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Automotive Editor - December 12, 2018

Expert Rating

3.25 (Good)
MPG
25 City / 34 Highway

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2019 Hyundai Sonata 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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