on the driver's side, making it convenient for the driver. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan infotainment screen

For music, you get a 6-speaker audio system as standard on base trims. The range-topping Limited trim gets a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. You can expect the best possible audio output from the speakers. Some of the notable infotainment features are:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Bluetooth handsfree with wireless audio streaming
  • Head up display
  • Bose premium audio system with 12 speakers
  • Multiple devices connectivity
  • 8" or 10.25" touchscreen infotainment system
  • SiriusXM radio

2021 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

5.0/10

The Hyundai Sonata received a complete redesign last year, and the new 2021 model year returns essentially unchanged. The seventh-generation boasts LED headlights along with DRLs. The front fascia gets unique grille styling in angular shape. The new grille design reflects the sporty nature of the Sonata. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

A new N Line model is joining the Sonata lineup, revealing several performance packages and N Line-specific treatments inside-out. The base model gets 16-inch alloy wheels while the SEL Plus gets 19-inch wheels that are absolute fun. The rear gets 'C' shaped taillights that run through the trunk. The N-Line gets the technology package of the SEL Plus along with several fresh pieces of equipment. 

Models

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Mazda 6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3120 

3373 

3241 

3437 

Length (in)

192.9

192.2

192.1

192.7

Width (in)

73.2

73.3

72.4

72.4

Height (in)

56.9

57.1

56.9

57.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.8

5.7

6.5

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

115.8

111.2

111.4

All the competitors get somewhat similar dimensions and wheelbase, except the Accord offering a wheelbase of 115.8 inches. However, the Honda Accord is longer and offers better cabin space compared to the Sonata. The Sonata continues to reflect the brand's ideology of a distinctive look and essential fitments. Some of the significant exterior features include:

  • Shark fin roof antenna 
  • 18-inch machine-cut alloy wheels with black inserts
  • LED headlamps with DRLs
  • Angular designed front grille
  • Swooping bonnet with no cutlines
  • Boomerang taillamps with full-length LED strip
  • Sloping coupe-like roofline

2021 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Sonata has scored five-star ratings overall in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA. However, in the frontal crash test, the car scored four out of five-star ratings. The IIHS has also recognized the Sedan as the Top Safety Pick. The range-topping Limited gets additional safety features like a surround-view camera system and a blind-spot monitor. Some of the notable safety features of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata include:

  • Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Rear Occupant Alert

2021 Hyundai Sonata Competition

7.0/10

2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2021 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a well-balanced sedan that offers one of the premium cabins in the segment. The Accord has been a top-rated sedan for a while now and it is hard to point any drawback here. However, with the recent upgrade, the seventh-generation Sonata is highly recommended for its driving trait and an array of safety aids on offer. 

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2021 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been a renowned sedan in the segment for ages. It has got decent handling and fuel economy as well. On the other hand, the Sonata comes with an array of essential features that are available as standard and boasts of better handling and engine performance compared to the Camry. The interior of both the cars is impressive enough but the Sonata grabs the extra point in terms of trunk space and warranty on offer. 

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2021 Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is a distinguished and fun-to-drive sedan. It is no different in this model year as well. It has got sporty design traits that make the Sonata's base model have a stand against it. However, the Sonata N Line is the best model that can compete against the Mazda 6 in terms of performance. As far as pricing and value are concerned, the Sonata is still a better deal against the Mazda 6. 

2021 Mazda 6

 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

7.5/10

The Hyundai Sonata is stylish and turns out to be a value-for-money car in multiple ways. With a feature-rich trim lineup, the 2021 Sonata excels in few areas such as looks, infotainment system, warranty cover, and advanced safety aids. When it comes to performance, the Sonata brings a minor correction to the table without much engagement. However, in terms of features, space, and safety features, the Sedan is worth the money. 

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