Hyundai Sonata Specifications & Features
In the realm of family sedans, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata makes a bold entrance that we believe will catch the attention of its rivals. This mid-cycle refresh introduces significant updates, including revamped front and rear bumpers, fresh headlights and taillights, and noteworthy interior improvements. The Sonata maintains its existing powertrains, offering a 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 180-hp turbocharged four, and an N Line variant boasting a potent 290-hp turbo four. Excitingly, all-wheel drive now becomes an available option for models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine. Additionally, the fuel-efficient 195-hp Sonata Hybrid continues to be part of the lineup. While the Sonata may not match the Honda Accord’s road manners, its striking design and value-focused packaging position it as a compelling choice among family sedans.
In 2024, Hyundai has revamped the Sonata, ushering in several notable changes. Firstly, they’ve bid farewell to the unique daytime running lights that used to align with the hood, and instead, they’ve introduced a fresh design featuring distinctive daytime running lights that extend across the entire front bumper. Additionally, the rear bumper cover and taillights have undergone a redesign. Yet, the most significant transformation occurs within the vehicle’s interior. Notably, a dual setup of 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreens now graces a single curved display mount, offering an enhanced user experience. In terms of functionality, Hyundai has relocated the gear selector from the center console to a knob on the steering column, introducing a new look for the steering wheel. Mechanically, the option for all-wheel drive is now available, exclusively for vehicles equipped with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
Hyundai Sonata Engine, Power & Performance
The Sonata offers a wide array of powertrains to choose from. It kicks off with a 192-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder and peaks with a robust 290-hp turbo four. While the majority of models are front-wheel drive, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder allows for all-wheel drive. In terms of handling, the Sonata, while not the class leader like the Accord or Nissan Altima, still maintains composure and responsiveness on the road. The ride, however, leans towards a tad more unsettled and firmer than most cars in its category. Nevertheless, the Sonata compensates with its reasonably quick turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, hitting 60 mph in a respectable 7.1 seconds during our testing. The eight-speed automatic transmission ensures smooth and well-timed shifts, adding to its overall appeal for those seeking a versatile sedan.
Additionally, we’d like to commend Hyundai for its continued provision of a conventional automatic transmission in its family sedan, a rarity in a class dominated by droning CVTs. During our experience with the Sonata hybrid, featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a motor generator producing a combined 192 horsepower, we appreciated its fuel-saving capabilities. However, we did notice a less than seamless transition between gas and electric power sources. On the other hand, the 290-hp N Line stands out as one of the swiftest front-wheel-drive vehicles we’ve tested, offering an impressive dose of driving excitement. In fact, the N Line accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, a mere tenth of a second slower than the Honda Civic Type R’s time, showcasing its remarkable performance.
Hyundai Sonata Mileage
|Blue Hybrid||50 mpg||54 mpg|
|Other Hybrids||45 mpg||51 mpg|
The Sonata offers a range of exceptionally fuel-efficient powertrains, particularly excelling in the hybrid department. Transitioning to hybrids, the Blue hybrid variant boasts impressive city mileage of up to 50 mpg and an equally commendable 54 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, other hybrid Sonatas are anticipated to deliver equally impressive fuel efficiency, with expected ratings of 45 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway.
Hyundai Sonata Dimensions
|Hyundai Sonata Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume||16 ft³|
Hyundai adopts a page from BMW’s playbook when it comes to infotainment, incorporating a prominent dashboard display module comprising two 12.3-inch screens. One serves the driver’s needs, while the other functions as a touchscreen for managing infotainment controls. Notably, both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard features, along with the convenience of wireless smartphone charging. If you’re looking for an enhanced audio experience, there’s the option to go for the Bose stereo system, which boasts an impressive array of 12 speakers.
|Hyundai Sonata Trims||Price (USD)|
|Blue hybrid||$30,000 (est)|
|SEL Hybrid||$32,000 (est)|
|SEL Plus||$33,000 (est)|
|N Line||$36,000 (est)|
|Blue Hybrid||$38,000 (est)|
The SEL Plus model not only offers a cost-effective entry point for accessing the enhanced turbo-four engine, but it also enhances the package with larger wheels and improved tires. Additionally, we highly recommend opting for the Tech package on our preferred Sonata. This package includes a top-notch 12-speaker Bose stereo, an expansive 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, and a semi-autonomous drive mode, which collectively elevate the overall driving experience.
Specifications, Quarter Mile, 0-60 Mph & Top-Speed
|Hyundai Sonata Specifications||Specs|
|Engine||2.5L Turbocharged inline-4|
|0-60 MPH||5.0 sec|
|0-100 MPH||12.1 sec|
|1/4 Mile||13.6 sec @ 106 mph|