2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan

MSRP $27,750 - $35,300

Ranked #16 in Midsize Sedan

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In an age where sedans seem to be dying out in favor of the crossover, Hyundai continues to strive towards the more sustainable, in the form of the Sonata Hybrid. Despite the paradigm shift in buyer’s choices, Hyundai believes in its radically designed sedan and the advantages the hybrid powertrain brings. Moreover, with manufacturers like Ford discontinuing sedan sales, Hyundai is one of the few consumer market manufacturers to offer sedans entirely.

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Pros

Hybrid efficiency

Feature-loaded, luxuriously designed cabin

Sedan driving dynamics not hampered by high ground clearance or otherwise

Easy to drive for just about anybody

Cons

Relaxed power delivery and typical Hyundai numbness

Ride quality could have been more refined

Radical looks may not be to everyone’s liking

What's New?

A 6-way power adjustable passenger seat for higher trims

A new tire and wheel combo in the SEL Plus variant, which can also be had with the SEL Hybrid


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27750

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

150 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

139 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

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)

12.8/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

192.9 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3325 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

payload capacity

1018 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

50/52/54 mpg

highway range

712.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Blue$27,750 onwards

SEL$29,900 onwards

Limited$35,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan in Scarlet Red color
Scarlet Red

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Ratings

Engine and Performace

6.0

Pricing and Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


The Hyundai Sonata boasts polarising looks and attitude, and those who don’t prefer the former might not prefer the driving dynamics either. Despite the ‘sensuously sporty’ tagline, the 2021 Sonata Hybrid delivers sedate handling and power delivery typical of Hyundai vehicles. On paper and in figures, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid manages to compete with the hybrid variants of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion, although it offers a very different driving and seating experience than you’d expect. 

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

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Features

The Sonata is sold across a number of variants, of which the hybrid comes in only three variants - Blue, SEL, and Limited. The same trims can be had without the electrified powertrain at $1k to $2k less, and there is a powerful 2.5L turbocharged engine available in the newly introduced N-Line variant, which is unfortunately not available in hybrid guise. It is noteworthy that the Blue Hybrid variant of the Sonata is more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient as compared to the other two. 

Trim

Blue Hybrid

SEL Hybrid

Limited Hybrid 

MSRP

$27,750 

$29,900

$35,300

Key Features

Cloth seats

In addition to or replaces Blue Hybrid trim features with:

In addition to or replaces SEL Hybrid trim features with:

 

6-way manually adjustable driver seat

Full LED taillights

Surround View Monitor

 

8-inch color touchscreen with HD Radio and SiriusXM

Heated side mirrors

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

8-way power driver seat with power lumbar

Leatherette-wrapped dashboard

 

4.2-inch color LCD instrument cluster display

Heated front seats

Heated steering wheel

 

Improved MPG figures 

Bose premium audio with 12 speakers

Leather seats

 

LED headlights MFR Style

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Full LED headlights

Which trim should you buy?

As far as value for money guides you, the SEL Hybrid variant is the one to go with. It offers most premium necessities including leather seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, and a premium audio system from Bose. The Limited trim certainly brings top-notch features into play but is significantly more expensive than the SEL Hybrid. The surround-view monitor is evidence of the Limited Hybrid trim offering some semblance of the luxury car feels through its features.

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Engine and Performance

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L inline-4 supported by a 39kW electric motor. The powertrain has a combined maximum output of 192 horsepower, although the electric motor doesn’t work the way you would expect it to. Similar to the Toyota Camry, the electric motor handles things from a standstill and at lower speeds, and the combustion engine takes over with a deep grumble when more power is called for.

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan engine bay

Model 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

MSRP

$29,000

$24,020

$24,920

$24,425

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 with 39kW electric motor

2.0L Inline-4 with 88 kW electric motor

2.0 liter Inline-4

With electric motor

2.0L Inline-4 with 69kW dual electric motors

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic w/ SHIFTRONIC

CVT w/ OD

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

192hp 

192hp

187hp

184hp 

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

139 lb-ft

192 lb-ft

186 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.6

6.7

7.9

7.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.2

15.9

16.1

15.8

Top-Speed (MPH)

135

125

N/A

N/A

The powertrain in the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a perplexing one, as it doesn’t utilize the electric motor to achieve the torque figures that it can. Instead, the torque figure lies at a miserly 139 lb-ft, nowhere close to the competition and their balanced power to torque ratios. It does belt out the best horsepower, tying with the Honda Accord Hybrid at 192 hp. 

