2020 Sonata proves Hyundai still cares about midsize sedans

Hyundai’s newest Sonata is dripping with style and character

by DAVID BOOTH | APRIL 17, 2019

What is it?

Hyundai is playing the long ball with the eighth-generation Sonata. Unlike the current car, the new model is dripping with style and character. From the bold headlight treatment, dynamic daytime running lights, and ultra low-slug hood, to the tightly bustled tail and swaged character lines through the side, it’s set to become one of the best looking mid-size sedans on the road. It will also be one serious techno-sophisticate. Of the litany of features one is the digital key — it allows the Sonata to be opened and driven via a smartphone and allows the owner to grant temporary access to another user. It also has the ability to pull into or out of a parking spot by remote control.

Why does it matter?

Under the hood, the 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6 four-cylinder engine found in the U.S. model will become the base engine in Canada. It will be joined by a new, 191-horsepower 2.5L inline-four that will replace the aging 2.4L unit. What the new Sonata will lack at launch is a hopped-up version; hopefully when the missing link lands, it will be the turbo-four from the Veloster N — 275 horsepower would make for an intriguing drive.

When is it coming?

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata should hit in Canada this October or November.

Should you buy it?

Based on looks alone, the next-gen Sonata is going to be a significant player in the mid-sized market. If the rumor of a sportier derivative comes to fruition, there is even more reason to celebrate. Could the future also hold a full-on N version? The smart money says yes. Bring it on!

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