The Hyundai Sonata: A practical commuter car with sporty features

Hyundai has really stepped up their game from their origins. While sometimes maligned, the Hyundai Accent was a gift to the lower end auto consumer market. Whether those people were students, lower-income individuals, those who needed a cheap second car, or those who rarely drove but wanted to still own a car.

The Accent had a base starting price of less than $5,000. There was really nothing to be mad with Hyundai about. You paid $5,000 for it, you knew exactly what you were getting and were just happy it got you from point A to point B.

But Baby, Hyundai has sure come a long way. From a $5,000 car to their own luxury line, they have really stepped in and stepped it up, and found a solid hold in the automotive industry. The Hyundai Motor Company is starting to edge into the Honda Accord market with a continuously improved Hyundai Sonata.

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The Hyundai Sonata features improved styling, interior, and handling. It’s become a competitive mid-sized sedan great for commuting. The engine specs and driver reviews don’t really place it as a peppy ‘driver engaged’ vehicle, but it’s excellent for commuting and leisurely drivers.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is redesigned taking into account driver feedback. It looks great. Definitely a nice style upgrade. With a starting price of $23,000 it definitely boasts a lot of nice features.

The base model includes safety features such as lane assist, automatic emergency braking, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control. Safety features often only available as upgrades on other members in its class. This car really is geared towards the commuter. Half asleep at 6 a.m. hitting the highway at a speed of 10, worried about lane drifting? No problem, the Sonata has got you.

From a $5,000 car to their own luxury line, Hyundai has really stepped in and stepped it up, and found a solid hold in the automotive industry.

The Hyundai Sonata is finally getting a new upgraded engine which will hopefully alleviate those weak power concerns of previous models. While not a huge upgrade of horsepower from previous years, it has adjusted the torque which should be a great help.

New and improved

For those that are looking for that extra kick — and aren’t we all — in late 2021 Hyundai will be introducing a new 2.5L 4-cylinder 290hp engine. It’s a sportier Sonata, called the Sonata N-Line which features an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with enhanced performance suspension and styling. Hyundai is really giving the Honda Accord a run for their money with these latest and projected upgrades. The introduction of a hybrid Hyundai Sonata has also been suggested.

The Hyundai Sonata is finally getting a new upgraded engine which will hopefully alleviate those weak power concerns of previous models.

The upgrades to the Hyundai Sonata don’t stop there. They’ve added a cool new feature, a remote park assist. It allows you to move the car with keys on a fob to direct the car into tight spaces. It moves very slowly for safety reasons but would allow you to get out of the car and direct it into a tight spot with the key fob.

Hyundai has also added the digital key feature that allows you to use your phone as a key. For safety and security, the key does not use the cloud but uses NFC technology. You can also share your key with friends and limit the amount of time it works once loaned. It’s a great feature.

The new Sonata is definitely a solid competitor for the Honda Accord. The engine and other offerings are comparable, and the addition of the Sonata N-Line may give it the edge.

Baby, Hyundai has sure come a long way.

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