Holy crap; how is this the 2024 Hyundai Sonata? Oh wait, the answer is simple: Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis have arguably the most impressive exterior-design team in all of automobile-dom, and this mid-cycle refresh of the Sonata sedan that launched in 2019 is just another victory for a design team that has been on an absolute roll for the past five-ish years.
Let’s get straight to the new “curved display” that “combines both 12.3-inch driver information clusters and 12.3-inch AVN infotainment system.”
Now let’s look at the face. That big bar across the front edge of the hood, and the aggressive lower fascia (especially on the N Line) — they just work. The car looks a bit alien, but I’m into it. Here’s what Hyundai says about the Sonata’s new nose:
SONATA’s low-slung exterior exemplifies progressive automotive design and embodies ‘The Sportiness’ with a horizontal front-end layout that integrates Hyundai’s signature Seamless Horizon Lamp, hidden headlamps, wide grille and air intake for a more dynamic and aggressive appearance. The Seamless Horizon Lamp and wide-set, hidden headlamps create a dramatic lighting effect, emphasizing the vehicle’s wide stance while adding a futuristic touch.
As a reminder, the outgoing Sonata looks good, too — but I think this new face just looks cooler. You decide:
The rear end also works quite well — again, thanks to a horizontal light bar. Here’s what Hyundai has to say about the new tail end:
At the rear, the new H-lights further emphasize SONATA’s high-tech image and wide stance. The swooping spoiler-shaped trunk lid and muffler-shaped rear garnish on the standard model reinforce the impression of a high-performance sports sedan while the addition of a rear spoiler and dual twin-tip mufflers along with exclusive 19-inch wheels on the N Line further amplify that image.
Here’s the outgoing rear:
The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry should be worried.