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Eric's Autos: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

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When you can't sell practical anymore, it's time to start selling something prettier.

Midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata used to be top sellers -- largely due to the strength of their practical, family-car credentials. But crossovers -- with their two- or three-times-as-much cargo room, (usually available) all-wheel drive and extra ground clearance -- have made huge inroads into the family car market.

What are sedans to do?

Sell looks -- and luxury.

Performance, too.

What It Is

 

The Sonata is Hyundai's midsize, midpriced sedan. Like its primary rivals -- the Camry and the Accord -- it's almost a full-sized sedan in terms of its overall length.

And its passenger spaciousness.

Also like them, it's been restyled to summon passion -- and engineered to deliver more performance -- in order to try to recover sales that have been lost to crossovers.

Prices start at $23,400 for the SE trim, which comes with a larger (and stronger) 2.5-liter engine versus last year's Sonata. There's also a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the six-speed used last year.

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