Is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata all-wheel drive?

2021 Hyundai Sonata Drivetrain Configuration Options

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is widely acclaimed for the strong ride that it provides, as well as other benefits. Some individuals’ minds acquaint top performance with all-wheel drive. Does the 2021 Hyundai Sonata come with, or offer, all-wheel drive?


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No, all-wheel drive is not offered on the 2021 Hyundai Sonata. Instead, all incarnations of the model are powered by front-wheel drive.

Is all-wheel drive always desirable?

All-wheel drive is sometimes hyped up as if it’s always to be desired when possible (and automakers are certainly partly to fault for this perception). However, while AWD can be a good feature for off-roading and to improve traction in some conditions, it has its share of downsides, and not as many upsides as most believe.

A year ago, we answered a very similar question.

What are the downsides of all-wheel drive?

Besides being expensive to add to a vehicle, all-wheel drive is also heavy, which results in performance differences and increased fuel costs (along with decreased efficiency). It also requires more maintenance, which means more money and time spent on your vehicle. All-wheel drive doesn’t typically help improve control in inclement weather as well as individuals expect, which, in addition to general frustration, can lead to accidents resulting from overconfidence.

Blue 2021 Hyundai Sonata drives through a city

Does the 2021 Hyundai Sonata perform well without all-wheel drive?

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is doing just fine without all-wheel drive, thank you. It provides a composed, responsive ride that’s firmer than most of the models in its category. Under the hood lies a reasonably quick turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which is shifted smoothly by the eight-speed automatic transmission. That transmission is conventional, rather than a CVT, meaning it doesn’t have that annoying drone that CVTs are prone to.

Stepping up to the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line model gets one behind the wheels of nothing less than the most powerful Hyundai front-wheel drive sedan ever. In fact, this machine is the quickest front-wheel drive family sedan to be tested by Car and Driver, zipping from five to 60 miles-per-hour in just 5.2 seconds, even matching times set by all-wheel drive models like the Ford Fusion Sport. It’s on sale now.

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