2019 Hyundai Sonata

#18
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2019 MODEL
$22,500 - $32,100
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2019 Hyundai Sonata Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Sonata won't impress you with top of the line styling, nor will it woo you with its massive power figures. It's a magnificently mediocre mid-size sedan. However, the turbocharged engine gets you more horsepower from the punchier engine. The infotainment is the main highlight of the Sonata and the only way it breaks out of the ordinary. The Blue-Link interface is the class-leading infotainment.

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Pros

Comfortable interior

Plenty of torque

Responsive steering

Efficient engine

Cons

Brakes could be better

Low on cargo volume

Exterior need a refresh

What's New?

New interior option Electric Blue and the infotainment system is now compatible to Smartphone connectivity with Apple Carplay and Android Auto and features 4G LTE in-car internet.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.5/63.8

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3247 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/35 mpg

highway range

647.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Hyundai Sonata in Electric Blue color  2019 Hyundai Sonata in Lakeside Blue color  2019 Hyundai Sonata in Machine Gray color  2019 Hyundai Sonata in Phantom Black color  2019 Hyundai Sonata in Quartz White Pearl color  2019 Hyundai Sonata in Scarlet Red color  2019 Hyundai Sonata in Symphony Silver color
Electric Blue

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

8.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE

power
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,500 MSRP (26/29/35) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Scarlet Red
  Symphony Silver
  Phantom Black
  Machine Gray
  Lakeside Blue
  Electric Blue

 2019 Hyundai Sonata Eco

Eco

power
178 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$22,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Eco 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $22,850 MSRP (28/31/37) 178 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5   Scarlet Red
  Symphony Silver
  Phantom Black
  Machine Gray
  Lakeside Blue
  Electric Blue

 2019 Hyundai Sonata SEL

SEL

power
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$24,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,150 MSRP (25/28/33) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Lakeside Blue
  Electric Blue
  Scarlet Red
  Symphony Silver
  Machine Gray
  Quartz White Pearl

 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport

Sport

power
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$25,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,000 MSRP (25/28/33) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Scarlet Red
  Symphony Silver
  Phantom Black
  Machine Gray
  Lakeside Blue
  Electric Blue

 2019 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Limited

power
245 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$27,700 - $32,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,700 MSRP (25/28/33) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $32,100 MSRP (23/26/32) 245 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 6, 2019

7.1

Overall Rating


Starting at $20,300 for the SE trim you get features like Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist as standard, while in the SEL trim at $21,950, you get features like wireless charging, heated seats and dual automatic climate control. The Sport trim at $22,800 comes with sportier styling and a power sunroof. In the Limited 2.0T with a 245 hp turbocharged engine.


7.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Hyundai Sonata Features

7.5/10

The Hyundai Sonata is available in 5 trim levels starting with the SE which comes just under $20,000 with basic features like blind spot assist, rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen. The highest trim Limited 2.0T upgrades the engine and the transmission as well as the infotainment.

Model

SE

SEL

Sport

Limited

Limited 2.0T

MSRP

$19,550

$21,200

$22,050

$24,500

$28,900

Key Features

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert

8-way power driver seat

Paddle shifters

Automatic Emergency Braking

8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC

 

Rearview camera

Proximity Key entry

Power tilt-and-slide sunroof

LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light

18-inch alloy wheels

 

7-inch touchscreen display

Heated front seats

Leather sport seats with cloth inserts

Smart Cruise Control with Start/Stop

8-inch touchscreen with Infinity® Premium Audio System

 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Hands-free smart trunk release

Sport grille, front fascia and rear diffuser

Leather seating with heated and ventilated front seats

Panoramic sunroof

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The best bang for your buck is the Hyundai Sonata Sport model which comes with paddle shifter and sport seats as well as a revised front fascia making the sedan look more aggressive and sportier.

2019 Hyundai Sonata Engine

7.0/10

Nothing this Sonata does is groundbreaking, from its linear and moderate acceleration, to its quiet-enough operation, to its fuss-free shift quality. There’s just enough power to give it moderately engaging feel - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

With three engine configurations to choose, from the base 2.4L engine which makes 185 hp mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, to a 2.0L turbocharged engine 245 hp engine which gets a 8-speed auto. The basic engine is mediocre and the performance is lackluster, while the 6-speed that you get is functional but forgettable. Upgrading to a higher trim gets you some punch from the throttle and a smoother 8-speed.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

