PINEHURST, NC — January 13, 2021 — I’m a visual learner. I admit it. We all learn by one of three methods – seeing, hearing, or doing. I am more of a ‘show me and I can do it’ person than anything else. We all get mental images in comparison when we look at something new or different. ‘What is this like?’, or ‘Of what does this remind me?’ (grammatically correct) are subconscious questions that we use to evaluate that something new. The ‘new’ 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line invoked those questions in me. So, first, does this look like some sort of shark to you? Okay, that’s what came into my mind, so call me crazy. Laurie does anyway. I like the new design. It’s modern and sleek and aggressive—maybe that’s the word that I am seeking.
“Why is that even interesting?” you ask.
Well, because when it comes to a family sedan, you normally don’t use the words shark or aggressive.
This, however, is the sports car enthusiast’s sedan. Powered by a 2.6L Turbo engine that generates an amazing 290 HP and 311–lbs. of torque, this sedan is not your granddaddy’s car. (I know, I am a granddaddy.) Of the five Sonata models, the SE, the SEL, the SEL Plus, the N Line, and the Limited, the N-Line is the sport model. These “four chipmunks (cylinders) on steroids”respond as soon as your foot hits the accelerator. Twice I put this car through its paces or, as Hyundai says, I did in fact ‘wake my instincts’. This sedan has real G-force surging through the front wheel drive platform, which means this sedan handles like a sports car, hugging the road,with only a little sway on the turns.
The N-Line has sporty seats, too. They were very comfortable for me, and the N unique sport front seats with Nappa Leather/Dinamica® suede seating surfaces were also heated, a blessing in the colder conditions of late. It was a different heating sequence as well. Normally, when you turn on the seat heater, it is on the highest setting and you turn it down as you get warm. On the 2021 Sonata N Line, the switch brings the heater on at the lowest setting and each touch of the switch raises the temperature. Yes, you get three tries to get it right. Since most of the time, I don’t need high heat even on cold mornings, I simply pushed the seat heater switch once and within a few minutes, my backside and lower back were wonderfully warm. “Set it and forget it.” Plus, with 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar, you could customize your seating position and save it in the car’s memory. Cool!
Our Hyundai Sonata N-Line had the power sunroof as well, giving you sunny sky shining from above without letting in cold or hot outside air, depending upon the season. The winter sun through the roof gave me the feeling of being outdoors without being cold. I liked it.
From the driver’s point–of–view, the control panels and dashboard are designed in such a way that you don’t have to wonder where the controls are. They are where you expect them to be, which says a lot. There are not a few cars that Laurie and I have driven where we felt we needed a college course to understand how the vehicle operated, and a few cars where we had to take out the owner’s manual just to find out how to turn on the engine! As for chassis design, the sedan is long in the front end and fluid in line. Results? Easy to look at, easy to park, easy to maneuver.
Here, however, is the best observation we can offer. So much of what comes on the Hyundai models these days is standard, and so much of what is standard is really outstanding. For example, our N-Line came with a 10.25-inch color touchscreen with navigation & traffic flow including incident data via HD Radio™, SiriusXM and Blue Link®.
The Bose Premium sound system with 12 speakers including a 9” subwoofer is standard, thewireless phone charger, standard, and high-beam assist, driver attention warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, rear occupant alert, safe exit warning, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, highway drive assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, and full-speed adaptive cruise control with stop and go. Because of these safety features and more, Hyundai has developed—and earned—over the years Hyundai a reputation as one of the safest vehicle manufacturers in the world. And for this reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Sonata an overall 5-star rating, its highest score.
The N-Line has four Drive Modes – Normal, Custom, Sport +, and Sport, all of which are keyed into the display screen for the driver to easily see. Sport and Sport + had red outlined circular gauge displays, while Normal and Custom had white outline circular displays. These circular displays, too, have other functions, as the one on the right will light up with “You should take a break”, with a single bell to get your attention. The one on the left is used to alert you to traffic coming up on the left in the blind spot area.
The base MSRP for the Sonata starts at $23K. Our N-Line starts at $33K and that’s small change for a sporty car that delivers so much. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N also get terrific mileage—23 city and 33 highway—which is terrific for a 290 HP 4-cylinder Turbo and 8 speed performance car. Did I say, “Varoom, Varoom?”
Check out all the Hyundai models and features here https://www.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/vehicles. I guarantee you’ll find one that suits your needs and wallet.
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HYUNDAI DEALERS in the environs of Pinehurst, NC, and Westchester County, NY:
10732 US Hwy 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
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Hartsdale, NY 10530