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Eric's Autos: 2022 Hyundai Sonata

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Does anyone still make mid-sized family sedans? Haven't they all been cancelled -- in favor of crossovers?

Most of them, yes. Including -- most recently -- the Mazda6 sedan, which Mazda recently announced it won't be selling anymore after the end of this model year.

But there are still a few.

One of the remaining not-quite-last-of-the-Mohicans being the 2022 Hyundai Sonata.

What It Is

The Sonata is Hyundai's mid-sized family sedan. It competes with the handful of still-available similar sedans made by Toyota (Camry), Honda (Accord) and Nissan (Altima), as well as its Kia-badged cousin, the K5, which isn't just a reskinned and rebadged Sonata (or the reverse). The K5 comes standard with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that's optional in the Sonata -- and it is available with AWD -- while all Sonata trims are front-wheel-drive.

 

Prices start at $24,150 for the base SE trim, which comes with a larger (than the Kia's standard) 2.5-liter engine without a turbo -- paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The SEL Plus trim gets a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, plus upgraded amenities such as a one-speaker Bose premium audio system, simulated leather seating and a 19-inch wheel/tire package.

The top-of-the-line N-Line gets a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine that musters 290 horsepower paired with a quicker-shifting, eight-speed dual clutch automatic, more aggressively tuned suspension, sport wheel/tire package and N-Line cosmetic upgrades.

This one stickers for $34,750.

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