2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is a Bona Fide Sport Sedan

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most popular midsize sedans in the industry, receiving high praise for its luxury, refinement and cutting-edge technology. Without losing any of its fundamental attributes, Hyundai engineers are set to introduce another pillar into the equation with the Sonata N Line—heart-pounding performance.

The all-new 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is set to be the most powerful Sonata ever. With more aggressive styling, sportier handling and thrilling acceleration, the N Line transforms the Sonata from an understated sedan into a bona fide sport saloon.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Powertrain and Suspension Changes

Under the hood, a powerful 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine churns out an astounding 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Previously, the Sonata had only been available with a naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder rated at 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, or a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder producing 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both powertrains were developed with fuel-efficiency as the sole priority, with performance not even factored into the equation.

That’s all about to change with the new N Line—a sport sedan so enticing it will redefine what you believed the Sonata was capable of. Hyundai engineers have fitted the N Line with an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Typically only found in German offerings or top-tier sports cars, dual-clutch gearboxes deliver a smoother operation, superior responsiveness and faster shifts than the traditional automatic transmissions you will find in most front-wheel drive vehicles.

Much to the delight of performance-minded enthusiasts, Hyundai even fitted the Sonata N Line with a launch-control program that will make hard acceleration pulls quicker and more consistent. Though Car and Driver has yet to bring the N Line to its test track, they say it feels quicker than the Toyota Camry TRD (5.6-second zero to 60 mph). If their estimation is correct, the Sonata N Line could be the quickest front-wheel drive sport sedan in its class.

Reassuringly, the Sonata’s suspension has been revamped to handle the increased surge of power. Firmer dampers have been fitted that provide a sport-sedan like feel, while larger sway bars reduce body-roll during spirited cornering. The N-Line’s brake system has also been upgraded for better initial bite and greater heat dissipation with its larger 13.6-inch rotors in the front and 12.8-inch discs in the rear.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Exterior and Interior Enhancements

The 2021 Sonata N Line wears an aggressive front fascia with a blacked-out grille, large air ducts and LED signature headlights. Out back, a gloss-black decklid spoiler provides a hint of this Sonata’s sporting intentions while quad exhaust tips peek out from underneath a trim-exclusive rear diffuser. To tie things together, striking black and silver 20-spoke 19-inch wheels give the N Line an aggressive appearance unlike any other Sonata in the lineup.

The interior of the N Line portrays a similar performance theme—fitted with exclusive Dinamica suede sport seats featuring aggressive leather bolsters and red contrast stitching and piping. An available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster can be customized for the N Line’s different driving modes, while a standard 10.3-inch infotainment system provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Pricing and Availability

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line will start at $34,195, which is just under $10,000 more than the $24,595 base price of the standard Sonata. The N Line just started arriving at Hyundai dealerships in November 2020.