With SUVs sitting as top dogs in the auto market these days, midsize sedans have been going through a transformation. While some like the Ford Fusion are dying off, others like the Toyota Camry have become sharper than ever. Add to the list of sleeker, sportier cars the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.
At first glance, the Sonata doesn’t look like a Hyundai, and that’s a good thing. Hyundai says it has a four-door-coupe design, but thankfully it doesn’t copy the excesses of some German “coupes.” While it’s not as clean as it could be, this time the Korean automaker didn’t try cramming flourishes every place possible, which is a huge improvement.
We get an even cleaner presentation for the interior. Physical controls are clustered simplistically in certain areas of the dash, while everything else has a more minimalist approach. The only really questionable design element is the steering wheel, which has a distracting curved bar-like element toward the bottom. Still, if that’s the chief complaint so far, Hyundai’s doing something right.
All Hyundai is revealing about the all-new Sonata is the design. No doubt what’s housed under those curves is going to be revolutionary, including the possibility of an electrified version, but the company is saving such a reveal for later.