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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Is a Shockingly Quirky Midsize Sedan

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Is a Shockingly Quirky Midsize Sedan
this is the new

2020

hyundai

sonata

and it's the fully redesigned version of

hyundai

's

midsize

sedan

these days everybody is buying suvs and crossovers but if you're in the market for a

midsize

today and this one has some rather interesting quirks and some impressive features and some not so great stuff too and today i'm going to review the

2020

sonata

and show you what i mean first a little background the

sonata

first went on sale here in north america for the 1989 model year
the 2020 hyundai sonata is a shockingly quirky midsize sedan
which means it's been around for more than 30 years but it wasn't until the 2011 model that the

sonata

really started to gain sales momentum it was finally a truly competitive car to take on established rivals like the toyota camry the honda accord and others and this model continues the trend the

2020

sonata

has been completely redesigned inside and out and it's the sixth generation of the

sonata

to be sold here in north america pricing starts around twenty four thousand dollars but
this is a fully loaded top of the line

sonata

limited model with a sticker price of just under thirty five thousand dollars the latest

sonata

has a high performance version and a hybrid model coming in a few months but right now it offers two engine choices and pay attention because this is a weird one the base engine is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder that makes 191 horsepower or you can upgrade to a turbocharged 1.6 liter four-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower yes you heard that right the upgrade
engine has less power than the base engine which is a weird quirk of the

sonata

another one is the styling which we'll get to in a minute and today i'm going to cover everything else about the new

sonata

2. first i'm going to take you on a tour of it and i'm going to show you all of its interesting quirks and features then i'm going to get it out on the road and drive it and then i'll give it a dug score all right i'm going to start the quirks and features of the new

sonata

with undoubtedly its quirkiest quirk and that would be the fact that i can move it while i'm standing here all right check this out to start this process you have to first press this button on the key fob and that will remote start the car not too unusual a lot of newer cars have that and the

sonata

does too now once you have it started you press this button on the key fob which has a top of a car and then a p with an arrow and then the

sonata

will begin moving forward now you might
be wondering why exactly would anyone want this feature and it's a reasonably good question but there are situations when you might use it for instance if you're in a tight parking space or a tight garage and there's not enough room to easily open the door and get into your car just use your key fob to move it forward and then you can have more room and of course you can also use your key fob to move it backwards just press the opposite button and the car will start reversing in case
you want to move it in the other direction and you can completely control this from the key fob i'm not in the car i'm not touching anything i'm just standing here now of course i know what you're thinking which is well what happens if the car is about to hit something will it actually hit something so let's take a look and give it a try i'm now pressing the forward and it's going forward and i'm going to try to walk out in front of it and it stops it actually
senses that i was there and it stops and it doesn't move anymore forward if i move out of the way of course the car will continue its path going forward once i hold the button down again now you may be wondering how do you stop it otherwise when there's not someone walking out in front of it the answer is just let off the p button on the key fob and it comes to a complete stop pretty easy actually now i've shown you this feature in a few other cars the new bmw m760i luxury

sedan

and
the tesla model 3 performance but they're both way more expensive than the

sonata

for only 35 000 this is the cheapest car where you have this cool party trick and next up our next interesting quirk in the

sonata

is that the sound system comes pre-loaded with sounds and i don't mean music i mean sounds move over to the sounds of nature icon in the infotainment system tap it and then you have several different options for nature sounds that you can listen to let's start with lively
forest which sounds like this next you have calm sea waves which sounds like this and next you have rainy day which sounds like this and next there's open air cafe kind of an odd one but anyway it sounds like this and next warm fireplace which sounds like this but the weirdest one is definitely the last one that would be snowy village what exactly does a snowy village sound like apparently this ah yes a nice snowy village anyway the theory here i guess is if you're driving along and you
don't want to listen to the radio or to music or podcast you can instead listen to these soothing sounds of nature including my personal favorite nature sound an open-air cafe and next up another

sonata

quirk would be the blind spot cameras you have your usual cameras in the infotainment system in the center screen nothing too weird there but when you put on your turn signal a camera turns on in the gauge cluster showing your blind spot in whatever direction you've just signaled this is
a brilliant idea that allows you to see if there are cars behind you without having to resort to a dangerous over-the-shoulder check where you take your eyes off the road it's a brilliant feature and of course signal the other direction and the other side of the gauge cluster puts on a camera showing the blind spot on the other side i've now shown you this feature in a few kia and

hyundai

models it is truly brilliant and i really hope every automaker adopts it it's a huge safety
improvement one of the very best i've seen in recent years and whenever i get out of a car that has that feature and back into my car i'm always thinking i really wish i had those turn signal blind spot cameras and next up i'm going to move on to another notable

