Learn about the 2020 Sonata’s Technical Features and what they can do for you.





The 2020 Sonata is designed with several new features to enhance your ownership experience while driving, parking, or even when the car is simply parked. Some features have their Hyundai debut in the Sonata, while others have appeared on recent Hyundai models, but are new to the Sonata.

Drive Mode Select

All Sonatas come standard with Drive Mode Select. Each driving mode adjusts steering feel, and both engine and transmission mapping, which involves throttle response and upshift and downshift logic. These are your drive mode choices:

  • Eco
    Tuned for efficient operation. Smooth throttle response, optimized transmission shifts, and light steering feel.
  • Sport
    Quick throttle response, transmission holds gears longer, quicker downshifts and heavier steering feel
  • Smart
    Tracks your driving habits and adjusts the steering and drivetrain functions to better serve your driving style.
  • Custom
    Lets you select your own setting combination.

Electronic Shift Button

Hyundai has kept things simple with three large buttons, and the Park button easily accessible on the side. This shift-by-wire system frees up space on the center console so that it allows convenient storage below.

A failsafe built into the system will prevent Drive or Reverse from engaging if a door is not fully closed. If the need arises, this can be over-ridden by pressing Drive or Reverse multiple times.

Turbocharged models add paddle shifters behind the steering wheel allowing you to shift manually.

Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release standard on:

  • SEL
  • Limited

If you are approaching your car with plans to load items in the trunk, there is a good chance your hands may be full, and your key fob inaccessible. The Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release provides a solution by having the trunk sense the presence of your key fob, and unlock the trunk and the trunk lid fully opens automatically.

To avoid opening the trunk when you are simply walking behind the car, the system will activate when you are stationary by the trunk, then indicate the trunk is about to open.1

12.3” LCD Gauge Cluster Display standard on:

  • SEL with Convenience Package
  • SEL Plus with Tech Package
  • Limited

On these models, the conventional gauges are replaced by a 12.3-inch LCD high resolution color display. The round speedometer and tachometer retain their position, but now feature color enhancements and hubs displaying a digital speed and fuel range readouts. Between the gauges is a color multi-function center screen, which provides displays for the following features:

  • Hyundai SmartSense functions
  • Navigation route next step (if equipped)
  • Parking Assist
  • Trip Computer
  • Utility functions

Navigation and operation of these displays is by a steering-wheel-mounted control on the right spoke.

Bose Premium Sound System with Centerpoint standard on:

  • SEL with Premium Package
  • SEL Plus with Tech Package
  • Limited

Hyundai turned to the audio experts at Bose to design the Sonata premium audio system. The system surrounds the occupants with 12 nearly evenly-spaced speakers; three up -front, three on each side, and three in the rear. Each speaker is responsible for a specific frequency range, and thus, range in size from 1-inch tweeters at the front of each front door, to the 9-inch woofer in the center of the parcel shelf. The Centerpoint system creates six-channel surround-sound from a stereo signal.

Sources include HD (digital) radio, XM Radio with free 3-month subscription, and from smartphones and other digital devices via Bluetooth streaming or direct USB connection.

10.25-inch Navigation Display and System standard on:

  • SEL with Drive Guidance Package
  • SEL Plus with Tech Package
  • Limited

This wide touch-screen is beautifully integrated into the top of the dash and provides excellent visibility of navigation, audio, and other information. View a wide panoramic map or split the screen to display both navigation and audio information. Here HD Traffic color-codes the maps with traffic info at no subscription cost.

Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) standard on:

  • Limited

It will no longer be a challenge getting in or out of your car inside a narrow parking space. With RSPA, you can position your car in front of a parking space, exit the car, press the RSPA Forward or Backward button,` and have the car park itself into the space.

When you return, simply press the Remote Start button followed by the appropriate RSPA button, and have the car drive out of the space so you can enter with ease.2

Head-Up Display (HUD) standard on:

  • Limited

An 8-inch Head-Up Display projects on the windshield, low enough not to obstruct your view, but high enough to help you keep an eye on the road, promoting safer driving. When activated, the HUD will always show the vehicle speed and you can choose the size and color of the speed display. Other information that can appear on the HUD includes:

  • Navigation turn-by-turn directions
  • Speed limit and traffic sign info
  • Driving assistance system status
  • Lane safety information
  • Blind spot status
  • Audio system information

You can control which among the above listed features appear on the HUD as well as the height, rotation and brightness of the overall display from a control on the center touch-screen.

For information on the 2020 Sonata’s smartphone integration features, please click here.

For information on the 2020 Sonata’s Hyundai SmartSense features, please click here.


  1. The smart trunk will open when the smart key is within 40 inches of the detection area for at least 3 seconds. Radio transmitters and other vehicle smart keys may interfere in normal operation of the feature. Please consult Owner's Manual for further details. Make sure you close the trunk before driving.
  2. Remote Smart Parking Assist can autonomously park the vehicle. However, several factors can reduce the performance of Remote Smart Parking Assist. The parking sensors may not function correctly if one or more of the parking sensors is damaged, dirty or covered or if weather conditions (heavy rain, snow or fog) are interfering with the sensor operation. Always inspect the parking area with your own eyes.





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