Hybrids & Electrics

Is the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Trying Too Hard?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid received a full makeover for the 2020 model year and aside from a completely new look, it received a lot of tech-savvy features that make it feel more futuristic than its rivals. And although they are a welcomed addition to the all-new sedan, I’m a little worried that they might be making the sedan a little too technical for its own good.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

While I’m fully aware that cars are going to be more technology-filled as time goes on, the main fear is that the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid might be a little too much for some prospective buyers. Did they really have to put a solar panel on the roof? Not really. But someone will probably like it, even though it’s only good for two extra mpg every day.

But did Hyundai try too hard with this Sonata Hybrid? Maybe. Fortunately, I currently have the benefit of driving the top-trim Limited version for a week to try out everything it has and see what it’s all about. So far, I’m blown away by its smooth hybrid powertrain, plush interior, and those tech features, which are great, however, I’m still a little skeptical.

a red redesigned Hyundai Sonata at speed on a road near the water
2020 Hyundai Sonata | Hyundai

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What tech features am I referring to?

If you’re not familiar with what the Sonata Hybrid Limited has, you’ll be happy to know it comes with all of the driver-assist features that you can currently find in most other cars, including adaptive cruise control, lane assist, blind-spot warning, and forward-collision warning, and they work almost too well. The sensors seem to be a little too sensitive to their surroundings and the corresponding beeps scold you for thinking about getting over too early or braking kind of late. They’re a bit intrusive, although, some drivers may actually like that.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid interior | Hyundai

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That being said, I am impressed with the other features it has like the super-crisp, all-around view monitor and backup camera as well as the blind-spot view monitor that each blind spot in the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel whenever you activate the left or right blinker. The 10.1-inch infotainment display is responsive and relatively easy to navigate with only a slight learning curve in the beginning. However, I don’t appreciate the lack of a tuning knob. But if that’s all I have to complain about, then that’s pretty good.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Solar Roof
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Solar Roof | Hyundai

Is the Sonata Hybrid too techy?

Technically speaking, it’s not. But I do think Hyundai could have dialed it back just a little bit with that solar-panel sunroof, because really, how much does an extra 2 mpg per day really net you? But again, I’m probably just nitpicking. My plan now is to put the car through its paces and see what kind of gas mileage it can achieve with a heavy foot on the throttle.

No, I’m not going to speed everywhere, but I am going to see if I can get the worst mileage possible, even if that means accelerating heavy up to the speed limit. So far, I’m still averaging around 40 mpg. So maybe that means that the car is just too tech-savvy for me.