2021 Hyundai Sonata

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 20, 2021

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The 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes in four trims - SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited with prices starting from $23,700. The sedan comes with two engine options of 2.5L inline-4 making 191 hp and a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 making 180 hp. But the lineup also features a hybrid powertrain and an N-Line model making 290hp.

2021 Hyundai Sonata price, features, engine specifications and dimensions infograph

Irrespective of the trim the drive configuration sees the 8-speed automatic direct all its power to the front-wheels (FWD). Having said that, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes into competition with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and the Mazda 6.

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Pros

Gets a wide suite of technological features

Composed ride quality

Two engine options

Spacious cabin

Great cargo capacity

Cons

Engine does not feel engaging to drive

Interior doesn’t feel as premium as some other rivals

What's New?

New wheel and tire combo


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152

horsepower

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft.. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

192.9 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3120 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

13.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

payload

1234

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.1

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE $23,600 onwards

191 hp @ 6100 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 16" silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 8 In Touch-Screen Display
  • AM/FM/HD, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim

SEL $25,700 onwards

191 hp @ 6100 rpm | 3 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Blue Link Connected Car System
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist

SEL Plus $28,200 onwards

180 hp @ 5500 rpm | 1.6 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 12.3" Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 19" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Dinamica simulated suede/leatherette Seat trim
  • Hyundai Digital Key
  • Keyfob & Smart Device Remote Keyless Entry
  • Wireless Device Charging

Limited $33,850 onwards

180 hp @ 5500 rpm | 1.6 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Blind Spot View Monitor System
  • Projector-beam Headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Surround View Monitor
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.7

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.3

Exterior

5.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

7.5

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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"The Sonata does all the typical sedan things well — the cabin is spacious, trunk space is massive, and it's quicker than you might expect" - Edmunds.

The Hyundai Sonata comes in four trims SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, prices start at MSRP $23,600 and go all the way up to $33,850. into the year 2021 with the same engine options as the 2020 model - a 2.5L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine as standard, while the SEL Plus and Limited get a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4. 

The interior features power-adjustable seats with automatic air conditioning with an 8.0-inch infotainment system coming standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The safety features include a forward-collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist as standard across the range.

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7.7/10
Pricing and Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.3/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

7.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Hyundai Sonata Pricing and Features

7.7/10

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is available in four trims - SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited. The SE and the SEL trims are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine while the rest of the line-up gets a more potent turbocharged 1.6-liter engine doing the power duties. As standard, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes loaded with a long list of features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The prices for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata starts at $23,600 for the base SE trim and go up to an MSRP of $33,850 for the top-of-the-line Limited trim. Apart from these standard trims, the company offers ample additional standalone options, packages, and accessories like floor mats, cargo nets and more,  that can be availed on the 2021 Sonata. 

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

 

 


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Buying Advice

Priced at an MSRP of $25,800, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata SEL is the trim to get. It comes with more comfort features in the interior over the base trim like power-adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with separate rear vents, and 17" alloy wheels. We also recommend adding the convenience package for $2,200 and this adds a 12.3-inch, Hyundai digital key, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wireless device charging.


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

7.0/10

"When hammering through the gears, the gearbox responds immediately to inputs via the steering wheel paddles." - CarBuzz

Under the hood, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata remains unchanged from the 2020 model and comes with two engine options. The SE & the SEL trims get a 2.5L inline-4 making 191hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The SEL Plus and Limited trims get 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 making 180 hp and 195 lb-ft. An 8-speed transmission paired to both engines and comes with an FWD drive configuration.

2021 Hyundai Sonata gets a 2.5L Engine

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata can complete a 0-60 mph sprint in 7.9 secs, which is the slowest of the competition. However, the 1.6 turbocharged engine sets a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds which is faster than the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord time of 7.6 seconds. The 2021 Sonata does the quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

Models

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Mazda 6

MSRP

$23,700

$24,970

$24,770

$24,325

Engine

2.5L NA I4

2.5L NA I4

1.5L turbocharged I4

2.5L I4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

CVT

6-Speed automatic

Horsepower

191hp @ 6,100rpm

203hp @ 6,600rpm

192hp @ 5,500rpm

187hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque

181lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

184lb-ft @ 5,000rpm

192lb-ft @ 1,600rpm

186lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

0-60 (seconds)

7.9

7.6

7.6

7.1

Quarter Mile (seconds)

15.9

15.7

15.9

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

130

135

115

131


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata, with its base 2.5L I4 powertrain, gives 28 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and a combined of 32 mpg. These figures are lesser than the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, giving a combined of 33 mpg and 34 mpg respectively.

