2020 Hyundai Sonata

Rating7.0

Ranked #17 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$25,700 - $33,500

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Key Spec of 2020 Hyundai Sonata
fuel economy

27/31/37

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

High-end spacious cabin

Less livelier handling than rivals

Fully redesigned

Healthy heap of standard driver-assist features

Meager engine power

Cool infotainment amenities

Above-average trunk size

Good reliability

2020 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Now in its eighth generation, the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata has a base MSRP of $23,600. It comes in four trims which include SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited. The Sonata offers two powerplants under its hood- a 191-hp 2.5L engine and a 180-hp 1.6L turbocharged engine, both of which are fuel-efficient and punchy. In a 0-60 MPH test, the Sonata completes the sprint in about 7.8 seconds. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata side angle view

The Sonata's cabin feels upscale and has the best fit and finish of materials. With some best-in-class features, the Sonata is all set to turn the needles in its favor. Hyundai has made safety a priority in the new Sonata and hence, offers all the latest safety tech as standard. Some of the well-established contenders in this segment are the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, and the Nissan Altima

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Over All Rating

7.0

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Notable Rankings

#17 in Midsize Sedan

#20 in Sedan

#20 in Compact Sedan


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Trims

SEL$25,700 onwards

  • Hands-free trunk opener
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry and ignition

SEL Plus$27,650 onwards

  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Simulated leather and faux-suede upholstery
  • Wireless charging pad

Limited$33,500 onwards

  • Automated remote parking system
  • Digital key feature
  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Head-Up display
  • Surround-View parking camera
  • Ventilated front seats

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2019 Hyundai Sonata
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2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport

Sport 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$19,500
Est. $264/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,680 Below market
RMV: $24,180
Dallas, TX
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2019 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$17,921
Est. $243/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,144 Below market
RMV: $22,065
Oak Ridge, TN
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2019 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$17,970
Est. $243/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,131 Below market
RMV: $22,101
Columbus, OH
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2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL

SEL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

$24,627
Est. $334/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,414 Below market
RMV: $30,041
Flowood, MS
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2019 Hyundai SonataHome Delivery
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Price Rise, $2000
Previous Price: $1898022 Oct 2021

2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport

Sport 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$20,980
Est. $284/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,442 Below market
RMV: $25,422
Richmond Hill, NY
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2019 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$17,000
Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,532 Below market
RMV: $20,532
Stockton, CA
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Price Drop, $200
Previous Price: $1899526 Jul 2022

2019 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$18,795
Est. $255/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,837 Below market
RMV: $22,632
Farmingdale, NY
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2020 Hyundai SonataHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $4950
Previous Price: $2920016 Jun 2022

2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL

SEL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

$24,250
Est. $329/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,920 Below market
RMV: $29,170
Lubbock, TX
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2019 Hyundai Sonata SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$19,399
Est. $263/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,927 Below market
RMV: $23,326
Vallejo, CA
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Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Sonata in Electric Blue color
Electric Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Sonata has the aura of a more expensive vehicle- Edmunds

The Hyundai Sonata won't impress you with top-of-the-line styling, nor will it woo you with its massive power figures. However, it does get you a more punchy motor under the hood that sets it apart from the segment. The infotainment is another highlight of the Sonata and the only way it breaks out of the ordinary, thanks to the Blue Link interface. Further enhancing the experience, you get all of this at a cheaper price than some leaders of the segment.  

The all-new Sonata also stands out with low ownership costs than its rivals. Annually, it costs around $6,100 for owning the Sonata. This cost includes fuel, maintenance, repair, etc.  Thanks to its fuel-efficient engine, the average cost per mile is $0.41, which is nearly on par with most of the class rivals. In terms of reliability, the Sonata earned good ratings but ranks sixth on the list, below the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan front angle view
2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan rear angle view

Buying Advice

The best bang for your buck is the SEL trim that adds several comfort features and is also eligible for certain optional packages. This trim adds a hands-free power trunk, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and heated exterior mirrors. It also adds some technological features such as HD radio, satellite radio, Blue Link telematics, and blind-spot monitoring. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata rear angle view
Features
8.0/10

At some level, just about every safety and convenience feature is available on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata- Kelly Blue Book

The Hyundai Sonata is available in four trim levels namely SE, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited. The Sonata carries a base price tag of $23,600 and it goes all the way up to $33,500 for the top-spec Limited trim. Two different engines are offered but only an FWD drivetrain is available. Hyundai has loaded plenty of comfort and safety features even on the base trim. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata side angle view

As you go up the trim table, features keep on adding and so are the options. The Convenience package includes a 12.3-inch digital driver's display, a Digital Key, a leather steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless device charging, and a second-row USB port for $1,200. This package is exclusive to the SEL trim. A panoramic sunroof can be added for $1,000.

