2020 Hyundai Sonata

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 27, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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The Sonata has always been popular amongst those who like a family sedan, and now with enhancements in design, safety, driving dynamics, and value, Hyundai is set to increase its fan base. The 2020 model year, feels like a breath of fresh air. Hyundai, staying true to its tradition, has thrown every feature possible at it and the package is filled up to the brim with intuitive and thoughtful gadgets. 

With the crossover segment overpowering the all-new Sonata's price bracket, the midsize sedan segment has only been left with a handful of consumers. The majority of which are already biased towards some well-established contenders such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. Now with so much politics going around in this segment, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata needs to get out of the box in order to sway the consumers towards it. Thankfully, it does. With some best in class features crescented with top-notch interiors, the Sonata is all set to turn the needles in its favour.

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Pros

Comfortable interior

User-friendly features

Efficient engine

10-year powertrain warranty

Cons

Tight headroom in rear seats

Low cargo volume

Boring exterior design

What's New?

The Hyundai Sonata is completely redesigned for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

180 hp

torque

195 lbs.-ft.

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

58.1 in.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

122.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/31/37 mpg


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Hyundai Sonata in Electric Blue color  2020 Hyundai Sonata in Machine Gray color  2020 Hyundai Sonata in Scarlet Red color  2020 Hyundai Sonata in Phantom Black color  2020 Hyundai Sonata in Lakeside Blue color
Electric Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

5.5

Safety

8.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE

power
191 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$23,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $23,400 MSRP (28/32/38) 191 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL

SEL

power
191 hp@ 6100rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$25,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $25,500 MSRP (28/32/38) 191 hp@ 6100rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
8 Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL Plus

SEL Plus

power
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$27,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Plus 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $27,450 MSRP (27/31/37) 180 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
8 Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Limited

power
180 hp@ 5500rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$33,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $33,300 MSRP (27/31/37) 180 hp@ 5500rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
8 Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


Hyundai has stepped into the mid-size Sedan market deeply with the return of 2020 Hyundai Sonata. The 2020 Sonata is blessed with all-new refreshed design styling and features. The new sedan is likely to hit dealerships in October this year. Sonata will be available in SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited trim levels. The current Sonata base model is priced at $23,500, and the 2020 model should cost closely. The Sonata Sedan will compete with Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.

The Sonata won't impress you with top of the line styling, nor will it woo you with its massive power figures. However, it does get you a more punchy motor under the hood that sets it apart from the segment.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Front View
2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

5.5/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 

2020 Hyundai Sonata Features

8.0/10

The Hyundai Sonata is available in four trim levels starting with the SE which comes just under $25,000 with basic features like blind spot assist, rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen. The  SE and SEL  come with a 2.5-litre inline-four while the upper two trims are available with a 1.6-litre turbocharged powertrain. The upper trims come with a sportier exterior design and a feature-laden interior. 

If you include the Ultimate Package worth $3,850 then you can add a heated steering wheel, an Infinity premium stereo, wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, rear sunshades, rear parking sensors among other features.

Models

SE

SEL

SEL plus

Limited

MSRP

$23,400

$25,500

$27,450

$33,300

Engine

2.5L I-4 

2.5L I-4

1.6L turbocharged

1.6L turbocharged

Features

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped)

Adds/upgrades SE to SEL

Adds/upgrades SEL to SEL plus

Adds/upgrades SEL plus to Limited

 

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

8-way power driver seat with power lumbar

10.25-inch colour touchscreen with navigation & traffic flow including incident data via HD Radio™, SiriusXM & Blue Link

Leather seating surfaces

 

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go

Heated front seats

Multiple device connection (up to two devices)

4-way power front passenger seats

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

8-inch color touchscreen with HD Radio™, SiriusXM & Blue Link®

12.3-inch LCD cluster

Ventilated front seats

 

LED taillights

Blue Link® Connected Car System

Hyundai Digital Key

Integrated Memory System for driver seat and side mirrors

 

