The 2022 Hyundai Sonata is a family sedan that’s both visually interesting and a really good value. Hyundai’s mid-sizer comes in a variety of flavors, from well-equipped entry-level trims to a trio of thrifty hybrids to a tire-squawking performance model.
While the latter’s 290-hp turbo-four engine and sporty suspension can liven up grocery runs, the rest of the Sonata line is less exciting from a driver’s perspective. Instead, the sedan impresses with an array of standard driver assists and an upscale interior that’s full of popular tech features.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Hyundai Sonata is not the sharpest handler in its class—we like the Accord and the Nissan Altima better—but it’s still composed and responsive on the road. The ride is a little more unsettled than we’d like and firmer than most cars in this category, but the Sonata is at least reasonably quick with its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.
During our testing, a Sonata with that powertrain made it to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds—an acceptable result in this class. The shifts from the eight-speed automatic are smooth and well-timed. We’d also like to commend Hyundai for continuing to offer a conventional automatic transmission in its family sedan which is much visible in the 2022 Hyundai Sonata. Much of the class has gone over to droning (but efficient) continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs).
During our time with the Sonata hybrid, which pairs a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a motor-generator that combine for 192 horses, we appreciated its fuel-saving efforts but disliked how it didn’t smoothly transition between gas and electric power sources. The 290-hp N Line is one of the quickest front-drive cars we’ve tested, and it provides a satisfying amount of driving verve.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2022 Hyundai Sonata has a selection of highly fuel-efficient powertrains, with the hybrid versions owning the highest estimates. The Blue hybrid is rated at up to 50 mpg in the city and 54 on the highway; other hybrid Sonatas are expected to achieve 45 and 51 mpg, respectively.
The hybrid we tested on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, matched its 51-mpg-highway rating. We also tested Sonata models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter (36 mpg) and the turbocharged 2.5-liter (33 mpg). For more information about Sonata’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 2022 Hyundai Sonata‘s interior is attractive and feels like it’s worth more than the sedan’s sticker prices suggest. The back seat is comfortable and spacious, the materials look and feel upscale, and the dashboard layout is simple and ergonomic. The Sonata’s 16 cubic feet of cargo space is about what we expect from mid-size sedans—neither the best nor the worst in its set. Still, we fit seven of our carry-on suitcases inside its trunk, which is plenty of space for a long road trip with the family.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The infotainment system relies on an 8.0-inch center touchscreen. In SEL models with the Convenience package, SEL Plus, and Limited models, there’s also a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Hyundai’s new tech pièce de resistance is the feature it calls Digital Key, which allows owners to use Hyundai’s app and their smartphone to unlock the car using near-field communication (NFC) and operate certain vehicle functions remotely. This would allow drivers to leave the key fob behind if and when their active lifestyles made carrying one inconvenient.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Hyundai’s SmartSense package of driver-assistance features is standard, and includes automatic high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and a driver-attention warning that can sense drowsy or distracted driving. The Sonata can even pull in and out of a parking space while you wait for it from outside. However, that feature is reserved for the top-level Limited trim. For more information about the Sonata’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line
front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
152 in3, 2497 cm3
290 hp @ 5800 rpm
311 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 111.8 in
Length: 192.9 in
Width: 73.2 in
Height: 56.9 in
Passenger volume: 105 ft3
Trunk volume: 16 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3550 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 5.4 sec
100 mph: 18.0 sec
1/4 mile: 13.7 sec
Top speed: 150 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 27/23/33 mpg