2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan

MSRP $36,700

Ranked #19 in Midsize Sedan

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Starting its life as a facelifted Hyundai Stellar in 1985, the Hyundai Sonata paved its way becoming one of the most sophisticated mid-size sedans of all time. The Hyundai Sonata currently stands in its 8th generation with a lot of changes and upgrades from its inception, and also stood as a stepping stone for the development of the Optima for its sister brand Kia. This Hyundai sedan has gone through several iterations till now, one of them is the Sonata N Line version, the powerful and sportier trim of all, completely tuned by the in-house performance team. The Hyundai N branding entered the North American market in 2019 by introducing the Veloster N, followed by the Elantra N, now the Sonata N for the first time in 2021. 

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Pros

Premium interior

Fun to drive performance model

Value for money

Cons

Not so comfortable interior space

What's New?

The Sonata N Line is completely new for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36700

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp

torque

311 lb.-ft.

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

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

3552 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

payload capacity

1234 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/28/33 mpg

highway range

488.4 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

Base$36,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan in Electric Blue color
Electric Blue

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The all-new Hyundai Sonata N Line makes its debut this year with the most powerful engine in the entire Sonata line-up. It also shares the same engine and almost equivalent performance timings with its cousin the Kia K5 GT. Starting from $33,300, the Sonata N is almost $10,000 more than the basic Sonata SE. The huge bump in the price might seem a bit outrageous but Hyundai claims the extra pay is worth it, which we will find out in this article by discussing the sedan’s capabilities and how well it scores against the rivals like Toyota Camry TRD, Subaru WRX STI, and Nissan Altima SR

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Features

Since the Sonata N Line is trim by itself, there are no further trims available under this sporty version of the sedan. Compared to the other trims, the Sonata N Line gets a beefy 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which replaces the basic 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine and the basic 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine from the other trims. The N Line Sonata also gets the same three additional packages for extra bucks, it also gets summer tires in addition to the standard features available in the below trims. The sporty Sonata also gets an additional color for the exterior but the available interior colors are reduced to one. The 18-inch wheels on the lower trims are replaced with 19-inch wheels on the N Line. This powerful sedan also incorporates some more standard and additional features including the following:

Trims

Sonata N Line 

MSRP (FWD)

$33,300

Key Features

2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 8-speed automated manual transmission

 

Additional packages - Winter Weather Package, Preferred Accessory Package, Cargo Package 

 

LED headlights and taillights

 

Paddle Shifters with Launch Control

 

Bose 12-Speaker Premium Sound System

 

Four-Wheel Independent Suspension and Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar

 

19-inch Alloy wheels with Continental ProContact 6 summer tires

 

10.25-inch touch screen with navigation

Which trim should you buy?

Since the Hyundai Sonata N Line is itself a trim, you don’t have to worry about choosing the right trim. But you get to choose from the optional features and additional packages to customize your ride. We would recommend you to go for the “Winter Weather Package” offered with the Sonata N Line, this package helps you protect your car from unexpected elements that end up inside the car, this will cost you $330 more but you’d be satisfied once you see the clean interior of your sports sedan. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Engine and Performance

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line gets a powerful engine than its lower trims. The engine offered with the N Line Sonata is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, which can produce 290 hp @ 5800 rpm and can reach the maximum torque of 290 hp @ 5800 rpm, both the figures are massive compared to the basic figures of the Sonata’s basic trims. The powerful Sonata N Line can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds while the basic Sonata was able to do it only in 7.9 seconds. The quarter-mile timing of the N Line is 13.6 seconds and for the basic model, it is 15.9 seconds. 

The Sonata N Line is controlled by an 8-speed automated manual transmission, it also gets paddles shifters and launch control to assist the driver to accelerate the car in a controlled fashion. All the 290 horses are directed to the front wheels of the vehicle. The sedan can be utilized in three driving modes namely, Normal, Sport, and Sport+, and the car can reach a top speed of 145 mph. 

Model

Hyundai Sonata N Line

Toyota Camry TRD

Kia K5 GT

Subaru WRX STI

MSRP

$33,300

$31,170

$30,590

$36,995

Engine

2.5L turbocharged I-4

3.5L V6

2.5L turbocharged I-4

2.5L turbocharged Boxer-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automated manual transmission

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

8-speed automated manual transmission

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

290 hp @ 5,800 RPM

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

290 hp @ 5,800 RPM

310 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

311 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

311 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

290 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (Seconds)

5.2

5.7

5.2

5.2

Quarter Mile (seconds)

13.6

14.3

14

13.6

Top Speed

145

135

145

150

The Subaru WRX STI is the powerful sedan in comparison, followed by the Toyota Camry TRD. The Hyundai Sonata N Line and its cousin the Kia K5 GT share the same power and torque figures and come in third place. Despite being underpowered by the rest of the cars, both the Sonata and K5 complete their 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds which is the same as the Subaru WRX. The N Line again proves to be a better performer by reaching the quarter-mile speed in 13.6 and leads the table along with the WRX STI.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Ride and Handling

The handling of the new Hyundai Sonata N Line is great, the front-wheel-drive drivetrain might make you feel less interested in a sportier car, but the N Line Sonata does not compromise its performance because of it and makes your ride as fun as it can be. The 8-speed automated manual transmission is smooth, the additional paddle shifters make the transmission smoother and pleasant as well. 