sonata

quirk and that would be the front end styling but i'm going to start with the headlights and specifically the running light the running light in front doesn't just go along the bottom of the headlight but
rather it comes up on this line right here sort of going halfway up the hood and then it kind of fades out and stops but then after the light fades out you can see that this line is carried down the rest of the body which is something i really haven't seen before a very distinctive

sonata

trait now i actually like this idea you can see in the dark it gives the

sonata

a very particular light signature that doesn't match any other car it's kind of a cool look but it's certainly
the 2020 hyundai sonata is a shockingly quirky midsize sedan
been talked about a lot as an unusual touch in the new

sonata

but nothing is more unusual in terms of this car's styling than the front end this car has this giant wide front grille and it comes to these weird points at the end that kind of jut out it doesn't look as strange on a dark-colored car like this one but on a lighter car it looks like it has a big wide fish mouth in front and it definitely seems like the latest

sonata

is a little bit the victim of some over styling and next up
we move under the hood in the new

sonata

where you can see this one is equipped with a turbo engine with smart stream g what is smart stream g you might ask nobody knows least of all the kind of people who buy a

sonata

who won't care about that but this car has it now

sonata

owners may care about the weird engine choices for this vehicle like i mentioned the base engine is a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder with 191 horsepower or you can upgrade to the top trim levels that have a 1.6 turbo 4 cylinder
with 180 horsepower less power in the better engine now it is worth noting that the optional engine has more torque than the base engine this powertrain has 195 pound-feet whereas the base engine has about 180. so the optional engine has 10 less horsepower but 15 more pound-feet of torque and

hyundai

says that will make people choose the optional engine personally i think acceleration is going to be pretty much identical with either engine now you might be thinking well maybe the upgraded engine
gets better fuel economy than the base engine the optional engine is smaller after all 1.6 liters versus 2.5 but that's not true either the base engine gets 32 miles per gallon and combines city and highway driving the optional engine gets 31 miles per gallon so if you spend more money to get the optional engine you get less horsepower and less fuel economy which is definitely an interesting quirk of the

sonata

and next up moving back inside for some more interesting quirks and features
starting with the fact that the

sonata

always tells you the current weather it's in the gauge cluster next to the temperature of the time your speedometer it has the current weather you can see it's hazy right now and it says hazy the weird thing here is you don't really need the car to tell you the current weather because you know you're driving the car you can see what the weather is it'd probably be more helpful if it showed you the future weather but i will admit i do
like the idea of weather in the gauge cluster next to your time and temperature it seems pretty logical with that said one issue with the weather in the gauge cluster is that it's not always exactly right for example right now it says cloudy and um well yeah so maybe it needs a little bit more fine-tuning before you're really ready to start looking at that instead of you know looking at the actual weather as you drive the car and next let's talk

sonata

interior i have to say i'm
kind of mixed about this interior generally it is a pretty nice place to be and there are some real bright spots for instance the turn signal stocks feel good and look good with these kind of beveled ends to them also the climate controls the buttons and switches look and feel really nice but there are also some low points in this interior too for example there's a lot of plastic over on the dashboard this textured stuff that doesn't look that great same deal with the steering wheel
center so this interior is kind of a mixed bag of good and bad i wouldn't call it the best in class but it's certainly far from the worst it's a pretty decent place to spend time mixed up a few interesting buttons and switches in here one is the gear lever which is no longer a lever but actually these four buttons in the center console you have park over on the left reverse neutral and drive and that's how you go between gears more and more cars are switching to these push button
shifters and the

sonata

is another one and next up another unusual control in this car is the one for the heated and cooled seats because it's integrated into the climate controls this little switch over on the left and right of the climate controls will turn on or off your heated or cooled seats you push up to turn on your heated seat you keep pushing up for more and then you push down to turn on your cooled seat same deal just keep pushing down for higher levels of cooled seat this is by
no means a problem and in fact i think it makes intuitive sense to integrate the heated and cooled seat controls into the climate controls i just haven't seen it before and thought it was worth mentioning and next up another notable control in the center console is the drive mode switch which is quite large it's like two inches wide strange considering not too many

sonata

owners will ever use it one thing i like when you use that switch to move into sport mode there's like an
explosion in the gauge cluster an explosion to signify all the sporty driving you'll be doing in your 180 horsepower

sonata

and next up speaking of the gauge cluster it's worth noting that it is a screen no more analog gauges than

