Stunning family sedan, but the kids may outgrow it. The 2022 Hyundai Sonata has a lot to offer, including a wide range of features, loads of comfort, and even a performance variant. However, despite being a “family” sedan, its back seat has a limited useful life with growing teenagers.

Find out if the Sonata does enough good to beat out its roomier rivals.

Sleek looks but maybe a little too overdone. The 2022 Hyundai Sonata’s body is a winner overall with its finned taillights, sleek roofline, sloped hood, and chiseled lines. It’s cut quite nicely, unlike most flabby family sedans.

While the bulk of the exterior is nice, Hyundai tried a little too hard up front. In an attempt at uniqueness, Hyundai gave the Sonata a funky scowl of a grille that contrasts its sharp boomerang-style LED accent lights.

While that front end isn’t enough to ruin the 2022 Sonata, it may turn off a few buyers here and there. For more design consistency, buyers can look to the sporty Camry or the classier Accord.

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Luxury car-like ride that robs the car-human-interaction. Inside, the 2022 Sonata is a looker with a unique four-spoke steering wheel, a thin dash with an integrated touchscreen, a push-button transmission, and more. On top of these great looks are comfortable front thrones with ample head and legroom.

In the rear, the seats are also comfortable but lack legroom at just 34.8 inches. While this is fine for a family with young children, those with teens or people who frequently haul around adults in the back seats will appreciate the Accord or Camry, which offer 40.4 and 38 inches of rear legroom, respectively.

The Sonata’s ride is super smooth, but it’s almost too smooth. With a lack of road feel, you miss out on a lot of the fun today’s midsize sedans offer – unless you opt for the N Line and its stiffer chassis.

On-par power, but it’s siloed in distinct trims. The 2022 Hyundai Sonata’s 191-horsepower base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is right in line with its competition, as is its 192-hp hybrid model.

The oddball is the 180-hp 1.6-liter turbo model, which delivers a sportier low-end feel but is tuned more for economy than performance. This engine is only available in the SEL Plus and Limited trims.

Like its competition, the Sonata has a more performance-oriented powertrain: a 290-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This boosted engine delivers a slick six-second 0-60 time, but it’s only available in the N Line. This forces buyers into a stiff chassis, whereas the Accord, Camry, and Altima all offer their more potent engines in non-performance trim levels for buyers who want the pep without compromising comfort.

Final thoughts. Overall, the 2022 Hyundai Sonata is about as good as a mainstream midsize sedan can get, combining good looks, premium features, loads of comfort, and respectable performance. However, Hyundai made some odd decisions in the powertrain department with its crowbarred-in 1.6-liter and N Line-exclusive 290-hp engine.

Plus, the Sonata isn’t a great option for families with teenage children, as they may soon outgrow the 34.8 inches of rear legroom. These buyers are better off in an Accord or Camry, as well as those looking for more freedom in their engine choice.

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