The boldly redesigned 2020 Sonata has a lot going for it.

The Sonata is a spacious sedan with a sleek high-end appearance. It has a very aggressive grille and stand-out LED lighting, and bold rear styling.

There are four basic trim levels for the 2020 Sonata:
  • SE
  • SEL
  • SEL+
  • Limited

Every Sonata trim level comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, multiple drive modes and 4-wheel disc brakes.


The SE is the base trim level for the 2020 Sonata. That's not saying it's basic!

It has a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder CVVT engine capable of producing 191 horsepower. For the SE only, the engine is equipped with idle stop and go, yielding an ever so slightly higher EPA-estimated fuel economy than other trim levels.

The SE comes loaded with cutting-edge safety technology that has taken huge leaps forward in recent years:
  • Driver attention warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Follow Assist
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • ABS
  • Traction control
  • Airbags for front and rear passengers
  • Rear-view camera
For some features, like a blind-spot monitor, you will need to upgrade to a higher trim level.

You also will see smart cruise control with stop and go follow on the SE - a true rarity in a base model for 2020! This means no more constant braking and speeding up again in rush-hour traffic, or just if you're on a long two-lane road with no opportunity to pass, and the car in front of you isn't holding a steady speed.

Even with the SE, you get a premium sedan with plenty of room even for taller adults. The trunk area is also spacious, with 16 cubic feet of storage and a full spare tire hidden beneath the trunk floor (not counted in the storage space).

The SE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, versus 17-inch for the SEL and 18-inch for the SEL+ and Limited.


The SEL includes some features that some drivers might love. Especially in Minnesota, heated side mirrors on the SEL will make your winter drives that much nicer. No more scraping frost and snow off the mirrors! The SEL also includes mirror-mounted LED turn-signal indicators, more commonly known as blinkers.

The SEL also is quieter than the SE due to the acoustic film front door glass. It has an 8-way adjustable power driver's seat with lumbar support that will be appreciated by those with back pain, and a four-way adjustable front passenger seat. These front seats are also heated!

The SEL shares more of its looks with the SEL+ and Limited due to the shared front grille design, some tweaks to the front and rear bumpers, and a more aggressive-looking exhaust pipe. These are the small details that not everyone will notice but they add up to a more sporty and fast-looking car!

With the SEL, the Convenience Package is available for an additional cost. This gives you additional features to make your drives as convenient and comfortable as possible:
  • 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster
  • Hyundai Digital Key - You can use the Hyundai Digital Key to unlock and start your car with a smartphone or key card!
  • Wireless device charging
  • Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink(R)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 2nd-row air vent
  • 2nd-row USB charge port

The SEL is also the trim level where you can first get your hands on the amazing 12-speaker Bose premium sound system that will bring your music and even audiobooks to the next level. This is part of the Premium Package, which can only be obtained by also signing up for the Convenience Package and the panoramic sunroof. So you'll also be adding leather seats, a luxurious heated steering wheel, and one of Hyundai's most amazing features - a panoramic sunroof.

The panoramic sunroof makes all the seats feel much more spacious, and your back row passengers especially will be thankful for the open feeling! The glass does slide partially open so you can feel the wind in your hair on those hot summer days. You can also keep the UV-filtering glass closed, or finally, close the power interior cover to fully block the sun.


The SEL Plus has a fundamental difference from the SE and SEL in the engine. The SEL+ and Limited are equipped with a 1.6L turbo, versus the 2.5L (non-turbo) in the SE and SEL. The EPA fuel economy is more or less the same for the two engines, at 31 overall MPG for both, so this is a question of performance and driving enjoyment. 

All trim levels are also equipped with the same 15.9-gallon fuel tank, so they have about the same driving range.

This particular turbo engine is a groundbreaking development that Hyundai bills as the world's first CVVD, or Continuously Variable Valve Duration engine, providing both increased performance and increased fuel efficiency at the same time. You can learn more on Hyundai's website.


The Limited trim level comes standard with just about every feature mentioned here! It also includes some special options that are only available on the Limited:
  • Blind spot monitor that shows right in your instrument panel
  • Parking collision-avoidance assist
  • Full LED taillights
  • Ventilated front seats, perfect for hot summer days
  • Memory settings for driver's seat
  • Memory settings for side mirrors
  • Hyundai Smart Park
  • Surround view monitor
  • Ambient lighting with 64 colors

The most famous of these is probably Hyundai Smart Park, which launched with no less than a Super Bowl commercial showing Smart Park being used to park the car in a super tight parking space. In the right circumstances, Smart Park will park your car for you when you exit the car and press the key. No more parallel parking worries! 

This is just a summary of the top features! For more information on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata or to test drive one here in the Twin Cities, contact our sales team at any time.