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.
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
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.