Hyundai Sonata: Is this the “sportiest design” yet for the model?

By J.A. Ackley
Mar 27, 2023 | Hyundai, N-Line, Sonata, hyundai sonata

Photography courtesy Hyundai

When we took a 2022 Hyundai Sonata N Line to our test track, the FIRM, it beat out our 2001 Porsche Boxster S–a project car from our sibling publication, Classic Motorsports–by a good second.

Still not sporty enough for you? Lucky for you, Hyundai just revealed its new design for the Sonata, which it calls “its sportiest design ever.”

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The automaker backed up that claim by saying the design “embodies ‘The Sportiness’ with a long hood and wide front-end layout that integrates a Seamless Horizon Lamp for a more aggressive image.”

The exterior design also improves aerodynamics, said to boost fuel efficiency as well as stability during high-speed driving.

In a first for Hyundai, the Sonata will have a curved display that combines driver information clusters and the infotainment system.

Hyundai will offer the Sonata in standard and N Line variants, and will launch globally on March 30.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/27/23 12:26 p.m.

I might be one of the few that likes the outgoing Sonata's styling–especially in N-Line trim–though this new restyle looks even better.

I feel like it even fits in better with the whole company's design language, too.

bumpsteer New Reader
3/27/23 1:39 p.m.

Can we get a full N pleaaaaaseeeeee Hyundai pleaaaaase 

This looks like an improvement over the Elantra's styling. 




mad_machine GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/27/23 2:15 p.m.

Hyundai has finally come into their own.  Kudos to them!

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/27/23 2:25 p.m.

I thought that Hyundai was getting rid of the Sonatas. I guess not.

My son's catfish - styled Sonata has been great, other than a little underpowered. 


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/28/23 4:29 p.m.

Is is me or does the nose have some slant nose Porsche in it?

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) PowerDork
3/29/23 8:22 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Is is me or does the nose have some slant nose Porsche in it?

That was actually my first reaction to the picture.  

It's really sharp overall.  Very impressive.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
3/29/23 8:50 a.m.

I am not sure why, but I LOVE the way this looks. I like it enough that depending on the specs of the N packages, it's very high in the running to be my next car. The red one they have been showing in press photos is especially tasty.

Also, if I ever get one, I'm naming it Geordi La Forge thanks to that front LED strip after one of the greatest engineers in Starfleet history. 

bobzilla MegaDork
3/29/23 8:51 a.m.

A'ight.... I'ma need y'all to simmer down now. You're driving up the prices on my cars peeps! Wait, I got my new ones. Nevermind. As you were.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
3/29/23 8:59 a.m.

Considering where they started, 'sportiest design yet ' is kind of a low bar.  smiley

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/29/23 9:13 a.m.

Around 1989 or so I was living in Akron Ohio and unhappy with the business I was in. One of the potential jobs that I considered was car sales. At the time there were two new kids on the block: Hyundai and Yugo. The Hyundai was clearly better made, and something told me that they had a good future ahead, but it generated zero enthusiasm inside me. The Yugo had nothing besides a low price. Crap quality -  rehashed Fiat design. It was a clear dead-end. I decided not to go into the car business, but it turns out that I was right about Hyundai.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/29/23 9:16 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Is is me or does the nose have some slant nose Porsche in it?

I think Lucid-Air.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
3/29/23 9:35 a.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

This. I saw a Lucid Air recently on my early morning commute. Looked like something from 30 years into the future coming out of the morning fog. Think Cyberpunk. The Sonata would look similar, and I'm here for it. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/29/23 10:08 a.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

Specs for the 2023 Sonata N-Line:

  • 2.5-liter turbo inline-four
  • 290 horsepower at 5800 rpm
  • 311 lb.-ft. of torque at 1650-4000 rpm
  • 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission
  • 13.8-inch vented discs front, 12.8-inch solid discs rear
  • MacPherson strut front, Multilink rear
  • 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 27 mpg combined
  • MSRP: $34,625

Many reviewers point out that it could benefit from a limited-slip differential, but I don't think you'd notice during most day-to-day driving. (See also: It can do burnouts.)

If I didn't need more space in my next vehicle, I'd get a Sonata N-Line–even more with the new redesign.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/29/23 10:09 a.m.

And here's the review for the 2022 Sonata N-Line:

2022 Hyundai Sonata N Line new car review

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/29/23 11:13 a.m.

As much as I dig the N line spec, I'd be even more intrigued by an EV variant we ith similar performance 

z31maniac MegaDork
3/29/23 11:52 a.m.

That's a damn good looking car. 

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