2020 Hyundai Sonata

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is here! Finally, Hyundai has a midsize sedan with improvements that make it fell like a sporty coupe. It combines contemporary features and an expressive styling. Although it has subpar acceleration, the Sonata is still a cost-friendly plug-in hybrid. Furthermore, it has an eco-friendly hybrid powertrain that adds to the three gas-powered engines. The Sonata has an evocative design that makes it stand out in the crowd; it is the manufacturer’s response to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The Sonata will turn heads thanks to its dramatic fascia which features daytime running lights that make it look like a cat in the night. Yes, the lighting strips are similar to a reflective surface when they turn off. These crazy DRLs are only in the new Hyundai Sonata, and honestly, they are a perfect fit on this vehicle, just like Meghan Markle and her wedding dress.  


What’s new?

The new Hyundai Sonata only comes with a few alterations. You will get new standard features if you choose the Hybrid Limited trim, they include lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, an auto-hold function that comes with electronic parking brake, a stop-start system, and adaptive cruise control. The only other change is the "+" sign which came after some models were dropped.


What do we think about the Sonata’s safety?

This vehicle was picked as a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes with many driver-assistance features, but unfortunately, most of them are only available in the higher Limited model. The Sonata comes with features like adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, forward-collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert.


Which kind of Maintenance Coverage and Warranty does it offer?

If you like it, then you better put a ring on it…(insert Beyoncé’s voice.) Hyundai has committed itself to provide you with a warranty just like a man commits when he is proposing to his girlfriend. The manufacturer offers one of the best warranty coverage policies in the industry. Unlike some of its competitors, Hyundai lacks complimentary scheduled maintenance. You will get 100,000 miles or 10 years for the Powertrain warranty while the Limited warranty caters for 60,000 miles or 5 years.


Where does the power come from?

This vehicle has five different powertrains. Although some of the powertrains are surprisingly capable, some of them underachieve in refinement and performance. The base model comes with a four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 2.4 liters; this engine works with a seamless six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata’s strongest engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that plays second-fiddle to the outstanding Camry and the Accord. The ECO, our favorite trim, is offered with a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that works with a seven-speed automatic transmission which provides a clunkier operation and quicker upshifts. The two hybrids have complicated powertrains with exceptional refinement.


What is our verdict about the Sonata?

Most trims go for a price that is similar to that of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. However, these two competitors outclass the Sonata with a superior driving experience as well as numerous standard driver assists. The Eco variant is our favorite trim because it comes with a distinctive fuel-efficient powertrain that is cheaper than the plug-in hybrid or hybrid. The Eco variant is also cheaper than the high-end turbocharged engine, and in addition to this, it has more acceleration when compared to the base four-cylinder engine. This model has standard driver assist features like rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring as well as keyless entry and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.


What does the future hold?

Automakers are still manufacturing sedans although many consumers are increasingly opting for SUVs and crossovers. The Volkswagen Passat and Subaru Legacy will join the 2020 Sonata as some of the vehicles that will be launched this year. Sedans still come with numerous advantages like lighter curb weights and lower ride heights. In addition to this, sedans are better than utility vehicles thanks to their more aerodynamic bodies which provide better fuel economy and handling.

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