Learn about the Capabilities of the SmartSense Features in the 2020 Sonata

The 2020 Sonata has been equipped with the latest in Hyundai SmartSense technology, which includes an array of safety and driving assist features designed to alert and help you in various driving situations.

In this article, we will lay out which features are on your Sonata, inform you of their purpose, and show you where you can go for more information. Keep in mind that your owner’s manual is always the best source for the most detailed information.

Standard on all 2020 Sonata models

All 2020 Sonata models are equipped with the following SmartSense features:

  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection (FCA)
    Warns you of a decelerating or stopped vehicle or a pedestrian detected ahead and will apply braking if necessary.1
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC)
    Uses radar to keep you a safe distance from the car ahead when traveling below your set cruise control speed.2
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
    Provides light and sound alerts if you drift out of a detected lane.3
  • Lane Follow Assist (LFA)
    Helps keep you centered in a detected lane.3
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
    Warns you if sensors detect drowsy or inattentive driving.4
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
    Senses oncoming traffic to automatically engage or disengage high beams.
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) door logic
    Reminds you of rear occupants when engine is turned off.5

Standard on:
  • SEL
  • SEL PLUS
  • Limited

Stepping up to the SEL, SEL Plus or Limited, you will gain the following SmartSense features:

  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
    Provides an audio and visual alert when a vehicle in an adjacent lane is in the least visible location.6
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA)
    Applies brakes if you use your signals when a vehicle is in that side’s blind spot.6
  • Rear Cross-TrafficCollision-Warning (RCCW)
    The RCCA helps you back out safely by warning you if a vehicle is approaching from either side.7

More information on these SmartSense features can be found at the Hyundai SmartSense information website.

Standard on:
  • with Drive Guidance Package,
  • SEL Plus with Tech Package
  • Limited

Highway Drive Assist (HDA)enhances the Smart Cruise Control system by helping to keep your vehicle centered in your lane while using GPS data to know if you are on a controlled access highway such as an interstate. This system can be set to keep your vehicle at the highway speed limit.

Although the HDA system is an assist for long highway driving, it is not designed to drive the car for you. If you take your hands off the wheel for more than a few seconds, the system will remind you to regain steering wheel control.8

Standard on Limited

As an owner of a Limited model, you quite simply have everything the Sonata has to offer, including these sophisticated driving aids:

  • Surround View Monitor (SVM)
    With Surround View Monitor, you can park perfectly every time on the first try. By having the wide touch-screen display a combination of the view from cameras on the front, back and either side, it is as though you can look directly down from above your Sonata as you are driving it. You can now see the parking space lines when you need them the most. In addition, icons on the screen let you select specific views from the cameras, letting you see possible obstructions unseen from the driver seat.
  • Blind View Monitor (BVM)
    Just as the rear-view camera automatically activates when you select Reverse, the Blind View Monitor, activates automatically when you engage the turn signal while in Drive. Using a camera mounted below each outside mirror, the system displays an image on the instrument cluster display (temporarily replacing the tachometer for the left side, speedometer for right), providing a more comprehensive view of possible vehicles in the adjacent lane than can be seen from the mirror alone.9

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

For information on the 2020 Sonata’s other technical features, please click here.

Disclaimers

  1. The Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (PED) is intended to be a supplement to safe driving practices. The system is not designed to detect certain stationary objects such as trees or poles, and may not detect all vehicles or pedestrians under certain conditions. The system is a driver assistance system and is not a substitute for safe driving. The driver is responsible for being attentive and maintaining control of the vehicle, and should not wait for the system's alerts before braking as there may not be sufficient time to brake safely. Refer to your Owner's Manual for more information.
  2. Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is not a collision avoidance or warning device. SCC is for highway use only and should not be used in poor weather, heavy or varying traffic, or on winding or slippery roads. Driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision.
  3. The Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist operates above approximately 44 mph and only when the lane markings are clearly visible on the road. It will not prevent loss of control. Refer to your owner's manual for more information.
  4. It is the driver's responsibility to remain alert at all times. Driver Attention Warning is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation.
  5. When the vehicle is parked and the engine has been turned off, the Rear Occupant Alert can help to alert the driver if the rear door(s) had been opened at any point after the vehicle was unlocked at the beginning of the journey. Upon turning the engine off, Rear Occupant Alert will provide a visual alert on the instrument cluster. Rear Occupant Alert is not a substitute for driver attentiveness. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. See Owner's Manual for further details and limitations.
  6. The Blind Spot Detection assists the driver by warning of other cars in the blind spot region. It senses the rear side territory of the vehicle when it is traveling over 20 mph. There are limitations to the function, range, detection and clarity of the system. It will not detect all vehicles or objects in the blind spot. Its operation depends on the size, distance, angle and relative speed difference between your car and other cars. Blind Spot Detection may not operate if sensors are obscured in any way. Do not rely exclusively on Blind Spot Detection. Blind Spot Detection is a supplemental system and the driver must still be attentive and exercise caution when driving with it. It is important to always signal, look over your shoulder and through your mirrors before changing lanes. It is the driver's responsibility to be aware of the surroundings and ensure it is clear before changing lanes or directions. Blind Spot Detection is only meant to assist the driver in these responsibilities.
  7. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Warning (RCCW) helps drivers back out of a parking space by detecting traffic coming from either side of the vehicle. It can alert the driver of a potential hazard. RCCW is active when the vehicle is in reverse gear and operating at low speeds. Never rely exclusively on RCCW when exiting a parking space, it is not a substitute for attentive driving. See Owner's Manual for important details and limitations.
  8. Highway Driving Assist, when used in conjunction with Lane Following Assist and Smart Cruise Control, is for highway use only and can help keep the vehicle centered in its lane while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead only when the lane markings are clearly visible on the road and should not be used in poor weather, heavy or varying traffic, or on winding or slippery roads. HDA will not work under all circumstances and will not prevent loss of control. Driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision. See Owner's Manual for details.
  9. Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) assists driver in changing lanes by providing a live view of the blind spots on either side of the vehicle and an audible alert if another vehicle is detected. Turn signal must be activated and other system limitations apply. Do not rely exclusively on BSVM. It is the driver's responsibility to be aware of the surroundings and ensure it is clear before changing lanes or directions. See Owner's Manual for further details and limitations.It is the driver's responsibility to remain alert at all times. Driver Attention Warning is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation.

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