Chrome window surround mouldings

Proximity Key entry with push-button start

Bodycolor/satin chrome exterior door handles

Bose® premium audio with 12 speakers

 

6-way adjustable driver seat

   

Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)

 

60/40 split fold-down rear seats

   

Color Heads-up Display (HUD)

 

Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay®

   

Blind View Monitor (BVM)

 

Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel

   

Ambient lighting (64 colors)

 

Bluetooth® hands-free with wireless audio streaming

     

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Apart from the standard features, there are many optional features so you can configure your Sonata the way you want. If you are ready to spend around $ 10,000 more than the base price, opt for the Limited 2.0T trim. It is fully packed with all the standard and optional features that the 2020 Hyundai Sonata has to offer.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

You get two engines choices: a 191-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 181 pounds-feet of torque, or a 180-hp, turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder making 195 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines posses drivetrain that drives the front wheels via a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and Hyundai claims the 2.5-litre engine to return combined fuel economy of 33 mpg. In that case, it would be a 4-mpg increment over the outgoing Sonata’s base model that comes with the 2.4-liter drivetrain.

The power-on tap feels only adequate and leaves the driver wanting more oomph and punch as the looks might suggest. For normal day to day driving, it’s not an issue. For the enthusiasts, worry not. The fanatics at Hyundai are cooking up an N-line variant too which is rumoured to have close to 300 HP, which should be able to do the justice to its looks.

Both these engines come mated to an 8-speed conventional automatic transmission. It is superior to the faulty and irritating DCT which Hyundai used to offer back in the day. The torque converter system is smooth to shift, even holds on to the gear if and when required. That being said, with an abundance of ratios available, it sometimes goes on a hunt for gears and mixes up a bit. To tackle this situation, one can use the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. 

Models

Hyundai Sonata 

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP

$23,400

$24,295

$23,870

$22,095

Engine

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

1.5L I4

1.5L I4

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

CVT

CVT

Horsepower

191 @ 6100

203 hp@6600 rpm

192 hp@5500 rpm

163hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

181 @ 4000

184 lb-ft@5000 rpm

192 lb-ft@1600 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

The base variant of Toyota Camry comes with a 2.5L engine which packs the most amount of grunt among the said competition with Camry and Accord coming in close at second and third position. Chevy Malibu lags behind the competitors by quite some margin with only 160 HP. The engine powering the Honda Accord is also a 1.5L unit but Honda has cleverly designed it in such a way that it produces a healthy 192 HP.

 Acceleration

The engine struggle under heavy acceleration. Although not too loud, the engine tends to get noisy if you want to use it for more than just your commute. The base-level engine may not be as powerful, but the Limited and Limited 2.0T get a much better engine, so you can relish the revs and put some power down. At 7.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, it’s decently swift but won’t be the fastest off the line at a traffic signal.

Models

Hyundai Sonata 

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

0-60 MPH

7.9

 

7.6

8.5

Quater mile (sec)

15.9

 

15.9

16.0

Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.6

5.2

5.3

7.1

Curb Weight(lbs)

3120

3241

3131

3126

In the real world, all of the above-said sedans perform somewhat equally but its the Honda Accord which is the quickest off the mark and thanks to that CVT gearbox, the power delivery is totally unrestricted which helps it to cover a quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds. The Sonata slowly inches back in the game and also covers quarter-mile at the same time as its Japanese counterpart. Chevrolet Malibu, as expected, is the slowest off the line.

