The upcoming 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a mid-size family sedan with so much to offer. Sonata is currently in its eighth generation and it competes with models such as Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. According to Hyundai, the new Sonata will be the best one yet. However, changes are not that drastic. Both exterior and interior will suffer minor updates, while the performance should remain intact.
However, the styling is relatively fresh, and the interior is very modern. Fuel efficiency is the main reason why people decide to buy a Sonata Hybrid sedan. Some rumors are suggesting Sonata N version for 2021, but it won’t feature a hybrid powertrain option. New Sonata will go on sale later this year.
2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Exterior Won’t Change Too Much
Hyundai said for its new sedan that it would aim for “sensuous sportiness.” The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid won’t change much, and it definitely does not look sportier than its predecessor. We like its bold styling, but some parts need to be improved. For example, the front fascia could do better with its bottom-fender look, but the grille and the hood are looking attractive.
The side profile features a coupe-like roofline, and it looks sleek. Interestingly, Hyundai offers a hidden tailpipe and bright grille in Sonata’s base trim level. All other models are wearing a gloss-black grille with twin-tip exhaust outlets. The hybrid variant looks distinguished, and the grille is revised. This version also adds unique wheels, rear spoiler, and optional Solar Roof.
Like the regular model, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also offers a room for five passengers. The cabin is spacious, and it comes with various modern amenities. This sedan is full of space-saving buttons, which provide more cabin space. For instance, the transmission selector replaces a traditional shift leveler. The dashboard sports a standard 8-inch touchscreen, while a 10.25-inch unit is optional.
All of the controls are easy to use and within the driver’s reach. However, we think Sonata needs a conventional dial for radio tuning as it is more practical. As for the passenger space, rear occupants will have around 34.8 inches of legroom. The front seats will offer 46.1 inches of legroom, which is more than Honda Accord has to offer.
2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid System Details
Regular gasoline-powered Sonata comes with two engine choices. However, the highlight of the mid-size sedan is its hybrid powertrain. The forthcoming 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works in combination with the hybrid system. The engine itself generates 150 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque.
However, the electric motor adds 51 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of twisting power. Additionally, a hybrid variant delivers 50 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway. All Sonatas are using a front-wheel-drive and relatively new eight-speed automatic transmission. However, Sonata Hybrid works with a paddle-shift six-speed automatic gearbox.
Price and Release Date
The all-new 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $28,000. To compare, the regular Sonata SE trim is available for $23,500. Hyundai will launch its new mid-size sedan in the last quarter of 2020. As in the previous year, Sonata will take on established rivals such as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.