When it comes to accelerating, the Honda Accord does better due to its weight management, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in second from 0 to 60 miles an hour. The quarter-mile results differ, however, as the slower to 60 Ford Fusion hybrid beats the Sonata Hybrid over a quarter-mile, and the 2021 Camry Hybrid beats the Accord. 

How does the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid handle?

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid exhibits straight-line performance, with good reactions from the powertrain as soon as you put your right foot down. It demonstrates solid grip and a capable, tightly strung suspension. It takes corners well enough for an FWD car, but you can’t help but feel a little detached from what’s going on. The lack of feedback really gets to an enthusiast, and it feels more like a video game on the PS2 if anything, with minimal vibrations and tire feel.

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan driving view

The lack of tire feel does lead to a bonus in the form of minimal tire noise, which makes for a comfortable, quiet experience if not for the suspension, which can get a little harsh at times. Unlike most Hyundai vehicles, the 2021 Sonata Hybrid fails to strike a good balance between performance and comfort, and compromises on a little bit of both.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Braking Performance

The disc brakes on the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are 12” and 11.2” in diameter on the front and rear wheels respectively, and allow it to achieve a decent braking figure from 60 miles an hour to a halt over a distance of 121 feet. The brakes in the Sonata are pretty average, but we don’t have too many complaints, as the regenerative braking doesn’t come in the way of things either. 

Model 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12

11.5

11.8

12

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.2

11.1

11.9

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3505

3327

3695

3572

60-0 (feet)

121

120

NA

123

Due to the lowest curb weight of the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid, it achieves the best braking distance figure of 120 feet with smaller brakes than the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the Camry makes use of brakes very similar to the Hyundai for a similar but poorer braking distance. The Ford Fusion hybrid uses larger brakes on the rear wheels, which is weird but the heavyweight characteristic probably required such brakes, but we don’t have a figure for the braking distance of the now discontinued Ford sedan.

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The hybrid engines in this segment allow for immensely high fuel economy. The electric motor in the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid helps it pull 47 miles per gallon in the city, and 51 out on the highway, leading to a combined mpg figure of 49. To make things even better for the environment, the Blue Hybrid trim of the 2021 Sonata Hybrid can achieve 50 mpg in the city, and 54 mpg combining city and highway use. 

Model 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

MPG (City)

45

48

43

51

MPG (Highway)

51

47

41

53

MPG (Combined)

47

48

42

52

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

12.8

14.0

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

594/673/620

614/601/614

602/574/588

673/700/686

Despite the excellent efficiency figures, the Sonata Hybrid can’t beat the frugality of the 2021 Toyota Camry and its 2.5L hybrid engine. It achieves 52 mpg combined, and has a fuel tank the same size as the Sonata Hybrid, ensuring the Toyota offers the longest range on a full tank. The Ford Fusion Hybrid isn’t all that efficient when compared to its immediate competition but makes up for it with a 14.0-gallon fuel tank. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Interior

9.0/10

The interior of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is very characteristic of Hyundai. Brimming with technology and a fluidic design, the touchscreen features seamless integration into the dashboard, with an equally neat layout under it. The cabin is only complimented by the high-resolution digital information display with different animations for different driving modes. The modern gear selector isn’t to our liking but goes with the rest of the cabin to provide a fuss-free layout that might take some getting used to. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan dashboard

Model 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40/57.9/46.1

37.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.4/55.9/42.2

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

38.4/56.1/34.8

37.2/55/40.4

37.6/55.7/38

37.1/55.1/38.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.3

16.7

15.1

12.0

As far as interior dimensions go, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers class-leading interior space, with considerably more legroom on offer for the front seating row at 46.1”. The front headroom is also best-in-segment, although the rear seats take the brunt of offering so much space in the front. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan front seats

