2024 Hyundai Sonata Gains All-Wheel Drive for the First Time

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  • Hyundai has given the Sonata a facelift for 2024, with a distinctive, expressive new front end and a revised powertrain lineup.
  • The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is no longer available, and the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder can now be paired with all-wheel drive, a first for the Sonata.
  • The cabin is upgraded with a pair of standard 12.3-inch screens and a clean new design with lots of straight lines.

We first saw the refreshed Hyundai Sonata back in March when the South Korean automaker revealed the updated sedan for its home market. Now Hyundai is launching the 2024 Sonata in the United States with a sharp new look, bigger screens inside, and optional all-wheel drive for the first time.

New-Look Sonata

The U.S.-spec Sonata appears basically identical to the Korean model, sporting a piercing new front end dominated by a full-width LED strip mounted above a chiseled bumper. The rear light bar has also been redesigned with the LEDs forming an "H," visually linking the sedan with the new 2024 Santa Fe. The N Line also gains a rear lip spoiler and oval exhaust tips, and there are new wheel designs across the lineup.

While the striking visual revisions are the most obvious updates, there have also been major changes under the skin. While the base 191-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four sticks around, the 180-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that came with the pricier SEL and Limited trims has been dropped. The biggest news, however, is that the the 2.5-liter engine can now be paired with all-whee drive, a first for the Sonata. The front-biased system will allow Hyundai to compete for sales with the likes of the all-wheel-drive Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Subaru Legacy.

The sporty N Line model carries over for 2024, still pumping out 290 hp from a 2.5-liter turbo four and sending that oomph to the front wheels only. The hybrid model is also unchanged for 2024, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder pairing with an electric motor for a total of 192 hp. Hyundai says that the hybrid now comes with paddle shifters and a regenerative-braking mode. The horsepower figures for all three powertrains haven't been confirmed yet, but we don't expect any changes compared to the outgoing model.

Revised Interior

There are also significant updates inside, with the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen replaced by a 12.3-inch unit, which is mounted in a curved display next to the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, formerly an optional extra in the Convenience package. The new screens are part of a larger overhaul, with a long rectangular air vent stretching across most of the dashboard, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and the gearshift now protruding from the steering column instead of living in the center console.

Hyundai claims the optional 12-speaker Bose sound system has been retuned, and wireless Apply CarPlay and Android Auto—previously only available on SE models that were not equipped with navigation—is now available on every 2024 model. Hyundai also claims that the refreshed Sonata is the first vehicle in its class to offer a power-operated trunk.

The 2024 Sonata will hit the dealerships this winter. We expect a slight price increase, which should see the base SE start around $27,000 and the N Line model opening around $36,000. Official pricing should be released sometime this fall.

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Caleb Miller began blogging about cars at 13 years old, and he realized his dream of writing for a car magazine after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and joining the Car and Driver team. He loves quirky and obscure autos, aiming to one day own something bizarre like a Nissan S-Cargo, and is an avid motorsports fan.

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