The Hyundai Sonata, which is brand new for 2020 has a beautiful design and high-level features. Although the 2020 Sonata may not be the most dynamic car in its class, there are a few standouts. However, Hyundai has managed to provide decent handling and torque in the optional turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. A non-turbo 2.5 liter engine is available as an option and a hybrid powertrain can also be purchased. The interior is elegant and spacious, with only enough buttons to compliment the well-organized touchscreen infotainment. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a luxury-brand car at an affordable price.
What’s new for 2020?
The Sonata enters a new generation for 2020, with a more aggressive design, and a trio of new powertrains–including a hybrid that can charge its battery from energy captured by solar panels on the roof. New interior features include a spacious, sleek design that comfortably seats four adults. The Sonata’s new generation has a lot of things to love.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Sonata’s 180-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is available in the SEL Plus trim. The SEL Plus trim is also very affordable at less than $30,000. It comes with 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters and suede and leatherette seats surfaces. Hyundai has also introduced Digital Key, which allows you to use your smartphone to access the car.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
Although the Sonata isn’t the most agile in its class, we prefer the Honda Accord or the Nissan Altima. However, it’s composed and responsive on the roads. Although the ride is more tense than we would like, and more firm than many cars in this group, the Sonata’s turbocharged 1.6-liter turbo engine is still quite quick. In our testing, a Sonata with this powertrain reached 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, which is an acceptable result for this class. The eight-speed automatic’s shifts are well-timed and smooth. We also commend Hyundai for offering a traditional automatic transmission in its family sedan. Many of the other classes have switched to CVTs, which are droning but efficient continuously variable automatic transmissions. We enjoyed the fuel-saving features of the Sonata hybrid but didn’t like how it transitioned between electric and gas power sources smoothly.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The 2020 model year will see the addition of a hybrid Sonata to the lineup. It will be the most efficient vehicle in terms of fuel consumption. Hyundai claims that the Sonata hybrid has an EPA fuel economy estimate of up to 56 mpg highway, 50 mpg in cities, and 52 mpg together. The hybrid’s roof is covered with solar panels that provide an additional range of electric driving. Both the base 2.5-liter engine as well as the turbocharged 1.6 liter engine have been rated by EPA to achieve more than 30 mpg. This is very good. We achieved 31 mpg in our real-world highway fuel economy test on a Sonata Limited trim with turbo engine. This is 5 mpg less than the EPA’s estimate but it’s comparable to other similar sedans that we have tested. We haven’t been able to run the numbers on other Sonata models, so it remains to see if the hybrid or non-turbo engines do a better job of meeting the government’s expectations.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The interior of the Sonata is beautiful and seems to be worth more than its asking price, which starts at $24,555 and goes up to $10,000 later. The back seat is spacious and comfortable, while the materials feel and look upscale. The dashboard layout is also simple and ergonomic. The 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the Sonata is comparable to mid-sized sedans. It’s neither the best nor worst. We were able to fit seven carry-on suitcases into the trunk. This is enough space for a long road trip.
Connectivity and Infotainment
An 8.0-inch touchscreen is the center touchscreen of the infotainment system. The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is available on Limited models and SEL models with Convenience package, SEL Plus, or Limited models. Hyundai’s latest tech feature is Digital Key. This allows owners to access Hyundai’s app from their smartphones and unlock their car using near field communication (NFC), and remotely operate certain vehicle functions. Drivers can leave their key fob behind when they find it inconvenient.