2020 Hyundai Sonata Is A Lot Of Midsize Sedan For $24,300

Hyundai has released U.S. pricing for the redesigned 2020 Sonata, and the reality is the sedan is a lot of car for the money.

Starting at $23,400 (excluding $930 destination), the base 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE is $750 more expensive than the previous-generation model. However, the price increase is easily offset by the added content compared to the 2019 Sonata SE.

New standard equipment for the entry-level Sonata SE includes the 191 HP Smartstream 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, 8-speed automatic transmission and Shift-By-Wire selector, 8-inch LCD monitor, Electronic Parking Brake, LED Hidden Lighting Lamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, and laminated windshield.

Watch: 2020 Hyundai Sonata May Not Be The Prettiest Midsize Sedan But It’s Pretty Darn Good

Also new are the driving assistance systems offered as part of the standard SmartSense suite. They include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Driver Attention Warning, automatic high-beam assist, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Moving up in the range, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL is priced at $25,500 and adds an array of features. Among them there are design upgrades including 17-inch alloys, sport front and rear fascias, twin-tip muffler, side mirror turn signal indicators, leatherette interior door panel inserts, and liquid chrome interior accents.

Standard convenience features include heated side mirrors, heated front seats, 8-way power driver’s seat, dual automatic temperature control, hands-free Smart Trunk Release, proximity key entry with push button start, 4.2-inch color LCD instrument cluster, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a center rear armrest. The SEL trim also adds Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

For $27,450, customers can get the SEL Plus trim which brings the new 180 HP Smartstream 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard. Along with the turbo engine, the SEL Plus adds sporty upgrades including 18-inch alloys, glossy black side mirrors and window surround, aluminum pedals, and Dinamica suede / leatherette seating surfaces.

Finally, the range-topping 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited is priced at $33,300. For the money, customers get the 1.6L turbo-four, Hyundai Digital Key, Color Head Up Display, Blind-Spot View Monitor with Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and much more as standard. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will arrive later in the year.

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  • Quinton

    It’s a lot of ugly too.

  • charlotteharry57

    In my neck of the woods, the lots are nearly wiped clean of ’19s. Probably due to a long changeover time/quality control. Hyundai started cranking these out last week – they’d better get a move on, fast, because Kia is already teasing the next Optima and lots are overflowing (also around here, naturally) with ’18-’20 Optimas, likely priced a lot below these. If past history is any predictor, Hyundai won’t offer more than $1000 on these until near the end of the model year. I’ll be curious to see how it fares, because:1) a LOT of people are pissed at Hyundai/Kia over the engine fires/replacements fiasco, and 2) its looks are, ahem.


      Awww snowflake and her triggered opinions. You must be a liberal

      • cooper

        Keep your anger and insecurities to yourself. Sadly, you sound like the typical trumpkin.


          Snowflake, why so hurt??

          • cooper

            From your childish responses I’d assume you are under the age of 12. Sadly, you are probably just a trumpkin.

          • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            TRY AGAIN snowflake

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Insecure is right, she upvotes herself.

          Filthy creature she is.

  • BlackPegasus

    Exterior aesthetics aside, that interior is one of the best I’ve seen in quite awhile 👌🏽

    • xrnzaaas

      I wouldn’t say so. The black infotainment screen part looks like it’s been glued to the rest.

    • charlotteharry57

      Except for the tiny A/C vents that I don’t like at all.

  • ctk4949

    Front end is pretty bad, but the rest looks pretty good. Maybe in black it would help hide that huge front grille a bit.

  • charlotteharry57

    Given a chance to take a few minutes to delve into pricing, and, once you get past the base SE trim, it’s a LOT pricier than the ’19. Over $34K at the top end and that’s not even on par with the top trim ’19. That will be in the N-Line coming for ’21. Pretty aggressive, Hyundai, but they REALLY need the $ to pay for all those engine replacements (it’s also a product of the CUV overpricing upward push).

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Got to be one of the ugliest cars on the road today. Looks like a bottom feeder. Appalling.

    • Bo Hanan

      That front clip just doesn’t go with the rest of the car. It is horrible.


