What do our experts think of the 2023 Hyundai Sonata? We look at powertrain, interior options, trim levels and more. Find out our thoughts here.

What’s New for the 2023 Hyundai Sonata?

Wow, the 2023 Hyundai Sonata represents 35 years that this nameplate has been on sale in North America, a history you can read up on here. Now in its 8th generation, the Sonata is better than ever with Hyundai clearly pouring serious R&D dollars into their flagship sedan. Though this year’s model is mostly carryover – aside from minor trim level updates – it is part of an all-new lineup introduced in 2020 that features three gas-powered engines plus a gas-electric hybrid spread across eight trim lines stacked with Hyundai’s trademark pile of value.

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2023 Hyundai Sonata – hyundainews.com |  Shop 2023 Hyundai Sonata on Carsforsale.com

Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $26,045

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

28 City / 38 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Sharp cabin

Stand-out looks

So much value

Hard to find negatives here

N Line wants a manual

AWD would be nice

Where do I sign?

2023 Sonata Specs

Trims & Pricing

SE - $26,045
Blue - $28,445
SEL - $28,570
SEL Hybrid - $31,195
SEL Plus - $33,070
N Line - $35,420
Limited - $36,070
SEL Limited - $36,795

2023 Hyundai Sonata Powertrain

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2023 Hyundai Sonata - hyundainews.com

Hyundai goes hog wild in the powertrain department, though keeps drivetrain decisions simple as the 2023 Sonata is FWD-only. Learn more about the differences on these “trains” here. Base models are equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-4 making 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Midpack Sonatas sport a turbocharged 1.6L four-pot with 180 horses and 195 torques, while the hot rod N Line features a 2.5L four-cylinder, with turbo, cranked up to 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque.

All three gas-powered options pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, though it is of the N-line uses a wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. Paddle shifters, larger brake rotors, and a 5-second sprint to 60 mph further burnish the N’s sporting attitude. All 2023 Hyundai Sonata’s, hybrid included, sit on a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear, ensuring poised handling.

That hybrid is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0L I4 combustion motor that pairs with a battery-powered 39 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor to generate a combined 192 horsepower. Its use of a traditional 6-speed automatic bucks the hybrid CVT trend and even comes with paddle shifters. Hybrids also use regenerative braking, adding efficiency and long-life to the pads and rotors.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy & MPG

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2023 Hyundai Sonata - hyundainews.com

Hybrid Sonatas are predictably the lineup fuel economy champ with Blue models rated at 50/54 mpg in city/highway driving. Those are impressive figures that should entice budget-minded family car shoppers who can find other solid options here. The base 2.5L gas engine is rated for 28/38 mpg in city/highway driving, while the turbocharged 1.6L motor achieves 27 mpg around town and 37 on the highway. N Line buyers will find the lowest efficiency with ratings of 23/34 mpg in city/highway driving.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

A classic midsize sedan, the 2023 Hyundai Sonata can technically handle five adults but the back middle position would be tight in that scenario as it only offers 35 inches of rear legroom – Honda’s Accord measures 40 inches here. Trunk space is more in line at 16.0 cubic feet to the 16.7 found in the Accord. The rear bench can split and fold in a 60/40 configuration for added flexibility, but does not fold flat. 

Measurements aside, the look, feel, and comfort of the Sonata cabin is solid. Base models come with cloth upholstery that include patterned inserts for a polished look. Midpack trim lines look sharp in leatherette with microfiber centers and contrast stitching, while top models can be setup with handsome brown leather set off by black accents. Available LED ambient lighting glows from behind the dashboard to add an even more upmarket vibe.

Every 2023 Sonata is built with acoustic film on the windshield, while SEL models and above adding the sound-deadening material to the front window glass. To ease entry, certain models allow Android owners to unlock the car with their phone and set the climate controls ahead of time. Heated front seats are also included on the SEL and above, with ventilation and a heated steering wheel added to Limited models. Not too shabby for a mainstream midsize sedan.

