4 min read
15 Apr

Although the Sonata got minor revisions for the 2023 model year, there’s no mistaking the sleek and modern exterior design, the advanced and feature-packed interior, and the impressive performance and fuel efficiency. It’s mostly a carryover model from the previous year. However, the latest Sonata gets, among other cool additions, an SEL and SEL Convenience package that features a larger 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display. 

Also, the solar roof on the Hybrid Limited variant has got deleted and replaced with a panoramic sunroof. With the latest generation debuting in 2020, the Sonata sedan now looks more expensive than it actually costs. Its satisfying array of tech features– including a parking camera– promotes and ensures the "expensive" aura. It may not match the seating comfort and ride quality of some similarly classed sedans, but the Sonata certainly holds its own in the segment. 

If you are in the market for a midsize sedan with a sleek design, advanced technology, and impressive performance, then the 2023 Hyundai Sonata is definitely worth your consideration. Keep reading for a quick review of this latest incarnation of the popular Sonata model, boasting a host of cutting-edge features that make it stand out in a crowded field of competitors. 

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata Rocks A Sleek And Modern Exterior Design

2023 Hyundai Sonata review Via Hyundai.

Hyundai's designers have outdone themselves with the 2023 Sonata, giving it a sleek and modern look that will certainly draw envious looks and coveting stares. The car's bold lines and elegant curves create a distinctive profile, while the sloping roofline and elongated hood give it an aerodynamic look that is both stylish and functional. 

The new Sonata’s front fascia features a large grille with a mesh pattern and chrome accents, along with sharp LED headlights that add an extra touch of sophistication. 

The rear of the car is equally impressive, with a sculpted bumper and a sleek set of LED taillights that give the Sonata a sporty and aggressive look. This is one of those cars that make you look richer and more sophisticated than you actually are. 

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata Boasts An Advanced And Feature-Packed Interior

2023 Hyundai Sonata interior Via Hyundai.

While the exterior of the 2023 Sonata is impressive, the interior is where the car really shines. We all know why they call certain model years of the Camry "Big for Nothing;" such sentiments cannot apply to the newest Sonata. 

It looks surprisingly cooler on the inside. Unlike the Big for Nothing, Hyundai has loaded this model with a host of features that make it one of the most technologically advanced cars in its class. 

The car's dashboard features a large touchscreen display that is easy to use and provides access to a wide range of features, including navigation, climate control, and audio. 

The car also comes with a premium sound system that delivers crystal-clear audio, as well as a wireless charging pad that makes it easy to keep your phone charged on the go. 

2023 Hyundai Sonata dashboard Via Hyundai.

Other interior features include a panoramic sunroof that provides a clear view of the sky, heated and ventilated front seats that keep you comfortable in any weather, and a driver's seat that can be adjusted in multiple ways to provide the perfect driving position. 

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata Delivers Impressive Performance And Fuel Efficiency

2023 Hyundai Sonata engine and performance Via Hyundai.

The 2023 Sonata gets powered by two different engine options, both of which deliver impressive performance and fuel efficiency. 

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. 

Both engines got paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides smooth and responsive shifting, while the car's suspension system delivers a comfortable and stable ride. 

The car also features a decent list of advanced safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, which help to keep the driver and other passengers safe on the road. 

2023 sonata panoramic-sunroof Via Hyundai.

Speaking of fuel efficiency, the 2023 Sonata’s base engine delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highways, while the turbocharged engine delivers an impressive 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. 

It goes without saying that Nigerian drivers should take these as ballpark appraisals, seeing as the country’s driving conditions are radically different from the North American EPA test bed. 

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata Offers Four Trim Levels To Choose From

2023 Hyundai Sonata N Line Via Hyundai.

The 2023 Sonata is available in four different trim levels, each offering a unique set of features and upgrades. 

The base SE trim comes with a host of standard features, including an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a suite of advanced safety features. 

The SEL trim adds a number of features, including a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display, heated front seats, and a wireless charging pad. 

The Limited trim takes things up a notch with leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster while the top-of-the-line N Line trim features a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and a turbocharged engine that delivers 290 horsepower. 

We note that Highway Driving Assist is now restricted to Limited and N Line trim, while the N Line Night Edition got canceled for 2023. 

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata Is A Versatile And Stylish Midsize Sedan

2023 Hyundai Sonata review, price, and pictures Via Hyundai.

Summarily, the 2023 Hyundai Sonata is a truly impressive car, with a combination of style, technology, and performance that is hard to beat. Whether you are looking for a comfortable and stylish sedan for your daily commute or a sporty and reasonably powerful car for weekend road trips, the Sonata can deliver impressively on both fronts. 

With its sleek exterior design, advanced interior features, and impressive performance, the 2023 Sonata is sure to be a hit with drivers who demand the very best from their vehicles. We should also note one last time that this car looks and feels more expensive than it actually is.

Not that a roughly ₦14 million starting price is child’s play in Nigeria. But considering rivals like the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu costs over a million more than the Sonata, the beautiful sedan certainly offers great value for the money. 

So if you are in the market for a midsize sedan, be sure to check out the 2023 Hyundai Sonata and experience the future of modern elegance for yourself.

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