While companies like Ford and Chevy move away from sedans in favor of trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, we’ve got to give credit to Hyundai and sister-company Kia for sticking to the low-riding, three-box format. Joining the Kia Stinger, K900, and K5 as the newest member of the Cool Korean Sedans Crew is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line.
Before any current Veloster N owners with expanding families get excited, however, the N Line is basically an appearance package and not a “real” N. It adds a sportier-looking front fascia with three extra intake slots, side skirts, 19-inch wheels, a slightly more aggro rear diffuser, dual-twin exhaust tips, and, of course, N Line badging. On the inside, the sport-leaning Sonata features dark chrome trim, red stitching, and sportier seats.
“The 2021 Sonata N Line will attract more customers to both the rock-solid Sonata lineup and our increasingly popular N Line sub-brand. Sonata N Line will appeal to customers who desire sporty styling in a sedan package,” said Hyundai design head SangYup Lee in a press release.
Essentially what we have here is not Korea’s answer to the Toyota Camry TRD (which actually receives some genuine handling upgrades), but rather the Camry XSE. No, it isn’t any quicker than the vanilla version of your last Uber, but it does try to look sort of cool. The regular Sonata was already an interesting-looking car and, once you get over the lack of performance enhancements, the N Line admittedly does look quite cool.
While we don’t doubt that there’s a market for mid-size family sedans that merely look sporty, we can’t help but wish Hyundai would build a full-on, baby blue, crackling-exhaust Sonata N for its next cool sedan.
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