      I guess you wearing panties is giving a lot of these betas upvotes. Sad you’re a lonely incel without a family or kids. I don’t pity you at all. LMFAO

      • Arct1c

        Like how you clearly went around and gave everyone downvotes because you’re so butt hurt that people don’t like a model from your precious Hyundai brand?


          -Moron that thinks i’m a fan of hyundai

          Wow, here you go again with this whole assumption of me. Well will you betas ever put on your boxers and stop wearing Victoria secret for once?

        • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

          This idiot is a psycho. I have them blocked for a long time. Report them and we can hopefully get them banned from here. They wastin time responding to my comments but I can’t even see them cos he blocked LMAO

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          He’s lower class and from China, therefore uneducated. He doesn’t know any better.

          • Arct1c

            Sorry, but saying he’s from China and therefore uneducated is not only racist, it makes what you’re saying no better than what he is saying.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            A majority of China’s lower class is uneducated, that’s a fact.

            Chinese isn’t a “race”, this is also a fact.

  • no25

    Said it once, and I’ll say it again. This generation of the Sonata was the peak in design. Absolutely timeless design. This new one is hideous from every exterior angle. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc785b2e9ffd52fed3c852d237777778832c9bd558cbc5ae97928a5de5912343.jpg

    • S3XY

      “Absolutely timeless design” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      All hyundais look cheap

      • William rowe

        yeap like those cheap wanna be mercedes toyota lexus

    • Bo Hanan

      I agree this is the best looking Sonata to date. And that its design was ahead of its time when it debuted in 2010.

    • charlotteharry57

      I agree. It still looks fresh today (while I hated it when I first saw it, I admit). Shame that gen was so trouble-prone (fires/engine replacments). Hyundai was trying to get the same result this time around after criticism of the last gen.

  • Steve Cohn

    The big question for me is: How does it drive?
    Anyone have last year’s Sonata that could tell me about the ride & handline?

    • charlotteharry57

      I don’t own one, but reviews of the ’18-’19s had the handling a lot bettter than the ’15-’17s, thanks to one of the designers being poached (from where I don’t remember, maybe BMW). Some reviewers said it went too far and the ride was uncomfortable.

  • pcurve

    if you search for 2020 sonata korea, you’ll see version with different grille and chrome strip. That version looks a lot better than this one…

  • WalthamDan

    Still hating the squished catfish front design Hyundai is throwing out there.

    • Porkopolis

      It looks like the car put a giant orange slice in its mouth and tried smiling.
      Looks like you could just peel a giant piece of tape from the front and then all the lines would fall into place.

  • Craig

    Great car. Awful colour. Yikes.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s better looking in person. But some of the exterior visual bits are awkward. This will probably age badly.

    • paulgdeaton

      Especially the I-want-to-be-a-Civic taillights.

  • Miknik

    It does seem weird though that the optional engine has 11hp LESS than the base engine, also 180hp seems quite low for a range topping version; Are we sure those figures are correct?

    • charlotteharry57

      The base engine has 181 lb/ft., whereas the 1.6T has 190. One’s higher in hp, the other torque. Neither comes close to the previous (and fire-prone) 2.0 T, which was 245/260. Hyundai is saving its replacement (N-Line) for the $40K version, due in Fall ’20.

      • Miknik

        But, to be honest, 11hp vs. 9lb/ft ate not that great differences that to me justify the two similar engines. Probably many won’t even really notice these figure differe in a comparably large car. If it was say a 180hp NA base engine, and a 210/220hp optional turbo, it would be different. And above that, a proper range topper

  • Knotmyrealname

    One thing I would have never said before, which is that I would buy that Hyundai just for the interior.

  • Dennis James

    Looks like it comes in primer color. Are you supposed to paint it yourself ? 🙂

  • klowik

    The front looks ok but still lack a bit of work to smooth out some rough edges and make it looks less awkward. The rear is done a bit perfunctorily. it looks like a design from from junior designers.

  • lapirk

    that is proper disgusting

  • Enter Ranting

    Why the grumpy face?

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