2021 Hyundai Sonata

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Hyundai Sonata highlights

Customer rating


  • Lots of helpful standard technology features
  • Big trunk and lots of interior storage space
  • Gets sporty performance from the Sonata N Line


  • Average interior comfort
  • The use of hard plastics lessens the interior feel
  • Performance from the base engine is inconsistent

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 33 highway, 27 combined

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What is new for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

  • The Sonata is available in a new trim called the N Line.
  • Sonata trims have been upgraded with Remote Start and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.

2021 Hyundai Sonata trims

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  • 191-hp, 181-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Mirrors
  • Side Airbags
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • View our Hyundai Sonata SE inventory


SEL Plus:


  • Includes all features available on the SEL Plus
  • Parking Sensors
  • Head Up Display
  • Sunroofs
  • Memory Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Automated Parking
  • View our Hyundai Sonata Limited inventory

N Line:

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Hyundai Sonata

1. Impressive mileage

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is a stylish midsize car that begs to be shown off around the city and down the highway. It's sleek and cool, and thanks to its great fuel economy figures, you don't have to worry about wasting gas while making a statement. The base-model 2021 Sonata SE with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.

2. Head-turning looks

In 2020, the Sonata was redesigned inside and out to create a more appealing look from top to tail. With an athletic aesthetic, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is the perfect combination of sharp lines and curves on the outside. The materials inside the cabin are soft to the touch, with good looks that are sure to turn heads. If you feel that your car is an extension of yourself and you want to show off your good taste, the 2021 Sonata is an ideal choice.

3. Comfort throughout

The soft-touch materials inside the 2021 Hyundai Sonata aren't just for looks—they're comfortable, too. The vehicle seats five with ample space. Passenger volume is 104.4 cu-ft, with 46.1 inches of legroom in the front and 34.8 inches in the back—plenty for most adults, as well as children. Speaking of children, the 2021 Sonata has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat, so you can fit up to three child seats. On top of that, there's plenty of room for shopping bags or sports gear, with a 16 cu-ft trunk at your disposal.

4. A personal connection

As a modern driver, you probably want strong connectivity within your car, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road. The 2021 Sonata features Bluelink®, Hyundai's telematics system, that keeps you connected with the vehicle via the app, unlocking features like remote start, remote lock, find my car, and SOS.

The Sonata also offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, which can be played through the available 12-speaker Bose® premium stereo.

5. N Line trim

Brand new for 2021 is the N Line trim, created entirely for drivers who want a boost to their hp. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata SE and SEL trims have the base 191-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, while SEL Plus and Limited trims have a 180-hp 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. If power is your preference, the N Line is the way to go, offering 290 hp through a 2.5L four-cylinder engine—an impressive level of grunt.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.6 out of 5

5 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Sonata an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Sonata 9th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Hyundai Sonata features and specs

SEL Plus 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Panoramic Sunroof

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 46.1"/R 34.8"

Head room

F 40"/R 38.4"

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