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2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Is The Best Sonata With a Tesla-Like Summon Feature

This week I am testing the Hybrid 2024 Hyundai Sonata Limited trim and I think this is the best Sonata I have tested so far compared to the previous generations. This is my review.

Let's face it, gas prices are very high these days. But you still need a comfy ride. Enter the 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited. This sedan is like a super-leader in hybrid cars that saves on fuel (51 mpg highway) without sacrificing on style.

Efficiency is a strong suit for the 2024 Sonata. The hybrid model reigns supreme, achieving an EPA-estimated 44 mpg in city driving and a stellar 51 mpg on the highway. And good news – real-world testing by other reviewers suggests these numbers are achievable.

What's New For Sonata in 2024

In the above paragraph, I wrote about not sacrificing style because Hyundai gave the 2024 Sonata a complete makeover, making it look even more appealing.

Look at the new front end of the 2024 Sonata! Those cool daytime running lights that used to follow the hood are gone! Instead, they've got these funky new strips that stretch across the whole bumper. The back got some tweaks too, with a new bumper and taillights.

But the real change happens inside. We get a giant curved screen. It combines the infotainment system with the driver's display, basically two 12.3-inch screens in one. Pretty cool, right? Hyundai also swapped out the steering wheel and did something even more interesting - the gear shifter is no longer on the center console. Now it's a knob on the steering column, freeing up space for more cupholders.

Here's the thing about the engine options: all-wheel drive is finally available, but only for the base 4-cylinder engine. They also ditched the smaller turbocharged engine, but the powerful one in the sporty N Line is still there.

Trims and Pricing

The 2024 Hyundai Sonata comes in five trims: SEL, SEL Convenience, SEL Hybrid, N Line, and the Limited Hybrid. I am writing this review based on my driving experience of the Limited Hybrid trim. This lower trim's MSRP is currently $28,650 for the base SEL trim. This value-focused option packs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and delivers good fuel economy. Stepping up to the SEL Convenience ($31,665) adds features for comfort and technology.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited side exterior

Looking for a blend of efficiency and power? The SEL Hybrid ($31,950) offers a hybrid powertrain that delivers excellent gas mileage without sacrificing performance. If you crave a sportier driving experience, the N Line ($36,100) offers a turbocharged engine and sport-tuned suspension. The top-of-the-line Limited Hybrid Sonata ($38,350) combines the hybrid powertrain with all the bells and whistles for a luxurious ride.

Hyundai's Tesla-Like Remote Parking Assist

Now let's let's talk about something cool and continue this review of the 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited with something very interesting: Remote Parking Assist, which is similar to Tesla's Smart Summon feature.

Tesla isn't the only one with a parking trick anymore! Some Hyundai models, like the Sonata Hybrid Limited, are catching up with a similar feature called "Remote Parking Assist" (though not available on all trims). While it was introduced in the 2020 Sonata many people still don't know about it. Here's how it works with the key fob:

Forget the phone app, you can activate Remote Parking Assist with a button press on the key fob. This feature is for your driveway or parking lot, not the wild streets. You're always in charge! You need to be near the car and ready to take over if needed. Hyundai's Remote Parking Assist won't move the car super far, typically around 40 feet (12 meters). Don't expect a speedy getaway. The Remote Parking Assist takes it slow and safe.

Basically, it's a remote control for parking your car in tight spaces or bringing it closer to you. Be careful with the future. It may still be in beta.

Engine Options and Performance

Under the hood of the 2024 Sonata, you'll find several engine options to choose from. The base model features a fuel-efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 192 horsepower. The Sonata also offers a hybrid option that combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 192 horsepower. While it prioritizes fuel efficiency, we noticed occasional hesitation during transitions between gas and electric power, but not a big deal at all. The sporty N Line has a muscular 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out a thrilling 290 horsepower. This engine makes the Sonata N Line one of the quickest front-wheel-drive cars on the market, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.0 seconds.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Engine

While most Sonatas come equipped with front-wheel drive, those in snowy climates will appreciate the option of all-wheel drive, available with the base 2.5-liter engine. All trims pair their engines with a conventional automatic transmission, a welcome respite from the continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) common in this class.

