2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 7 Things We Like and 4 Things We Don’t

Rear angle view of a gray 2020 Honda Sonata Hybrid 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | photo by Mike Hanley

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been redesigned for 2020, bringing new technology —  and more mpg — to your average sedan.

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The Sonata Hybrid drives like a gas-powered car in terms of smooth shifts and powerful acceleration, but it offers much better gas mileage.  Not to be outdone by rivals like the Honda Accord Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid, it has an optional feature up top: not a sunroof or a moonroof, but a solar roof that charges the car’s 12-volt battery and high-voltage hybrid battery pack. The top Limited trim also adds an air of luxury and a host of safety and convenience tech.

Mike Hanley’s review should tell you everything you need to know about this hybrid, just click the related link above. For the quick list of seven reasons we like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (as well as four sticking points), however, read on:

Things We Like

1.  Great Gas Mileage

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid base model, the Blue trim level, gets an EPA-estimated 50/54/52 mpg city/highway/combined; the SEL and Limited trims get 47 mpg combined. Both are a big step up from the regular Sonata, which gets 31-32 mpg combined.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid dashboard 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | photo by Mike Hanley

2.  Well-Tuned Drive

The Hybrid is powered by a 192-horsepower gas-electric drivetrain that feels just as responsive and powerful as a non-hybrid drivetrain. Accelerator response is immediate, and the transition from electric motor to gas engine is smooth.

3.  Performed Well in Crash Tests

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designated the 2020 Sonata a Top Safety Pick, though that award only applies to the Limited trim level, whose headlights were rated good (out of a possible good, acceptable, marginal or poor rating). Headlights on the lower trims were rated marginal. In all IIHS crash tests, the Sonata earned a good rating. The car’s forward collision warning and automatic braking system — a standard feature — earned a superior rating (out of a possible superior, advanced or basic).

4. Safety Is Standard

Several active safety features are standard, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and a driver-drowsiness monitor.  Highway Driving Assist, an optional feature, helps the car stay centered in its lane at either a set speed or set distance from the car ahead of it. Also optional are a 360-degree camera system, rear automatic braking and a blind spot monitor that shows you on the digital instrument panel what’s in your left or right blind spot when you use the turn signal.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid rear seat 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | photo by Mike Hanley

5.  Automatic Transmission

Hyundai uses a conventional six-speed automatic transmission in the Sonata Hybrid, unlike most automakers who opt for a continuously variable transmission in their hybrid drivetrains.  The result is the familiar feeling of a seamless upshift, like you’d get in a regular, gas-powered sedan.

6.  Smooth Ride

Suspension tuning is firm, but that doesn’t hinder ride quality at all; in fact, it helps the Hybrid take quick corners with agility. Body roll is also minimal.

7.  It’s a Good Time to Buy a Hybrid

Because gas prices are low, demand for fuel-efficient hybrids is also low, making this a great time to buy while prices are down. If you’re planning on getting a hybrid to replace the gas guzzler in your garage, you might be able to get a little more for that trade-in these days, too.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid solar roof 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | photo by Mike Hanley

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Things We Don’t

1.  Smartphone Issues

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on the Sonata Hybrid. Apple CarPlay is responsive, but it doesn’t take up the full 10.2-inch multimedia screen in the Limited trim.

2. No Smaht Pahk

We would’ve filed Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist under the above smartphone issues because the optional system highly touted during February’s Super Bowl only works with Android smartphones … except that it’s not even available on the Sonata Hybrid (yet, at least).

3.  Lack of Steering Feedback

While steering feels responsive and precise, it lacks adequate feedback on the driver’s end.

4.  No Moonroof

This may be a non-issue or a deal-breaker depending on your preference, but there is also no moonroof — even optional — in the Sonata Hybrid.

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