The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is already one of the best family sedans on the market today, with a combination of killer looks and some of the best technology you can find in any car, at any price. Not content with that, Hyundai upped the Sonata’s game with the Sonata Hybrid and its fantastic hybrid powertrain, which includes a really futuristic solar roof.
The best part? Pricing for the Sonata Hybrid Blue starts at just $27,750 while our Limited trim tester tops out at a very wallet-friendly $35,300. Surely there’s a catch to get this much car for the money, right? In our eyes, there are no catches, and the Sonata Hybrid is truly a no-compromise family sedan that delivers in almost every way.
Let’s focus on the big news with the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which is the fuel economy. Thanks to the Hybrid powertrain, our Limited tester is EPA rated at 45 mpg city/51 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined. We managed to average 48 mpg during our 220 miles of combined real-world driving. Those are awe-inspiring fuel economy numbers.
The Sonata Hybrid manages these great fuel economy numbers thanks to the 2.0-liter Smartstream 4-cylinder engine that produces 150-horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. This engine works in tandem with a 56-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor, which add another 51-horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
Hyundai says combined output is 192-horsepower but doesn’t state a combined torque figure. Power is sent to the wheels with a six-speed automatic transmission. Completing the Sonata’s Hybrid powertrain are the disc brakes, which offer a very aggressive regen when braking.
Speaking of generating energy, the Sonata Hybrid features a high-tech-looking Solar Roof, which Hyundai says adds a couple of miles to the car’s range after sitting in the sun for a day.
Moving to the inside, our Sonata Hybrid Limited was chock full of technology and screens all around the front cabin. The instrument cluster is fully digital, and a 10.3-inch wide touchscreen infotainment system sits canted toward the driver for easy access. A heads-up display and Qi wireless charging are also standard on the Sonata Hybrid Limited.
Android Auto and Apple Carplay are also standard on the Sonata Hybrid Limited. A 12-speaker Bose stereo handles audio duties. A big part of the technology experience with the Sonata Hybrid Limited is with the smartphone functionality. The App allows owners to remote start or pre-cool/heat the car directly from the App.
The Sonata Hybrid Limited features a strong safety technology suite, including adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a 360-degree all-around camera view.
Admittedly, the polarizing styling of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid isn’t for everyone. The car has been designed to be different and to stand out without being gauche or gaudy. We happen to think the car looks strong and elegant with the sculpted body lines and LED lighting graphics front and rear.
Overall, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is a fantastic value and delivers great looks, cutting-edge technology, comfort, and outstanding fuel economy at a price that won’t break the bank. The best thing is, most of these traits don’t require the Limited model of our tester. The Hybrid system is available on the most basic Blue trim, and the safety features can be had across the model lineup. Regardless of which trim fits the buyer’s budget, they can be assured they are buying one of the best family sedans on sale today.