2020 Hyundai Sonata: A Viable Choice for Sedan Shoppers

While other manufacturers move away from sedans — and toward customer desire for SUVs — Hyundai is staying the course with its Sonata sedan, completely redesigning it for the 2020 model year. Shoppers not interested in SUVs, however, now have something to consider in what was once a choice among the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

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The redesign includes increases of 1.8 inches in length and 1.4 inches in wheelbase, but a 1.2-inch decrease in height. Hyundai has mitigated headroom loss for both front and rear occupants despite the height decrease, but the previous generation did have more headroom. Other styling updates include moving the Sonata’s signature chrome strips to inboard of the headlights and making sections function as daytime running lights.

The rear now features a design closer to a liftback sedan (think Audi A7), with taillights joined by a light section running the width of the trunk. The taillight lenses are also topped by vortex generators — little fins — designed to improve fuel economy.

Hyundai also added a host of technologies to the Sonata, including its blind spot camera system that displays a view of what is to either side of the car in the gauge cluster when a turn signal is activated. The Sonata also offers keyless access that doesn’t require the touch of a button on the door handle, the ability to use a smartphone as a key and the Super Bowl-famous “Smaht Pahk” feature that can move the car forward and backward without a driver inside.

Check out Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder’s comprehensive critique of the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata by watching the video below.

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