2020 Hyundai Sonata review

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Hyundai Sonata highlights

Customer rating


  • An impressive list of practical standard tech features
  • Big trunk and lots of interior storage space
  • The Sonata N Line offers decent sports-sedan performance


  • The interior comfort lags behind other sedans
  • The base engine has lackluster driving dynamics
  • No upgraded engine option

Mileage (EPA estimate)

27 city, 36 highway, 31 combined

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This sleek sedan offers incredible comfort and practicality.

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.

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What is new for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata?

  • The Sonata is available in a new trim called the SEL Plus.
  • The ECO and Sport trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Sonata trims have been upgraded with Head Up Display, Leather & Suede Seats, and BOSE Sound System as standard equipment this year.
  • The SE trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning and Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2020 Hyundai Sonata trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Hyundai Sonata

1. Innovative technology

2020 Hyundai Sonata:Dash | CarMax

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.

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

2020 Hyundai Sonata:Front Seats | CarMax

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

2020 Hyundai Sonata:Cargo | CarMax

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.

Similar vehicles

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

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The Toyota Camry has something for everyone, with a range of trims designed to fit your lifestyle. This is a fantastic commuter car with some sporty touches, too. The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 comes with sport seats, paddle shifters, dual exhaust with chrome tips, and, of course, a 3.6L V6 engine. Across the other Camry models, you'll find plenty of tech features, engaging driving dynamics, and a range of packages. Whether you're looking for something to take in the carpool lane or you want a sedan that's ready for long journeys, the Camry could be the car for you.

All 2017-2019 Toyota Camry XLE models include these standard features:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert

  • Three USB ports

  • Three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport)

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

6 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Sonata an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Sonata 9th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Hyundai Sonata features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 46.1"/R 34.8"

Head room

F 40"/R 38.4"

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More about the 2020 Hyundai Sonata

Color options

Exterior colors

  • Calypso Red

  • Glowing Yellow (SEL Plus only)

  • Hampton Gray

  • Phantom Black

  • Portofino Gray

  • Shimmering Silver Pearl

  • Stormy Sea

  • Quartz White

Interior details

  • 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

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