2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Is A Performance Bargain

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Official pricing has been announced.

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line was revealed in September but the South Korean automaker left out one key piece of information: pricing. Today, those details have arrived. The 2021 Sonata N Line, according to Hyundai, will carry a starting price tag of $33,200, not including the $995 destination fee. Those who desire a Sonata N Line with 19-inch Continental summer tires are being asked to pay slightly more, $33,400. Only the $33,850 Sonata Limited costs more for non-hybrid models.

However, the Sonata N Line does come packed with plenty of standard features and, most importantly, a decently powerful engine. The 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque with all of that power directed to the front wheels through a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

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To compare, the base $23,600 Sonata comes powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 hp. There's also an optional 1.6-liter turbo-four with 180 hp. The N Line's engine is actually based on the NA version, only it's received the turbocharger, a different cylinder head, improved cooling, and various other revised internals. What's interesting about the DCT is that it was developed entirely by Hyundai in-house. By opting for the wet clutch instead of a dry clutch design, the gearbox uses oil to improve lubrication and cooling. An electric oil pump increases thermal endurance and helps to reduce powertrain drag.

Driving dynamics engineers also tuned the sedan with a faster steering ratio for better cornering response, along with firmer rear springs, thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, stiffer suspension mounts, and N-tuned dampers.

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Step inside and you'll find plenty of standard features, among them front bucket seats with the N emblem embroidery, a Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, Dinamica microfiber suede, and a panoramic sunroof. LED interior and exterior lighting, automatic emergency braking, and Hyundai Smart Sense safety suite further round out the list.

So, is the Hyundai Sonata N Line a bargain? Well, let's do a quick comparison. Although it's a little less powerful but more expensive than the $32,185 301 hp Toyota Camry TRD, the Sonata N Line has an awful lot more torque and standard luxury. Even internally, the N Line is the better deal compared to the Sonata Limited. It's a slightly cheaper, more powerful, and an overall better deal.

Hyundai says the 2021 Sonata N Line will hit "most dealerships in November."

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