Along with the basic launch controls, the new Sonata N Line gets more driver-assist features like Stability Control, Emergency Braking System, Cruise Control, Blindspot Monitor, etc, to help the driver gain control over the car. The MacPherson strut suspensions in the front and the independent suspension in the rear dampens the bumps as best as they could and keep your jaunts and long trips smooth. The cornering of the N Line Sonata is one of the advantages this car has over its rivals in the mid-size sedan segment. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Braking Performance

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line not just comes with more power but also with bigger brakes than the rest of the Sonata lineup. You get 13.6-inch rotors in the front brake while the rear brakes are equipped with 12.8-inch rotors. All the four wheels in the Sonat N Line are equipped with disc brakes, along with a number of braking assist features like ABS, Hill descent control, Automatic Emergency braking systems to help the sedan hold its ground at inevitable speeds. 

Model

Hyundai Sonata N Line

Toyota Camry TRD

Kia K5 GT

Subaru WRX STI

Brake Rotors Front (in.)

13.6

12.9

13.6

12.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in.)

12.8

11.6

12.8

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3552

3575

3581

3450

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

118

N/A

112

The Korean cousins share the biggest brakes on comparison here, both Sonata N Line and K5 GT comes with the same set of brakes, which is followed by the Toyota Camry and the WRX STI. The Sonata N Line scores the first point by stopping as quickly as possible followed by the Subaru even with its smallest brakes in comparison, but the Camry TRD really has to work a lot to stop quickly. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Fuel Economy

Performance and fuel economy do not go hand in hand most of the time, which is not the same in the case of the new Hyundai Sonata N Line. The Sonata N Line offers good fuel economy despite being brimmed up with power for a mid-size sedan. The sedan returns 23 mpg in the cities and 33 mpg on the highways and a combined figure of 27 mpg. The basic Sonata gives exactly 5 miles more in every aspect than the N Line version. The Sonata N Line is also one of the models with good fuel capacity and overall range. 

Model

Hyundai Sonata N Line

Toyota Camry TRD

Kia K5 GT

Subaru WRX STI

MPG (City)

23

22

24

16

MPG (Highway)

33

31

32

22

MPG (Combined)

27

25

27

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

15.9

15.8

15.8

15.9

Range (City/Highway/ Combined)

365/524/429

348/490/395

379/505/426

254/350/286

The Sonata N Line and its corporate cousin the K5 GT again tops the table with excellent fuel economy in their segment. Both the sedans share the same combined fuel economy of 27 mpg and slightly different figures in the city and highways limits. Being powerful among the rivals, the Subaru WRX STI now faces a backslash in the case of fuel efficiency, with the least fuel economy among all four cars. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Interior

With a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat and 6-way manually-adjustable front passenger seat intact, the new Hyundai Sonata N Line can seat 5 people without fighting for space. Only the front row gets all the fancy options like bucket seats, heated driver and passenger seats along with height adjustments. The rear row gets the foldable armrest in the middle which gives a premium feel, and the use of Premium Leather/Sueded Microfiber makes the entire interior feel good. The basic Sonata trims get 3 interior color options but the N Line Sonata gets only one color and also gets N Line treatment to ooze the sporty feeling of the sedan. 

Model

Hyundai Sonata N Line

Toyota Camry TRD

Kia K5 GT

Subaru WRX STI

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40/57.9/46.1

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.4/58.46.1

39.8/55.6/43.3

Rear (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.4/56.1/34.8

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.4/56.1/35.2

37.1/54.2/35.4

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16

15.1

16

12

It’s the Korean cousins again, yes the Sonata N Line and the K5 GT again top the table with spacious interiors and with the largest trunk in comparison here. The WRX STI follows the Koreans in the second position with a spacious front row but it fails in the trunk capacity with only 12 cu-ft of space. The Camry TRD has a more spacious second row than the WRX and also comes with a big trunk compared to the Subaru. Apart from the interior design and space, the Hyundai Sonata N Line also comes with a number of interior features, some of them are listed below for reference: 

  • Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Transmission, Cruise, and Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Dual Zone Front Climate Control
  • Hands-Free Entry

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Infotainment System and Features

The new Hyundai Sonata N Line also has more surprises compared to its lower trim levels. The sportier trim gets a 12.5-inch touchscreen display which replaces the smaller 10.25-inch screen in the Limited trim, which was also replaced by the smallest 8-inch screen in the basic SE, SEL, and SEL Plus trims. The 12.3 LCD instrument cluster decorates the dashboard behind the steering wheel. The N Line Sonata also holds 12-speaker Bose Premium Audio system which was replaced by a 6-speaker sound system in the lower trims. Some of the important infotainment features in the 2021 Sonata N Line include:

  • Amazon Echo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration
  • 1 Subwoofer
  • 12-speaker Bose Premium Audio system
  • Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Wireless charging

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Exterior

The exterior design of the entire Hyundai Sonata lineup is very sporty, the N Line trim gets almost the same design cues. Only minor detailings differentiate the N Line Sonata from the basic Hyundai Sonata. The N Line trim gets a bigger grille and air intakes, the mirrors are painted in gloss black color while the mirrors in the basic Sonata matches the body color. A lip spoiler is being included at the rear and gets 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero all-season tires. The N Line Sonata also comes with optional Continental Premium Contact 6 Summer tires for an additional $200. The quad exhaust tips and quad-LED lamps in the front make the sedan look sportier than its lower trims. 

Model

Hyundai Sonata N Line

Toyota Camry TRD

Kia K5 GT

Subaru WRX STI

Curb Weight (lbs)

3552

3575

3581

3450

Length (in.)

192.9

194.6

193.1

180.9

Width (in.)

73.2

73.1

73.2

70.7

Height (in.)

56.9

56.9

56.9

58.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

5.7

5.3

4.9

Wheelbase (in.)

111.8

111.2

112.2

104.3

The Kia K5 GT turns out to be the heaviest of all the sedans in comparison, followed by the Camry TRD and the Sonata N Line. The Korean cousins are the widest cars among the four sedans and also have the longest wheelbase than the others. The WRX STI has the smallest ground clearance, ironically it is the tallest sedan of all four. The Sonat N Line also comes with some more exterior features than the basic Sonata, some of them are listed below:

  • Rear Bumper Applique (costs $75 more)
  • Summer Tires (costs $200 more)
  • 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero all-season tires
  • All Season Tires
  • Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Safety

The safety aspect is the underrated aspect in any vehicle, some people think about performance and comfort and do not concentrate on how safe the vehicle is. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line doesn’t want you to worry about the safety of you and your co-passenger as it scored full 5 stars in the NHTSA crash tests and was awarded the “Top Safety Pick” award from IIHS. The J.D. Power also gave a score of 81 and appreciated the reliability of the sedan and its build quality. Not just the build quality of the Sonata N Line is strong enough to withstand unexpected accidents but the car is capable of avoiding such instances with the help of some standard and advanced safety features like:

  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Pre-Collision Safety System & Post-Collision Safety System
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Competition

Hyundai Sonata N Line vs Toyota Camry TRD

The Toyota Camry TRD turns out to be an average performer in most aspects when compared with the Hyundai Sonata N Line. The Japanese sedan churns out more horsepower than the Korean Sonata but the performance of the Camry is not up to the mark when held against the Sonata. The Camry looks sporty but the Sonata gives a tough competition in that aspect as well and also provides less interior space than the Hyundai. 

Hyundai Sonata N Line vs Kia K5 GT

You might have come across the spiderman blaming meme at least once, the comparison between the Kia K5 GT and the Hyundai Sonata N Line is the same as that meme. Both the sedans share the same engine and performance figures. The K5 GT lacks interior space in a minute fraction and nothing else is more different when it comes to comfort and performance. When it comes to the exterior design, the Kia K5 GT looks more aggressive than the Sonata, which is a great advantage to the Kia and in the rear, both the sedans don’t fair well so it remains even. 

Hyundai Sonata N Line vs Subaru WRX STI

The Subaru WRX STI is a powerful sedan when compared to the Hyundai Sonata N Line, the performance figures of both the sedans are equally impressive and hard to decide. But the Subaru lacks in terms of fuel efficiency and a bit of interior space and also bears an expensive price tag among the two. Both the sedans look good, but with the wing, the Subaru looks sportier than the Sonata, but overall the Sonat N Line would be a better choice to make in this comparison. 

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Sedan Final Verdict

Yes, the new Hyundai Sonata N Line is one of the best choices to make in the sporty mid-size sedan segment under $35,000. The sedan looks good, performs well, and also packs more power with a premium quality interior. Overall the Sonata N Line is worth the money.