It’s not. All Sonata sedans are front-wheel drive.
How fast is the Hyundai Sonata?
Several different 4-cylinder engines power the Sonata, with performance stretching from tepid to torrid.
Our 5 out of 10 rating here applies to the most common models, which use a 191-hp inline-4. They’re just adequate, but by no means below average. Other versions would rate a point or two higher if considered independently.
That base engine pairs to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission for reasonable acceleration.
Sonata SEL Plus and Limited trims swap in a less powerful but torquier 1.6-liter turbo-4 that pairs a bit less smoothly with the automatic transmission. It’s slightly quicker in most situations, though we’re not entirely sure why Hyundai offers two engines with relatively similar performance.
Our favorite here for most drivers is the 192-hp hybrid…