Interior Comfort

Step inside the 2024 Sonata and you'll be greeted by a thoroughly revamped interior. The most striking feature is the new infotainment system, a dual-screen setup inspired by luxury brands like BMW. One 12.3-inch display serves as the digital instrument cluster, keeping vital driving information in clear view. The other 12.3-inch touchscreen controls all your infotainment needs, with features like standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration. Wireless charging for your phone is another thoughtful touch. Audiophiles will appreciate the optional Bose stereo system with 12 speakers, delivering rich and immersive sound.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited interior

The driver's comfort is prioritized with a new steering wheel design and a center console refresh. Moving the gear selector to the steering column frees up valuable space for additional cupholders and storage compartments. The center armrest gets a welcome upgrade too, with an extended palm rest for enhanced comfort on long drives. High-quality materials are used throughout the cabin, giving the Sonata a more upscale feel.

The rear seats offer ample legroom and headroom for passengers of average height. While not class-leading, the space is sufficient for most needs. The trunk provides a respectable 15.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity, making it suitable for groceries, luggage, or weekend adventure gear.

How The 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Stands Out In Competition

The 2024 Sonata Hybrid faces stiff competition in the midsize hybrid sedan segment. Here's a look at its three closest rivals and how the Sonata Hybrid stacks up:

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid: The perennial champ, the Camry Hybrid offers a reputation for rock-solid reliability and exceptional fuel economy (up to 52 mpg combined). However, the Sonata Hybrid offers a more modern interior design and a slightly lower starting price.
  • Honda Accord Hybrid: Another strong contender, the Accord Hybrid delivers a well-rounded driving experience with sharp handling and a spacious interior. While fuel efficiency is comparable (up to 48 mpg combined), the Sonata Hybrid offers a more powerful engine and a standard suite of driver-assistance features.
  • Nissan Altima Hybrid: The Altima Hybrid offers a comfortable ride and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, its fuel economy falls short of the Sonata Hybrid (up to 42 mpg combined) and its interior doesn't feel as upscale.

So, where does the Sonata Hybrid shine? Here are its key advantages:

  • Fuel Efficiency: With an EPA-estimated 47 mpg combined, the Sonata Hybrid sits near the top of its class, saving you money at the pump.
  • Standard Features: The Sonata Hybrid comes packed with safety and technology features like automatic emergency braking and a large touchscreen infotainment system, offering excellent value for your money.
  • Bold Design: The Sonata Hybrid offers a stylish and modern exterior that sets it apart from some of its more conservative competitors.
  • Warranty: Hyundai's industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty provides peace of mind for long-term ownership.

While each competitor has its strengths, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers a compelling combination of fuel efficiency, features, design, and value, making it a serious contender in the hybrid sedan market.

The Driving Experience

While reviewers haven't raved about the 2024 Sonata Hybrid's driving experience being particularly sporty or thrilling, they do highlight its strengths for comfortable and efficient cruising. It's smooth and quiet, the handling is relaxed, the power is adequate and the brakes are solid.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited second row seat

The hybrid powertrain shines with a smooth and refined operation. You'll enjoy a peaceful ride with minimal engine noise, thanks to the electric motor seamlessly assisting the gasoline engine.

Don't expect a razor-sharp driving experience. The Sonata Hybrid prioritizes a comfortable ride over sporty handling. It tackles daily commutes and highway cruising with confidence, but those seeking a more engaging driving experience might want to look elsewhere.

With a combined output of 192 horsepower, the Sonata Hybrid offers sufficient pep for navigating city streets and merging onto highways. However, some reviewers have noted a slight hesitation during transitions between gas and electric power, which might be noticeable to some drivers.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited cargo space

The brakes have received praise for offering a smooth and controlled feel, giving you confidence when coming to a stop.

Driving the 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, I realized that this is a really nice family sedan that truly prioritizes a comfortable and efficient driving experience. It's a great choice for those who value a quiet cabin, a smooth ride, and strong fuel economy over a sporty and engaging driving character.

Now please let me know your thoughts if you have ever driven a Hyundai Sonata or a hybrid vehicle. Please, click the red link below to write your comment and join the discussion. Your insights can greatly add to this article's value and other carbuyers' decision-making.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Rear Exterior


Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News TwitterFacebookLinkedin, and Youtube. He has more than a decade of expertise in the automotive industry with a special interest in Tesla and electric vehicles.