2024 Hyundai Sonata Update Adds Sharper Looks With Fender-to-Fender LED Bar
Hyundai’s Camry rival also sports a new dashboard design and—get this—better cupholders.
Hyundai's design department is sharpening the looks of its cars in mundane segments to stand out from its competition. The current Sonata was already a reasonably sharp-looking car. Now, however, it's received an impressive facelift to make it look more like the new Kona and Staria. Its interior has been updated as well with fresh new displays and switchgear. It all adds up.
Hyundai has been building the Sonata, its Toyota Camry fighter, since 1985. Its current generation is the latest and greatest and received a huge glow-up compared to older models. No new trims have been added as a part of the facelift and there are no mechanical changes to speak of, but the hood has been changed to new sheet metal, and both front and rear fascias are almost completely revised.
The Sonata's new face resembles the Kona's closely. The Kona recently received a whole new model which touts a fender-to-fender continuous LED bar as a daytime running light. The Sonata sports that feature as well, and its projector headlights are blended into the brake cooling ducts/foglamp bezel, also like the Kona.
The rear end is not updated quite so elegantly as the front, but at least it's cohesive. The interior is where a potential buyer will notice the biggest changes. The dashboard has been updated extensively, with similar physical controls to the pre-facelift car, but new twin 12.3-inch displays floating above the dash in a single bezel, new HVAC vents, and more. Even the cupholders have been updated and the steering wheel is new as well.
The N-Line trim is the most aggressive of the bunch, but even the normal car will look absolutely furious in your rearview mirror. The new Sonata will more than likely make its American debut at the New York Auto Show in early April, and arrive at dealerships soon after.
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