The legroom in the second row of seating within the Hyundai is poor as compared to rivals. As for cargo capacity, the Honda Accord Hybrid offers the most, but the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes quite close. Despite leaving the battery out of the trunk, the Camry offers the least cargo capacity. Standout interior features of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seats 
  • Leatherette dashboard upholstery

How intuitive is the infotainment in the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

Hyundai has a knack for providing advanced technology in its vehicles, and in today's day and age, their quality has only gotten better. The infotainment software in the 2021 Sonata Hybrid is super refined as a delight to use. Sweet-looking screens handle most of the infotainment duties, as the 8” touchscreen and digital information cluster come together for a very high-res experience. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • Optional 10.25” touchscreen
  • Premium 12-speaker Bose audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
  • Bluelink Connected Car System

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Exterior

6.0/10

The new look of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is very radical. Fortunately for some and unfortunately so for others, the hybrid looks the same as the non-hybrid variant and incorporates a few fancy bits of technology into the design that we could be seeing more of from Hyundai very soon. The chrome strip on the headlight that doubles as an LED headlight are one such feature that makes the funky-looking sedan very interesting. Other than that, some may see the revolutionary design as slightly tacky, owing to the overdone styling with the rims.

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan 

Model 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Curb Weight (lb)

3505

3327

3695

3572

Length (inches)

192.9

192.2

191.8

192.1

Width (inches)

73.2

73.3

72.9

72.4

Height (inches)

56.9

57.1

58.0

56.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.8

N/A

5.7

Wheelbase (inches)

111.8

111.4

112.2

111.2

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the longest sedan but by a small margin, while the sloping roofline reduces the height. Offering 5.3” of ground clearance, it should make it over most potholes, but would be even better at going around them altogether. Even the wheelbase lengths across the segment are very similar, but the Sonata still offers less legroom at the back relative to its rivals. Standout exterior features of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid:

  • Full LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Side-mirror-mounted LED turn-signal indicators
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Solar roof (glass)

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Safety

7.0/10

Having made the Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver assistance technology standards in their lineup for 2021, Hyundai has significantly improved upon the safety standards in their vehicle. Even without the collision avoidance tech, the NHTSA gives the Sonata Hybrid a 5-star overall safety rating, with the sedan receiving 4-stars for front collision ratings only. Taking the driver assistance tech into consideration, the IIHS awards the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid with the ‘Top Safety Pick’ title, as it is one of the safest vehicles in its segment. Notable safety features in the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped)
  • Lane Following Assist(LFA)
  • Highway Drive Assist (HDA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist(RCCA)
  • High Beam Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Competition

6.0/10

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid 

The Honda Accord Hybrid does an excellent job at combining performance and efficiency into one body, offering accessible speeds and good acceleration while maintaining good MPG figures. Moreover, the Accord’s practicality is unmatched due to Honda’s simple but effective approach towards designing vehicles. Although it isn’t as efficient as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid offers better performance and driving dynamics, not to mention more cargo room

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid 

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion was not a vehicle that deserved such a fate. Despite its shortcomings on paper, the Fusion was a fun-to-drive hybrid of excellent pedigree. Nevertheless, not getting an update into 2021 has immediately put it behind the competition, and discontinued production means there won’t be any upgrades to sweeten the deal, ever. 

2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs 2021 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry went from being the most joked about sedans to participating in NASCAR races. The newly aerodynamic Camry offers basic driving thrills in sport mode but looks much more aggressive than it actually is. There is plenty of potential in the 2021 Toyota Camry, but not much can be tapped with the refined hybrid powertrain.

2021 Toyota Camry

 

2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

Reasons to buy the Sonata Hybrid would include the plethora of features, refinement and sophistication in technology, and most importantly the impressive efficiency figures. Despite the hybrid engine clearly prioritizing fuel economy, the 2021 Sonata Hybrid is capable of usable performance and a very relaxed driving experience. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t blame you if you can’t get over the obnoxious styling.