2022 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $23,700 Est.

Ranked #1 in Sedan

8.6

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2022 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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For the North American market, the Hyundai Sonata is currently in its 7th generation of production. The vehicle made its transition to its 7th generation of production during the 2020 model year upgrade, and the 2022 Sonata is also a part of it as well, albeit with a few changes and updates. 

But since there hasn’t been any officially released information about the new Sonata from the company yet, it is expected to be more or less a carryover update over the previous model year. Though Hyundai will make some changes to the interior feature list to make it sound different.

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Pros

Lots of tech and features for its price

Classy and upscale interior

Value for money

Cons

Not as fun to drive as some of the other competitors

Ride quality could have been better

Sluggish acceleration 

What's New?

The 2022 Hyundai Sonata is expected to be more or less a carryover update over its previous model year.

A performance-oriented N Line trim with a 290-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder joined the lineup last year.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23700

bodystyle

dr Sedan

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

181 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$23,700 Est. onwards

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


f that is the case, the 2022 Hyundai Sonata should also be available in five different trim levels to choose from, viz. SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and the newly introduced N Line trim level. Do note that a hybrid variant of the Sonata is also available which is powered by a more economical powertrain under the hood. 

Although a pretty competent car in the mid-size sedan segment, the 2022 Sonata will face steep competition from the likes of the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, the Kia K5, and other similar mid-size sedans in the market.


9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Hyundai Sonata Features

The regular gas-powered 2022 Sonata should be available in five different trim levels to choose from. The official pricing hasn’t been released by the company yet, but the price structure should look similar to this: SE: $23,950, SEL: $25,800, SEL Plus: $28,300, Limited: $33,950, N Line: $33,300. However, these prices are expected to vary upon official release.

Trim

SE

SEL

SEL Plus

Limited

MSRP

$23,700

$25,800

$28,300

$33,950

Key Features

8-inch touchscreen

Hands-free trunk opener

Wireless charging pad

Digital key feature

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Heated mirrors

Digital instrument cluster

Automated remote parking system

 

LED headlights

Blind-spot monitor

Rear charge-only USB port

Surround-view parking camera

 

Adaptive cruise control

Power-adjustable driver's seat

Simulated leather and faux-suede upholstery

Head-up display

 

Lane-keeping and lane-centering assist

Keyless entry and ignition

 

 

Hyundai also offers a ton of additional standalone options, and packages, and accessories like floor mats, cargo nets and more, that can be availed on the 2021 Sonata. You can also opt for the customizable features that come for some extra thousand dollars.

We Recommend:

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata SEL is the trim we recommend and it offers great comfort features over the base trim like power-adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with separate rear vents, and 17" alloy wheels.You can also add the convenience package for extra $2,200 and this adds a 12.3-inch, Hyundai digital key, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wireless device charging.

Price

The official price for the 2022 Hyundai Sonata has not yet been released but it is going to witness a price hike compared to the previous model. Depending on the trim level and spec, you can expect a price hike of about $500 to $700 more than the above.

Release Date

The upcoming 2022 Hyundai Sonata is expected to hit the market in the summer of 2021.

2022 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

Since the 2022 Sonata is expected to be a carryover update from its previous model year without any significant changes, it should also be available with the three powertrains powering the 2021 Sonata. It will depend on the trim level you get which will decide on the engine you get under the hood. 

The entry-level SE, and SEL trims should be powered by a 2.5L Inline-4 engine producing 191 HP and 181 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the SEL Plus, and the Limited trim will get you a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine producing 180 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque. 

The performance-oriented N Line trim gets its own 2.5L turbocharged Inline-4 engine producing 290 HP and 311 lb-ft of torque. All the trim levels get equipped with an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a front-wheel drivetrain as standard except the N-line variant. 

Models

2022 Hyundai Sonata (expected)

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Kia K5

MSRP

$24,450

$24,770

$24,970

$24,585

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.6L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

Front wheel drive*

Front wheel drive

Front wheel drive

Front wheel drive

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

191 HP @ 6100 rpm

192 HP @ 5500 rpm

203 HP @ 6600 rpm

180 HP @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

181 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

192 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

0 to 60 (seconds)

7.8 seconds

7.6 seconds

7.5 seconds

6.8 seconds

Quarter Mile (seconds)

16 seconds

15.9 seconds

16.3 seconds

15.9 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

145 MPH

115 MPH

135 MPH

145 MPH

*2021 model year data used for reference

The performance-oriented N Line does get a slightly different dual-clutch 8-speed automated manual gearbox, along with sport-tuned steering and suspension, to make it a bit more fun and exciting to drive. As for the performance goes, the regular Sonata is capable of doing a 0 to 60 mph run in 7.8 seconds with a quarter-mile timing of around 16.0 seconds. 

