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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review


Hyundai’s new solar-roofed beaut can teach you to how drive. It sure taught me something.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can teach you to how drive. Thanks to a suite of safety tools, the car can be forceful as it tries to keep you in your lane. What I learned is that the car and I have wildly different ideas of what counts as driving too close to the lane markers.
As with most driver safety features, I did eventually get used to the suggestions the new Sonata made for me, slightly adjusting the position I would take in the lane. Was I safer than before? Not sure, but it did make the car happy.
And that’s kind of our life these days, isn’t it? Our phones beep to get our attention and so we turn to them to see what’s going on. Our smartwatches encourage us to complete this or that task. And now our cars are telling us how to drive better, and they sometimes won’t stop beeping unless we listen to them.
I know I could have turned this safety feature in the Sonata Hybrid off, but I wanted to see what it was like to drive with it for a week, and I think that Hyundai found a good way to encourage what it thinks is the safest place in the lane and a technological nudge to get me to follow it. So, if you like « learning » from your devices, this could be the car for you.
There’s a lot more that the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers, of course, and similar safety tech is available in other Hyundai vehicles as well as in vehicles from other automakers. As a hybrid, the main selling point of this Sonata is its improved fuel efficiency and the good-looking four-door sedan is part of Hyundai’s expansion of its green car line up from six today to 13 by 2022.
It’s difficult to really test drive a new vehicle during the coronavirus quarantine, since there just aren’t that many errands to run or places to legitimately go.

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