2022 Hyundai Sonata

Pros: Smooth ride; comfortable cabin; high level of features per dollar; fuel economy with hybrid version

Cons: A tad less spacious inside than some class competitors; Hybrid’s engine power trails rivals

CG Says: The 2022 Hyundai Sonata carries over with minor equipment changes and the addition of a N Line Night Edition with unique black and carbon-fiber trim. Hyundai’s midsize sedan was redesigned for 2020, gaining dramatic new styling and a host of new technology features.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The step-up 180-hp 1.6-liter turbo four has less horsepower, but a bit more torque—195 lb-ft. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The N-Line gets a 290-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four teamed with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined 189 hp. A 6-speed automatic transmission has Active Shift Control technology that Hyundai says aligns the car’s electric motor with the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission for smoother, faster shifts and better efficiency.

An available solar-panel roof can charge both the hybrid and 12-volt batteries and helps provide a bit of extra driving range and helps prevent battery discharge from the HVAC and infotainment systems when the car is off. In the extra-economical Blue trim level, the Sonata Hybrid is capable of an impressive 686-mile driving range.

Among the available Sonata features is “Smart Park,” a remote parking assist feature which allows the driver to be outside the vehicle and use the key fob buttons to move the car forward or backward into a parking spot, and a Digital Key feature that allows the vehicle to be locked/unlocked and started by using a dedicated app on a compatible smartphone.

Other available features include a panoramic sunroof, hands-free trunk release, heated and ventilated front seats, head-up display, and a wireless smartphone charging pad with cooling fan.

Available safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane-following assist, blind-spot alert, and a surround-view camera. Safe Exit, a feature that locks the rear doors if there is oncoming traffic, is standard on all non-hybrid models except the base SE.

The Sonata’s dramatic looks and “gee-whiz” technology features certainly attract attention. Save for the sporty N-Line model, the Sonata’s driving personality isn’t as dynamic as its looks might suggest, but it is nonetheless a smooth-riding, versatile midsize sedan with a generous list of desirable available features, easy-to-use controls, and Hyundai’s traditional feature-rich value.

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: $25,545
SEL: $27,295
SEL Plus: $32,495
Limited: $35,445
N Line: $34,795
Hybrid Blue: $28,445
Hybrid SEL: $31,195
Hybrid Limited: $36,795

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL)
Horsepower
191
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-38

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (SEL Plus, Limited)
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (Hybrid)
Horsepower
189
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
45-50
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
51-54

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (N Line)
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

2020 Hyundai Sonata
2022 Hyundai Sonata
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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