Hyundai’s redesigned 2020 Sonata mid-size sedan has a lot of cool available features and a much more appealing exterior design, but until now we didn’t know how much it would cost shoppers: The entry-level Sonata SE will start at $24,330 (all prices include a $930 destination fee). That’s a $750 increase over the 2019 Sonata, though the price still undercuts the 2020 base models of mid-size sedan stalwarts the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The SE offers a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a bevy of advanced safety features as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense system — including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane follow assist, automatic high beams and forward collision prevention — as well as the new 191-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-level SEL trim will start at $26,430 and adds things like 17-inch alloy wheels, sportier-looking front and rear styling, heated side mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, a 4.2-inch color LCD display in the instrument panel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats.
Shoppers can also add a few option packages to the SEL. The $1,200 Convenience Package adds a fully digital 12.3-inch gauge cluster, Hyundai’s digital key, wireless charging, air vents for the backseat and a USB port for backseat passengers. The Premium Package will cost $1,850 — and requires the addition of the Convenience Package — and adds leather seating, a heated steering wheel and a 12-speaker Bose stereo. A panoramic sunroof is a stand-alone option for $1,000. A buyer who’s added all of the aforementioned options can also add what Hyundai is calling the Drive Guidance Package for $950; it includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Highway Drive Assist, a hands-on driving assistance system that can control steering, follow distance and vehicle speed.
Also available is the SEL Plus model, which includes the features of the SEL with the Convenience Package but swaps out the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which loses 11 hp compared with the 2.5, but adds 14 extra pounds-feet of torque for a total of 195. It also adds 18-inch alloy wheels and black side mirror caps for a sportier look. To get all that, shoppers will have to pay $28,380. A $2,750 Tech Package for the SEL Plus includes the panoramic sunroof, 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bose stereo and Highway Drive Assist.
The loaded Limited model is also powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder and starts at $34,230. Besides the digital key, which allows owners to access the car via smartphone or a keycard similar to a hotel room key, shoppers will also get a color head-up display, blind spot monitor with collision warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers and one last high-tech trick — Remote Smart Parking Assist, which can move the car forward or backward out of a parking space using the smart key feature, without anyone having to squeeze into the car. Like the base model, a loaded Sonata will cost less than its Camry and Accord competitors.
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