3 Biggest Changes to the 2024 Hyundai Sonata

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

While sedans may be falling out of favor, there still is a strong market for vehicles with four doors and a trunk. Hyundai is looking to capture a good chunk of this market, with offerings like the refreshed 2024 Hyundai Sonata.

While some refreshes aren’t much more than new taillights and a shuffling of features, the 2024 Sonata has been extensively overhauled. Inside, out, and even underneath, the mid-size sedan has been updated to keep competitive against the stalwarts like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Amongst all the changes, three features really stick out. We’ve summarized the biggest changes to the 2024 Hyundai Sonata below.

Clearly the Exterior

It doesn’t take more than a passing glance at the 2024 Hyundai Sonata to notice it’s different than the car it replaces. Starting up front, the car has Hyundai’s new design language that features a long LED light strip stretching across the width of the vehicle. Below it are the headlight clusters on either side that include the turn signals and dual vents.

At the back there is another full-width LED light strip that merges into vertical strips at both ends. The brake lights consist of six LED rectangles aligned through an inward pyramid shape. There is a standard integrated rear spoiler with built in air diffusers as well.

The overall shape and design is both bold and unique – a hallmark of many Sonatas through the years.

Addition of All-Wheel Drive

Hyundai has included optional all-wheel drive for the 2024 model year on the Sonata. For this year at least, it is only available with the 191 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. That means it’s tied to the SEL trim in the United States and the Preferred trim in Canada. The N-Line with the potent turbocharged engine and the fuel-sipping Hybrid both remain front-wheel drive only.

New Screens, New Tech

Inside, the biggest change is noticed right in front of the driver. The infotainment system is now integrated with the driver information center behind a singular screen. In lower trim models, the driver information center is a 4.2-inch semi-digital display. In higher trims, it’s a 12.3-inch fully digital display. Regardless of driver information screen, the infotainment touchscreen is a standard 12.3-inches.

Just as important as the new screens, there’s another big technology change. The Sonata finally receives wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Although it’s a small change, in today’s world of constant connectivity, it’s a very welcome one, if not overdue. Just watch which trim of Sonata you’re in as the lower-level modes do not have a wireless charger to keep your phone juiced up.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Bagger Bagger on Jun 04, 2024

    These newer flat led dash screens in some cars are such a disappointment. Just no style or integration at all...I wouldn't buy it just for that alone.

    • CJR CJR on Jun 04, 2024

      I wouldn’t buy one because of their crap engines

  • Steve Steve on Jun 04, 2024

    I have hag 3 Sonatas in a row, no problems ever. I cant wait to get my fourth!