Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

model. 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
price. $28,725 (incl $975 dest)
as tested. $36,430 (incl dest)
seating/style. 5-pass/4-door sedan
powertrain. 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid; 192 hp
battery. 270V Lithium-Ion Polymer
transmission. 6-speed automatic
driveline. FWD
fuel economy. 45/51/47 city/highway/combined
available. now
words. Rebecca Lindland
visuals. Rebecca Lindland

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I’m typically not a fan of hybrids. Too often, an underpowered, whiny CVT and an inadequately insulated cabin in the name of fuel economy compromise the driving experience. But Hyundai heard my bitter complaints because the 2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid addresses both of those issues in a feature-packed, value-priced sedan.

With the same head-turning design language and intuitive interior, the Sonata hybrid does many things very well. The interior fit, finish, and materials are high-quality with a purposeful feel. The fully-loaded Limited includes heated and cooled seats, great for climatizing the cabin without using the HVAC system.

Driving the Sonata hybrid mimics my experience with the all-gas engine (see link in "also shop"). While there is room for improvement in power with the four-cylinder engine, the hybrid delivered an astonishing 46 miles per gallon (just below the estimated 47 combined) over the week without any hypermiling efforts. The best part is I often forgot I was in a hybrid thanks to a well-tuned 6-speed automatic and a cabin that was quiet and refined.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid is a modern, no-compromises alternative to a fully-gas vehicle. The outstanding fuel economy is a terrific bonus, not the only reason for purchase.

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