Model

SE

SEL

SEL Plus Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$23,600 $25,700 $27,650 $33,500

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

Adds/ Upgrades to SE trim

Adds/ Upgrades to SEL trim Adds/ Upgrades to SEL Plus trim
 

Rearview camera

8-way power driver's seat Synthetic leather upholstery

18-inch alloy wheels

 

8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Heated front seats

12.3-inch digital driver's display Genuine leather upholstery
  Manually adjustable front cloth seats

Hands-free smart trunk release

Wireless charging 4-way power passenger's seat
  6-speaker stereo Proximity keyless entry Paddle shifters Ventilated front seats
  Automatic climate control Heated exterior mirrors   Leather-wrapped dashboard
  Bluetooth connectivity Dual-zone automatic climate control   Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  Auto high-beam LED headlamps HD radio   Panoramic sunroof
  Adaptive cruise control Satellite radio   10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation
  Automatic emergency braking Blue Link telematics   12-speaker Bose premium audio system
  Driver attention monitor Remote engine start   Head-up display
    Blind-spot monitoring   360-degree camera
    17-inch alloy wheels   Front & rear parking sensors
        Remote parking assist
        Reverse automatic braking

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Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The engine provides good acceleration, both off the line and in mid-range passing- Kelly Blue Book

The Hyundai Sonata is christened with two different powerplants under the hood. The SE and SEL trim features a 2.5L inline-4 engine that produces a meager output of 191 hp and 181 ft-lbs of torque. A 1.6L turbo inline-4 engine is standard on the SEL Plus and Limited models. This engine generates 180 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque. Both the engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which is slick and executes lightning-fast shifts. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata engine

The Sonata's handling is quite different. It's not as livelier as its rivals. The steering is agile and responsive, with quite a short turning radius and feedback. The suspension works like a charm, they absorb undulations on the road when they need to and stiffen up when you put the sedan into Sport mode. The large 18-inch wheels take away the riding comfort. Therefore, stick to the 16 or 17-inch wheels. Speed through corners and the sedan has minimal body roll. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata takes 7.8 seconds to reach 60 MPH

With the base engine equipped, the Sonata is quick enough to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in about 7.8 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 15.8 seconds while the top speed ranges up to 133 MPH. Even the 1.6L turbocharged engine takes almost the same time to complete both performance tests. With regards to braking performance, the brakes on the Sonata chip away at the speed with amazing effectiveness and bring the sedan to rest in 121 feet. 

Models

2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Honda Accord

MSRP

$23,600 $24,425 $24,300 $23,870

Engine

2.5L Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT CVT
Power 191 hp @ 6,100 RPM 203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

188 hp @ 6,000 RPM

192 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

181 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM 184 lb-ft. @ 5,000 RPM 180 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM 192 lb-ft. @ 1,600 RPM
0-60 MPH 7.8 sec 7.9 sec 8.1 sec 7.2 sec
Quarter Mile 15.8 sec 16.2 sec 16.3 sec 15.5 sec
Top Speed 133 MPH 133 MPH 130 MPH 133 MPH

Thanks to the responsive turbocharged engine, the Honda Accord is the quickest competition of the Sonata. The extra horsepower of the Toyota Camry pays no effect to its acceleration. On the other hand, the Nissan Altima houses a weak engine and hence, its acceleration is slower than the Sonata. 


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Fuel Economy
5.0/10

 

The Hyundai Sonata drinks less fuel to deliver a punchy performance. The base 2.5L engine returns 28 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on a highway, and 32 MPG combined. This engine\s efficiency is better than the optional engine. A fuel tank capacity of 14.8 gallons is fitted in the Sonata due to which it delivers 488 miles of combined range.

