2022 Camry vs. Sonata Comparison

For a sleek, well-appointed car without the expensive price tag, the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata bring the performance, interior, and exterior looks, and more to excite your drive.

Feel the exhilaration that comes with the Camry TRD, XSE V6, and XLE V6, which have a standard V6 engine and 301 horsepower. The most powerful Sonata N Line model has 290 horsepower.

Never take your eyes off the road with the 10-in. Head-Up Display available on the Camry XLE and XSE model variations. A Color Head-Up Display is only available on the most expensive Sonata Limited.

Tune into your drive with the Camry and Sonata's wide range of connectivity options.

From engine to interior, see what these sedans bring to the table.

Published Date: 01/04/2022

2022 Camry speeding around the bend of a race track

Performance

  • Only the 2022 Camry has available All-Wheel Drive.
  • Whether you choose a gas or a hybrid model, the Sonata and Camry have good fuel economy ratings.
  • Turn the horsepower dial up with the Camry's available 301 horsepower 3.5-Liter V6 engine.

The Camry brings surprising versatility in its model options and performance features that offer a more driver-centric ride.

Capability and Power

Choose between the Camry's standard Front-Wheel Drive or available All-Wheel Drive. Sticking with the traditional setup, the Sonata has continued its singular Front-Wheel Drive offering for 2022.

Despite the differences in drivetrains, both of these sedans offer gas and hybrid models that are efficient and eco-sensitive. The Camry LE has an EPA-estimated 28/39/32 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating and the Camry LE Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 51/53/52 MPG rating. Comparatively, the 2022 Sonata SE has an EPA-estimated 28/38/32 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The base model Sonata Hybrid Blue has an EPA-estimated 50/54/52 MPG rating.

At the base level, Camry drivers don't have to choose between efficiency and horsepower. The Camry LE, while fuel efficient, still packs a punch with 203 horsepower. Enjoy a horsepower boost with the 3.5-Liter V6 engine, which is standard with the Camry TRD, XSE V6, and XLE V6. These models have an impressive 301 horsepower. At the base level, the Sonata SE has 191 standard horsepower. Drivers can also try out the Sonata N Line, which has 290 horsepower.

Two Camry's parked in a lot

Exterior

  • Get larger standard wheels on the Camry and Camry Hybrid.
  • Have your pick between an available panoramic sunroof or moonroof with the Camry.
  • Try out one of the Camry's cool exterior color mixes.

Find a sport-styled sedan between the 2022 Camry and Sonata that will turn heads.

Exciting Exterior Options

Ride in style with the Camry LE's standard 17-in. alloy wheels, or go all in with the XSE and TRD models, which feature 19-in. gloss-black alloy wheels and 19-in. TRD matte-black alloy wheels, respectively. Comparatively, you get standard 16-in. alloy wheels on the 2022 Sonata SE. Upgrade to the SEL Plus and N Line for 19-in. alloy wheels. Bigger wheel size options are more limited for the Sonata Hybrid models. While the Camry XSE Hybrid has standard 19-in. wheels, the largest wheel size the Sonata Hybrid offers is with the Sonata Hybrid SEL and Limited, which have 17-in. wheels.

Individualize your Camry with available features like a power tilt/slide moonroof or available panoramic glass roof with front power tilt/slide moonroof for less. The Sonata's available panoramic sunroof option will cost you about $2,200 extra. It requires the added Convenience Package on the Sonata SEL.

For a fun overall look, the Camry has nine available exterior colors and four two-tone combinations. There are seven exterior colors available with the Sonata.

Interior view of a man driving the Camry

Interior

  • Keep your eyes on the road with the Camry's available Head-Up Display (HUD).
  • Defrost your car faster with the Camry Cold Weather Package, available starting on the Camry LE.
  • Get Amazon Alexa compatibility in all Camry models.

With the abundance of standard and available interior options, more doesn't have to mean out of budget with the Camry.

Convenience and In-Car Tech

Easily see information displayed right on your windshield with the available 10-in. color Head-Up Display (HUD) in the Camry XLE and XSE. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll be able to see navigation, certain road signs, outside temperature, and more. The comparable Hyundai color Heads-Up Display (HUD) is only available with the Sonata Limited.

Camry LE makes comfort more affordable with the available Cold Weather Package for just $1,290. This includes a heated steering wheel, front seats, and power outside mirrors. Altogether, your grand total would be $26,585. For the trifecta of cold weather amenities in the Sonata, you'll have to choose the Sonata Limited, which starts at $34,100.

Settle into a ride that’s comfortable and compatible. Utilize the Camry's standard Amazon Alexa compatibility feature to add something to your grocery list, look up an answer, play a podcast, or check the weather. Amazon Alexa is compatible with Hyundai's Blue Link® feature, but this is only standard with the SEL and higher.

Black 2022 Camry parked in a smoky garage

Conclusion: Camry vs. Sonata

  • Get optimal traction with the Camry's available All-Wheel Drive.
  • Choose a classic color option or spice things up with a two-tone paint job on the 2022 Camry.
  • Take home the Camry and find out why it deserves a vehicle category all to itself.

It's pretty well known that the Camry and Sonata are reliable, safe vehicle options. When it comes down to the details, the Camry gives you more ways to make your ride your own.

For one, the Camry has both Front-Wheel Drive and available All-Wheel Drive, so you can make the right choice depending on where you live and what adventures you plan on taking in your new sedan. The 2022 Sonata does not offer AWD.

You also get more exterior colors to choose from with the Camry, including a two-tone look.

Don't miss out on the 2022 Camry's standard and available offerings. Take home the winner of U.S. News 2021 Best Cars for the Money award in the mid-size car category today.