sonata

you have a full screen in here and it's reasonably configurable although not as much as you might expect considering that it's a screen a few other automakers give you the ability to move things around and really configure the gauge cluster more
depending on your preferences and next up here's another interesting gauge cluster item if you get out of the car with the engine running and you take the key with you the car will shut off after 30 minutes and the moment you get out a timer appears in the gauge cluster to let you know how much longer you have until the car turns off i guess the theory here is that people may occasionally park the car and walk away forgetting to turn it off and they don't want it to run out of gas or
cause other problems so there's an auto shut off feature after 30 minutes of idling with no key and next up we move on to the infotainment system which in this car is pretty good very responsive as you can see instantaneous among the very best of these i've seen just like a smartphone tesla used to have a huge advantage with responsiveness to touch but now basically every automaker also has a really responsive infotainment screen including this car and you can see the navigation system
the 2020 hyundai sonata is a shockingly quirky midsize sedan
very easy to move it around has very simple pinch to zoom just like you'd expect in a smartphone map you can also see that as you move the map away from your current position it shows the little line exactly how far your current map view is from where you're sitting in case you want to plan a trip and see how many miles it is that's a pretty cool little touch i haven't seen before and next up it's worth knowing that in addition to being responsive the infotainment screen is
also very intuitive your home screen has these three panels you can configure them to be basically whatever you want right now it's showing the map the radio and the weather but you can change them if you want to but then from there you can slide over and see all of the other controls in sort of a smaller format for stuff you're less likely to use more frequently it's a pretty good way to do it makes things easy and next up let's talk about some of the interesting quirks and
features of the infotainment system including possibly the strangest configurable item i have ever seen all right you're driving along and you squirt your windshield with washer fluid in a normal car if you have the climate control set to send outside air into the cabin then you will smell this washer fluid but in the

sonata

you can set the infotainment system to turn off the outside air temporarily after you wash your windshield so the odor of the washer fluid doesn't get into the car
and then after a few seconds i guess it goes back to normal and can send outside air back in i've never seen that configurable before and i can't imagine what crazy letters

hyundai

got in order to make that a feature but it is one in case you really don't want to smell washer fluid for those five times a year when you're using it and next up another interesting

sonata

quirt there's a blue light filter so when it's dark out you can limit the amount of blue light in the
infotainment system to make it easier on your eyes and you can actually adjust how much you want to limit the blue light which is a pretty cool feature i haven't seen this in any other infotainment systems except in

hyundai

models but it can be good if you're driving a lot at night and reduce the strain on your eye and next up we move on to the back seat in the new

sonata

where the most notable item back here is the fact that it is surprisingly roomy i have the front seats where i would
sit i'm pretty tall i have more than enough space back here for my knees i got a lot of headroom this is a good back seat especially for a

midsize

sedan

very much has room for most families other than the interior space back here though there is literally nothing interesting about the back seat of the

sonata

the only thing you could say is even mildly interesting is the fact that there is only one storage net on the back of the passenger seat on the back of the driver's seat you
don't get that i see that in some cars i find it to be a bizarre place to cut costs but some companies do it and next up we move on to the

sonata

's trunk which is actually kind of annoying because there's no trunk popper back here you have the car unlocked there's no place that you can go to open the trunk from the outside which is kind of annoying but there is a feature in the infotainment system called smart trunk if you turn it on you can set the trunk to open whenever you
walk up to it with your key in your pocket and so i will do that now uh except that i've actually tried it for a few minutes here and it doesn't seem to be working so pretty much the only way to get into the trunk there's a button inside the car or you hold the button on the key fob really not ideal but anyway once you do get the trunk open using the key fob you'll see that it is a fairly standard trunk roomier than i would expect actually for a

midsize

sedan

but a relatively
normal trunk nonetheless a few interesting items worth noting back here one you have little tabs you can pull that will release the rear seats so you can fold them down the problem is the tabs only release the seats they don't fold them you have to pull the tab then walk around to the back seat and fold the seat down it's kind of an annoying two-step process that could be solved with just one tab you pull it and the seat drops down the other interesting item with the trunk and the seats
folding is that when the seats are down you can see the opening for the trunk is actually relatively small a lot of cars have several more inches of opening for this pass-through between the trunk and the seats for larger items but in the

sonata

for some reason it's kind of constricted a little bit on the sides and it's a lot narrower than the actual trunk itself which seems odd now another annoying thing about this trunk is closing it and i don't mean there's no power trunk
closer i wouldn't expect that at this price point instead there's no like latch or handle you can use to close the trunk on the inside to make sure that your hands don't get dirty so you basically have to close the trunk by touching the paint if the car is dirty you'll get that dirt on your hands if the car is clean then you'll get fingerprints on your newly washed car it's a simple thing to get right it's a shame this car doesn't now with that said with the trunk
closed i really like the rear end styling of this car you have this light bar going across the back which is the new luxury vehicle trend and i like to see it on the

sonata

too and it looks really good in the dark you can see this light bar lit up very nice i think the rear end styling of this car is very distinctive in a good way especially compared to the front end and so those are the quirks and features of the

