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2019 Hyundai Sonata

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$10,700 - $19,244
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2019 SE 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $22,650
2019 Eco 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,000
2019 SEL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $24,300
2019 Sport 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,150
2019 Sonata Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,750
2019 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $27,850
2019 Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $31,300
2019 Limited 2.0T 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $32,250
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Overview

Family sedans may not be the most innovative segment of the market, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata hits where it counts: comfort, features, technology, and, above all, value.

What's New for 2019

The Sonata returns unchanged for 2019. Hyundai has dropped the ‘Plus’ nomenclature from Sport and Limited 2.0T trims, but the specs remain the same.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata comes in front-wheel drive only, with a buyer’s choice of three engines, each with a unique transmission. Most Sonatas roll off lots with the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, a six-speed automatic transmission handles shifting, and fuel efficiency checks in at an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 combined.

A smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available on the Sonata Eco. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the engine produces 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is strong as well at 28/37/31 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Finally, a feisty 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available on the top trim level. Power is rated at 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the sportier engine manages fuel economy ratings of 23/32/26 mpg. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

All Sonatas come standard with niceties like Bluetooth and a central infotainment touchscreen that's compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Even better, Sonatas are covered by a strong five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The remaining features are divided across six trim levels:

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SE

Starting at $23,185 (all prices include the $885 destination charge), the Sonata SE is comfortable for a base model. In addition to the base engine and 16-inch alloy wheels, it gets blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators. Infotainment duties are handled by a seven-inch touchscreen, and standard features include keyless entry and a six-speaker sound system. At this trim level, the decision process for buyers is easy. There are no available packages or standalone options.

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Eco

Slotting in the lineup as an efficiency pick, the Sonata Eco costs $23,535. It swaps in the smaller and more efficient 1.6-liter turbo engine. Otherwise, it’s identical to the SE trim in every way. There are no options or packages available.

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SEL

Moving up the trim lineup, the Sonata SEL starts at $24,835. For the price, it adds in a host of standard features: 17-inch wheels, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, push-button start, a gesture-controlled trunk lid, LED running lights, heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, and a 4.2-inch driver information display. The Tech Package ($600) adds useful safety technology, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and an electronic parking brake.

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Sport

At $25,685, the Sonata Sport is a bit of a misnomer. Aside from aesthetic enhancements like sport pedals, a D-cut steering wheel, dual exhaust outlets, and dark chrome accents, it’s no sportier than the lower trims. It does add a power sunroof, sport seats, and LED lighting, too. The Tech Package remains in place for $600, but no other options are available.

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Limited

Approaching the upper end of the Sonata spectrum, the Limited trim starts at $28,385. It pulls out all the luxury stops, adding leather seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats with memory settings, LED taillights and cornering LED headlights, automatic high beams, wood-grain interior trim, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All the safety features in the SEL and Sport trims’ Tech Package are also standard. The Ultimate Package ($2,300) enlarges the sunroof to panoramic and adds an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, a premium 10-speaker sound system, rear parking sensors, and rear window shades.

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Limited 2.0T

The top-of-the-line Sonata Limited 2.0T adds every possible feature for $32,785. This trim gets the uprated 2.0-liter turbo engine, sport-tuned steering, and paddle shifters. It’s equipped like the Limited trim, but with all the features of the Ultimate Package included as standard. It also gets the sport seats and exterior accents of the Sport trim. Because all options are standard, there are no available packages or options.

CarsDirect Tip

The Limited and Limited 2.0T trims are luxurious at the price, but better value can be found in the middle of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata lineup. The SEL trim is the best bang for the buck, unless fuel economy is a top priority, in which case buyers will be better off with the Eco.

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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With an all-new model waiting in the wings, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata carries over last year's mid-cycle refresh that somewhat awakened the mid-sizer from its design somnolence. It also offers a roomy interior, comfortable ride, flexible engines, and solid value proposition, but remains light on personality with a middling interior, and a Sport model that's hardly sporty.

Best Value

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata lineup continues with six trim levels – while dropping last year's "+" nomenclature – and three powertrain options, not including the Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid models which are covered separately. Pricing begins at $23,220 for the SE trim, and tops out at $32,820 for the Limited 2.0T model.

We'd opt for a Limited, but sans the turbocharged engine. You could add the $2,300 Ultimate Package, but unlike last year, the advanced safety goodies are all standard. So, if you can forego a panoramic sunroof, navigation, Infinity audio, Blue Link guidance, rear parking sensors, and rear side window sunshades, you'll still get a mid-size sedan with a hands-free smart trunk, bending LED headlights and LED taillights, heated and ventilated leather seats with driver's memory, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (heated) and shift knob, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, HD radio, and Hyundai's BlueLink connectivity suite.

