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Performance-focused 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line starts in the mid-$30,000s

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is meant as a sporty daily driver.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has finally revealed what it will cost to get a performance-focused 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line. The trim level will start at $33,200. Buyers can pay $33,400 and get it with 19-inch Continental ProContact summer tires.

The "N" in "N Line" signifies high performance at Hyundai, similar in the way "ST" does at Ford. But, like the "ST Line" designation from Dearborn, the "N Line" moniker gives a hint that the car isn't fully optimized for the track, but rather has sporty daily driving characteristics.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N LineThe car features unique exterior design.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

It's the first Sonata N Line that Hyundai has ever made, but that doesn't mean it's just a comfortable cruiser with a sport mode. The car's turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Its powertrain is completed with a new N eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission while paddle shifters take their place on the wheel.

This power plant is far more powerful than the engines typically found in the Sonata. The standard Sonata has a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Buyers can upgrade to the 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

Hyundai is giving the Sonata N Line its own unique lineup of exterior design elements, building on what is offered in the Sonata SEL. This includes unique N 19-inch alloy wheels, 245/40 R19 all-season tires, N front and rear fascias, rear spoiler, panoramic sunroof, gloss black side mirrors and window surround, N dual exhaust with quad tips, N badging, and full LED taillights.

It also has N sport front seats with Nappa leather bolsters and Dinamica suede inserts, leather-wrapped N sport steering wheel, a 12.3-inch LCD cluster display, wireless device charging, Hyundai Digital Key, aluminum pedals, second-row air vent, proximity key with push-button start and a hands-free trunk release, LED interior lighting, and an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N LineSport seats are standard on the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line will be available at dealerships in November.

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New electric SUV

The Genesis GV60 is on sale now

The GV60 is on sale in the U.S. now.

Genesis

Today, Genesis announced that its newest vehicle, the electric GV60, is on sale in the United States. The vehicle brings a load of new tech and innovations, and features the brand's distinctive, attractive styling.

The GV60 will be offered in two configurations in the United States. The GV60 Advanced AWD starts at $58,890 and features a facial unlocking system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and touchscreen, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The GV60 Performance AWD starts at $67,890 and brings more power, leather upholstery, a massaging driver's seat, and more.

2023 Genesis GV60Buyers get three years of free charging. Genesis

The Advanced model comes with a 74-kW front and 160-kW rear electric motor for a total of 314 horsepower. A 77.4-kWh battery provides juice for the operation, and returns a range of 248 miles. The Performance AWD model features a 160-kW front and 160-kW rear motor for a combined 429 horsepower, with up to 483 ponies available with a temporary boost mode.

Genesis partnered with Electrify America to provide GV60 owners with three years of free 30-minute charging sessions. Owners can charge anywhere in the United States, and can locate charging stations using their vehicle's navigation system. The GV60 is also the first Genesis to feature Connected Care, which includes several connected services such as enhanced roadside assistance, an SOS emergency notification feature, vehicle health reports, and more.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

Kia

Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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