So in terms of power and torque output, the Hyundai Sonata and its competitors are in a very similar ballpark. You should definitely check out the Kia K5 which comes with a new exterior styling and 1.6L turbo 4-pot motor; to sweeten the deal it offers a balanced power and fuel economy among its rivals.

2022 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

9.0/10

As mentioned earlier, the 2022 Hyundai Sonata should be available with three different powertrain options depending on the trim level. The 2.5L naturally-aspirated unit available in the base two trim levels is capable of an EPA estimated mileage of 28 mpg in the city, and 38 mpg in the highway, giving a combined mileage of 32 mpg, which are pretty respectable figures. 

Then you have the 1.6L turbocharged Inline-4 unit capable of delivering 27 mpg in the city, and 37 mpg on the highway, giving a combined mileage of 30 mpg. Then you have the most powerful option in the lineup, the 2.5L turbocharged Inline-4 unit powering the sporty N Line trim, capable of a slightly less impressive 23 mpg in the city, and 33 mpg in the highway, giving a combined mileage of 27 mpg.

Models

2022 Hyundai Sonata (expected)

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Kia K5

MPG (City)

28

30

28

29

MPG (Highway)

38

38

39

38

MPG (Combined)

32

33

32

32

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.8

14.8

15.8

14.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

414.4 / 562.4 / 473.6

444.0 / 562.4 / 488.4

442.4 / 616.2 / 505.6

429.2 / 562.4 / 473.6

*2021 model year data used for reference

With almost identical power and torque figures, the fuel economy figures of Hyundai Sonata and its competitors are also in a very similar ballpark as well. But it is the Toyota Camry taking lead when it comes to driving range thanks to its larger fuel tank capacity of 15.8 gallons.

2022 Hyundai Sonata Interior

9.0/10

The overall design of the interior of the Hyundai Sonata is pretty simple and elegant. And it is expected to stay the same for the 2022 model year with a few tweaks. It might not be the most eye-catching design among the competition, but it does look pretty classy and modern at the same time. 

But it does take the edge with regards to the quality of materials used, which makes the interior of the Sonata look and feel pretty upscale, especially for its price. Depending on the trim, you can get either a premium cloth interior, or a leatherette interior, or a premium leather interior. 

Starting off with a standard air-conditioning in the base SE trim, all the other trims come standard with a dual fully automatic climate control system. All of them do come equipped with a cabin air filter system.

Other convenience features include a panoramic sunroof, electric parking brake, hands-free smart trunk, Qi high-speed wireless smartphone charging pad with cooling fan, and a host of other similar features inside the car.

Models

2022 Hyundai Sonata (expected)

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Kia K5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.0 / 57.9 / 46.1

39.5 / 58.3 / 42.3

38.3 / 57.7 / 42.1

40.2 / 58.0 / 46.1

2nd Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.4 / 56.1 / 34.8

37.3 / 56.5 / 40.4

38.0 / 55.7 / 38.0

37.8 / 56.1 / 35.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.0

16.7

15.1

16.0

*2021 model year data used for reference

Out of the bunch, the Sonata is a bit disappointing in terms of rear-seat legroom. Other than that, most of them offer pretty similar interior space; even in terms of cargo capacity as well. The Japanese giants offer a balanced front and rear row room while the Korean sisters offer a spacious front row, compromising at the rear row though. The top trim also gets a unique Nappa Leather interior. Some of the most unique features available in the interior are:

  • Tilt and telescopic, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with cruise control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power tilt and slide sunroof
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar support
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and Homelink
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • Integrated memory system for driver seat and exterior folding rear view mirrors

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2022 Hyundai Sonata?

As far as the infotainment system goes, it should come either with an 8” or a bigger 10.25” touchscreen display for the infotainment system, with either a standard 6-speaker unit for the music system or a more premium Bose audio system with 12 speakers in total. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration should also come as standard from the base trim level. 