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on all Sonatas, with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist standard on both Limited models and optional on SEL and Sport trims.

Here's the one we'd pick:

  • Model: 2019 Hyundai Sonata Limited
  • Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 185 hp / 178 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 25 City / 33 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price: $28,420 (including the $920 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $28,420

Performance

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The Sonata’s three engines are trim-level specific. Four models, the SE, SEL, Sport, and Limited, are offered with the normally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Two turbocharged units, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder found on the Sport, and the 1.6-liter that's standard on the Eco, offer additional performance and efficiency, respectively.

Throttle response from the direct injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder is quicker than we normally would expect from a base engine, with linear acceleration and fuss-free shift quality from the conventional six-speed automatic.

The 2.0-liter turbo offers an impressive upgrade with 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque matched to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox that's programmed to take advantage of the engine's broad torque band, with peak torque that stretches from 1,350 to 4,000 rpm, and offers lively performance. It manages an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city, 32 on the highway, and 26 combined.

Hyundai furnishes the Eco model with a smaller 1.6-liter turbo with 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, and an EPA-estimated 28/37/31 mpg (city/highway/combined). It's mated to a less-impressive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that felt jerky and overwhelmed at low speeds.

Regardless of engine, Hyundai balances the Sonata’s ride and handling character well. It’s comfortable on most road surfaces, minimizing larger impacts while eliminating smaller ones. At the same time, body roll is well-controlled and, although not as poised as a Mazda6 or Honda Accord, it bests both the Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla.

While ride and handling are impressive for the class, the Sonata isn’t as communicative as either the Mazda6 or Accord. Although typical of many mid-size sedans, the driver is too isolated from the chassis, while the steering – both numb and too light – communicates little of what's happening up front.

In addition, the Sport trim pays only lip service to the name, as it shares the same suspension as lower-rung models. A body kit, chrome door handles, and chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets don't make a sport sedan.

Style

Last year’s facelift did its best to return the Sonata to the breakout sixth-generation model's glory days, offering a more aggressive six-sided grille – particularly with the Limited 2.0T – that drops nearly to the ground. Along its flanks, the long roof and low profile suggest a hatchback, while the rear fascia sports narrow, Elantra-inspired teardrop-shaped taillights, although LED units are only offered on Limited trims.

Inside, there's a great deal of passenger and storage space and, aside from the middle position in back, the seats – most of which offer height adjustment – are comfortable and supportive with plenty of cushioning for long road trips. Lower trims have cloth upholstery, Sport models are cloth with leather bolsters, while those on Limited trims are covered in leather. The driver's seat position is good, the steering column both tilts and telescopes, and the sight lines out the front, sides, and rear three-quarters is excellent.

A big center console holds small items, and there's a dedicated space for smartphones, while a number of physical buttons located below it augment the infotainment screen's functions. It's both quick and intuitive and drivers can also avoid needlessly fiddling with menu screens while driving by simply pressing a button. It also makes navigating the navigation system far easier than touchscreen-only setups.

Cargo volume, at 16.3 cubic feet, is also very good, with enough space for a few roll-ons plus smaller items and a low liftover height that makes loading easy, while the rear seats fold down for trunk access and add to its versatility.

At the same time, unlike the window switches and steering wheel buttons, the action of the dashboard buttons doesn't feel as solid as we'd like, while the back seats, though tolerable for two adults, offer just 35.6 inches of leg room, compared to the Toyota Camry's 38 inches and the Honda Accord with just over 40 inches. It's also more difficult to get in the rear seats with the low roofline, and reminds us of why more buyers are gravitating to crossovers.

The Best and Worst Things

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The Sonata offers a trio of engine options for buyers to choose from, and the ride is comfortable no matter which they choose.

However, the Sport model is only sporty in name, and the dashboard buttons can be finicky.

Right For? Wrong For?

Families on a budget looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous crossover will appreciate the Sonata's comfortable ride, roomy interior, and excellent value proposition.

At the same time, the Sonata's cushy ride and lack of design personality compared to rivals like the Honda Accord and Mazda6 limit its appeal to the image-conscious and enthusiasts.

The Bottom Line

Despite an interior we hardly find class-leading, and a design that's still far from exciting, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata is a solid choice in the mid-size class thanks to its comfortable ride, roomy interior, and well-founded value proposition.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
106 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
191.1 "
Exterior Width
73.4 "
Exterior Height
58.1 "
Front Headroom
40.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
45.5 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,247 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
17.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Yes Essentials Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection (bsd) With Lane Change Assist (lca) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles

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