2020

hyundai

sonata

limited now it's time to get it out on the road and see
how it drives all right driving the new

sonata

now a couple things i want to mention before i get into driving experience one i kind of made fun of the engine choices and it is kind of ridiculous that the upgrade engine has less power but there is a high performance version of this car coming called the n line which is reported to have almost 300 horsepower should be pretty good and there will also be a hybrid version coming really soon actually in the next couple of months uh which is also
going to be compelling for people who want more fuel economy so there will be more engine choices another thing i want to mention i want to talk about self-driving for a little bit this car has quite a sophisticated self-driving system now at higher speeds you have to tap the wheel every so often like every other car that has a steering assist system but i was finding that at lower speeds in bumper-to-bumper traffic the car would do its thing for a long time it would slow down speed up with
traffic if we came to a stop it would stop for 10 12 seconds then restart it would steer really really really excellent system for bumper-to-bumper traffic steering driving braking starting stopping one of the best i've seen especially at this price point pretty strong as for the driving experience itself i have to say to be honest there are pros and cons let's put it that way um but the biggest drawback to me is definitely the performance for thirty five thousand dollars you can now buy
a camry that does zero to sixty in like five point something seconds this car is way off the mark in terms of acceleration and performance it feels slow it is slow especially at this price point and i get that the performance version is coming but i think it's going to be almost like a year between the launch of the

sonata

and the launch of the performance version whereas the camry launches with all of its engines pretty much right away and so it feels like for a while they're really
holding back on this lineup and they shouldn't be with that said two really important things one uh it's very comfortable in here the ride is very comfortable very soft the seats are comfortable plush they feel great supportive good to sit on could use a little more thigh support but it's not really that big of a problem this car is also unusually quiet for a mid size today and especially at this price point i've been surprised at how quiet it is especially in terms of wind noise
road noise you hear the tire about average for a mid-sized car but wind noise don't hear anything no loud music from cars around you no construction noise or airplanes overhead it's pretty good at keeping that stuff out as for handling pretty simple normal stuff like every other mid-sized car not very athletic you put it into sport mode it does tighten up the throttle response doesn't seem to do all that much else there's a lot of great benefits to this car a lot of great things
about it um it's just that not that many people care about mid-size

sedan

s anymore i've got two and a half million views and counting on my review of the

hyundai

palisade which is the new

hyundai

midsize

family suv i strongly suspect the

sonata

isn't gonna do as well the market just isn't quite there like it used to be even just five or six years ago and so that's the

2020

hyundai

sonata

it's not beautiful it's not fast but it has some pretty compelling stuff
there's a lot of technology in this car for one and it's a nice comfortable driving experience pricing is pretty reasonable and you get

hyundai

's famously long warranty and it has some rather interesting quirks and features if i was shopping for a

midsize

sedan

this would definitely make my short list and now it's time to give the new

sonata

a doug score starting with the weekend categories and styling it's fine could be better and it gets a 4 out of 10. acceleration does 0
to 60 in 8.2 seconds which gives it a 1 out of 10. handling is average for a mid-sized

sedan

it gets a 4 out of 10. fun factor is basically non-existent that's hardly the point of this car and it gets a 1 out of 10. finally cool factor and once again there's not really any this car has some cool tricks but ultimately it's just a family

sedan

and it gets a 1 out of 10 for a total weekend score of 11 out of 50. next up are the daily categories and features this is

shockingly

well
equipped and it gets a 9 out of 10. comfort is normal for a car like this and it gets a 6 out of 10. quality is good the interior is only ok but

hyundai

's excellent warranty is good peace of mind that it gets a 7 out of 10. practicality is average for a

midsize

sedan

and it gets a 6 out of 10. finally value and this is a good one it has a lot of equipment and good interior room and a relatively affordable package it just needs more power it gets a 7 out of 10 for a total daily score of 35
out of 50. added up in the dug score is 46 out of 100. i've never reviewed a family

sedan

before but here's how it ranks against a bunch of other family cars the

sonata

is excellent if you're interested in a

midsize

sedan

but as tastes shift to crossovers cars like this are becoming less relevant to most shoppers you