Performance, Pricing & Standard Features

When you think about it, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line makes a compelling argument for a performance-oriented family sedan. Hyundai recently announced the starting MSRP, performance specs, and the list of standard features for the Sonata N Line. Let’s take a look.

How Much Is The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line?

The Sonata N Line starts at $34,195 (including the $995 destination fee). Drivers can add summer performance tires for $200 more, raising the base price to $34,395.

In our book, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line stands high in a dwindling sea of competitors like the Mazda 6 Turbo, Toyota Camry TRD, and Honda Accord Sport. Granted, Hyundai’s entrant has a higher base price than the competition. But the N Line is, after all, a more souped-up version of a standard Sonata.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line.
2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line. Photo: Hyundai Motor America.

Sonata N Line Under The Hood

The newest member of Hyundai’s growing N Line family takes advantage of the eight-gen Sonata’s bold styling cues, fastback roofline, and a special “hot-stamped” platform with multi-load path structures and high-tensile steel plates. But it also gets a heavily-revised 2.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft. of torque. More importantly, you have maximum grunt from a low 1,650 to 4,000 rpm, which means you don’t need to wring the engine to achieve decent performance.

This gem of a motor benefits from a unique cylinder head (with an integrated exhaust manifold), a piston cooling gallery, and a split-cooling and cross-flow cooling system. It also has an innovative fuel delivery system. It has both gasoline direct injection (GDI) and multi-port injection (MPI) to maximize volumetric efficiency. And with a high-response variable induction system coupled with electronic continuous variable valve timing (eCVVT), this engine is a far cry from the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter motor of a regular Sonata.

Additionally, this 2.5-liter turbo is the same engine in the base Genesis G80 luxury sedan and GV80 SUV, although both are pumping out 300 horsepower in Genesis guise. Why the Sonata N Line is down by 10 horsepower than both Genesis vehicles is a question we’re asking ourselves (maybe that’s not a deal?). Still, it would have been cool if the new Sonata N Line could have matched the 300-plus horsepower output of the Toyota Camry TRD.

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