I had the opportunity to drive the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata in beautiful Pheonix, Arizona in December 2019. I wasn’t overly excited about the car itself, after all, it’s a sedan. Sedans are typically boring! Not the Sonata though, Hyundai took the old boring Sonata and completely redesigned it inside and out for 2020.
I then had the opportunity to spend a week in both the regular gas model Sonata and the new Hybrid (coming to your local dealership in February 2021!) since the media preview in Arizona. Wow, what a feature-rich car, let me tell you!
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3 Features I haven’t seen on ANY other car
The Sonata has some features that I have not seen in *any* other cars! Check out the turn signal cameras that display on the instrument cluster so that you can see what is directly beside the car whether you’re turning right or left.
Hyundai decided to create something totally different and unique with the Sonata as well, it’s called ‘Smart Park’ and you may remember this feature from this Super Bowl ad (from last year’s Super Bowl):
With the touch of a button on the center console and then on the key fob, you can park your car without you inside of the car! Take that, cramped parking spaces and jam-packed garages!
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I was driving through Vancouver proper with the Sonata Hybrid, and as I was driving up to an intersection with a light, the car gave me an audible warning that the intersection ahead has a red-light camera. You see, in the city of Vancouver, there are red-light cameras that will issue tickets automatically by mail if you run a red light! I thought this was genius technology.
Safety is top-of-the-line
Standard features on all trims of the Hyundai Sonata for 2020 and 2021 are top-of-the-line safety features including blind-spot warning, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, high beam assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane trace assist is basically semi-autonomous driving as it’s so robust and truly makes you feel like the car is capable of keeping you safe while highway driving, even if it’s in stop and go traffic. This feature is available on all trims, even the base model Sonata.
Options and Price Points
Starting at $27,149 and going up to $38,749 for the Ultimate trim for the gas-only model and $40,199 for the Hybrid model where Ultimate is the only trim.
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Watch my Full First Impressions of the Hybrid model:
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A Tech-Loaded Family Sedan
With all this technology and safety, you’re sure to feel like you’re in a premium brand and still have space for the kids and their friends.
Let’s talk about fuel economy, and why you may want to opt for the Hybrid model. The fully gas-powered Sonata gets 7.7 L/100KM and the Hybrid gets 5L/100KM. What’s also cool about the Hybrid version is that there is a solar roof that charges the battery and increases the overall range up to 1300 KM of driving per year.