2020 Hyundai Sonata rear angle view

The 1.6L turbocharged engine in the SEL Plus and Limited trim is less efficient. It hosts a larger 15.9-gallon fuel tank but still, its EPA-estimated ratings are 1 MPG less than the base engine. However, its large tank translates for a better driving range of 500 miles. Therefore, fuel money-savers should opt for the base engine. 

Models

2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Honda Accord

MPG (City)

28

29

28

30

MPG (Highway)

38

41

39

38

MPG (Combined)

32

34

32

33

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gallon)

14.8 14.5

16.2

14.8
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 414/562/488 421/595/508 454/632/543 444/562/503

With 34 MPG combined, the Toyota Camry has the best fuel economy in this segment. The Honda Accord's MPG figures are somewhat similar to the Sonata but it is slightly more efficient. The Nissan Altima has the lowest efficiency in this competition but its large fuel tank owes to the best driving range here. 


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Interior
8.5/10

Inside, the Sonata shines, with what appears to be one of the best cabins in the segment—at least on the top-trim- Automobile Magazine

The interior of the Hyundai Sonata looks stylish and functional while avoiding gimmickry. The material quality looks really good with a pleasing ratio of soft to hard surfaces. Despite the standard cloth upholstery, the front seats are comfortable and supportive. You can choose synthetic leather or genuine leather upholstery as an optional upgrade along with power-adjustable front seats with heated and ventilated functions. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata dashboard

The steering gives great grip and has a good feel, overall making the driver’s seat an engaging and fun place to be in. At the back, the rear seatbacks have a good recline angle. In terms of passenger space, the Sonata feels amply accommodating. The cabin feels roomy until you have taller passengers in the back, then the sloping roofline feels like a hindrance. But an average-sized adult should do just fine at the back. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata Infotainment System

Hyundai has probably the most ergonomic and user-friendly interface in its Blue Link infotainment system in the segment. It consists of an 8-inch touchscreen on lower trims and a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the Limited trim. Both the screens support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A 6-speaker is standard but a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system can only be found on the Limited trim. The touchscreen has no lag and the graphics are crisp and clear. 

Models

2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Honda Accord

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/57.9/46.1

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.2/58.2/43.8

39.5/58.3/42.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/56.1/34.8

38.0/55.7/38.0

36.9/57.1/35.2

37.3/56.5/40.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

16.0

14.1

15.4

16.7

Speaking of practicality, the Sonata has a trunk volume of 16 cubic feet, which is good for a midsize sedan.  It can easily fit in four luggage bags. The square-shaped trunk is an added advantage for storing bulky items. A hands-free trunk is standard from the SEL trim onwards. The loading lip is a bit high and therefore can be challenging to load heavier items into the trunk. The main cabin features of the Sonata are:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel 
  • Power front heated & ventilated seats
  • Cloth, synthetic leather & leather seats
  • Color-adjustable ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Hands-free trunk
  • Aluminum foot pedals
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8 & 10.25-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless device charging
  • 12.3-inch digital driver's display

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Exterior
5.5/10

Love it or not, it's hard to deny the Sonata looks more conventionally attractive than its rivals- MotorTrend

The Hyundai Sonata is a beautiful well-proportioned sedan that has stood the test of time pretty well since most of the sedans have moved onto edgier designs rather than the fluidic theme that Hyundai maintains. Hyundai’s cascading grille design blends into the lower fascia for an aggressive face while the base SE trim has a more conservative grille design. The headlights are LED on every single trim but the LED DRLs extend up to the hood of the car. In normal condition, it looks like a chrome trim but when the vehicle is on, it lights up that gives the front-end a stylish look.

2020 Hyundai Sonata three-quarter view

Coming to the wheels, 16-inch alloys are standard but the SEL gets 17-inch alloys while the top two trims settle for 18-inch alloy wheels. Compared to its rivals, the Sonata's ground clearance is lower to increase the potential for speed and easy ingress and egress. It also boasts a wide wheelbase for a stable ride but still, its rear row lacks enough legroom. The rear design looks like nothing else on the road let alone a midsize sedan with a trunk that's bent to make a spoiler and LED taillights that cross the entire back. Down below, you get a single exhaust with two tips on all but the SE trim. 

