What You Need To Know About the 2021 Hyundai Sonata

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The Hyundai Sonata is in the same realm as the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, and the Toyota Camry and is proving to be a worthy competitor. Customers have been impressed with how the 2021 model includes a 2.5-liter engine that’s turbocharged and provides 290 horsepower.

This car also gives you 311 lb-ft of torque, along with upgrades to the suspension and chassis to support the available power. 

If you were interested to buy a Hyundai Sonata, you may be pleased to find that there’s a 100,000 mile and 10-year warranty for the powertrain. Let’s take a closer look into what this car has to offer so that you can decide whether it’s the right car for you. 

Features & Models

There are four options available when it comes to buying the 2021 Hyundai Sonata. These options include Limited SEL PLus, SEL, and SE.

SE Model 

The SE model is available for $23,600 and comes with a wide range of great features that include the following:

  • Tailights
  • LED headlights 
  • Electronic parking brakes
  • Auto headlight sensors 
  • Keyless feature
  • Tilt & telescopic steering
  • Bluetooth 
  • 8” touchscreen display
  • USB connection
  • Compatibility with Android & Apple devices 
  • High-quality audio system

In addition to this, the Smartsense safety suit is included which provides you with some fantastic safety features. These include auto high beam headlights, forward-collision prevention, and adaptive cruise control. These are features that can make the driving experience more enjoyable and effortless. 

SEL Model 

The SEL model is available for $25,700 and comes with the following features:

  • Twin tip muffler
  • Safe exit warning system 
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Smart trunk 
  • Lumbar support included with the seats
  • Front seats can be heated
  • Armrest in the rear seats
  • Automatic climate control feature 
  • Blue Link car system 
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts 

There are different options available with the SEL model that include varying features. These options include the following:

Convenience

  • The convenience package includes Hyundai Digital Key which lets you use your smartphone as a key. 
  • Includes a 12.3” LCD display that works as an instrument cluster.
  • Steering wheel wrapped in leather materials 
  • Wireless phone charging 
  • Rearview mirror with auto-dimming features 

Premium 

  • Panoramic sunroof 
  • Bose audio system 
  • Highway drive assist
  • Bose audio system 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seats
  • Interior LED lights 
  • 10.25” touchscreen display with navigation features

SEL Plus 

You can purchase the SEL Plus for $28,200 and it’s available in two packages that come with the following features: 

Convenience 

  • Leather seats
  • Faux suede inserts 
  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Paddle shifters

Tech

  • Highway drive assist
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Bose audio system
  • 10.25” touchscreen display 

N Line

The N Line in Hyundai’s Sonata range comes with a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine that has been turbocharged. This provides you with plenty of speed to have fun driving with. In addition to this, there’s an 8-speed automatic clutch system that allows you to have more control over the speed of the car. It’s available for $33,200.

Limited

Hyundai’s Limited Sonata model is available for $33,850 and comes with a range of features that include the following:

  • Ventilation system available in the front seats
  • LED headlights
  • Rear & front parking sensors
  • Automatic wipers
  • Blindspot monitor available to view
  • Rear parking collision prevention system
  • Remote smart parking assist 

Fuel Economy 

The SEL and SE models include a 2.5-liter engine that provides 191 horsepower. The Limited and SEL Plus models come with 1.6-liter engines that provide 180 horsepower. A 2.5 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine is included with the 

All of the models in this line are front-wheel drive and include an automatic transmission system that has 8 speeds. 

With all of this power available, it can make some customers shy away from the car due to the worry of fuel efficiency. However, the fuel ratings for each model are better than some people were expecting.

SE Model

The SE line has a 38mpg rating for long-distance driving, 28mpg for city driving, and a combined mpg of 32. 

SEL Model

The SEL model is on the heavier side and therefore has slightly lower fuel efficiency ratings. You can get 37 mpg when driving long-distance, 27 mpg in city driving, and a combined mpg of 31.

Limited & SEL Plus Model

Both the limited and SEL Plus models have 36 mpg for long-distance driving, 27 mpg for city driving, and a total of 31mpg for combined driving. 

N Line

Hyundai’s Line comes with 23 mpg for city driving, 33 mpg for long-distance driving, and a combined mpg rating of 27.

Interior 

People have been impressed with how roomy the interior of the Hyundai Sonata is. The dash isn’t cluttered which provides the interior of the car with a sleek and modern feel. However, you’re still provided with ample controls, such as volume and climate control knobs. 

There’s also the touchscreen display that has been fitted within the dashboard, rather than being placed on top. 

When it comes to how loud the wind and road are from within the car, we were impressed to find that the Sonata handled it pretty well. It keeps the car rides more relaxing by minimizing road and wind noise from outside. 

Handling

Customers have been liking how the steering provides them with quick and responsive feedback to help them turn and take corners more comfortably. The speed ratings are good enough for most people when it comes to overtaking. 

Utilizing the sport mode that’s included will provide you with a quicker response when pressing the accelerator which can be handy for quick overtaking and city driving. 

Downsides

There are a few key downsides to the Hyundai Sonata. One of them is that there’s no all-wheel-drive feature available. Instead, these cars are only available with front-wheel drive. 

There’s also no blind-spot system available with the standard versions of this car. That’s something that only comes with specific packages which is disappointing for some

Lastly, there’s no knob for tuning or changing the radio station. This can cause some confusion and the lack of a dial makes tuning your radio more complicated. 

Conclusion

That wraps up our post on what you need to know about the 2021 Hyundai Sonata. There are some excellent upsides to the car and various options that let you pick the one that comes with the features that are right for you.

Hopefully, this post has helped you feel more confident about whether this is the right car for your needs.