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Hyundai Sonata

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Hyundai's official page for the Hyundai Sonata.

 

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Safety: The IIHS scores the Sonata a Top Safety Pick.

 

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Automobile Magazine had a chance to drive the 2020 Sonata and they said it is an absolute looker and the pictures don't even do it justice. And obviously that picture above looks pretty good. They also complimented the way ot drove pointing out that the 1.6L Turbo is sporty like a Honda Accord yet has a comfortable ride. The 2.5L non-turbo is comfortable yet handles well and is not floaty. They sum up the test drive saying "Both models feel tight and composed, with a cosseting ride and handling good enough to invite comparisons with the best-driving competitors."

 

In this article, Automobile Magazine focuses on 7 design elements that make the Sonata stand out as a particularly beautiful car in its segment. Among other things, they praise the design of the front and rear LED lighting.

 

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There is a lot that goes into vehicle design that most of us will never notice. Here is an interesting article from MotorTrend that touches on some of the design cues that go into the 2020 Sonata redesign, as well as the reasons behind them.

 

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This is Consumer Reports first impressions of the Sonata SEL. They praise the roomy cabin and impressive list of standard safety features. They comment that the powertrain is quiet and works smoothly, yet has plenty of power when called upon. Handling and steering is also praised, as is more.

 

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As I write this on March 5th 2020, only Hyundai and supercar maker Koenigsegg allow for variable valve duration. It is an impressive bit of technology that allows for an improvement of power, emissions, and efficiency. This video from Road and Track helps to explain. I kind-of understood it but then physics was always over my head. It is currently available on the 1.6L turbo on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

 

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Car and Driver sampled the Sonata in its Limited trim. They sang the praises of the class-leading levels of technology, yet marveling at how Hyundai was able to keep it all very easy to use. They love the way it looks saying its "stunning body is as universally attractive as a Grand Canyon sunset." "Elegance" is the word used to describe the interior. They add "The Sonata is a peach...plan to be pleasantly surprised." 

 

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TheCarConnection drove the 2020 Sonata Limited around the streets of Alabama, where the car is made. They praised the serene road feel, even over bumps, as well as refined steering. Controls, as in all Hyundais, are easy to use. The interior is very comfortable and modern, and they love the new design. See all their comments here.

 

Another editor at TheCarConnection drove the 2020 Sonata Limited around Canada. After spending 800 miles in the car he called it the best mid-sized sedan on the market. He said the appearance is striking, the handling is "planted and safe", the interior a very pleasant place to be considering comfort and controls, and it gets very good fuel economy.

 

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MotorTrend reviewed the go-fast version of the Sonata, the Sonata N Line. It is a midsize sedan, but to those who care about such things, it is quicker 0-60 and in the quarter mile than the go-fast versions of the Camry and Accord. Oh, and it is the quickest non-luxury midsize sedan MotorTrend has ever tested, tying only the discontinued Ford Fusion Sport. Oh, and it is quicker through the figure eight than the go-fast versions of the Camry and Accord, but MotorTrend mentioned that this is aided by the fact that it stops better than they do as well. Must be uncomfortable to drive, then, right? Nope. It rides firmly, but also comfortably. MotorTrend points out it is the only car in its price point with adjustable side seat bolsters - you can add more bolstering when going around corners, or less when on a leisurely drive. And it has better tech than the Toyota and Honda, enjoyed on a bigger screen than they have. No wonder they say "This is the Sonata to buy" and "Frankly, it's excellent".

 

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I kind-of like the writing in Automobile Magazine's reviews a little better than the rest. Here they drive the Sonata N Line and liked it a lot... a whole lot. They liked that around town it is "comfortable, quiet, dignified" but that it also handles curvy roads with "poise, finesse, and grace". And it is powerful and quick - 5.3 seconds 0-60. They say that for a comfortable and unflappable ride, that it is remarkable how planted and stable the car is through twists and turns. Several times they compared the ride to that of refined German automobiles - in fact they call it "a Hyundai sedan that can legitimately run with BMWs" (I guess it helps that BMW's long-time lead engineer of their M performance division is responsible for chassis development in all new Hyundai corporate vehicles). They say it is nearly perfect. Nearly? They comment that they wished it has a limited slip differential to control inside wheel spin when cornering, though they admit that taking it out of "Sport +" setting (which turns off the ESC) and putting it into "Sport" setting solves the wheelspin problem.

 

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AutoGuide points out that the 311 lb-ft of torque in the Sonata N Line is the highest torque of any front wheel drive car on the market. In their review, they point out that torque steer is under control and that its power delivery is deceptively quick because it is so smooth. Speaking of smooth, they also compliment the smoothness of the 8-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission that they point out is absent of the herky-jerkiness of many dual-clutch transmissions. The suspension is beefed up for sportier handing but not to the point that it makes the car uncomfortable. And they like the mature design of the car - there is very little that speaks of its sporty abilities.

 

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I include this review of the Sonata N Line from Motor Authority mainly because it is the first I have seen that compares the Sonata to any of its competition. They mention that, in their opinion, the closest competition comes in the form of the V6 Nissan Maxima and the V6 Toyota Camry TRD. They also comment that the Sonata N Line "drives absolute circles around them both".

 

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