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2020 Hyundai Sonata Review | CarMax

The 2020 Sonata strikes a distinctive pose, with details like hidden lights on the hood that integrate smoothly with the chrome trim, inventive technology, and a streamlined profile that is sure to turn heads. If you're on the hunt for a sedan that makes an impression whether driving to a meeting or on a long road trip, the 2020 Sonata is worth a look.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Hyundai Sonatas on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Hyundai Sonata with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Hyundai Sonatas at CarMax.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $15,0001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $15,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $16,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $17,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $18,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Hyundai Sonata review:

Key Specs and Features


  • The 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE and SEL models with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission get an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.2
  • For SEL Plus and Limited trims, the 2020 Sonata gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined with a turbocharged 1.6L engine.2

Cargo Space

  • 16 cubic feet

Seating Capacity

  • Seats up to five
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Engine Options

  • All Sonatas include an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • A 2.5L four-cylinder engine generating 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque powers the SE and the SEL models.
  • The SEL Plus and Limited trims both include a turbocharged 1.6L engine making 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Hyundai Sonata:Engine | CarMax

Tech Features

  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Standard driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane-centering assist
  • An eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ (standard at the SEL Plus level)
  • Technology package which adds a 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • The Limited trim includes a remote smart parking assist feature


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Reasons to Buy

1. Innovative Technology

The 2020 Sonata is chock-full of high-tech features that will make your drive effortless. Taking longer trips? The adaptive cruise control activates quickly and smoothly to make the entire experience more convenient. Cruising over to a friend's house in a busy neighborhood? The blind-spot monitors (standard on the Limited trim) on each side of the car help you navigate the roads. And touchscreen controls paired with textured knobs give you easy access, helping you keep your eyes on the road.

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2. Generous Trim Packages

With four streamlined trim levels, there's a wealth of options available to you. Even with the base SE, standard driver-assist highlights include lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, forward collision warning, and more. One step up to the SEL and you'll get convenience features like heated mirrors and a hands-free trunk opener plus the option to add wireless charging and a rear USB port. And if leather seating, a panoramic sunroof, a premium Bose® audio system, and other supplementary selections are what you're after, the SEL Plus and Limited trims have plenty to offer.

3. Fresh Design Details

Redesigned from the chassis up, expressive lines and rich surfaces define the 2020 Sonata. Lowered by 35 mm and widened by 60 mm, the Sonata glides across the road smoothly and with an elegant presence. A chrome streak snakes up the sides of the hood, connecting the headlamp with what Hyundai calls a “dynamic lasso" while boasting sporty tail lamps that were crafted to resemble a segment of an oval racetrack.

4. Streamlined Interior

A modern cabin and comfortable seating complement the overall sophistication of this four-door sedan. Digital temperature readouts are large enough to be read clearly but not so large as to be overbearing. Meanwhile, the surfaces of the turn signal and windshield wiper knobs as well as the temperature and audio controls all come textured, which makes them easier to use. And starting at the SEL trim level, an eight-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support is also included as standard.

5. Great Cargo Space with Hands-Free Controls

Hyundai's 2020 Sonata includes a spacious 16-cubic-foot trunk in which you can fit scores of luggage, sports equipment, groceries, and anything else you need while going about your day. Meanwhile, a hands-free smart trunk with auto open is included on the SEL trim level and above to help make loading up all that space a breeze. Inside, you'll also notice the airy lightness of the cabin, a design that was inspired by stealth aircraft; there is space for your passengers to feel comfortable.

2020 Hyundai Sonata:Cargo | CarMax

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • SE: Includes an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, and more.
  • SEL: Adds heated mirrors, a hands-free trunk opener, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
  • SEL Plus: Includes leather seating and the Convenience package, which comes with a rear USB port, a digital instrument cluster, and a handy wireless charging pad.
  • Limited: Incorporates a 10.25-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, navigation system, premium Bose audio system, automated remote parking system, and more.

Available Colors

  • Calypso Red
  • Glowing Yellow (SEL Plus only)
  • Hampton Gray
  • Phantom Black
  • Portofino Gray
  • Shimmering Silver Pearl
  • Stormy Sea
  • Quartz White


  • Available in four trims: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited
  • Seats up to five
  • Infotainment features including standard eight-inch or optional 10.25-inch touchscreen and optional Bose 12-speaker premium audio system available at SEL trim and above.
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

Hyundai Sonata Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Hyundai Sonata:

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $15,0001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $15,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $16,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $17,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $18,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the Hyundai Sonata:3

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Hyundai Sonatas with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Hyundai Sonata.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4/5
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance - $458

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.3

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Hyundai Sonata

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata was not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles:

If you're interested in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Toyota Camry

Ready to get you where you need to go in style, the Toyota Camry was updated in 2018 giving it a more streamlined, sportier look and feel. For 2018 and 2019, the Camry offers a choice of two engines: a 2.5L four-cylinder generating 203 hp or an optional 3.5L V6 making 301 hp. The 2017 model includes the same engine sizes but with slightly less horsepower (178 hp and 268 hp respectively). Standard on all Camrys for 2018 and 2019 are driver-assistance features galore like lane-departure alert and adaptive cruise control.

For model years 2017–2019, the Toyota Camry includes:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth®
  • Rearview camera

Honda Accord

Launched in 2018, the 10th generation of the Honda Accord is ready to offer you a versatile and comfortable drive. Honda's midsize sedan is zippy and fun with a variety of trim options to match your needs and budget. 2017–2019 models are great choices for you if you're looking for a four-door, five-passenger vehicle. Whether you need a quiet, refined sedan for business or a roomy car for your family, the Accord is sure to please.

Standard features for 2017–2019 models include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Push-button ignition
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • USB port (2018 and 2019 models)

Kia Optima

Even at the base level, you can expect a myriad of features on 2017–2019 Kia Optimas. Standard is an energetic 2.4L four-cylinder engine generating 185 hp mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that will help you climb hills and navigate traffic with confidence. The infotainment is streamlined and simply laid out for your ease of use and matched to six speakers for your listening enjoyment. Want more sumptuous interior details? Upgrade a trim or two up the ladder and you may find leather upholstery and convenience features.

On 2017–2019 models, these features are standard:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • USB port

The Bottom Line

If you are seeking a four-door to suit your active lifestyle with plenty of functional tech inside and great style and looks outside, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a strong contender and worth a test drive. Two engines, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an optional smart parking feature really make this car shine.

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1Based on CarMax average prices in December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/01/2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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