Hybrids & Electrics

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Which Hybrid is The Better Pick?

In the market for a new hybrid sedan? Odds are, you’re realizing that there’s quite a lot of options to choose from. Among them? The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Of the two, though, which makes for a better buy? While the Toyota Camry Hybrid has become a staple among the hybrid segment, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is certainly worth checking out too.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | Hyundai

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The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is an attention grabbing sedan. As sophisticated as it is attractive, this fuel sipping hybrid knows just how to please. Add in its advanced powertrain that’s able to deliver an EPA-estimated 52 MPG combined along with an available solar roof that helps recharge its batteries, and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid becomes an even more attractive prospect.

Fuel efficiency isn’t everything though. Available in Blue, SEL, and Limited trim levels, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid makes nary a compromise when it comes to its interior. Standard features on this year’s model include an 8-inch color touchscreen display audio system, and the Blue Link Connected Car System.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can also be had with the Hyundai Digital Key. Use this convenient digital key alongside of your Android compatible smartphone to unlock the doors and start the car’s engine. You can even share the available Digital Key via your phone.

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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With a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder ECVT hybrid engine under the hood, the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid is no stranger to fuel efficient performance. Boasting an EPA-estimated 52 MPG combined, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is able to churn out an impressive 208-hp.

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid is no stranger to luxury features either. Available with leather-trimmed seating, this year’s model can also be had with tech-savvy interior features like a 10-inch head head-up display and a premium audio system.

This year’s model comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P too. This confidence inspiring system includes active safety and driver assistance features such as a pre-collision system with vehicle and pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams. 

Which of these hybrid sedans is the better pick?

While both of these hybrids make for formidable options among the hybrid sedan segment, one is better than the other. Consider first that the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a lower base price than its Toyota competitor.

Both hybrids are able to deliver an EPA-estimated 52 MPG combined. But the Toyota Camry Hybrid is faster than the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Unlike the Camry Hybrid, however, the Sonata Hybrid comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers more front headroom and legroom than the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid too. It can also be had with a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Unfortunately for Toyota shoppers, neither feature is available on the Camry Hybrid.

While the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid does come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, it’s the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that offers class-exclusive safety features like a blindspot view monitor. Activate your turn signals, and the car’s camera will show a video feed of the car’s blind spots on the digital instrument panel cluster.

Compare warranty coverage on these two hybrids, and the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid wins again. Unlike its Toyota competition, this year’s Sonata Hybrid is standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile hybrid/electric battery warranty. It’s also standard with a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and 7-years of anti-perforation coverage.

Choosing the best hybrid for your daily driving needs

If you’ve got your heart set on a hybrid sedan, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid makes for a great pick. Not only does it offer a lower base price than its Toyota competition, but it also offers better features and more comprehensive warranty coverage.