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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Performance


MSRP
$27,750
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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.0

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid isn’t as sporty as some classmates, but its comfortable ride will please many shoppers. In addition, this hybrid gets fantastic gas mileage estimates. Just keep in mind that its regenerative brakes take a while to get used to.

  • "Driving the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a pleasurable experience. This is a highly refined 4-door sedan with a comfortable, roomy and inviting interior, and the interplay of the gasoline and electric powertrains is so smooth that some folks may not realize they’re driving a hybrid." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even when you're merging on the freeway or need to pass, the powertrain feels more refined than in the past, and it sounds similar to an internal combustion engine. I wouldn't call it sporty, but it feels modest in terms of power." -- Motor Trend
  • "But the hybrid's output is more adequate than astonishing when it's time to accelerate. The Sonata can achieve freeway speeds and climb hills without raising your blood pressure, but forget about drag races." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

This Hyundai is powered by a 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 192 horsepower. This hybrid's powertrain delivers adequate acceleration for most driving situations, but it's not as quick as some competitors. The Sonata Hybrid comes standard with a mostly smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission, which is a rarity considering most class rivals feature continuously variable automatic transmissions.

The base trim delivers an EPA-estimated 50 mpg in the city and 54 on the highway, which is excellent for the class. All other trims deliver 45 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the nonhybrid Sonata delivers 28/38 mpg city/highway.

  • "Whether you drive on the freeway or city streets, the Sonata Hybrid is quiet and decently powered. The loud roar that we've complained about in the previous generation is gone, as the 2020 Sonata takes a more subtle approach while still delivering a zippy ride." -- Motor Trend
  • "Hyundai's hybrid sedan packs a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder and a 39-kW electric motor; combined output is 192 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid drivetrain mates to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata Hybrid also features a 270-volt lithium-ion polymer battery and a hybrid starter-generator. It all sounds fairly quiet on the road, with a faint but pleasing hum when it runs in all-electric mode." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Sonata vs. Sonata, the Hybrid feels every bit as powerful as the gas-only version on the road. Neither sedan is what I'd call quick, and compared to the Accord Hybrid (208 hp) and Camry Hybrid (212 hp), the Sonata Hybrid is the least-powerful of the bunch. Still, whether scooting around town or merging onto the highway, the Sonata Hybrid doesn't feel underpowered, and I think most buyers will get on just fine." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The Sonata Hybrid offers responsive steering, composed handling, and a seamless transition between electric and gasoline power. On the downside, the regenerative braking system feels grabby. Also, some competitors are more engaging to drive.

  • "Should you throw it into a corner, the Sonata Hybrid won't come unglued. … The chassis is taut enough to mitigate ungainly motions, and the steering is well-weighted and responsive, with an appropriate amount of feedback." -- CNET
  • "The Sonata Hybrid offers four different driving modes—Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom. Eco and Comfort are pretty similar, but Eco is a little more restrictive on engine and transmission response. Sport, however, turns things up the notch, changing the acceleration mapping and steering response for a more dynamic drive. It's actually engaging to drive, as you get exceptional feedback from the steering. Depending on the mode you choose, the steering can be light or sportier, but either way you'll get plenty of response on what's happening at the wheels." -- Motor Trend
  • "If there's a bone to pick with the way the Sonata Hybrid drives, it's the brakes. I like the fact that there's some regen when you lift off the throttle, especially when coasting downhill. But in stop-and-go traffic, or in parking lots, the brakes are hard to modulate at low speed. The pedal has a strong initial bite, and this makes the brakes really grabby." -- CNET
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