Since its arrival for the 2019 model year, the eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata has been an attention-grabber. Its premium looks and attractive features make it a compelling and different offering in a typically staid segment, and now it’s getting a deep mid-cycle refresh. The 2024 Hyundai Sonata looks sportier and more futuristic, enough so that it could be confused for an all-new model, not one that’s merely updated to keep it fresh another few years.
As you can see, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata adopts the same basic exterior design that debuted here in America on the smaller 2024 Kona SUV. The main feature is Hyundai‘s Seamless Horizon Lamp, a long horizontal daytime running light that spans nearly the entire front end. The actual headlights are hidden in the black trim in the bumper, exaggerating the nose’s low-slung look. If the refreshed Sonata looks wider to you, it’s because of all those horizontal design elements that Hyundai added. A performance-oriented N Line variant is once again available, and it gets even more sharper angles and a honeycomb grille pattern.
From the profile, things haven’t changed much. Besides the new wheel designs, there isn’t much to report here; the four-door coupe styling that debuted in the eighth generation continues for the 2024 model.
The rear, however, gets a new design. A new H-shaped taillight takes over the rear, again connecting both corners and giving the back a wide appearance like the front. A new black trim piece on the rear fascia starts behind the wheels and expands up to house the license plate and dual or quad exhausts (depending on the variant). The black trim is also present on the ducktail spoiler, and while the shape of the trunk doesn’t appear to have changed, it looks better than before.