The new generation of the famous sedan has been presented recently and it is coming as the 2020 year model. Normally, we wouldn’t expect bigger novelties from the 2021 Hyundai Sonata, which will represent the second production year of this mid-size sedan.
However, this sedan competes with some of the most amazing models not just in the segment, but in a complete automotive industry, so novelties are expected for the next year as well. According to most reports, the biggest novelty will be a new performance version, under the famous N badge, but more updates are possible as well. Therefore, don’t be surprised if the 2021 Hyundai Sonata arrives a little bit earlier than usual.
- Attractive styling
- Comfortable ride
- Nice-looking cabin
- Lots of standard equipment
- Unimpressive base engine
- Extremely strong competition
When it comes to standard models, we won’t see more important changes, especially in terms of the base design and styling. The new generation has been presented recently and comes with a lot of improvements over the previous generation. Of course, there are numerous mechanical upgrades, so things like driveability have been significantly improved. Still, the most impressive thing about the new generation is the look. The Sonata isn’t a boring sedan anymore, but one very attractive, sporty sedan. Of course, the most prominent is the new, coupe-like silhouette, but also the new front face, which looks more like some Italian sports car than Korean economy sedan.
For the 2021 Hyundai Sonata, biggest updates will be in terms of the performance version. Of course, it will pack a lot of upgrades. First of all, count on things like new suspension, new brakes, and similar mechanical changes. Additionally, there is plenty of room for aesthetical improvements. We presume the new version will come with new bodywork, with new bumpers, spoiler, set of wheels and many other things. Some exclusive colors are possible too.
On the inside, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata definitely won’t change too much. The recent redesign has brought one pretty attractive cabin, full of style and quality materials. Some of the highlights are a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a large 10.2-inch touchscreen. Also, there is a pretty generous list of standard equipment, which could be even longer in for the second production year. The cabin is also quite spacious and functional.
The N-badged models will come with a couple of upgrades for sure. We presume it will come with sportier seats, maybe even with a sportier steering wheel with paddle shifters. Other than that, we expect to see new color schemes and a couple of other visual enhancements.
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Length (in.)||191.1 in.|
|Overall width (in.)||73.4|
|Curb Weight||3247 lbs.|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in.|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||inline 4|
|Power/torque||185 hp @ 6000 rpm/178 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm|
|Estimated mpg||26 City / 35 Hwy|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||18.5 gal.|
|Weights / Capacities|
|Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place||16.3 cu.ft.|
|EPA Interior Volume||122.4 cu.ft.|
|PRICE RANGE: $22,500 starting msrp|
|Competitors: Toyota Camry, Nissam Altima, Honda Accord|
2021 Hyundai Sonata Engines
Under the hood, base models will continue with familiar engines. There are two turbo gasoline units in the offer. A smaller 1.6-liter engine is good for about 180 horsepower, which seems enough for a daily ride. On the other side, an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four looks much pepper, as it delivers around 245 horsepower.
Still, most rivals offer more power and better performances. Therefore, a new performance version seems like a perfect opportunity to stand out in the segment that is dominated by excellent models like Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
This version will come with the same 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which will be tuned to over 275 horsepower for this occasion, according to the latest reports. This seems like a pretty respectable amount of power but that might not be all from the upcoming model. Some reports are also suggesting a hybrid version to come. At this point, we don’t have any official details about it.
2021 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
Considering that a new performance version is about to come, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata might come a little bit earlier than usual. However, it will probably remain within the last quarter of the next year. When it comes to the price, base models will go around $23,000. On the other side, the new performance version will probably go around $35,000.