2019 Hyundai Sonata Review, Release Dates, Prices

The midsize sedan segment is more competitive than ever, with established models such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry continuing to top the best-selling list. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata is always a car for the money, fighting for its share of a continuously shrinking market filled with significant products and increased value introduced by new models. For 2019, the “+” moniker has been dropped, but features improvements and technology packages remain. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata is an affordable and stylish high-tech sedan. From basic models with attractive prices to high-end versions with upscale features, the 2019 Sonata has covered and is supported by an excellent 10-year powertrain warranty.

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan available in six trim levels: SE, Eco, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Limited 2.0T trim levels. The Sonata Hybrid is reviewed separately.

The most affordable Sonata SE has a rearview camera, cloth seats, a folding rear seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The Sonata SEL and Sport models add a mesh grille, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and a wireless phone charger. The Sonata Limited includes all the above along with smart cruise, lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking. In addition to 7 standard airbags, every 2019 Hyundai Sonata boasts blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, heated side mirrors, power windows, a tilt/telescope steering wheel and air conditioning.

Engine Specs

There is four engine option for the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, all of them are front-wheel drive. The SE, SEL, Sport and Limited trims are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder producing 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. Its paired with a six-speed automatic transmission while returning good highway fuel economy. The Eco features a more fuel-efficient 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard and achieves an estimated 37 mpg.

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Its now backed by a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. In testing, it accelerates to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is about half a second quicker than its rivals when equipped with their base engines.

2.4-liter inline-4 (SE, SEL, Sport and Limited)
185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
178 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/35 mpg (SE) and 25/33 mpg (SEL, Sport, Limited)

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Eco)
178 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 28/37 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Limited 2.0T)
245 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350-4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 23/32 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base SE model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $23,185 (all prices include the $885 destination fee). As the most efficient in the lineup, the Sonata Eco costs $23,535. The nicely equipped Sonata SEL starts at $24,835. The Sport starts at $25,685, while the Limited model just under $28,400. The top-of-the-line Sonata Limited 2.0T trim has an MSRP of nearly $33,000.

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