Ride and Handling

The steering on the Korean is agile and responsive, with quite a short turning radius and feedback. The sensitivity can be tailored to your need through drive mode selection; while the sport mode adds weight to the steering the assistance feels electronic and synthetic. Suspension in the Hyundai works like a charm, the absorb undulations on the road when they need to and stiffen up when you put the sedan into sport mode and speed through corners, the low sedan has minimal body roll, however, the front-wheel-drive is the only option for you.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Front View

There was an artificial heaviness in the sport mode. A front-wheel-drive is standard throughout the trims, and Sonata provides lively handling for an FWD car. The pedals are responsive to inputs and cornering is pretty smooth. Thanks to a nice suspension, mid-corner bumps are almost unnoticeable, along with negligible body-roll. The Sonata Hybrid boasts of a soft suspension which drastically reduces the discomfort while riding on rough pavement and bumps on the road. The sedan has responsive steering but you wouldn't get the feel of a sport-focused sedan.

Braking

With 12-inch brakes up front and 11.2-inch in the back, the brakes on the Hyundai chip away at the speed with amazing effectiveness, although it hasn’t been tested for the stopping distance in the panic brake test yet. The actual braking performance of the Sonata is satisfactory but some of its rivals have a more natural feel in their brakes. The brakes feel well-calibrated and adequate for a car of this segment. That said, the Sonata comes with one of the biggest anchors in the segment.

Models

Hyundai Sonata 

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Brakes front [in.]

12

12

11.5

11.8

Brakes rear [in.]

11.8

11.1

11.1

11.3

Curb weight(lbs)

3120

3241

3131

3126

60-0 (ft)

121

123

120

113

Chevrolet Malibu is one of the lightest cars in its segment and it shows in its braking performance, coming to a halt in the shortest distance. The Honda and the Hyundai performed equally well whereas the Toyota came in last, being the heaviest. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Hyundai Sonata’s base engine puts up decent numbers in the mileage department. The best numbers are put up by the Eco trim, which gives 28 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway. All Sonatas come standard with 3 drive modes: Eco, Comfort, and Sport. The Eco mode changes the transmission, throttle, and steering response to enhance the fuel economy.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

MPG(city)

28

29

30

29

MPG(highway)

38

41

38

36

MPG(combined)

32

34

33

32

Fuel tank capacity

15.9

14.5

14.8

15.8

Toyota Camry is the king of the segment when it comes to fuel efficiency. The accord, on the other hand, is the most efficient pottering around the town, thanks to its CVT transmission. The Sonata is not the best in terms of fuel economy but can accommodate the most amount of fuel.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.5/10

With the introduction of a fresh dashboard and centre console, the cabin looks lively and magnificent. The new dashboard has been lowered and can be seen wearing a 10-25 inch widescreen display( an 8-inch touchscreen is standard). Other standard equipment includes Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and dual Bluetooth pairing. The dual Bluetooth pairing facilitates in making calls as well as using car music at the same time.

Hyundai seems to have taken design cues from Tesla in designing the app-based Digital key, which facilitates the Driver to drive with the help of a smartphone. The Android device supported app allows you to remote-start the sedan and remote control the car while parking.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front(head/shoulder/leg)(in)

40/57.9/46.1

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

40.1/58.5/45.3

Rear(head/shoulder/leg)(in)

38.4/56.1/34.8

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

Interior Features

Hyundai has a certain reputation to uphold when it comes to the interiors of the cars. Since they are known for their tech-loaded interiors, the 2020 Sonata is no different either. Some of the key highlights of the Sonata's interiors are:

  • Tilt and telescopic, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with cruise control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power tilt and slide sunroof
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar support
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and Homelink
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • Integrated memory system for driver seat and exterior folding rearview mirrors

 

Infotainment System

Hyundai has probably the most ergonomic and user-friendly interface in its Blue-Link infotainment in the segment. With no lag on either touch responsiveness or voice commands, the Sonata has conquered the final barrier most sedans face in this price point. It’s an impressive infotainment system, super slick with split-screen functionality. The upper trim levels are offered with a bigger 10.23-inch setup. The display is nice and crisp and is easily readable under direct sunlight too. 

