2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions; Audience Questions | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #238

2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions; Audience Questions | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #238 1

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata joins our test fleet and we discuss the redesigned car's bold new styling, the role sedans play in a market dominated by SUVs and how Hyundai packed the latest safety and convenience technology into an affordable vehicle. Plus, we answer your questions about run-flat tire tread wear, CR's stance on hard buttons versus touchscreens and how seats that lack lumbar adjustment can be a dealbreaker. 

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SHOW NOTES:
0:30 – 2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions

10:42 – Send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com

10:52 – Question #1: Does CR rate run-flat tires and are they usually noisier than regular tires?

13:37 – Question #2: Why does CR lament about the lack hard buttons on modern infotainment systems?

17:52 – Question #3: Is integrated adjustable lumbar better than using a separate lumbar cushion to enhance seat comfort?

20:38 – Question #4: Do you have to recalibrate a vehicles advanced safety systems if you change the wheel/tire size for winter driving?

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24 Comments on "2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions; Audience Questions | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #238"

  1. DigitalYojimbo | January 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM | Reply

    uploaded 16 seconds ago, first ?

  2. Where’s Ryan?

  3. colton phillips | January 17, 2020 at 12:16 PM | Reply

    I feel like Hyundai and Kia pay attention and look at what all the other auto maker’s are doing wrong and fix it and do it wayyy better.

  4. Shan Munaweera | January 17, 2020 at 12:17 PM | Reply

    Is it true they are not making the Sonata Plug in hybrid anymore?

    • It is coming. For Hyundai/Kia The plug in always lags a little behind when a redesign comes out. Motor Trend website says to expect the Plug In later this year. It may end being a 2021 model coming out this fall.

  5. Helped my dad buy a sonata. We talked them down a lot, and got an SEL+ for 18.6k

  6. GiovanniLACA17XD | January 17, 2020 at 12:19 PM | Reply

    I really wish the Sonota had come out before I purchased my Camry

  7. Glad to see you back Jennifer

  8. Attractive fish or catfish? 😄🐟

  9. The styling in the new Sonata reminds me of the old Citroen DS with the Hydro-Neumatic suspension.

  10. List of features on the Sonata is very impressive! Great value too!!
    I love LaneWatch on my accord so I was happy to see their version offered in the Sonata.

  11. back looks like old Oldsmobile Aurora

  12. I’m glad that you bought the Sonata SEL with the 2.5. All the press cars have the 1.6T and this may be the only time we get a test of the other engine.

  13. Saw a few new Sonata at Seoul earlier last year. the front is definitely over done IMO, especially when seeing it at night.

  14. I appreciate that Hyundai took a risk with their design. I have seen the car in person, and I believe it looks better in person than it photographs.

  15. Exactly one of the things I love about my Ridgeline, yes it has a touchscreen for radio, navigation and other functions. But a completely separate set of controls for climate control and heated seats. So I push one button and I’m done setting climate temperature.

  16. Sonata N-line 290 HP/310Lb ft torque wet DCT, now that’s the version to get

  17. My car has manual hand-brake (handle->cable->wheel), manual lever for air re-circulation control, physical rotary knobs for fan control, etc.
    Oh, and it has three pedals. I love my car!

  18. We’ve had 8 Hyundai cars in the last 18 years.
    My Genesis is aging and I’m looking forward to testing the new Sonata.

  19. It can’t “park itself.” It can just roll forward and backwards once you line the car up perfectly.

  20. So we have moved away from “Save the manual” and now we move towards “Save the buttons”.

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