2019 Hyundai Sonata Review

$22,500 - $32,100
Price Range (MSRP)

The midsize sedan segment is a tough one, with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord leading the pack. That means the 2019 Hyundai Sonata has its work cut out for it. Priced from $22,300 to $31,900 the Sonata is priced competitively and offers six trim lines with varying specification levels. Three engines are available, with a lackluster base 2.4-liter developing 185 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, a 1.6-turbo developing 178 hp matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and a 2.0-liter turbo does duty in the top Limited 2.0T developing 245 hp and paired with an eight-speed automatic. Drive on all models is sent to the front wheels. While all models from the SEL are well equipped, highlights available on higher trims include an eight-inch navigation screen, a ten-speaker Infinity premium audio system, and a wireless charging pad.

Pros

  • Loads of available features and technology
  • Spacious, comfortable interior and large trunk, with available hands-free access
  • Simple, easy to use interior layout
  • Class-leading warranty
  • Smooth ride and surprisingly nimble handling

Cons

  • Base engine is truly lackluster
  • Even turbocharged range-topper isn’t as potent as rivals
  • Below par fuel economy
  • Interior doesn’t feel as premium as some rivals
  • 2.0T engine not available on lower trim lines

What’s new for 2019

For 2019 the Sonata continues unchanged, after receiving a substantial revision for the 2018 model. Minor changes include the dropping of the “+” nomenclature, while retaining all the features associated with it.

Specs and Price

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Invoice Price (MSRP)
SE 2.4L 2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas 6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC FWD $21,564 $22,500
Eco 1.6T 1.6-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas 7-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch (DCT) FWD $21,894 $22,850
SEL 2.4L 2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas 6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC FWD $22,875 $24,150
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