Some other notable features across the range:

  • 12.35-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Bluetooth handsfree with wireless audio streaming
  • Colour HUD
  • Bose premium audio with 12 speakers
  • Multiple devices connectivity

Cargo capacity

Sonata is roomy inside as well as at the back. With 16.3 cubic inches of boot space at the back, it can gobble up multiple suitcases and soft bags at once. To add on to this, the rear seats have a 60:40 split function which only increases the practicality of this mid-size sedan. 

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Cargo capacity

16.3

14.1

16.7

15.8

2020 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

5.5/10

The 2020 Sonata features carmaker’s new sensational Sporty design language, and distinguishing features include a gaping grille and a sloping, coupe-like roofline that goes inspired from the 2011 Sonata, which gets in a much slimmer and sportier Sedan ever. The 2020 Sonata’s roofline is also an inch lower, and wheel size comes in different sizes including a standard 16-inch rims and18- wheels.

The design gets illuminated with new lighting elements. Just like the outgoing Sonata, the 2020 model comes with Chrome strips running through the front fenders to the side mirrors followed by headlights. Hyundai also calls the new headlights as Hidden Lighting Lamps, where the LEDs provide chrome-look when switched off.

Models

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Length(in)

192.9

192.1

192.2

193.8

Width(in)

73.2

72.4

73.3

73

Height(in)

56.9

56.9

57.1

57.6

Wheelbase(in)

111.8

111.2

111.4

111.4

trackwidth(in)

63.5/63.8

63/63.2

63.0/63.4

62.6/62.5

Curb weight(lb)

3120

3241

3131

3126

As the 2020 Sonata is an all-new model, the looks are totally revamped and have some of the most unique design elements which make the Sonata stand out of the crowd. Some of the highlights are:

  •  LED headlamps with Swanky looking DRLs
  • Swooping bonnet with no cutlines
  • Boomerang taillamps with Full length LED strip
  • 18-inch machine-cut alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Sloping coupe-like roofline
  • Shark fin antenna on the roof

2020 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.0/10

There are plenty of standard active-safety features available on the 2020 Sonata. These include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability. A lane-centring system for highway driving is optional. Also available is a blind-spot warning with supplemental camera views in the digital instrument panel, reverse automatic braking and a 360-degree camera system.

Safety Features

  • Remort parking assistance
  • Forward collision warning assistance with pedestrian detection
  • Lane following assist
  • Rear occupant alert
  • Highway drive assist
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Driver attention warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert system
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Smart cruise control with stop and go

2020 Hyundai Sonata Competition

 Hyundai Sonata vs Toyota Camry

Camry is the safest bet for someone who is looking for a mid-size sedan. It’s reliable, well put together, efficient and well put together. Toyota is also powered by a 2.5L engine but it has more power and its quite evident out on an open road. The engine feels more eager to pull and it performs well. That being said, the base model of Toyota Camry is over-priced and the features list is quite lacking. The interiors feel a bit dated and the quality is nothing but average. The new Sonata seems to trump the Camry in almost every aspect and definitely a strong contender.

2020 Toyota Camry Sedan

Hyundai Sonata vs Honda Accord

Honda Accord is the best selling mid-size sedan in the land of free. Its got everything right. It looks smashing, comfortable ergonomics, a small but powerful engine and lots of features coupled with the reliability of Honda. It’s an all-round package and is therefore still selling like hot cakes in the market strongly dominated by SUVs and crossovers. The new Sonata seems to be following the footsteps of Accord and this new 2020 model would definitely manage to give a cut-throat competition to the segment leader.

2020 Honda Accord Sedan

Hyundai Sonata vs Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu is a no non-sense sedan with functional interiors and fun to drive chassis. However, it misses out on a lot of features which are considered to be basic in this super competitive segment. It lacks a sense of premium-ness and on top of that, the base engine is highly underpowered. The Sonata clearly has an upper hand in this battle and would totally obliterate the Chevy. Sonata is hands-down a better buy.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan