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Hyundai Sonata (8th, DN8) Review Rundown

Hyundai Motor CompanyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Hyundai Sonata & Sonata Hybrid Mid-Size Sedan (8th-gen, DN8, 2020)
Neoscore* 84%
  • Best-in-class infotainment tech
  • Excellent driver-assistance tech
  • Lots of fun to drive
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The 2020 Sonata is no mere one-trick pony - instead, Hyundai's assembled a complete package that oozes value. The Sonata's two biggest competitors, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, have both entered new generations with newfound dynamics, but the Sonata is still capable of holding its own. Despite the addition of a battery pack, the Sonata Hybrid has the same amount of trunk space as the standard Sonata.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata makes its US debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The Sonata is a car that has serious visual interest -- every time I look at it, I find something new to like. Big, high-res screens and high-quality materials make the Sonata's cabin feel seriously luxurious.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Sensuous Sportiness
  • Excellent infotainment tech
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Not as spacious as standard Sonatas

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Sonata is no mere one-trick pony -- instead, Hyundai's assembled a whole-ass package. Leather seats are smooth and supportive, and nearly every touch point up front feels fancy. Despite the stylish cut in the Sonata's roofline, there's ample headroom in the rear.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Sonata N Line isn't a full-bore N, like the Veloster N or upcoming Elantra N and Kona N. The N Line gets a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, the same one you'll find in the Genesis G80 and GV80. It's tuned to deliver 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo engine
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of driver-assistance tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Sonata Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine assisted by a single electric motor. It's just 1 hp more than the base engine for the non-hybrid Sonata, and substantially less than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry hybrids. Unlike Honda and Toyota, Hyundai has kept a conventional transmission as part of its hybrid system.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Digital Key smartphone control
  • Easy-to-use safety features
Cons[**]
  • Not as comfortable as non-hybrid Sonata

digitaltrends[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata looks like nothing else with four doors and a trunk. Hyundai's Digital Key lets drivers use a smartphone in place of a key fob. The 1.6-liter engine makes the most of its smaller displacement. The Sonata has a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
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Pros[**]
  • More spacious than its predecessor
  • Improved driver-assistance tech
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Hyundai's 2020 Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired with a 39kW electric motor driven by a lithium-ion battery. The entry-level Blue trim delivers a class-leading 50/54mpg city/highway fuel economy rating. The new exterior design features a redesigned grille, unique wheels, and a rear spoiler.
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Pros[**]
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Hands-free trunk release
  • Solar roof system
  • Powerful electric motor
Cons[**]
  • Lacks standard driver-assistance features

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
2020 Hyundai Sonata starts at $23,600, but you won't be spending less than $27,750 for the hybrid variant. Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at a pricier $28,430, though its most expensive XLE configuration costs roughly $2,400 less. Honda Accord has more overall power than the Sonata Hybrid, but still pales to Hyundai's offering in terms of available tech.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek styling
  • Lots of tech and driver-assistance features
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

2. ^ 2020 Hyundai Sonata review: Left-field looks, home-run value. cnet. 2020-01-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line review: Surprisingly sporty. cnet. 2021-02-25 Retrieved 2021-07-08.
4. ^ 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid first drive review: Chase the sun. digitaltrends. 2020-04-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive review: Laser light show. digitaltrends. 2019-12-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review. pcmag. 2020-07-24 Retrieved 2021-07-08.
7. ^ 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid review. tomsguide. 2020-08-23 Retrieved 2021-07-08.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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