Entertainment & Technology

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2023 Hyundai Sonata - hyundainews.com

All 2023 Sonatas feature an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. As you move up the trim ladder, a larger 10.25-inch display is available along with fully digital gauge cluster screen that measures 12.3 inches. Top-spec Sonatas go further with baked-in navigation, Dynamic Voice Recognition, and 12-speaker premium stereo system from Bose. BlueLink is the automakers’ brand of app-based vehicle connectivity that enables remote control of door locks, engine start, and cabin climate. For those that prefer not to park themselves, the Remote Smart Parking Assist system can pull in and out of tight spaces via fob button, however it will not perform the dreaded parallel parking maneuver for you.

Safety Features

Hyundai SmartSense is the company’s suite of advanced safety tech that is lineup standard and includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collison Warning with Automated Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping System, Automatic High Beams, plus five more systems. Have a look at our Safety Tech Explained article for more on how this tech works. Nine airbags are also included, while systems like the Matrix LED headlights, Highway Driving Assist, and Blind Spot View Monitor can be found further up the model hierarchy. Its little wonder the 2023 Sonata earns a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Trims & Pricing

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2023 Hyundai Sonata LED Lighting - hyundaiusa.com

SE – $26,045

The base Sonata SE is nicely equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, and heated side mirrors. An 8-inch touchscreen handles infotainment duty with Apple and Android integration. Cloth upholstery can be selected in black or gray, and the full roster of SmartSense safety tech is on hand.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Panoramic Sunroof - hyundaiusa.com
2023 Hyundai Sonata Panoramic Sunroof - hyundaiusa.com

SEL – $28,570

SEL trims come with a hands-free trunk release, power-adjustable and heated front seats, 10.25-inch infotainment display, as well an optional Convenience package. For $2,200, it adds niceties like a panoramic sunroof and 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Digital Gauge Cluster - hyundainews.com
2023 Hyundai Sonata Digital Gauge Cluster - hyundainews.com

SEL Plus – $33,070

Sporting 19-inch rims, the SEL Plus looks good and comes with microfiber upholstery inserts, a black headliner, the full-width digital instrument panel, and back row USB port.

2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line - hyundainews.com
2023 Hyundai Sonata N-Line - hyundainews.com

N Line – $35,420

Along with the spicy motor, N Line Sonatas have exclusive touches like the aggressive front and rear fascias, dual twin-tip exhaust outlets, a thick-rimmed steering wheel, and deeply bolstered front seats.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Limited - hyundaiusa.com
2023 Hyundai Sonata Limited - hyundaiusa.com

Limited – $36,070

Atop the gas-powered pyramid, Limited models boast Matrix LED headlights, leather upholstery, climatized front seats, color head-up display, Surround View Monitor, and a whole lot more.

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2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Engine - hyundainews.com

Blue – $28,445

A fuel efficiency bargain, the Blue hybrid base models come with alloy wheels, keyless entry, USB port up front, and an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software.

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2023 Hyundai Sonata Digital Key - hyundainews.com

SEL Hybrid – $31,195

SEL Hybrid models tack on Hyundai’s Digital Key as well as power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wireless phone charging pad.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid - hyundaiusa.com
2023 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid - hyundaiusa.com

Limited Hybrid – $36,795

Fully loaded, a Sonata Limited Hybrid has a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Highway Driving Assist, and Blind Spot View Monitor, all of which barely scratches the surface.

Warranties

Hyundai has been crushing the competition’s warranty for years with its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage and is now piling on with three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance. This warranty, which also includes a 5-year/60,000-mile basic term and 10-year/100,000-mile hybrid battery term, is just one reason the Sonata bests the Subaru Legacy in this comparison.

What we think

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If it’s not clear, allow me to elucidate – I’m a fan of the 2023 Hyundai Sonata. Stand-out looks, a powertrain for everyone, tech and amenities galore, need I say more? Yes? How about the warranty that embarrasses pretty much the entire automotive industry and pricing that undercuts the average new vehicle price of $46,000 by between 10 and TWENTY THOUSAND dollars. I’ll take my N Line in black please.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his 1990 Cherokee and 1989 Starion, so it’s not surprising that he would put his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire to use in the car world as a vehicle dynamics engineer. Now engineering sentence structures, his writing infuses his auto experience with his time in marketing and his sales experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he focuses on some of the more technical mechanical systems that are found under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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