The 1.6L turbocharged variant of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata gives 1 mpg lesser in all three criteria, a bit surprising for a smaller displacement engine, However, the mpg numbers will still be better than the Mazda 6. 

Model

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Mazda6

MPG (city)

28

29

30

26

MPG (highway)

38

41

38

35

MPG (combined)

32

34

33

29

Fuel tank capacity

14.8 gallons

15.8 gallons

14.8 gallons

16.4 gallons

Range(city/highway/combined)

414/562/473 miles

458/647/537 miles

444/562/488 miles

426/574/475 miles

According to the engine also comes fuel tanks, the base 2.5L inline-4 gets a 14.8-gallon fuel tank. The 1.6L turbocharged engine comes with a much bigger 15.9-gallon fuel tank allowing it to have a marginally better range than the base engine.


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.3/10

The Sonata's interior is attractive and feels like it's worth more than the sedan's sticker prices suggest.  -CarAndDriver

The interiors of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata come with no changes. The base SE trim offers 6-way manually adjustable front row seats with cloth upholstery. The SEL trim ($25,800) adds an 8-power-adjustable driver seat and seat heating function along with premium cloth upholstery and dual-zone automatic front climate control with separate vents for the rear seats.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Front Seats

At $28,300, the SEL Plus trim comes with the same seats as the SEL trim but with dynamic suede inserts with leatherette upholstery. The $33,950 Limited trim comes with a power lumbar for the driver's seat and also offers leather upholstery. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes with a cargo space of 16 cu.ft. which is more than the Honda AccordMazda 6, and the Toyota Camry.

Model

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Mazda6

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40/57.9/46.1

38.3/57.7/42.1

37.5/58.3/42.3

38.4/55.9/42.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.4/56.1/34.8

37.6/55.7/38

37.2/55/40.4

37.1/55.1/38.7

Cargo Space

16.0 cu.ft

15.1 cu.ft

15.1 cu.ft

15.4 cu.ft

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata offers an 8-inch infotainment system which is present in the SE, SEL, and SEL Plus trims and runs on the latest Bluelink interface has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and USB ports as standard. The system also comes with a 6-speaker sound system.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Infotainment Display 

The Limited trim ($33,950) comes fitted standard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen which adds on the base system with navigation from HERE, highway drive assists, and also SiriusXM satellite radio. This system also gets a 12-speaker bose premium audio system (SEL trim part of tech package - $2,700). There is an optional convenience package that adds a panoramic sunroof, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, wireless charging, and few more items.


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

5.0/10

The Sonata gives the appearance of refinement, but its interior comfort comes up short of expectations.  -Edmunds.com

The Sonata had already received a big overhaul in 2020 and that included a lot of changes to the exterior as well. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata, carries forward the same intriguing looks. The design of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is undoubtedly bold, with a wide gaping grille out in the front, carrying forward the new design language-‘Sensuous Sportiness’ Hyundai has fixated upon.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Third Quarter View

The sneaky headlamps of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata look like chrome pieces when they are not in use and they stretch along the crease of the hood. The DRLs are certainly state-of-the-art and they complement the sloping hood and the angular grille pretty well. The SEL Plus trim gets some desirable 19-inch alloy wheels but the base 16-inch and 18-inch don’t look so bad themselves. The ‘C’ shaped tail lamps run along the trunk at the rear.

Model

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Mazda 6

Curb Weight

3120 lbs

3241 lbs

3373 lbs

3437 lbs

Length

192.9”

192.1”

192.2”

192.7”

Width

73.2”

72.4”

73.3”

72.4”

Height

56.9”

56.9”

57.1”

57.1”

Ground Clearance

5.3”

5.7”

5.8”

6.5”

Wheelbase 

111.8”

111.2”

115.8”

111.4”

All the cars have similar lengths and wheelbases apart from the Accord which has a longer wheelbase that translates to more legroom in the rear row. Hyundai has the lowest curb weight which explains its excellent braking performance. The Sonata is one of the more distinct-looking sedans out on the streets today and exudes a lot of elegance.


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata comes with an overall 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, just like the 2020 model. The IIHS has given it high scores in its ratings as well and has been awarded 2021 Top Safety Pick in the midsize sedan category.

If safety is high on your priority then you should opt for the SEL trim ($25,300) onward as many features like the rear-exit warning system are there on the Sonata. Other notable features include frontal collision avoidance, remote parking via the smart key, blind-spot monitor, smart cruise control, and more.


