There’s no question that many Americans have given up sedans for SUVs but that still leaves millions of sedan Shoppers and Hyundai’s recent redesign makes it clear that it wants the 2020 Sonata to be one of the midsize sedans left standing The 20/20 is a return-to-form with a sleeker look cool technology that turns

 Chrome strips into daytime running lights and fans are stopped at a light and a bit weird looking text generators that improve aerodynamics the car is almost too much longer but it’s shorter in height by more than an inch though the roof was lowered so was the hood and the Headroom is just four tenths of an inch lower than the 2019 for the front seat the backseat lost only two tenths of an inch and had room with the redesign the floor but Hyundai says that used a sitter cushion to make up some of the different passengers might find their knees elevated more than they like but that’s common in

 this class backseat legroom isn’t as great it sound almost an inch versus the 2019 models and it’s a whopping 5.6 in less than

 the Honda Accords it’s workable but we noticed there’s not much room under the front passenger seat which lost its height adjustment for 20/20 it will return for 2021 the 2020 Sonata Limited we tested drives very nicely as Hyundai has gotten much better at suspension design is very competent with the current Accord and Toyota Camry feel more athletic this might be due to the modest power of the engine is currently available in the Sonata the higher limited and SEL plus trim levels have a turbocharged 1.6 L 4-cylinder rated at 180 horsepower

 the lower trim levels have a 2.5 L 4 cylinder without a turbo that’s rate is slightly higher for horsepower 191 horsepower the difference is the turbo engine has an impressive 195 lb of torque it’s available very low in the Rev range vs 181 pound feet for the 2.5 l in practice we found a turbo engine an 8-speed automatic transmission a pretty agreeable pairing especially if you’re not wild about continuously variable automatic switch some competitors have but if you think the sonatas power ratings are mild you’re not wrong when competitors have optional engines rated between 200 and 300 horsepower this is probably because of Sonata and line version is coming

 this year and some Reports say it will have new E300 horsepower is a Sonata Hybrid the regular one gets an epa-estimated 31 or 32 miles per gallon combined depending on the trim level that’s a four miles per gallon Improvement for the base trim level versus 2019 XR mixed high points include super clear ventilation controls and reasonably clear touch screen menus another worthy feature is the 12.3 inch fully digital instrument panel display which is standard on the top two Trims and optional on the Fel in place of small gauges and a 3.5 inch display this unit is key to the blind view monitor images that appear when you use the turn signal in the Sonata Limited the 10 and 1/4 inch touchscreen that was standard in our limited is optional in the SEL and SEL Plus in place of the standard 8 inch display has adequately sized and it can support two or three separate menu panels or displays side-by-side unfortunately Android auto Waze more than a third of the screen go Apple carplay doesn’t the Menlo Pointe has to be the touch sensitive buttons flanking the display in lieu of real mechanical buttons speaking of buttons

 Hyundai seems to have made the decision to transition to push button transmission control don’t listen. Azar smartly laid out they seem higher and bulkier than necessary and there’s no storage Advantage underneath as in the new Palisade SUV there are some features in the Sonata that are advancements for a Hyundai and some that are rare out in the market finally you can activate remote start using the key fob but the car won’t activate the heated seats and steering wheel unless you use the smartphone app and Blue Link which has a subscription fee after a few years also historically

 Hyundai owners with keyless access have to press a button to unlock their car now just touching the handle does the trick as on most competitors jumping way ahead however the Sonata now lets you use your smartphone as a key so long as it’s an Android phone a couple other brand

 have this feature and Frankie play some are less restrictive even if you do have an Android phone do you have to hold it up to the door handle in order to unlock the car which is sort of a step back from the key in Pocket approach on the upside there are other pluses to this app based control like multiple profiles sharing your car without handing over keys and the ability to move the car forward and back out of tight spaces from outside 

the car the latter which you can accomplish with the remote as well we have a bad habit of saying nobody when we mean a lot of people as in nobody’s buying cars anymore the reality is a lot of people are buying cars and the people that were buying cars are going toward things like the Toyota Camry the Honda Accord the Nissan Altima they are still the strongest cars to beat in this class with this redesign Hyundai has made it clear that the Sonata is in for this fight we have yet to see the hybrid and the N line but what we seem so far is quite impressive there’s no question they’re not giving up on this can you use

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