• 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

    2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Up to 52 mpg combined fuel economy
  • And as much as 54 mpg on the highway
  • You can even get 700 free miles per year
  • Thanks to this fancy solar roof Hyundai says it can recover about 2 miles worth of energy each day
  • The 2.0-liter engine delivers 150 HP and 129 pound-feet of torque
  • While the electric motor delivers another 51 ponies
  • Making a total system output of 192 HP
  • The interior features typical Hyundai Quality
  • and decent fit and finish

Hyundai’s new Sonata Hybrid has an EPA-estimated range of 686 miles

We’ve seen the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid taking a bow at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show but it’s now time for the sedan to step on U.S. soil via the 2020 Chicago Motor Show.

Since this is a hybrid we’re dealing with, we shall start off by briefing you on the drivetrain. The 2020 Sonata mixes a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder GDI gasoline unit bolted to a six-speed "hybrid" automatic gearbox and an electric motor fed by a Li-ion battery pack. The ICE (internal combustion engine) delivers 150 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, supplemented by the e-motor’s 39 kW (51 horsepower) and 151 pound-feet of torque for a combined system output of 192 horsepower. Kia doesn’t specify the overall torque figure for the 2020 Sonata, though.

What Hyundai does mention, however, relates to the sedan’s fuel economy figures. As per the Korean carmaker, the 2020 Sonata Hybrid returns 50 mpg city, 54 mpg highway, and 52 mpg combined when the Blue trim is specified. Max range is 686 miles (EPA estimate). That’s not too bad, is it?

Working towards meeting those figures is the Active Shift Control tech. What it does, essentially, is tweak the gearbox’s efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second. In turn, it adjusts the transmission rotation speed for faster shifts, but it also works with the car’s hybrid control unit to align the e-motor with the rotational speed of the engine and transmission. The result: 30 percent crisper, smoother gear shifts, at least in theory.

Hyundai’s designers managed to bake a 0.24 drag coefficient into the 2020 Sonata Hybrid’s body by using active air flaps behind the front grille and a redesigned rear spoiler for a smoother airflow. Cutting down on underbody drag was also a priority, so the 2020 Sonata Hybrid comes with the following bits and bobs:

  • a new bumper lip
  • front- and rear-wheel deflectors
  • undercovers in the front and behind the engine bay
  • another undercover beneath the floor
  • and a rear undercover
Mechanical Specifications 2020 Sonata Hybrid 2020 Camry Hybrid 2020 Accord Hybrid
Gasoline Engine Size 2.0L I4 GDI 2.5L I4 GDI
HP/Torque (lb.-ft.) 150 / 139 176 / 163 143 / 129
Electric Motor kW (HP) 39 kW (51 HP) 88 kW (118 HP)
Voltage 270V 259V N/A
Net Horsepower 192 HP 208 HP 212 HP
Fuel Economy (city/hwy./comb.) EPA estimates 50/54/52 – Blue        45/51/47 – SEL, Limited 51/53/52 – LE         44/47/46 – SE, XLE
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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The 2.0-liter engine delivers 150 HP
and 129 pound-feet of torque
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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You can even get 700 free miles per year
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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And as much as 54 mpg on the highway
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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Up to 52 mpg combined fuel economy
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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While the electric motor delivers another 51 ponies
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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Making a total system output of 192 HP
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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and decent fit and finish
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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The interior features typical Hyundai Quality
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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Thanks to this fancy solar roof
Hyundai says it can recover about 2 miles worth of energy each day
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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