Models

2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Honda Accord

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,120

3,241

3,212

3,131

Length (in)

192.9

192.1

192.9

192.2

Width (in)

73.2

72.4

72.9

73.3

Height (in)

56.9

56.9

56.7

57.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.7

5.2

5.8

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

111.2

111.2

111.4

The Honda Accord has high ground clearance, which is good for preventing the underbelly from being scraped. The Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima share the same wheelbase, which is shorter than the Sonata. However, the Camry's rear row is spacious, unlike the Sonata. Some main exterior highlights of the Sonata are:

  • LED cornering headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Power & heated exterior mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Chrome window trim
  • Body-colored door handles with chrome accents
  • Rocker panel chrome accents
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • 16, 17 & 18-inch alloy wheels

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Safety
8.0/10

Hyundai's SmartSense package of driver-assistance features is standard- CarAndDriver

Both NHTSA and IIHS treated the Hyundai Sonata nicely. It earned a perfect 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS. This is the second-highest award by IIHS. It received 'Good' ratings in all six crash tests plus a 'Superior' rating for the front crash prevention and a 'Good' rating for its headlights. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata NHTSA crash test

The Sonata comes with a plethora of standard safety and crashes mitigation features to keep you safe in the cabin and instill confidence that Hyundai got your back. As you move up the trim level, more driver aids add to the list. Moreover, the Sonata comes with a suite of nine airbags right out of the box. Some of the safety features are given below:

  • Adaptive cruise control w/ stop & go
  • Lane follow assist
  • Auto high-beam assist
  • Driver-attention warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Highway drive assist
  • Head-up display
  • 360-degree camera
  • Front & rear parking assist
  • Rear parking collision avoidance system
  • Pedestrian detection 
Competition
7.0/10

2020 Hyundai Sonata vs 2020 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is one of the sedans previously mentioned which sport an edgy design compared to the fluidic styling on the Sonata. The engine performance on these sedans is quite similar, however, in terms of economy, the Accord is unrivaled. The interiors are comfortable in both of the sedans but the rear seats are roomier in the Accord for the taller audience. The infotainment in the Sonata is top-notch but both the sedans earn the same safety ratings and features. 

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Hyundai Sonata vs 2020 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has a collection of powerful yet efficient engines and has excellent driving dynamics. But its on-road performance is equivalent to the Sonata. The Camry's interior feels roomier than the Sonata but the trunk volume offered is the least in this competition. The Camry's infotainment features are also less than the Sonata and it surely can't beat Hyundai's long warranty. Like the Sonata, the Camry also offers an extended list of safety features. 

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Hyundai Sonata vs 2020 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is the least powerful car in this competition and hence, its acceleration is also slower than the Sonata. Moreover, it is less efficient. However, the Altima's optional engine is more powerful. Inside, the Altima is equally spacious as the Sonata but the latter's cabin feels upscale and modern. The Altima's cargo room is slightly less and it also offers fewer standard features than the Sonata. However, the Altima ties lock with the Sonata in terms of safety. 

 

2020 Nissan Altima three-quarter view
Final Verdict

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata, much like the Honda Accord, is an all-rounder. Albeit a notch below the Accord, it surpasses most of the competition in driving dynamics, economy, and versatility. The Sonata’s infotainment that Hyundai calls the Blue Link has a flawless touchscreen and voice recognition. The transmission is smooth and predictable. If you’re looking for a great midsize sedan, the Hyundai Sonata is the perfect alternative to the Accord.

2020 Hyundai Sonata three-quarter view

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$27650

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

152 cu in

horse power

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

192.9 in

wheelbase

111.8 in

width

73.2 in

curb weight

3230 lbs

Height

56.9 in

Ground Clearance

5.3 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

103.8 cu ft

cargo volume

16 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

27/31/37 mpg

highway range

572.40 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Hyundai Sonata 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$20,738
5 Year Cost To Own
$37,207
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $37,207
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$2,313$1,607$1,521$1,784$1,690$8,915
Insurance$1,308$1,354$1,401$1,450$1,501$7,014
Fuel$1,949$2,008$2,068$2,130$2,194$10,349
Maintenance$338$552$435$995$1,947$4,267
RepairsNANANANA$670$670
Financing Interest$1,115$897$664$416$150$3,242
Taxes and Fees$2,026$197$186$176$165$2,750
Total Cost-To-Own$9,049$6,615$6,275$6,951$8,317$37,207
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