The arrival of a new generation of a successful car is usually accompanied by a small surge in its price, ranging from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Hyundai, though, is eschewing that practice, delivering its heavily redesigned Sonata for less than its predecessor. It’s only a $300 difference over last year’s base model, the Sonata GLS, but we don’t think the savings will be lost on consumers. The move is part of a larger reshuffling of the Sonata line. The outgoing GLS trim has been replaced by the SE as the base car, while the 2.4-liter engine can now be ordered with the Sport trim. Meanwhile the 2.0T Sport is both the sole turbocharged offering, and tops off the Sonata pricing hierarchy.
With the base price for the naturally aspirated, 2.4-liter four-cylinder Sonata SE kicking off at $21,150, excluding an $810 destination charge, consumers can pick up a reasonably equipped family sedan that has all the trimmings one expects at this price point (auto up/down windows, USB connectivity, and a tilt-telescopic multi-function steering wheel). A
$1,500 $1,200 Popular Equipment Package adds a 10-way driver’s seat, a five-inch touchscreen with BlueLink and a rear-view camera.
Moving up to the Sonata Sport kicks the price up to $23,175, but adds 17-inch wheels, a sportier front clip, and heated mirrors and front seats, alongside smaller visual tweaks. Two packages are available: a $1,700 Premium Package that includes blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, a smart trunk, push-button start and dual-zone climate control. Spend an extra $1,750, and you can snag the Technology Pack, which isn’t a standalone pack (you have to have the Premium Pack). It adds an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple’s Siri Eyes-Free system and BlueLink, as well as satellite radio and a seven-speaker Dimension stereo.
The top of the 2.4-liter food chain is the Sonata Limited, which starts at $26,525. 17-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring (and the rest of the nanny systems), LED taillights, powered, heated, leather seats, push-button start, dual-zone climate control and a Dimension stereo are standard, among other things. A $3,500 Technology Pack includes everything found in the Sport’s Tech Pack, but adds a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps, vented seats and it replaces the Dimension stereo with a 400-watt, 10-speaker Infinity system. For an additional $1,550, the Ultimate Package can be added, which tacks on adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and automatic high beams.
Finally, the Sonata Sport 2.0T soldiers on as the most powerful engine offering, offering 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, with prices starting at $28,575. It comes standard with pretty much everything found on the Limited, but adds 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, larger brakes, a “sport instrument cluster,” and upgraded leather seats with piping. The sole option package is the $4,950 Ultimate Package, which adds basically everything from the Sonata Limited’s two packages.