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2020 Hyundai Sonata

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Used Car Price Range
$14,488 - $25,998
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2020 SE 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $23,600
2020 SEL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,700
2020 SEL Plus 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $27,650
2020 Sonata Hybrid Blue 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $27,750
2020 Sonata Hybrid SEL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $29,900
2020 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $33,500
2020 Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $35,300
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

Five years after the sixth-generation model rolled out, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata returns with a clean sheet redesign. The latest version features a sloped nose, exquisite lighting, and a fastback look. It's a tech-laden model, too, with lots of useful upgrades for consideration.

Choosing Your Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is available in four trims: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited. Pricing starts at $24,330 including destination for the base SE and climbs to $34,230 for the Limited.

Engine Choices

The Sonata comes with two engine choices. The SE and SEL have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the SEL Plus and Limited feature a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L 4-Cylinder191 hp181 lb-ft32 mpg
1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder180 hp195 lb-ft31 mpg

Power is routed to the front wheels by means of an eight-speed automatic transmission with both engines.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The roomy Sonata fits five in comfort. In fact, its cabin is nearly as large as some full-size sedans. The front seats are comfortable and offer ample back, hip, and thigh support. The top-trim models offer additional bolstering.

The Sonata’s cargo space measures 16.0 cubic feet for one of the largest trunks in its class. A split-folding rear bench seat extends storage space into the cabin.

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Safety Features

Hyundai offers several driver assist safety technologies as standard equipment. All models come with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, and automatic high beams.

Beginning with the SEL trim, the Sonata gains blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited adds front and rear parking sensors, park assist, a surround-view monitor, and a head-up display.

Connectivity

Hyundai supplies the Sonata with an 8-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, one USB port, and a six-speaker audio system.

With the SEL trim, Hyundai adds HD radio, satellite radio, and an additional USB port. A wireless charging pad is included with the SEL Plus trim, while the Limited brings a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a Bose audio system.

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SE - From $24,330

Hyundai equips the standard SE trim with LED headlights and taillights and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, the seats are cloth covered. Full power accessories, a six-way manual driver seat, a four-way manual passenger seat, air conditioning, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering column are standard.

SEL - From $26,430

The SEL trim features 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, and a hands-free trunk. Among the cabin upgrades are keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

A panoramic sunroof is a $1,000 upgrade, while the Convenience Package ($1,200) bundles wireless device charging, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a second-row USB port, and a 12.3-inch driver information display.

SEL Plus - From $28,380

The SEL Plus comes with the turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels, and Hyundai’s digital key, which allows owners to unlock and start their Sonata with their smartphone. Inside, the seats are covered in imitation leather, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and paddle shifters are included.

The Tech Package ($2,750) will be a popular option, as it bundles the 10.25-inch touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lights, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system.

Limited - From $34,230

The top-of-the-line Limited includes automatic-leveling headlights and a panoramic sunroof. Leather seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, ambient interior lighting, and memory functionality for the driver's seat and side mirrors are included.

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CarsDirect Tip

The base 2020 Hyundai Sonata offers many of the driver assist safety technologies shoppers want. But we think the SEL offers the best value with heated side mirrors, a hands-free trunk, and heated front seats highlighting its list of upscale features.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Active safety features
  • Lovely inside and out
  • Quiet, comfortable interior
  • Luxury-car ride quality
Cons
  • Performance trails rivals
  • Excessive exterior chrome
  • Turbo lag
  • 2.0L turbo dropped from lineup
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Contributing Writer

Style reawakened. Despite the move away from sedans, it’s full speed ahead for the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Both the interior and exterior are clean-sheet redesigns, establishing a worthy successor to the ground-breaking sixth-generation model, which was introduced in 2011.

Based on a new third-generation platform, the midsize Sonata offers the choice of two new gasoline engines, new suspension geometry, available app-based digital key technology, and a wide range of standard and available advanced safety systems.

Stunning from any angle, the sporty and curvaceous body is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model, punctuated by a roofline that begins with a steeper windshield rake, and terminates where the coupe-like roofline meets the trailing edge of the decklid.

