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2019 Hyundai Sonata
Select a Different Model (6 Available): Eco Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 24405
MPG (EPA) 28 CTY /37 HWY
Horsepower 178@5500
Torque 195@1500
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2019 Hyundai Sonata MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Cushy ride
  • Good power and efficiency balance on hybrid variants
  • User-friendly infotainment system

You Won't Like

  • Small trunk in hybrid and plug-in models
  • Clumsy handling on 2.4 models
  • Front collision prevention tech not available on all trims

New for 2019

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata is unchanged from the 2018.5 model with one exception: All Plus models have turned into regular trims with the same feature content.

Hybrid models now get automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and an electronic parking brake as standard. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid carries over unchanged.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

With the Azera discontinued in North America, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata is the Korean automaker's largest sedan, doing battle against other midsize offerings from Japan, Europe and the U.S. The car slots above the compact Elantra and is available only with front-wheel drive.

Gas-only models come in six grades.

2.4 SE: The base SE grade comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, a USB port, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system,  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and keyless entry.

Eco: The Eco model has the same standard features as the SE but trades the 2.4-liter I-4 and six-speed automatic for a more efficient 1.6-liter turbo-four and seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.

2.4 SEL: Moving up to the SEL grade adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free trunk release, keyless start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a charge-only USB port in the second row, a wireless charging pad, a power-operated driver's seat, Bluetooth and a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display.

2.4 Sport: The Sport model is no sportier than the other models but the trim does add dark chrome side moldings, chrome-tipped dual exhausts, a moonroof, leather/cloth combination upholstery, LED interior lighting, aluminum pedals, and paddle shifters.

2.4 Limited: Those looking for more creature comforts should opt for the Limited trim, which adds adaptive headlights, LED headlights and taillights, a power-operated front passenger seat, leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats.

Limited 2.0T: Range-topping Limited 2.0T models comes with a long list of standard features plus a sport-tuned suspension and steering, 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, rear parking sensors, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.

The extra standard features on the Limited 2.0T can only be had on the base-engine Limited as part of an optional package. However, the panoramic moonroof is exclusive to the Limited 2.0T.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Five powertrain options are offered in the 2019 Sonata including two hybrids.

Model: Sonata SE, Sonata SEL, Sonata Sport, Sonata Limited
Engine and Transmission: 2.4-liter I-4 - six-speed automatic transmission
Power: 185 hp/178 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 26/35 mpg city/highway (SE); 25/33 mpg (SEL, Sport and Limited)

Model: Sonata Eco
Engine and Transmission:1.6-liter turbo I-4 - seven-speed twin-clutch automatic
Power: 178 hp/195 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 28/37 mpg

Model: Sonata Limited 2.0T
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 245 hp/260 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/32 mpg

Model: Sonata Hybrid
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter I-4 and electric motor - six-speed automatic
Power: 193 hp combined
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 40/46 mpg (SE); 39/44 mpg (Limited)

Model: Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter I-4 and electric motor - six-speed automatic
Power: 202 hp combined
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 37/42 mpg; 39 mpg combined; EV mode range: 28 miles
Charging Time from Empty: 9 hours (Level 1 or 110V/120V outlet); 2 hours and 42 minutes (Level 2 or 220V/240V charger)

Safety

The 2019 Sonata received a five-star rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the car was awarded the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award, scoring Good on all categories (Good is the highest score) and Superior front crash prevention rating after it avoided a collision in 12- and 25-mph tests (Superior is the highest rating on the front crash prevention test).

Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on all Sonatas. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are standard on the Limited and Limited 2.0T, and optional on the SEL and Sport grades. Automatic high beams are exclusive to the Limited and Limited 2.0T.

Utility

The 2019 Sonata has a large 16.3-cubic-foot trunk that's expandable via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Hybrid models lose out on trunk space with the standard Sonata hybrid featuring only 13.4 cubic feet and the Plug-In Hybrid with an even smaller 9.9 cubic feet. Base SE Hybrid and Plug-in models also miss out on the split-folding rear seats.

What We Think

We enjoyed using the Hyundai Sonata's infotainment system, which is intuitive and responsive as we noted in a 2018 First Test. The interior is spacious and accommodating, featuring plenty of passenger space and a generous trunk. On the road, although we liked how cushy the base suspension rides, there are excessive body motions when going over bumps and taking corners. Hyundai's 2.4-liter I-4 is merely adequate and the six-speed automatic is stingy with downshifts outside of Sport mode.

Those looking for more power should opt for the top-dog Sonata Limited 2.0T, which has a more cooperative eight-speed automatic and more power. Its sport-tuned suspension and steering are also tighter and better calibrated, better balancing a comfortable ride and secure handling, as we noted in a 2018 First Test.

Hybrid models offer a nice blend of power and fuel efficiency. The hybrid system transitioned smoothly between gas, electric and hybrid modes. In a 2016 First Test we also enjoyed the car's smooth ride and the well-appointed interior with its comfortable seating for all passengers.

The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid takes all the goodness of the standard hybrid, adds more power and the ability to operate in EV mode. Equipped with a larger lithium-ion battery and a stronger electric motor, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn't sacrifice straight-line performance in favor of fuel efficiency. Like other Sonata models, the Plug-In rides well; however, the low rolling resistance tires can get loud on uneven pavement, as we noted in a 2016 First Test.

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2019 HYUNDAI SONATA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.6 Liter Gamma
Transmission Name
Transmission, EcoShift 7 Speed Automatic
Trim
Eco Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
178@5500
Standard MPG
28/37
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Cargo Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [CT] Reversible Cargo Tray (PIO)
$156 $195

Winter Weather Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; Mud Flaps NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [MG] Mud Guards (PIO)
$248 $310

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.6 Liter Gamma

Std Std

Transmission, EcoShift 7 Speed Automatic

Std Std

Exterior Color, Machine Gray

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Scarlet Red

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Phantom Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Electric Blue

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Lakeside Blue

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Quartz White Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Symphony Silver

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$41 $50

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Grp Grp

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Grp Grp

Trunk Hook (PIO)

$24 $30

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 4.294

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Grp Grp

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.5 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Mud Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [W1] Winter Weather Package (PIO)
$92 $115

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MG] Mud Guards (PIO); [W1] Winter Weather Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

$57 $70

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Passenger

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$108 $135

Console

Std Std

Reversible Cargo Tray (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
$92 $115

Floor Covering

Std Std

Illuminated Door Sill Plates (PIO)

$226 $250

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Cargo Side Bins (PIO)

$64 $80

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [W1] Winter Weather Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

All-Weather Floor Mats (PIO)

$156 $195

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-Color Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

ECM with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic
$266 $295

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [HL] ECM with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Mica

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

First Aid Kit (PIO)

$24 $30

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Xenon

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rearview Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Radar

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Beige Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Gray Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, Michelin P205/65R16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Alloy

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$44 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$400 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for College Graduates who finance through HMF. 01-02-2020
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer available to all service branches of the military including National Guard and Reserve branches, veterans and retirees. 05-31-2019
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 06-03-2019
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for customers who finance through HMF. 06-03-2019
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for standard rate customers through HMF. 06-03-2019
$0 0% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 06-03-2019
$2250 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for standard rate retail sales only. 06-03-2019
$750 Hyundai announces a Lease Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 06-03-2019
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 05-31-2019