Hyundai introduced an all-new Sonata for 2020 and a hybrid version made its debut at this week’s Chicago Auto Show.
- The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delivers up to 52 mpg in “Blue” trim.
- It loses 1 hp compared to the outgoing hybrid.
- A new solar roof can add up to 2 miles a day additional all-electric driving range.
Hyundai launched a remake of its midsize Sonata sedan last year and now rolls out the hybrid version. For those who want to push mileage to the extreme, it delivers up to an EPA-rated 52 mpg in the new Blue trim, with range of up to 686 miles on a tank of gas.
There’s a trade-off, the Sonata Hybrid Blue offering fewer features and riding on low rolling resistance tires. But it’s also less expensive than the SEL and Limited trims which still offer an impressive, combined 47 mpg, according to EPA.
The 2020 Sonata Hybrid can be ordered with a new solar roof. (Photo: Hyundai)
The new Sonata Hybrid features a variety of new standard and optional equipment, including a solar roof that, given direct sunlight for at least six hours a day, adds as much as two extra miles of all-electric driving range. And, if your car is idled for a while – say, at an airport parking lot – it will keep both the conventional 12-volt and lithium-ion hybrid batteries charged.
The 2020 Sonata Hybrid relies on a 2.0-liter gas engine mated to a six-speed automatic and paired with an electric motor, the drivetrain making a combined 192 hp — one less than the outgoing gas-electric sedan.
Hyundai added a number of driver assistance systems, such as forward collision avoidance and blind-spot detection, as standard on all trim levels. There’s also a new smartphone-as-key app-based system making it easier to share access to the sedan.
Hyundai has confirmed it won’t be offering a plug-in version of the 2020 Sonata, however, due to low sales.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Hyundai has won kudos for the styling and features of the new Sonata and the great mileage of the 2020 Hybrid sedan could help it retain buyers who might otherwise migrate to an SUV.