The paint is still drying on the all-new Sonata, so we expect the 2021 model to hit showrooms as a carryover model.
As a carryover model, we expect the 2021 Hyundai Sonata to arrive with outward updates. If this is the case, this sedan will roll in with the updated look it gained in 2020, including a wider and lower grille flanked by large air inlets, striking headlights, a coupe-like roofline, and a wild backside with U-shaped taillights connected by a thin light strip.
Inside, the new-generation Sonata gained a clean dash setup with only a handful of neatly placed buttons and knobs for the climate-control system, a standard 8-inch infotainment screen, a push-button shifter, a slick-looking four-spoke steering wheel, an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and more. This new design and tech gave the Sonata a more premium look than before, and we expect this to remain the same in the 2021 model.
Under its hood, this new-generation sedan comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the SE and SEL trims that produces a 191-horsepower and 181 pound-feet. The SEL Plus and Limited trims get a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 180-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shuttles power to the front wheels. We expect the available powertrains to remain the same when the 2021 Sonata arrives.
The current Sonata has not been through IIHS testing yet, but it has all the technology it needs to be a Top Safety Pick. Its standard safety equipment includes all the IIHS’s favorite hits: automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keep assist, lane-follow assist, driver-attention warning, and adaptive cruise control. Buyers can also add blind-spot monitoring with automatic reverse braking and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic reverse braking as options. We expect the 2021 Hyundai Sonata to arrive with all the same standard and optional safety tech.