Hyundai Sonata vs. Toyota Camry

October 22nd, 2020 by

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata and 2020 Toyota Camry are some of the most popular midsize sedans on the market. Both cars are four-door, five-seat vehicles boasting identical 4.8-star consumer ratings on Cars.com at the time of writing. The Hyundai Sonata is brand new for the current model year, while the market-leading Toyota Camry is largely unchanged. But which vehicle is right for you?

Modern Looks Meets Classic Sedan Style

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Both vehicles are sedans, but the car makers take entirely different approaches to this classic car style. Hyundai has seized the opportunity to give its 2020 Sonata a brand-new look. Its design is incredibly bold, with edgy lines, an aggressive grille, and thin lines of signature lights. It’s a real departure from the conservative-looking Sonata of 2019. It may alienate some of the maker’s existing audience, but it’s sure to attract some fresh fans.

Not much has changed in 2020 for the Camry. It’s a classic-looking sedan, not especially inventive but stylish enough. Toyota doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel here, for better or worse. It’s made for motorists who prefer blending in to turning heads. Perhaps it might just attract buyers who can’t embrace the Sonata’s new image!

Space for Passengers and Luggage

Both vehicles are spacious enough to handle five passengers comfortably and some cargo. However, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata has a slight edge. There are 104 cubic feet of passenger volume here, a little more than the 100 cubic feet the Toyota offers.

The Hyundai offers a lot more space up front, boasting an extra 4 inches of legroom and nearly 2 more inches of headroom. However, that comes at the sacrifice of people in the back. Rear passengers get nearly 3 more inches of legroom in the back. While that won’t trouble kids, teens and adult passengers will certainly notice the difference. The Hyundai reclaims the advantage with the headroom, though. Just 0.4 inch separates the two models, but the Sonata is a nose in front.

When it comes to cargo space, the Hyundai has you covered. It has 16 cubic feet of luggage room, nearly 2 cubic feet more than the Toyota. That’s enough space for a couple of extra bags on your next shopping spree.

Capable Engines

Sedans don’t really need high-performance engines. These cars typically spend their time commuting and taking us to social engagements. Both cars have capable motors, although Toyota delivers more options. Its base motor is a 2.5-liter inline-four, which produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Hyundai also has a 2.5-liter inline-four base engine. However, it’s slightly more sluggish, making 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The difference is marginal in most cases, but you may notice a difference traveling up hills with a full complement of passengers.

Both vehicles have a traditional upgraded engine, but the Camry has a powerful advantage. The Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four only makes 180 horsepower. However, it generates 195 pound-feet of torque.

The Camry’s optional engine is substantially more powerful. The 3.5-liter V-6 motor will suit people who value performance. It makes 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, so it really deserves time on the open road, where you can really open it up.

Toyota also has an optional 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four motor. Hyundai promises it’ll also introduce a hybrid option, but it’s unclear when we’ll see it.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The Sonata and Camry both deliver the modern tech innovations that contemporary consumers demand. Both vehicles have touch screens with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so it doesn’t matter what mobile device you use. However, the Sonata’s screen is a little bigger. An 8-inch screen is standard in the Hyundai, while the Toyota comes with a 7-inch screen. It’s upgradable to an 8-inch screen, but the Hyundai’s larger standard screen is a 10.25-inch unit. Alternatively, the Sonata also has an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument display.
The Hyundai Digital Key is another innovative technology without comparison in the Toyota. This feature lets you lock, unlock, and start your car with your Android device.

Of course, technology isn’t just about having fun. Both cars offer active safety technology as standard for your peace of mind. You’ll find adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlights standard across all trims in both vehicles. Hyundai adds lane tracing assist and driver attention monitoring as standard for good measure, though.

Competitive Prices

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata and 2020 Toyota Camry are both affordably priced for frugal families and new teenage drivers. However, the base model 2020 Hyundai Sonata has a manufacturer’s recommended retail price of $23,400. That’s $895 less than the base model Toyota. It’s a relatively small difference, but one that may matter if you’re pinching pennies.

The gap widens if you’re interested in the top trims. The top-level Sonata is $33,300 — $1,700 less than the Toyota Camry’s top trim.

Comprehensive Warranties for Your Peace of Mind

Both car makers stand behind their vehicles with comprehensive warranties. However, the Hyundai warranty protects you for longer. In fact, its standard 10-year/100,000-mile warranty is the nation’s best. In comparison, Toyota protects your purchase for five years or 60,000 miles.

Both brands offer complimentary oil changes and other routine maintenance. However, Hyundai is also more generous here. You’ll get free maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles when you choose the Sonata. Toyota offers this service for two years or 25,000 miles.

The warranty and maintenance offers are well worth considering if you’re on a tight new car shopping budget. When you choose the Hyundai, you can feel confident you won’t have to worry about big repair bills for a long time.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata and 2020 Toyota Camry are both impressive sedans, but the Toyota is looking a little long in the tooth these days. If you want the latest technology and design backed by the country’s best warranty, take the 2020 Hyundai Sonata for a spin at Hiley Hyundai West in Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 367-4000 to schedule your test drive today.

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