The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that continues to be one of the top-selling vehicles in the class. The Sonata typically leads the class when it comes to standard features and overall driving experience. The 2021 Sonata is bound to be a leading sedan with this model year as well.
2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
While the overall body and model for the 2021 Sonata is similar to the prior model year, there have been some improvements. The 2021 Sonata does have some new features and improvements to both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Additionally, many features that were previously available as upgrades are now included with the base trims.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
With the 2021 Hyundai Sonata there are many different trim levels to choose from. The base trim is the SE trim, which is then followed by the SEL, SEL Plus ad Limited trims. With the SE and SEL trims, you will receive the base four-cylinder engine. Those that choose to upgrade to the SEL Plus or the Limited trims will receive the more powerful turbocharged engine. The other main difference between the trims is the tech and luxury package that you will receive. The SE is well-equipped with many great safety, comfort and tech features while the Limited trim is fully-loaded with virtually any features that Hyundai has to offer.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The trim that you should choose is based on your personal preferences. If you would like to have a more powerful engine and additional safety and luxury features, you will want to upgrade all the way to the Limited trim. For most drivers, the base engine option is more than sufficient and there are plenty of features that are available as well with the SE trim. The base package in the SE trim also favors well when compared to the base trim available in some other vehicles that are in the same class.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Those that purchase a Sonata will be impressed with the standard tech features that come standard with all trims. The base trim comes with an 8-inch touch screen as well as connectivity to either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Those that choose to upgrade the trim will receive a touchscreen that has a 10-inch display, keyless entry, satellite radio and a navigation system. With these features and the upgraded interior, the Sonata feels like a luxurious sedan when behind the wheel.
How Does It Perform?
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata has a couple of different engine options to consider. The base engine with the 2021 Sonata is the 2.5-liter four cylinder engine that will produce around 190 horsepower, which is quite powerful compared to the base engine provided by other vehicles in the same class. There is also an optional turbocharged engine for those that would like a little bit more power out of their car. With either engine options, you will receive an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. A strong selling point for the Sonata continues to be the great fuel efficiency. With either engine options you will receive around 32 MPG on a blended basis.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The 2021 Sonata has continued to receive great reviews when it comes to both safety and reliability. Both the IIHS and the NHTSA have provided top overall ratings for the 2021 Sonata. A reason that the 2021 Sonata continues to be so safe to drive is due to the variety of different standard safety features. Some of the standard features that you will receive with any of the trims is the rearview camera, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. If you upgrade to some of the higher trim levels, you will also receive blind spot monitoring, remote parking assist and surround view parking.
What's the Interior Like?
The interior of the Hyundai Sonata is considered to be comfortable for up to five passengers. It can comfortably fit three passengers in the back row that will enjoy the comfortable cloth upholstery that comes standard. Those that would like to have a more luxurious interior can upgrade to some of the higher trims levels that will come standard with heated and ventilated seats as well as leather upholstery. Another one of the selling points of the Sonata is the impressive cargo space in the trunk, which has around 16 cubic feet of space, which is higher than most of the competition.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?Why the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is bound to be a best seller with this model year, there are other midsize sedans that can be considered as well. Some of the other top midsize sedans that are available for the 2021 model year are the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. The Sonata continues to compare well compared to these other options due to the safety, tech and other features that are available with the base trim levels.
Note: All Hyundai Sonata MSRP, Lease Payments and down paymnet figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.