2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Fuel Economy Rated At 52 MPG

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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata family is growing with the addition of a new hybrid variant. Previously, we had seen the Sonata Hybrid for the Korean market, but now, we’re getting a look at what the U.S. market will receive. The good news is that the Sonata Hybrid is just as handsome as the regular Sonata. The even better news is that the electrified midsize sedan will carry an EPA estimated combined fuel economy rating of 52 mpg and boast up to 686 miles of range.

With a rating of 52 mpg combined, the Sonata Hybrid matches the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s combined rating and beats the Honda Accord Hybrid’s combined figure of 48 mpg. The 2020 Sonata Hybrid’s fuel economy rating is also a drastic improvement over the 2019 model’s, which was rated at 42 mpg combined.

There are quite a few things that aid the Sonata Hybrid in getting that kind of fuel economy. For one, there’s the sedan’s powertrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox features Active Shift Control technology that monitors gear shifts 500 times per second to fine-tune the transmission rotation speed. Dig through the jargon, and the system helps makeshift times faster. Combined output for the powertrain is rated at 192 horsepower, which is less than what you’ll find with the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai’s using the Sonata Hybrid as the way of introducing a new piece of technology: a solar roof. The Solar Roof System makes its debut with the model and brings a few benefits. For one, with six hours of direct sunlight, the solar roof can increase mileage by roughly 2 miles a day. No, that’s not a lot, but every little bit does count. The other thing the solar roof does is help prevent battery discharge from usage by the HVAC or infotainment systems when the car is off.

While this is the first time we’re seeing a solar roof on a Hyundai, it’s not the first time a solar roof has been placed on a vehicle. The 2010 Toyota Prius had an optional solar panel roof. More recently, Toyota offered the feature on the 2017 Prius Prime. Nissan also offered a solar roof on the Leaf.

One thing to make note of with the Sonata Hybrid’s fuel economy figure, it’s for the most efficient Blue trim. While Hyundai hasn’t released all of the sedan’s details, it looks like the 2020 model will take the same route as the Ioniq Hybrid, which also has a Blue trim. If we expect that to be true, the Sonata Hybrid Blue will most likely be the most affordable trim in the lineup, have fewer features than other trims, and come with low-rolling-resistance tires.

Beyond the powertrain and solar roof, the Sonata Hybrid maintains all of the same excellent features as the regular Sonata. That means the electrified sedan comes with an available 10.25-inch touchscreen and an extensive list of driver-assist features, which include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and more. Hyundai’s digital key and Highway Driving Assistant are also available.

The Sonata Hybrid will go on sale later this spring. Hyundai hasn’t announced how much the vehicle will cost, but if all holds true with the Blue trim, we expect pricing to stick close to the 2019 model’s $26,680 figure.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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