2020 Hyundai Sonata 2.5L

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  • 4-door Large Passenger Car
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Base MSRP: $23,600.00
  • Invoice: $22,716.00
  • Hwy MPG: 38 mpg
  • City MPG: 28 mpg

pros

Coupe-like proportions, competitive pricing, roomy interior, safety and convenience features

model highlights

Powering the Hyundai Sonata is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that makes 191 horsepower; up from last year's 185. The optional turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder makes 180 horsepower. A new 8-speed automatic is the only transmission option, sending power to the front wheels. Hyundai claims anywhere from 36 mpg to 38 mpg on the highway depending on trim.

Step into the base SE model and it immediately becomes obvious that Hyundai has improved more than just exterior styling. A bigger 8-inch LCD screen is now standard and the cockpit feels generally more airy and open. Standard features now include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands free wireless phone connectivity with audio streaming a rearview monitor with parking lines, both lane-keep and lane following assist functions for the cruise control, a stop-and-go-function for that cruise control, automatic high beams, a rear occupant alert system, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, power side mirrors and automatic climate control.

The SEL version adds heated front seats, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, rear cross traffic alert and collision avoidance, a blind spot monitoring system with collision avoidance, a proximity key with push button start, 17-inch wheels, a sportier front and rear fascia with twin tip mufflers, heated side mirrors with built in turn signals, a 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster display, dual-zone climate control and chrome accents throughout the exterior.

A bit more sportiness is on offer with the SEL Plus trim, which gets the turbocharged engine, paddle shifters and 18-inch wheels with lower profile tires and some gloss black around the exterior. Inside, the SEL Plus trim gets suede/leatherette seating surfaces, aluminum pedals, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming interior mirror and a digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster. The SEL Plus also offers a smartphone app-based unlocking system.

The top of the line Limited trim adds a heads-up display, a 360-degree camera interface displayed through a larger 10.25-inch screen, built-in navigation and a remote parking assist function.

model news

Hyundai has completely redesigned the Sonata for 2020. The car showcases Hyundai's bold new styling direction with a bigger, more aggressive grille and a curvier rear end that gives the mid-sized sedan a coupe-like presence. While past Sonatas have had somewhat subdued styling, the new design is bold and extroverted. The mission of the Sonata remains unchanged however, where it provides plenty of space and comfort, combined with build quality and a base price that is lower than many of its competitors.

value writeup

The Hyundai Sonata has always been a good value, priced lower than the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. However, Hyundai wanted to give buyers more than just an inexpensive alternative, but rather tech features, stand-out styling and comfort. Not only does the new Sonata have a claimed best-in-class front seat head and leg room, the 2020 model gets Hyundai's new SmartSense safety suite along with great looks and a stylish interior.

Exterior Color

Stormy Sea
Manufacturer's Color Code: ST2

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Exterior Color

Phantom Black
Manufacturer's Color Code: S3B

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Exterior Color

Shimmering Silver Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: R2T

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Exterior Color

Portofino Gray
Manufacturer's Color Code: T2G

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Exterior Color

Quartz White
Manufacturer's Color Code: WW8

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Exterior Color

Calypso Red
Manufacturer's Color Code: Y2E

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Exterior Color

Hampton Gray
Manufacturer's Color Code: NT2

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Dark Gray

Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score N/A
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars

Powertrain

Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Trans Type 8
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.91
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.86
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.22
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.24
Clutch Size N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.19
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.80
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.64
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy 38 MPG
Cruising Range - City N/A
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City 28 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined 32 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - City N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined N/A
Battery Range N/A
Engine
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.5 L/152
Fuel System Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 191 @ 6100
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 181 @ 4000
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 640
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity N/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume N/A
Front Head Room 40 in
Front Leg Room 46.1 in
Front Shoulder Room 57.9 in
Front Hip Room 54.6 in
Second Head Room 38.4 in
Second Leg Room 34.8 in
Second Shoulder Room 56.1 in
Second Hip Room 54.4 in
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 111.8 in
Length, Overall 192.9 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 73.2 in
Height, Overall 56.9 in
Track Width, Front 63.5 in
Track Width, Rear 63.8 in
Min Ground Clearance 5.3 in
Liftover Height N/A
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume 16.3 ft³

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight 3120 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. N/A
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact
Wheels
Front Wheel Size 16 X 6.5 in
Rear Wheel Size 16 X 6.5 in
Spare Wheel Size Compact in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 35.9 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A
Brakes
Brake Type 4-Wheel Disc
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 12 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 11.8 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx N/A
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx N/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
10 Years/100,000 Miles

Corrosion:
7 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Maintenance:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Crash Test Rating

US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:

Overall Rating: * * * * *

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * *
Driver: * * * * Passenger: * * * * *

Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * * *

Side Barrier Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Rear Passenger: * * * * *

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat: * * * * *

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * * *

Overall Rollover Rating: * * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 9.70%

Note Regarding Driver Rating:

Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Recall Information

US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
20V122000

Mfg's Report Date:
FEB 27, 2020

Component:
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
5044

Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2020 Sonata vehicles produced between October 22, 2019 and February 13, 2020. The tire pressure label inside the driver's door and the owner's manual state an incorrect tire size. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."

Consequence:
The incorrect tire information may mislead the vehicle owner to install the wrong tire size, potentially affecting vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install new label stickers over the tire pressure label and in the owner's manual, free of charge. The recall began April 22, 2020. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 190.

Dates of Manufacture:
OCT 21, 2019 to FEB 12, 2020

Manufacturer Recall Number:
190
US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
20V213000

Mfg's Report Date:
APR 08, 2020

Component:
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
11870

Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2020 Nexo and Sonata vehicles. The Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) software may fail to prevent vehicle movement upon detection of an RSPA system malfunction.

Consequence:
Unintended vehicle movement increases the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RSPA software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 4, 2020. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 191.

Dates of Manufacture:
OCT 21, 2019 to MAR 09, 2020

Manufacturer Recall Number:
191

Rebate Information

One of the following incentives may apply to this vehicle. Regional incentives may vary.

Cash Incentive: $1000 or financing

Financing Incentive: 0.0% to 1.9%

Expiration Date: 06/01/2020

Resource: hyundaiusa.com 05/07/2020