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290-HP Hyundai Sonata N Line Will Start at $34,195

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 11/6/2020 Roberto Baldwin
a car parked on the side of a road: Hyundai's 2021 sedan gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, tuned suspension, and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. © Hyundai Hyundai's 2021 sedan gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, tuned suspension, and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
  • Hyundai has announced that its performance-oriented 2021 Sonata N Line will start at $34,195, compared with the $24,595 base price of the standard Sonata.
  • The vehicle will have 290 horsepower and 311 ft-lb of torque from a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine.
  • The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line will be in dealerships in November.

If you wish the 2020 Hyundai Sonata were faster and don't mind dropping an additional 10 grand for performance, the 2021 Sonata N Line, starting at $34,195, could be your answer. This is the first Sonata in Hyundai's performance-oriented N Line trim, and it is expected to appear in dealerships in November.

a car parked on the side of a road: 2021 hyundai n line sonata © Hyundai 2021 hyundai n line sonata

The N Line Sonata makes 290 horsepower and 311 ft-lb of torque from a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For comparison, the 2020 Sonata's 2.5-liter makes 191 hp. Hyundai added the extra 99 hp by swapping out the head (which has an integrated exhaust manifold), adding unique internals, and of course adding a turbocharger.


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An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission similar to the one in the Veloster N and a tuned suspension round out the performance elements of the upcoming Sonata.

Design-wise, the vehicle is outfitted with 19-inch wheels and a choice of all-season or optional summer tires, which will set customers back an additional $200. A rear spoiler, dual exhaust, N badging, N Line–specific front and rear fascias, and a panoramic sunroof will let others on the road know this isn't the typical Sonata.

Hyundai says the sedan will have its own unique exhaust note and launch control. The automaker didn’t share a claimed zero-to-60-mph time, but we look forward to putting the quicker Sonata to the test.

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