Up front, the Aston Martin-inspired grille is flanked by a pair of wedge-shaped LED headlight enclosures. Boomerang-shaped LED strips lock those enclosures in place, establishing a vapor trail along the edges of hood that flows into the beltline.

Sharp upper and lower character lines define the body sides, while the rear fascia is more expressive than up front, with an aggressive upper overhang formed, in part by the upper portion of the C-shaped taillights, with the lower portion of those lights tracing a clean arc across the mid portion of the trunk lid.

Inside, despite a 1.5-inch lower roofline, head room is just 0.4 inches less up front, and 0.2 less in back. The horizontal look of the rear fascia is carried over to the soft-touch minimalist dash dominated by either an 8- or 10.25-inch color touchscreen.

Below brushed metal trim, the central dash strip houses air vents, while the lower center stack contains the controls for heat and air condition. Rounding out the near-luxury look is a push-button gear selector set in a piano black surround, a long, soft, stitched console storage cover, recessed door pulls, and bright metal door trim the blends into the door latches.

At the same time, interior and exterior brightwork might be a bit overdone for some tastes.


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Advanced safety. The newest Sonata scores a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, while the IIHS rates it a Top Safety Pick. Backing up those scores are a series of sensors and systems including three radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and five cameras.

These feed information to the pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane follow assist, driver attention warning, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control systems that are standard across the lineup.

SEL and above trims also feature blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist, while the top Limited trim also receives a blind-spot view monitor and a surround-view camera system.

Value proposition. The Sonata lineup continues to impress with a list of standard amenities that includes LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights; an acoustic windshield; keyless entry; and an 8-inch color touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capabilities. This makes the $24,330 starting price for the base SE model a great value.

Stepping up to the $26,430 SEL trims adds the additional safety features along with heated outside mirrors, acoustic front door glass, sportier looking front and rear fascias, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome interior accents, push button start, a hands-free smart trunk, satellite radio, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. A sunroof, 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, wireless charging, and more are available.

The $28,380 SEL Plus model features a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylidner engine, and adds satin chrome outside door handles, aluminum pedals, faux leather and suede seats, a power front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. This is also where the 10.25-inch touchscreen becomes available.

The range-topping Limited trim, which starts at $34,230, adds the sunroof, 10.25-inch touchscreen, surround-view camera system, leather seating, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and more as standard.

Two new engines. The Sonata’s two new engines are trim-specific. The SE and SEL feature a normally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The SEL Plus and Limited are spec’d with the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder that’s down on power (180 hp), but makes up for that deficit with 195 lb-ft of torque that’s available from just 1,500 rpm.

Both engines are paired with a thoroughly modern eight-speed automatic transmission with a Drive Mode system (Normal, Smart, Sport, Custom) that tailors throttle response, transmission shift points, and steering effort – and represents a welcome respite from last year, when the small turbo was hitched to a less-than-satisfying dual-clutch unit.

Looking at fuel efficiency, the 2.5-liter engine manages up to an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 32 combined. For its part, the 1.6-liter turbo achieves 27/36/31 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Suspension layout is more traditional, with front struts and a rear multi-link setup, that offers up a soft – yet still responsive – ride. Steering is precise with decent feedback, and the ride lends itself to relaxed, all-day cruising.

Overall, the Sonata’s performance seems to have slipped a notch as the transmission, when paired with the 1.6-liter turbo, seems slow to downshift. And while this drivetrain can hold its own with rivals, Hyundai has eighty-sixed last year’s 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo engine – although it may be waiting in the wings for a possible Sonata N. In addition, though body motions are well controlled, the Sonata is neither as poised, nor as communicative as a Mazda Mazda6 or Honda Accord.

Final thoughts. Despite an excess of flash and overall handling and performance that lags rivals, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata impresses with a stunning design, smooth ride, near-luxury interior, and long list of standard advanced safety features. These attributes vault the Sonata to near the top of the midsize sedan class.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 191 HP / 181 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 38 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 191 HP / 181 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 38 / 33 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$56
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
192.9 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
56.9 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.4 "
Front Legroom
46.1 "
Rear Legroom
34.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,120 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/pedestrian Detection Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Follow Assist (lfa) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles

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