MSRP

$22,300

$23,845

$22,840

$22,900

$23,720

TBD

$25,995

$18,870

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.5l I-4

2.5L I-4

2.4L I-4

1.5L Inline-4

1.5L I-4 Turbocharged

2.0L Inline-4

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

Transmission

6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC

8-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

9-speed automatic

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

185 @ 6000

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

175 @ 6000

185@ 6000

192hp @ 5500 rpm

160hp @ 5700 rpm

250 @ 5400

153hp@5600rpm

Torque

178 @ 4000

184 lb.-ft @ 5000 rpm

175 @ 4500

178 @ 4000

192 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

260 @ 2000-5200

177lb.-ft@2000-4000

The rivals in the vast segment come with equally impressive engines; the highlights include the Honda Accord with its tine 1.4L engine making 192 hp, and the Toyota Camry with a 203 hp engine. The Buick Regal takes the first position with a massive 250 hp four-banger under its hood. Meanwhile, the Ford Fusion and the Kia Optima have very similar engine specs.

Acceleration

The engine struggle under heavy acceleration. Although not too loud, the engine tends to get noisy if you want to use it for more than just your commute. The base level engine may not be as powerful, but the Limited and Limited 2.0T get much better engine, so you can relish the revs and put some power down.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

0-60 MPH(sec)

8.5

7.5s

8.5*

6.8*

7.6*

8.5*

6.2

7.7

Quarter mile(sec)

16.4

15.9

16.3*

15.2*

15.9*

16.0*

N/A*

16.3

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

2.4L

-

7.1*

6.1*

5.3*

5.9*

7.4*

5.6

Curb Weight (lb..)

3247

3241

3431*

3411*

3131*

3126

3748

2870

Comparing the figures for the 0-60 sprint, the Buick Regal with the gargantuan 250 hp engine takes an early lead and finishes with 6.2 seconds on the clock, the Kia Optima close at its heels finishes in 6.8 seconds same time as the Hyundai. Next are the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry with a fraction of second difference in between.

Ride and Handling

The steering on the compact korean is agile and responsive, with quite a short turning radius and feedback. The sensitivity can be tailored to your need through drive mode selection; while the sport mode adds weight to the steering the assistance feels electronic and synthetic.

Suspension in the Hyundai work like a charm, the absorb undulations on the road when they need to and stiffen up when you put the sedan into sport mode and speed through corners, the low sedan has minimal body roll, however the front-wheel drive is the only option for you.

Braking

With 12-inch brakes up front and 11.2-inch in the back, the brakes on the Hyundai chip away at the speed with amazing effectiveness, although it hasn’t been tested for the stopping distance in the panic brake test yet. In the sport mode, the brakes have better modulation than comfort mode.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Brake Front (in.)

12

12

11.8

12

11.5*

11.8

NA

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11

11.9

11.2

11.1*

11.3

NA

10.4

70-0 MPH (ft.)

TBD

122 (60-0 MPH)

122(60-0)

124(60-0)

163

113(60-0)

162*

110(60-0MPH)

Side by side, the sedans have near identical brake sizes but the disparity in the weight as well as other factors like suspension and ride height affect the stopping distance. The Chevy Malibu stops from 60mph in 113 feet, while the Fusion and Camry take 122 feet for the same.

2019 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2.4L engine exhibits good fuel economy on the highways of 35 miles to the gallon, however in the city it can manage 26 mpg at best. The 2.0L turbo engine mot only has better performance, but also better efficiency.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

MPG (city)

26

29

21

24

30

TBD

22

30

MPG (highway)

35

41

32

33

38

TBD

32

39

MPG (combined)

29

34

25

27

33

TBD

26

33

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

18.5

14.5

16.5

18.5

14.8

15.8

16.3

13.7

The rival sedans like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry exceed the Hyundai’s engine capability and offer you better economy. Meanwhile the Buick Regal, Ford Fusion and Kia Optima lag behind in terms of efficiency.

2019 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.0/10

The Sonata’s cockpit is blissfully free of the overstyled exaggeration of some sedans, and the controls don’t get stranded in odd places or take on odd forms as a result. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Interior is not as impressive a the exterior design, however the centre console has been revamped to better quality knobs and controls. The three-spoke steering gives great grip and steering feel, overall making the driver’s seat an engaging and fun place to be in.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.4/ 57.9/ 45.5

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.8/58.1/35.6

39.5/58.3/42.3

40.1/58.5/45.3

39.6/55.5/41.5

38.9/54.8/42

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/56.5/ 35.6

38/55.7/38

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.8/56.4/45.5

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.8/54.5/34.6

37.3/53.7/36.1

Despite the standard cloth-upholstery, the seats are comfortable and supportive to the passengers. The cabin feels roomy until you have taller passengers in the back, then the sloping roofline feels like a hindrance. You can choose leather-upholstery as an optional upgrade along with power adjustable front seats, sport seats, heated and ventilated seats.