  • 8/10.25 inch touchscreen
  • 12 Speaker audio system
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio
  • Sirius Travel Link (3-month subscription)
  • Bluetooth handsfree phone connectivity with music streaming
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Blue Link connected car system (3-year subscription)
  • Two USB ports (one at front and one at the rear)

2022 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

9.0/10

The 7th generation Hyundai Sonata is developed on the Hyundai-Kia N3 platform, which is also used in the Kia K5 as well. The overall design and silhouette of the new Sonata is pretty unique and makes it stand out from the rest of the competition, especially the LED DRLs at the front. As it will be a carryover model, not much of a change is expected in the design for the 2022 Sonata, if at all. It should get chrome window surround moldings in all the trim levels, along with gloss black side rocker panels. 

Models

2022 Hyundai Sonata (expected)

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Kia K5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3120

3,375

3310

3115

Length (inches)

192.9

196.1

192.1

193.1

Width (inches)

73.2

73.3

72.4

73.2

Height (inches)

56.9

57.1

56.9

56.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.8

5.7

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

111.8

111.4

111.2

112.2

*2021 model year data used for reference

For the door handles, you should have the option to have them with matching body colors, or you can also have them with chrome finish as well. All the trims should also come with a solar control glass for the windshield, along with acoustic film coating as well. Except for the base trim level, all the other trims should come with a sport front bumper fascia, along with a sport rear diffuser as well. The Hyundai Sonata and its competitors are similar in terms of their exterior dimensions. Most of them even have almost exactly the same wheelbase as well.

Some notable changes in the 2022 Hyundai Sonata are:

  • Sport cascading mesh grille
  • Automatic headlights with LED DRLs
  • Solar control windows
  • Chrome side window surround
  • All LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Heated exterior mirrors with heating function and integrated LED indicators
  • Hands-free smart trunk with auto open

2022 Hyundai Sonata Safety

7.0/10

The 2021 Sonata did get 5 stars in the overall NHTSA rating; however, its front crash test performance could have been a bit better. The 2022 Sonata should also be more or less the same, if not better. On the other hand, its IIHS crash test report is actually extremely good. It got the highest possible ratings in all the tests, except the “LATCH ease of use” parameter. It also got selected as the “2021 Top Safety Pick” by IIHS.

On top of the regular array of safety features like airbags and seatbelts, the 2022 Sonata offers great passive safety features like the Energy-absorbing Steering Column, Front and rear Crumple Zones, 5-MPH Bumpers, Hood Buckling Creases and Safety Stops, Body Side Reinforcements. Some high tech safety features in the 2022 Hyundai Sonata are:

Active safety features:

  • Rearview monitor
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) & Lane Change Assist
  • Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) With Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection
  • Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear (PCAA-R)
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Safe Exit Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Follow Assist (LFA)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • High Beam Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

2022 Hyundai Sonata Competition

9.0/10

2022 Hyundai Sonata vs 2021 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is probably one of the toughest competition for the Sonata. Although both of them are in a very similar ballpark in terms of their overall value, the Accord does take the edge with its sharp and responsive handling, and more fun-to-drive nature. Moreover, wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay gives it a huge edge in the infotainment department as well.

2022 Hyundai Sonata vs 2021 Toyota Camry

Although the Camry might remain under the radar in the competition, it is still a very competent car in its segment. It has kind of a matured, grown-up overall characteristics, which might not be for everyone. Its overall driving dynamics actually matches the Hyundai Sonata in many ways. It is not as playful and dynamic as some of the other cars in the segment.

2022 Hyundai Sonata vs 2021 Kia K5

Although the Kia K5 and the Hyundai Sonata are actually corporate cousins, the Kia tops out in a few essential ways. It is somehow more comfortable than the Sonata, and with the available all-wheel-drive system combined with the same optional 290 HP engine in the Sonata N Line, it takes a huge lead between the two.

2022 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

Although the competition in the mid-size sedan segment is gradually decreasing, the Sonata still faces some steep competition from some of the more competent cars in its class. Hyundai has done a great job to keep their flagship sedan relevant in the market. The 2022 Hyundai Sonata manages to tick most of the boxes, and that too in a really competent manner as well. It has the potential to give the other cars in its segment a serious run for their money. Moreover, the availability of a hybrid variant for the more eco-conscious buyers also gives it an edge in the competition. Moreover, it is backed by Hyundai Assurance to simplify the buying process and improve the owning and service experience of the car. If you are planning on getting a new mid-size sedan, you can definitely go for the 2022 Hyundai Sonata without any hesitation.

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