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2021 Hyundai Sonata Competition

8.0/10

2021 Hyundai Sonata Vs 2021 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is exceptionally well put together, offers a poised ride, and has an effective and thoughtful cabin design. Even the two engine options are peppy in nature, it is hard to fault. Some however would like the more modern approach of the Sonata here especially with a better infotainment system and safety and driver aids.

Honda Accord Sedan

2021 Hyundai Sonata Vs 2021 Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 has always been a charming car and this generation is no different. It sports excellent design as well as having powerful engines. The car is also more fun to drive until you pitch it against the Sonata N Line model. However, families might find the Sonata to be a better bang for their buck.

2021 Mazda 6 Sedan

2021 Hyundai Sonata Vs 2021 Toyota Camry

The 2021 Toyota Camry did not get the start Toyota would have wanted when it was launched in 2018, Toyota was clever to keep updating it and in 2021, it is a much-improved car and flaunts more features than it has ever had. The cabin inside is spacious and the ride inside is buttoned down. Want something sportier, there is a strong V6 up for grabs too. Between the two, Camry makes for a better choice.

Toyota Camry Sedan

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

7.5/10

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is not the best midsize affordable sedan but comes with a good set of features like the optional turbocharged engine with a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds by making 180hp. The interior is simple and comes with a lot of cargo space and a good infotainment system and a lot of safety features. But, you would not go wrong with getting a Honda Accord either. 

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2021 Hyundai Sonata FAQs

What is the release date for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata has already been released and is now available at your nearest Hyundai dealerships.

How much does the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Limited costs?

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Limited sits at the top of the Sonata Line-Up and will set you back at $33,850.

Does the 2021 Hyundai Sonata has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata gets Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as standard features. 

What are the colors offered for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is offered in 7 colors: Calypso Red, Hampton Gray, Phantom Black, Portofino Gray, Quartz White, Shimmering Silver Pearl, and Stormy Sea.

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews and Ratings

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8.5/10 Safety
8.5/10 Reliability
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Marci K. Helmuth

2021 Hyundai Sonata

SEL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 30, 2021

My new Sonata

Pros - Bang for buck, good gas economy, my Sonata is stylish

Cons - Ride quality can be improved, speakers are not clear, rear visibility

My new daily driver Sonata is what I hoped it would be: stylish, comfortable, loaded with features, spacious, easy to drive, and cheap. Seats are amazingly comfortable and they are also adjustable which helps in improving visibility too. The ride quality is not the best but it is workable. The speakers could have been better though. Neither are they loud nor are they clear.

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Justin

2021 Hyundai Sonata

Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 22, 2021

Hyundai sonata limited sedan overview

Pros - Best features, plenty of interiors space, good warranty period

Cons - Head room for the passengers at the back is less, interior quality is not upto th mark

This mid size sedan comes with many technology and safety features offering better ride quality in a reasonable price The drive was smooth with a quiet cabin and no experience of disturbances from the roads. very comfortable for the rear seat passengers One touch lock and unlock with proximity key , hyundai's smart park system and infotainment system with all the hyundai's technology and features makes more premium Leather wrapped, heated and ventilated confortable seats and the colour combination in the cabin looks superior This sedan with the blue brings more attraction to the existing stylish design 360 degree view camera standalone for its clear visibility,remote smart parking,smart cruise control are the most practical features The offered comfort, features and safety with its sporty looks made this sedan reliable and will have good resale value too Best deal for a premium sedan The dealer experience is good. They have good inventory and they delivered with no time

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Lacey HENDERSON

2021 Hyundai Sonata

SEL Plus 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 22, 2021

sonata SEL PLUS

Pros - Good amount storage space provided, , comfortable seating and good price tag

Cons - Lags in interior quality, less cargo volume, less head room for rear passengers

Gab the deal,if one needs a premium exteriors and interiors with all wrapped features and equipments in a sedan Riding feels sporty, powerful throttle and gets up and down easily in the city with the calm cabin free from road sounds cabin is spacious, trunk space is massive, and it's the abundant tech features, easy-to-use infotainment system , available high-resolution surround-view parking camera gives value to it. Interiors looks superior with all the features like wireless charging and heating seats.All the controls of center console are reachable and ergonomically crafted to provide good driving experience stylish mid size sedan with wide and lengthy appearrence around Well wrapped features which ensures the safety of the passengers Hyundai,the brand itself is reliable Valuable deal Both the hyundai and the dealer at their best. I am happy for the 1st service too and the car drives pretty well with no complaints

8/10
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7/10
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7/10
Safety
8/10
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8/10
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8/10
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My new Sonata

My new daily driver

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This mid size sedan comes with many technology and safety features offering better ride quality in a reasonable price

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lack of power

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