Infotainment System

Hyundai has probably the most ergonomic and user-friendly interface in its Blue-Link infotainment in the segment. With no lag on either touch responsiveness or voice commands, the Sonata has conquered the final barrier most sedans face in this price point. Apart from that, the seamless connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are usually kept as optional extras on the competitors.

Cargo Capacity

Until recently Sonata used to boast the highest cargo capacity in the segment, though the trunk size has not decreased, the rivals have upped their game. Despite that, the 16.3 cubic feet trunk still remains adequate for most buyers, unless you frequently need to haul cargo.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Cargo Capacity (lb..)

16.3

14.1

16

15.9

16.7

15.8

19.2

14.8

The Buick Regal has an unbelievable 19.2 cubic feet storage at the back. While the rivals can come nowhere near to challenge those numbers, the Honda Accord comes with 16.7. The Camry however, has the smallest cargo volume with 14.1 cubic feet in the rear.

2019 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

5.0/10

The latest Sonata has a stylish six-sided grille that cleanly tucks into the hood, and drops a low grille nearly to the ground. The roof is long, the profile is low, and from some angles the 2019 Sonata resembles a big hatchback. - Car connection

Design and Dimensions

The Hyundai Sonata is a beautiful well proportioned sedan which has stood the test of time pretty well, since most of the sedans have moved onto edgier designs rather than fluidic theme the Hyundai maintains.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Curb weight (lb..)

3247

3241

3411

3219

3131

3126

3748

2870

Length(in)

191.1

192.1

191.7

191.1

192.2

193.8

192.9

183.7

Width(in)

73.4

72.4

75.6

73.2

73.3

73

73.3

70.5

Height(in)

58.1

56.9

58.1

57.7

57.1

57.6

57.3

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

 

5.7

 

5.3

 

TBD

N/A

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

111.2

112.1

110.4

111.4

111.4

111.4

106.3

In order to improve Sonata’s dwindling sales in the past years, Hyundai took great care to come up with a more appealing design. Almost the entire front fascia has been redesigned. Hyundai’s new cascading grille design blends into the lower fascia for an aggressive face. The headlights also receive new LED running lights. For the Sport trims, there is a unique grille and fascia, along with dual exhaust tips.

The panoramic sunroof that was available till the last year is now replaced with an optional tilt-and-slide unit. This is done to reduce the weight of the car for a better fuel economy.

2019 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.0/10

The Hyundai compact sedan comes with a plethora of safety and crash mitigation features to keep you safe in the cabin and instill confidence that Hyundai got your back. Some of the safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blind Spot Detection (bsd) w/Lane Change Assist (lca) Blind Spot...
  • and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (rcta) Rear Collision
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Hyundai Sonata Competition

Hyundai Sonata vs Honda Accord

The Accord is one of the sedans previously mentioned which sport an edgy design compared to the fluidic styling on the Sonata. The engine performance on these sedans is quite similar, however, in terms of economy, the Honda is unrivalled. The interiors are comfortable in both of the sedans but the rear seats are roomier in the Accord for the taller audience. The Infotainment in the Hyundai is top-notch, while the Honda has a decent but not outstanding.

Hyundai Sonata vs Toyota Camry

The Camry has a superb 203 hp engine in the hood and has excellent driving dynamics not just in the city but also on the highways. The power lacks in the lower rev range but as the revs crescendo, the power rushes back. The transmission in the base model is much better on the Camry, but the higher trim on the Sonata has a better 8-speed automatic. The interiors are comfortable on both the sedans, functional and fundamental, but the Camry lacks basic sound deadening, which the Sonata excels at.

Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

The Ford’s 2.5L engine is slightly more powerful compared to the 1.5L Hyundai’s, but the Korean sedan has much better fuel efficiency. The Fusion is a fun and peppy car to drive, compared to the refined and sophisticated handling in the Sonata. In terms of practicality and infotainment, the Hyundai far exceeds the Fusion a the base model, but the Sync3 optional infotainment from Ford is the best one in the segment.

2019 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

The Sonata, much like the Accord is an all rounder, albeit a notch below the Honda, it surpasses most of the competition in driving dynamics, economy and versatility. The Sonata’s infotainment that Hyundai calls the Blue-Link has a flawless touchscreen and voice recognition. The transmission is smooth and predictable, and the optional 8-speed goes on to improve upon that. If you’re looking for a great mid-size sedan the Honda Accord is the best choice, but the Hyundai Sonata is the perfect alternative.