model. 2020 Hyundai Sonata
price. $24,555 (incl $955 destination)
as tested. $36,550 (incl dest) Limited trim
top trim. As tested
seating/style. 5-passenger/4-door sedan
powertrain. 191-hp 2.5L GDI or 180-hp 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbo
transmission. 8-speed automatic
fuel economy. 27/36/31 city/highway/combined
words. Rebecca Lindland
visuals. Rebecca Lindland
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is all-new, with a distinctively styled exterior featuring a huge front grille and expressive lines throughout. A spacious cabin features significantly upgraded materials anchored by an 8- or 10-inch touchscreen.
There’s a familiarity about the 2020 Sonata and it’s easy to get to know. But it’s not the most athletic, spirited sedan out there, falling short on power and handling. The 2.5- or 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine and 180 horsepower is adequate for most uses. A V-6 option would be welcome to compete with segment leaders.
A fully revamped infotainment system integrates seamlessly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a centrally-located wireless charging pad. Already good visibility is enhanced by a host of standard automated assistance systems like lane departure and blind-spot monitoring.
Adaptive cruise control navigates traffic with ease while the optional highway drive assist maintains a safe distance and centers the car in the lane. Remote “Smart Park” rolls the Sonata into tight spaces such as a small garage or parking spot with an excellent optional bird’s eye camera assisting with traditional parking and reversing.
Overall, there’s plenty to like about the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, but check out the competition too.