2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

MSRP range: $33,300
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2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Review

  • Lots of helpful standard technology features
  • Big trunk and lots of interior storage space
  • Good value for the money
  • Enjoyable performance from the Sonata N Line
  • Not as comfortable as some other top sedans
  • Ho-hum interior quality
  • New Sonata N Line with more power, sharper handling
  • Minor revisions to standard feature availability
  • Part of the seventh Sonata generation introduced for 2020

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that competes against all-stars such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and newcomers such as the Kia K5 (which is mechanically related to the Sonata). 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. But it's the abundant tech features, such as the easy-to-use infotainment system and available high-res surround-view parking camera, that truly impress.

The big news for 2021 is a new range-topping performance trim. The Hyundai Sonata N Line is oriented toward buyers who want a family-friendly sedan with an edge. Power for the N Line comes from an all-new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. This is one of the more powerful upgrade engines you'll find in a midsize sedan. It also comes with slightly sharper handling, a special black-painted grille, dual exhaust pipes, and sport front seats with red accent stitching.

We've tested the new N Line and found it to be impressively enjoyable to drive. Check out our Expert Rating below to get our in-depth report of the Sonata's performance, comfort and more.

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A 290-horsepower engine, dual-clutch automatic transmission and an assortment of other upgrades transform the Sonata from a mild-mannered family hauler to one of the quickest and most exciting midsize sedans on the market. The Sonata N Line deftly balances passenger comfort, handling performance and strong value for the money.
The N Line's turbocharged 2.5-liter engine rips. At the Edmunds test track, our N Line test car accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. That's significantly quicker than rival sedans such as the Accord with its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine or the Camry with its V6. Line it up against the BMW 330i and it'll be a pretty even fight.

But Hyundai did more than just drop in a stronger engine. It also beefed up the suspension, which reduces the Sonata's body roll and makes it more fun to drive on the road. The steering is noticeably sharper as well, which plays into the sporty theming. The front-wheel-drive layout can only go so far, but our test car, equipped with from-the-factory summer tires, posted an astounding 0.96g on our skidpad and best-in-class stopping distances in our panic-braking test.

The only real downsides are steering that could be a bit heavier in feel to better suit the car's sporty nature and mild chugs every time the dual-clutch transmission downshifts as you slow down.
The Sonata N Line may be the performance-oriented model in the lineup, but it doesn't sacrifice passenger comfort. It has a stiffer ride than many competing cars, but it's far from harsh. It just isn't supple. Most road irregularities are dealt with a mild jolt, and there are no residual bouncing motions. Expect a sporty sedan going in and the N Line won't surprise you, at least when it comes to the ride.

The same cannot be said of the seats. While the N Line's front sport seats feature more adjustments than the standard ones, they feel a bit narrow, and pressure points reveal themselves in the lower back after a few hours of driving. The seat cushioning in both rows is pretty stiff.

Thankfully, the Sonata redeems itself with an effective climate control system (with three settings for maximum fan speed when set to auto) and a pleasant growl from the exhaust that quiets down at highway speeds.
The Sonata has a clean and intuitive interior layout that — aside from the funky shifter buttons — should be easy for first-timers to figure out. The touchscreen system has a simple menu structure and snappy responses, though the lack of a tuning knob makes it difficult to sort through the hundreds of available satellite radio stations.

Passengers will likely need to duck to get in or out since the sleek roofline constricts access. But once inside, the cabin offers plenty of leg- and headroom for occupants under 6 feet tall. The driver's seat offers a number of adjustments, and it doesn't take long to find an ideal position.
The onboard navigation system has a rather plain-looking map, but the flipside is that useful information is easily understood at a glance. Point-of-interest (POI) search is predictive, so you often won't have to type in a full line of text. You'll rely on voice controls for navigation input while the vehicle is moving, and the system is pretty spot-on for finding POIs. Spoken addresses, however, are a little hit-or-miss. The 12-speaker Bose audio system (standard on the N Line and paired with this 10.25-inch touchscreen on other Sonatas) is clear and punchy. It's one of the better setups in this class.

Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard, and, should you need to charge on the go, you'll find multiple ports and outlets to plug your phone into.
The Sonata's trunk, at 16 cubic feet, is one of the largest in the class. In-cabin storage is also commendable, with large front door pockets, a sizable bin below the climate controls, and plenty of underarm storage.

If you're traveling with little ones, you'll appreciate that the bottom child safety seat anchors are pretty easy to find. The cushioning around them is a little stiff, so it might take one or two tries to connect your hook to the anchor. Adjustable rear headrests lift up to simplify access to the top-mount tether points.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Sonata N Line stands at 27 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway). These estimates are in line with those of other midsize sedans with upgraded engines. On our 115-mile evaluation route — during which we typically see results between the combined and highway ratings — we averaged 29.7 mpg. It slightly bests rivals with this result, and it's all the more impressive considering the car's strong power.
The Sonata N Line's interior design doesn't break any new ground, but the overall pleasant vibe and lack of obvious hard touch points elevate it above other midsize sedans. The N Line also has neat touches including contrast-color stitching and faux suede upholstery to differentiate it in the Sonata lineup. The Honda Accord and Mazda 6 are more elegant, and the Kia Stinger more sporty, but otherwise the Sonata N Line's interior is top-tier.

The N Line's price is also appealing considering everything that you get. As usual, Hyundai's warranty is beyond reproach. Basic coverage is good for five years/60,000 miles, and the powertrain is covered for 10 years/100,000 miles. The first three scheduled maintenance visits are complimentary too.
If it weren't for the Kia Stinger or even the Mazda 6, the Sonata N Line would be the top choice if you wanted a quick, fun midsize sedan. As it stands, the N Line is less dynamically interesting than the Stinger, and it lacks the sublime steering heft of the 6. But this is still a darn fine vehicle and will scratch the itch for buyers looking to upgrade their commute.

The Sonata's styling gets a major update with this generation. It makes for an immediately recognizable silhouette compared to the previous model, which quickly faded into the background of a Costco parking lot. The N Line is further differentiated by its unique front and rear fascias, plus sporty accents in the cabin. Its expressive design inside and out brings some spark to the family sedan class.

Which Sonata does Edmunds recommend?

All versions of the 2021 Sonata come so well equipped that it's tempting to recommend the base model. However, the SEL simply adds too much good stuff to ignore. With a more comfortable cabin and unique style, the SEL delivers on the inside and looks the part on the outside. Consider adding the Convenience package for truly impressive features such as a wireless charging station, larger instrument display and panoramic sunroof.
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Hyundai Sonata models

The 2021 Sonata is available in five trims: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited and the new N Line. Hyundai also offers the Sonata Hybrid variant, which is reviewed separately.

SE
This base trim comes respectably well equipped with:

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (191 horsepower, 181 lb-ft of torque)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive
  • LED headlights
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • 8-inch central touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Six-speaker sound system

Standard safety equipment on all Sonatas includes:

  • Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Sonata back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)

SEL
The next model up keeps the 2.5-liter engine and adds the following:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Blue Link connectivity and remote services
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Hands-free trunk opener
  • Safety exit warning (can prevent a rear passenger from opening a door into traffic approaching from behind)
  • Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

Convenience package
This assortment of technology features adds a lot to the SEL trim with:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument display
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear climate vents
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Hyundai Digital Key (allows you to operate the vehicle while carrying your Android smartphone instead of the physical key)

SEL Plus
This upgraded trim introduces a turbocharged engine, plus:

  • Convenience package from the SEL (minus the panoramic sunroof)
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (180 hp, 195 lb-ft)
  • Paddle shifters
  • Simulated suede and faux leather seating surfaces

Tech package
Optional for the SEL Plus, it adds:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Navigation system
  • 12-speaker premium Bose sound system
  • Enhanced adaptive cruise and lane keeping systems

Limited
The decked-out Limited carries over features from the SEL Plus and also comes standard with:

  • Equipment from Tech package on the SEL Plus
  • Upgraded LED headlights
  • 18-inch wheels with thicker tires than SEL Plus for improved ride comfort
  • Head-up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Blind-spot view monitor (uses cameras to project a moving rearward image onto a digital display)
  • Surround-view monitor (gives you a top-down view of the Sonata and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Hyundai's Smart Parking Assist (allows the driver to exit the vehicle and remotely guide it into a parking spot using a smartphone app)

N Line
The performance version of the Sonata, the N Line is equipped similarly to the SEL Plus with the Tech package. It also has:

  • Turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (290 hp, 311 lb-ft)
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Unique 19-inch wheels (with available summer tires)
  • Sport-tuned steering and suspension
  • Front seats with additional bolstering
  • N Line-specific styling details
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Hyundai Sonata.

Average user rating: 4.0 stars
21 total reviews
5 star reviews: 71%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 6%
1 star reviews: 19%

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    [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS: The Honda Accord has long been our favorite family sedan. It's spacious, smart, and nice to drive. It even won our best sedan award two years in a row. SPEAKER: If anything is going to challenge it, it would be the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. It's entirely new and packed with usable features. Mostly usable. CARLOS: We've spent a lot of time evaluating these vehicles. We've done performance testing, static measurements. We've even taken them on our standardized road test loop. We've also lived with the cars, and commuted in rush hour, and ran all the family errands. SPEAKER: All of that sounds pretty thorough, so which one should you buy? CARLOS: That's what we're going to tell you in this video. But before we do, make sure you hit subscribe and visit Edmunds.com to find your perfect car. [MUSIC PLAYING] Yeah, these cars aren't evenly matched with regard to pricing and powertrain. But with that in mind, remember we've tested every variety of Accord over the past few years. We even had a 2018 as a long-term test car. So think of this red touring as a representative of our experience. SPEAKER: Mid-sized sedans have a reputation for being boring, but both the Sonata and the Accord are clearly making efforts design-wise. Now, it's pretty difficult to say which one has the best design because that is so subjective. But I think we can tell you which one has the most design. Carlos, do you have a giant grill? CARLOS: I have a chrome unibrow. SPEAKER: Not as good. Do you have light-up chrome strips? CARLOS: I have chrome, but they don't light up. SPEAKER: I'm taking that point. What about a full chrome greenhouse surround? CARLOS: Partial chrome? SPEAKER: Chrome door handles? CARLOS: Again, partial chrome. SPEAKER: Do you have speed nubbings on the tail lights? CARLOS: Are those fake vortex generators? SPEAKER: Do I look like an aerodynamicist? CARLOS: No, I don't have speed nubbings. SPEAKER: How cool is your hidden trunk release? CARLOS: Uh, not as cool, and my trunk's a little flaccid. SPEAKER: I think it's fair to say that these Sonata wins for most style. Whether you like it or not is up to you. CARLOS: Obviously the interior of a midsize sedan should be functional answer of the duties of a family commuter or both. But because you'll be spending a lot of time inside, it should make you feel good, too. SPEAKER: Based on specs, the interior dimensions are similar, but the Sonata has a few small advantages. It appears to favor the front seats more, especially with regard to leg room. The Sonata is currently telling me that my attention level is high, I think. I don't know. Also, it's saying that it's sunny, which is something I could have figured out by looking out the window. CARLOS: I think so, yeah. Yeah. SPEAKER: What do you think of the interior in the Sonata? CARLOS: I think this design is really strong, but it's ultimately let down by the materials. Like, the layout's really cool, and modern, and pleasant. But then you look at some of the materials they used to put it all together and the way it's kind of assembled, and it just doesn't match the design. The dash material right here and some of the gaps just aren't as uniform or as pleasant as they are in the Accord. SPEAKER: Yeah, I can't argue with that. I like the way that they laid out, like, these door handles that are insert in the door, like a 911 or something. And this is kind of cool and Star-Trekky. But you would never have this much hard black plastic in a real luxury car. CARLOS: Piano black trim across all cars-- this goes for luxury cars, too-- is the worst. It looks great when it's clean. But as soon as I put my gross oily hands on the shifter area, which I would do because I'm shifting while driving the car, look. Now, it's covered with my gross oil hand oil. SPEAKER: That is so gross. CARLOS: And now, you have to touch that. SPEAKER: I'm not touching. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: OK. But design aside, the Sonata actually does some really nice things with storage, like this front cubby, right? SPEAKER: The cubby is so much better than the one in the Honda. And I'm actually very surprised to ever let a Honda lose in terms of small storage, because they normally do such a good job. But this cubby has more options for more different size phones. You could put things that aren't phones there. You can see what's there and reach it while you're driving without having to dig inside. And all of that cleverness applies all the way back, too. This is really nice in the cup holder. CARLOS: Yeah, yeah. It's really cool that you can have multiple phones in multiple places in the center console and have it not interrupt the functionality, whether you're in the wireless charger, whether you're in the center of the cup holders. Really nice, clever stuff. And then on the right here, I have an additional little cubby that you don't have on that side and the Accord doesn't have it all. And that's really nice just to have more options to put your things. SPEAKER: The other thing about the Sonata has over the Accord is charging ports in the back seat. CARLOS: At least one, yeah. At least one. It doesn't have heated back seats, but I think the power options for rear passengers is more important. And the car seat situation is more traditional, where the anchor points are just sort of wedged in between the seat bottom and the seat cushion. So you do have to reach into them. It's not bad. It's not something to not buy the car over. But just know the Accord pays a little bit more attention to that. SPEAKER: Yeah. I mean, Honda is just really good about thinking about moms and dads, you know, what they might need. CARLOS: Families, yeah. SPEAKER: Families. [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC PLAYING] I cannot reach the dead pedal in this car. CARLOS: And how tall are you with your shoes on? SPEAKER: Like 5'5" with these shoes on. So that's a normal height. I should be able to reach it. And it's, like, two, three inches away from me. So I don't know who their test driver is over at Hyundai, but they are very long-legged. I really like the way that the digital gauge cluster looks, even if it does give me information that I don't necessarily need. CARLOS: Like it's sunny? SPEAKER: Yeah, I know. CARLOS: Yeah, thank you. SPEAKER: And I absolutely adore the way that they integrated this into the dash. It just looks so pretty, and it's really easy to use. Even if you've never been in one before, you'll be able to figure it out. CARLOS: This is like 10.3 inches or something. It is the top of the line system in the Sonata, but you can option it on most Sonata trim levels, and it's just nice. It's powerful. It's high-resolution, definitely a higher resolution than the Accord, and it moves more fluidly, too. And it's a little bit easier to use. Not only that, but when you have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in use, you get the widescreen version of both those systems. And that's a really nice advantage when you have it, because that's the way I'd like to use those systems. SPEAKER: Yeah. There's a lot of little things in the Sonata that make it kind of cool or quirky. CARLOS: Accord's definitely more comfortable, but this has a lot more tech. Before we move on to functionality and all that, let's talk about overall style of the Accord. SPEAKER: OK. I think it's boring, but nice. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: Well, here's the thing. When I hop in the Accord, I get a very obvious but kind of undefinable sense of quality. And I think that it has to relate to how the interior is assembled, and just sort of the quality of materials. It just seems nicer than most vehicles in this segment. SPEAKER: Yeah. I mean, if I was just looking into each of the vehicles that we have here, I think that the Sonata actually is a cooler interior. But once I get in, this one feels better put together. CARLOS: Yeah. Now, the backseat, you get heated seats in this car, for sure. But no power ports for backseat passengers? SPEAKER: Yeah, it's interesting. When you think about why people might choose a small SUV over a mid-sized sedan, I think that a lot of that has to do with the design of the seats behind the driver. CARLOS: Let's talk about the car seat hook-up. The upper anchor points are easy to find. You have the lower tether anchor points. I think that's the right term. They're kind of by little fabric blankets that you can fold in. And once you do, the anchor points are right there. You don't have to reach your fingers in and squeeze them in between seat cushions. That's a nice little touch on that in the Accord. SPEAKER: Yeah. Then, you don't have to fight your way through year old Cheerios to find the tethers. I think that if you were looking for a more family-friendly car, unsurprisingly, once again, Honda is the way to go. CARLOS: Now, up front, we can talk about the entertainment system, but I think you want to talk about seats, right? SPEAKER: I mean, I want to take a nap, because this is an extremely comfortable seat, and I'm enjoying sitting in it. CARLOS: The Accord has a nicer front seats, for sure. I mean, I've got a 12-way adjustable seat in the driver's seat. I think year is eight-way adjustable. And they are obviously so much more comfortable than the Sonata's. The Sonata's aren't bad. But for long driving, these are the seats I want to be in. And what's nice are these are the seats that you get across most Accord models, too. SPEAKER: Yeah. I think that there's, like, without question, the Accord has more comfortable. Really just across the board, but especially in terms of the seats. CARLOS: Now, the entertainment display, this is the biggest and nicest screen you can get in the Accord. SPEAKER: It's not that big and it's not that nice. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: It's an adequate screen. Like, it gets the job done. But the upgraded screen in the Sonata, which you can option on most Sonata trim levels, is just not only bigger, but it's nicer to look at and it's nicer to use, too. SPEAKER: Yeah. It's glossy, and it's really clear, and the cameras are really clear, and it doesn't have these little fiddly buttons. CARLOS: The Accord is definitely the more comfortable car and the one that feels more nicely put together. But it does have some key disadvantages with, again, the entertainment display and interior storage. SPEAKER: Yeah It's also just less interesting, you know? Like, it doesn't have neat digital gauges or anything like that. [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS: When it comes to performance measurements, we don't really care about outright speed. What we care about is how well you can keep pace with the flow of traction, control your position within traffic and make it up freeway on-ramps. But we can talk about overall drivability, too. SPEAKER: Just for the record, I do care about outright speed. But these things are surprisingly decent. CARLOS: Even for mid-sized sedans. This Accord is significantly faster than the Sonata and more enjoyable to drive because its turbo two-liter engine is simply more powerful than the Sonata's 1.6-liter four-cylinder. We should note, however, that the less expensive and more comparable Accord EXL comes with a 1 and 1/2-liter engine that's closer in performance to the Sonata's. On the other hand, you can option the two-liter turbo engine in the EXL Accord for about the same money as this Sonata Limited. It's a worthwhile upgrade. Also, currently the Sonata isn't available with a more powerful engine. Now, the big difference between the two is definitely ride quality. SPEAKER: It's not even a question. The Accord has so much more comfortable in every way. I mean, we already talked about how the seats are more comfortable. But it's also quieter, and smoother, and just feels more refined in every input. CARLOS: Absolutely. The Sonata's suspension is way more firm, not uncomfortably so. But in that car driving back-to-back with the Accord over the same stretch of road, you certainly noticed bumps and hear bumps in the Sonata that you didn't even notice in the Accord. And that adds to that Accord's overall sense of refinement that the Sonata just doesn't have when it comes to ride quality. And you're right about the noise, too. The Sonata is just louder inside, both wind, tire, and engine noise. SPEAKER: Yeah. I mean, it's not insane or anything, but it's noticeable. One place where the Sonata does have it over the Accord is turning radius, though. On paper, it doesn't look like a whole lot. But it was dramatic on the street. CARLOS: Yeah. I want to say the difference was, like, four or five feet. And that makes the difference on a tight busy street between making a three-point turn, not making the U-turn at all, just not attempting it, or making it like you can in the Sonata. I mean, on the same stretch of road, we could make tighter turns in the Sonata than you can in the Accord, and that's a real plus when you're commuting or running errands. SPEAKER: Definitely a better getaway car, if you're planning on committing some crimes. [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS: When you talk about value, you often get into safety features. And the truth is it's pretty much the same between these two. They both have similar features. SPEAKER: Yeah. They pretty much match up feature for feature. I mean, they both have blind spot monitoring and collision mitigation. CARLOS: Adaptive cruise, and so on and so on. SPEAKER: Yeah. CARLOS: But the Sonata does have some advantages when it comes to tech features. A lot of them, though, we've classified as why tech. SPEAKER: Why do you call it why tech? CARLOS: We'll show you. SPEAKER: All right, why tech number one blind spot monitoring cameras in the digital gauges. Oh, look. It's showing me what's behind me in here. Except if I'm turning, I need to be looking over there. So, like, neat trick, Hyundai, but why? Why tech number two, sounds of nature. I mean, I like nature, but don't really need-- [CRUNCHING] --the sound of a snowy village while I'm driving. And even worse-- [WATER RUSHING] --I have to pee. [TRICKLING] Now, I really have to pee. Can we cut? CARLOS: You have the ability to record voice memos in the Sonata. It's nice, but it makes you wonder-- why would I ever use this feature? Smart Park is a neat idea that kind of falls apart in execution. You can drive the car forward and backwards with just the key fob, but it doesn't steer that much. And any parking spot that type is just a place where you're going to get a bunch of door dings. So unless you have a really tight garage, why? We have to point out the Sonata's his biggest feature, and that is warranty coverage. It simply has longer powertrain and basic coverage. SPEAKER: While we're on the topic of features, though, I just kind of want to remind everybody that a nice seat is a feature. A good engine is a feature. Ride quality is a feature. And I think they might be the most important features. CARLOS: Agreed, and that brings us quite nicely to our conclusion. The Sonata has some real advantages on paper. It has great tech features, a really cool surround system. We love the entertainment display and we really like the digital gauge cluster. SPEAKER: The Sonata is more fun, or at least it wants to be more fun. It's doing some kind of cool, silly things. But in the end, it might be more sprinkle than cake. CARLOS: The Accord wins this comparison. And that's because it has priority on the things that matter when you're driving. These are cars. You have to drive them. So we consider more carefully how comfortable the seats are, what the ride quality is like, what it's like from behind the wheel. And while there are some shortcomings versus the Sonata, like the entertainment system and a couple of other things, they don't add up to outweigh the upsides. And that's why the Accord is our best midsize sedan. SPEAKER: Again. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $33,300
    MPG & Fuel
    23 City / 33 Hwy / 27 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: N/A capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed automated manual
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 290 hp @ 5800 rpm
    Torque: 311 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    5 yr./ 60000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 192.9 in. / Height: 56.9 in.
    Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
    Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.2 in.
    Curb Weight: 3552 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 16.0 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Sonata safety features:

    Smart Cruise Control
    Maintains a driver-selectable distance between the Sonata and the car in front.
    Surround View Monitor
    Provides a bird's-eye view of the car for ultimate parking precision.
    Remote Smart Parking Assist
    Allows the driver to exit the vehicle and remotely guide it into a parking spot using a smartphone app.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.7%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



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    Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia K5

    The Sonata and the K5 are corporate cousins, but the new Kia separates itself in a few key areas. First, the Kia K5 is quiet and comfortable, on par with or even better than some luxury cars. It also has available all-wheel drive and the same optional 290-horsepower engine in the Sonata N Line. For these reasons, the K5 tops our recommendations for the class.

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    Hyundai Sonata vs. Honda Accord

    The Accord is the ubiquitous fun-to-drive family sedan thanks to its sharp handling and roomy cabin. The new Sonata closes the gap, but the Accord is still very responsive for the class. This year it also debuts a new look and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep things fresh. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Accord.

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    Hyundai Sonata vs. Toyota Camry

    Toyota prefers to bring the Camry along gradually — it doesn't have soul-stirring performance or glitzy tech features. But that suits the Camry well — it's a comfortable sedan that's easy to use above all else. Recent updates to driving aids are a big plus. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Toyota Camry.

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    FAQ

    Is the Hyundai Sonata a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Sonata both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.3 out of 10. You probably care about Hyundai Sonata fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sonata gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sonata has 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Sonata. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata:

    • New Sonata N Line with more power, sharper handling
    • Minor revisions to standard feature availability
    • Part of the seventh Sonata generation introduced for 2020
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    Is the Hyundai Sonata reliable?

    To determine whether the Hyundai Sonata is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sonata. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sonata's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Sonata and gave it a 8.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Sonata is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

    The least-expensive 2021 Hyundai Sonata is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,300.

    Other versions include:

    • N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $33,300
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    What are the different models of Hyundai Sonata?

    If you're interested in the Hyundai Sonata, the next question is, which Sonata model is right for you? Sonata variants include N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). For a full list of Sonata models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Hyundai Sonata

    2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Overview

    The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is offered in the following styles: N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed automated manual. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Sonata N Line 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Sonata N Line.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Sonata N Line featuring deep dives into trim levels including N Line, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line?

    2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

    The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,869. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $607 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $607 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,262.

    The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 1.7% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 21 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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    Which 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Lines are available in my area?

    2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Listings and Inventory

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    Why trust Edmunds?

    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line and all available trim types: N Line. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    What is the MPG of a 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line?

    2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line N Line 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
    27 compined MPG,
    23 city MPG/33 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG27
    Transmission8-speed automated manual
    Drive Trainfront wheel drive
    Displacement2.5 L
    Passenger Volume120.4 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase111.8 in.
    Length192.9 in.
    WidthN/A
    Height56.9 in.
    Curb Weight3552 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Hyundai Sonata?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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