Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata

2019 Hyundai Sonata

Pros: Broad range of available comfort, convenience, and safety features; spacious rear seat; tight-for-the-class turning radius makes for good close-quarters maneuverability

Cons: Off-the-line acceleration is a bit sluggish with base engine; ride quality and suspension composure, though both improved, still trail midsize-car class leaders

CG Says: The 2019 Hyundai Sonata no longer offers its 2.0-liter turbo in the Sport model. Otherwise, Sonata is unchanged after last year’s mid-cycle refresh. SE, SEL, Sport, Limited 2.4, and Limited 2.0T comprise Sonata’s non-hybrid lineup, each sporting unique styling features. Engine choices are 2.4-liter- and turbocharged 2.0-liter fours. The 2.4-liter is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the turbo 2.0-liter is mated to an 8-speed auto. A Sonata Eco model with a 177-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder hooked to a 7-speed automatic manual transmission is also offered. The Sonata Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined 193 hp. The Plug-in Hybrid gets 202 hp from the same drivetrain and is said to be capable of traveling 28 miles on electric power alone. Available features include LED headlights, High Beam Assist, adaptive cruise control, next-generation Blue Link telematics/connectivity, and an 8.0-inch navigation system that offers the ability to record preset Sirius/XM channels. (This feature allows you to “rewind” up to 22 minutes, so you can hear all of the song that was playing when you switched channels or catch up on the sports broadcast you caught midway through.) Safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and driver attention alert. A hands-free “smart” automatic-opening trunklid feature makes it easier to place groceries or luggage in the trunk when hands are full. Sonata maintains a strong value-for-the-money quotient while delivering a formidable list of cutting-edge new features. Sonata is a must-see in the competitive midsize-car class.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $23,420
Eco: $23,770
SEL: $25,070
Sport: $25,920
Limited 2.4: $28,620
Limited 2.0T: $33,020
Hybrid SE: $26,670
Hybrid Limited: $32,220
Plug-in Hybrid: $34,320
Plug-in Hybrid Limited: $39,920

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL, Sport, Limited 2.4)
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-35

Optional Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Eco)
Horsepower
177
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Limited 2.0T)
Horsepower
245
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (Hybrid)
Horsepower
193
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
39-40
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
44-46

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (Plug-in Hybrid)
Horsepower
202
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
39
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
99