Hyundai Reveals Sonata, Elantra for 2024

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

In a rare double feature, Hyundai threw the covers off a pair of updates today instead of choosing to drag the news cycle out over a couple of weeks. Even more rare? The rigs in question are both sedans.

This is good news in a world where companies have been quick to ditch their car lines (ahem, Ford) in favor of SUVs and crossovers.

First up is the Sonata, receiving the Robocop headlight treatment (technically called the ‘Seamless Horizon Lamp’) which has appeared on other machines such as the next Kona. The rear changes less dramatically but now adopts a variant of the H-pattern which is also working its way across the lineup. Big news also shows up in the form of all-wheel drive, functioning under the HTRAC banner and now available on Sonata sedans equipped with the 2.5-liter engine.

Speaking of motivation, power choices include a gasoline-powered 2.5L mill, a 2.5L turbo, and a 2.0L hybrid. Specs are not listed yet for ’24 but in other years those first two engines made 191 and 290 horses, respectively, while the hybrid was good for a system output of 192 ponies. Alert readers will notice no mention of the 180-horsepower 1.6L turbo for the upcoming year. Inside, we note a typically clean horizontal style found in most of today’s cars from this brand, along with an Ioniq-esque gear selector relocated to the steering column. Also, the ‘H’ badge has vanished from the steering wheel.

A size smaller, the 2024 Elantra now has a slightly less alarming maw, with a new two-piece grille broken up by a color-keyed spear. There are also changes to the front fender shape, wheel designs, and sundry trim. Side airbags are now on board for rear seat passengers, there’s a new instrument cluster design, more USB outlets, a better wireless charging pad, and a vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot. As with other years, there are again a yaffle of engines including a brace of turbos and a 1.6L hybrid electric. Those looking for grins need to check out the N, rated last year at a stout 276 horsepower.

Why is Hyundai shoveling money into the four-door game? According to the company, our market snapped up nearly 3 million sedans across all brands in the last year. We suggest there’s still a good appetite for this segment and have long felt some manufacturers gave it up for dead far too quickly.

[Images: Hyundai]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on Aug 31, 2023

    I don't know who these cars are for but not me. I'm all in favor of sedans but prefer those that don't look like they were designed by aliens in outer space!

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Aug 31, 2023

    Much needed improvement up front for the Sonata (improvement not as drastic for the Elantra) and good to see AWD being added, altho wish it had been for something other than the NA 2.5L.

    The Sonata could use the new hybrid and PHEV powertrains that are in development, but guess those will have to wait for the next gen Sonata - that is, if there is one.

    Interesting to note that despite having been canceled in NA, the Grandeur (aka Azera), which is now larger and more premium than the Lexus ES, is safe because sales are gangbusters in Korea (over 100k/yr).

    • Aquaticko Aquaticko on Sep 01, 2023

      In conjunction with that, Sonata sales in Korea appear to have cratered, but then I know it has the whole ajeossi vibe working against it, adventurous styling of this gen be damned. Until we start taxing vehicles appropriately over here--by weight, for starters--I don't think we're going to see any significant revival in the non-crossover/SUV/pickup market.

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