2022 Hyundai Sonata - revive the family sedan formula | MiniAuto

Starting price: $24.595 USD

The redesigned Sonata boasts striking looks that include a sleek wind-sculpted bodywork and sharp body lines. It also boasts unique headlights incorporating a single piece of chrome trim that flows towards the greenhouse, a bold grille, identical roofline and a full-width one-piece taillight bar. With this still fresh redesign, we expect the new Hyundai Sonata to keep this look.

The Hyundai Sonata 2022 sedan creates an impressive body with a spacious interior and is finely finished to take on top competitors in the mid-size 4-door family car segment: Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima , Kia K5 and Honda Accord.

With the Sonata, Hyundai wraps sleek metal around a valuable cabin with top safety scores and warranty coverage. We rate the TCC as 7.3 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Inside, the Sonata's design takes a step towards timidity, but it's still unique. This cabin includes a classic four-spoke steering wheel, slim HVAC vents, glossy black accents, thin dashes focused on horizontal lines, push-button gear lever, overhead infotainment screen dashboard, etc. All of this design is still relatively new, so we expect no changes to it when the Sonata 2022 launches.

As for standard features, we expect the Sonata 2022 to continue with the same features as the current model. Key features include 16-inch wheels, fabric seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and LED headlights.

What's new in Hyundai Sonata 2022?

Last year's Tech package — a panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Bose audio, and a 10.3-inch touchscreen display — is now standard on the SEL Plus. The N Line model adds the Night Edition package with 19-inch black wheels and other dark accents.

Sold in both gas-powered and hybrid forms, the 2022 Sonata comes in SE, SEL, SEL Plus and Limited trim levels, along with the new N Line; Blue, SEL and Limited make up the Sonata Hybrid line.

All share a bold style, taking advantage of opportunities with body folds (to win) and with wide, open fronts (um…). There are many bright things to go around. Inside the Sonata makes for a unanimous win with a wraparound panel fitted on the high-resolution display; Black plastic and sportswear-like materials on the base models are swapped out for quilted leather and soft padded trim on the Limited.

A 191hp 2.5-liter inline-four powers the base car for middling acceleration, but speed isn't really Sonata's game. It's tuned for a smooth ride and calm driving style, though the 180hp turbo-4 available in the SEL Plus and Limited has a cheerful low-end power. The Hybrid's calling card is an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 52 mpg. Exception? The Sonata N Line is deeply satisfying, with a powerful 290hp turbo-4, a dual-clutch transmission shared with the Veloster N, and excellent traction.

The Sonata is built with adults in mind and its front seats offer a good driving position and upgrades to the leather, heating and cooling systems. Rear seat space is enough for three people and the trunk can hold 16.0 cubic feet of luggage. Where the Sonata sings is in the Limited edition, where nicer finishes, more jarring sound and smoother leather give it a luxury car feel at the mid-$30,000 price point.

Sonata's crash-test ratings earn it an IIHS Top Safety Pick and a five-star NHTSA rating, and every model comes with automatic emergency braking.

2022 Hyundai Sonata - Performance

The Sonata uses four-cylinder engines in all different forms, but some are more powerful than others. We give it a score of 5 for mid-range performance based on the most popular version.

The weakest link in the chain is the 191-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-4 that powers the majority of Sonatas sold. With its quick yet sensible acceleration and smooth shifting from the eight-speed automatic, its most notable selling point is the clumsy shift-shifting gearshift controller.

The 180hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that comes with the Sonata SEL Plus and Limited offers more squeal, despite the lower horsepower quote. It is tuned for low-end torque and better responsiveness. In strong acceleration conditions, it's quiet and smooth, with a bit of turbo lag that the transmission can't hide, as it's tuned to boost fuel economy regularly. If we had to choose, we'd choose the Sonata Hybrid's 192hp combination with a 2.0-liter inline-four electric motor, 51hp, and a battery pack. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, it's a well-integrated hybrid system that's almost seamless in switching between gas and electric power; even if it's not objectively fast, it still generates an exceptional EPA rating.

In any case, the Sonata is a mature, calm sedan with comfortable handling. It enjoys a Normal driving mode, where it settles on twisty roads with light steering and imperceptible shifts. Its strut and multi-link suspension combine well on almost any road surface, though the hairpins reveal a basic softness that even its larger 19-inch wheels can't. hard to be. It has removed the dynamic feel that used to be found in its Sport modes, and the steering wheel is not too heavy. Best of all, the rigid body can eliminate the vibrations that train tracks can cause.

Energy saving

The Sonata's best fuel-economy ratings are in hybrid form, unsurprisingly. But Hyundai sells more gas-only cars, so its six points here are based on the base model's EPA ratings: 28 mpg city, 38 highway, 32 combined. The lower-output turbo-4 Sonata has a 27/37/31 mpg rating, with the Sonata N-Line testing at 23/33/27 mpg.

Sonatas hybrid has a gas-saving yellow color. The EPA pegged the Hybrid SEL and Limited at 45/51/47 mpg and gave the Sonata Hybrid Blue a stunning 50/54/52 mpg.


No official sale date has been set for the new Hyundai Sonata, but we expect it to arrive in summer 2021 based on the previous schedule.

Pricing is also unofficial. With no changes coming, we expect the 2022 Hyundai Sonata to remain close to the current MSRP of $24,595 to $34,845 (destination included).

This midsize sedan will compete against the Honda Accord, Kia K5 and Toyota Camry.

2022 Hyundai Sonata - revive the family sedan formula | MiniAuto 2022 Hyundai Sonata - revive the family sedan formula | MiniAuto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on August 02, 2021 Rating: 5

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