- The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is all-new while the 2020 Toyota Camry gains an exciting new TRD trim.
- There’s no hybrid option for the Sonata for 2020, but there is for the Camry.
- The Sonata is a little more affordable than the Camry, but whether it’s a better value is debatable.
Some automakers are throwing in the towel when it comes to sedans, but the midsize sedan segment is as competitive as ever. One new entry is the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, which is fully redesigned this year and it goes toe-to-toe with a long-time class leader: the 2020 Toyota Camry.
Let’s take a look at what’s different and what’s similar between these two sedans and see which one is better.
The Sonata and the Camry are almost identical in size. They both fit neatly into the midsize sedan category and are right on par with most cars in this segment.
As for styling, the new Sonata has taken a bold turn aesthetically. It has bold character lines throughout the body and very interesting lighting both in front and in back. It has signature lighting in front that stretches in a thin line running pretty far up the hood and in the back there are C-shaped taillights connected by a thin light bar running across the width of the trunk. The outgoing Sonata was styled pretty conservatively, but no one will accuse the 2020 model of looking boring. See the 2020 Hyundai Sonata models for sale near you
The Camry continues this year mostly aesthetically the same since the current generation was introduced for 2018. It looks good in every trim and we especially like the sporty look of the TRD model which is new for 2020. See the 2020 Toyota Camry models for sale near you
Both of these sedans have great interiors and it’s hard to declare one as better than the other. They’re both well-designed and use quality materials and they’re both pretty roomy on the inside. The interior design of the Sonata is a little simpler and more elegant while the inside of the Camry might be a bit too busy for some people. It really comes down to a matter of personal preference. If trunk size is important to you, the Sonata has a bigger trunk than the Camry.
The Sonata has two engine options and the Camry has three, one of which is a hybrid. A new hybrid Sonata has been promised by Hyundai, but we don’t know yet when it will arrive.
2020 Toyota Camry Engines
- 2.5-liter inline-4, 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque, up to 29 miles per gallon in the city, 41 mpg on the highway
- 3.5-liter V6, 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque, 22 mpg city/33 mpg hwy
- 2.5-liter hybrid inline-4, 208 hp, up to 51 mpg city/53 mpg hwy
2020 Hyundai Sonata Engines
- 2.5-liter inline-4, 191 hp, 181 lb-ft of torque, up to 28 mpg city/38 mpg hwy
- 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4, 180 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque, up to 27 mpg city/36 mpg hwy
Under the hood is where you’ll find the biggest disappointment in the new Sonata. Its two engines aren’t terrible, but they also aren’t that different from each other in terms of performance or fuel economy, so it’s hard to justify upgrading to the turbocharged engine. The new Sonata is a bit dull to drive, especially compared to the surprisingly exciting Camry.
The Camry gives you three engine choices with clear distinctions: You can have the efficient and affordable base engine, the more muscular V6 making just over 300 hp while still returning respectable fuel economy or you can get the extremely efficient hybrid. Mechanically, the Camry is the better choice over the Sonata with a more efficient base engine plus a V6 option and a hybrid option, neither of which are available in the 2020 Sonata. Another option you can get in the Camry that you can’t get in the Hyundai is all-wheel drive (AWD), which is new to the Camry in 2020.
Modern technology is a strong suit for both of these sedans. They both come standard with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. The Hyundai also includes lane tracing assist and driver attention monitoring as standard tech.
Both of these cars also come with great infotainment systems with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In the Sonata, you get a standard 8-in screen, which is upgradable to a 10.25-in unit. The Camry has a standard 7-in screen that can be upgraded to an 8-in screen. A couple of cool tech features in the Sonata that you can’t get in the Camry include a 12.3-in digital instrument display that turns the whole gauge cluster into a screen and the Hyundai Digital Key, which can turn your Android device into a key that can lock, unlock and start your car.
Pricing is similar for these two sedans, but the Hyundai is a little more affordable than the Toyota. The Sonata has a starting MSRP of $23,400 and the Camry starts at $24,295. The Camry can go up to $35,000 and the Sonata up to $33,300 in their respective top trims. The most affordable turbocharged Sonata is $27,450 and the cost of entry for a V6 Camry is the new TRD trim which starts at $31,040. If you want a Camry Hybrid, it will set you back at least $28,250.
These cars are pretty evenly matched in many respects like interior, pricing and technology. However, we much prefer the engine choices in the Camry over the Sonata plus the new availability of AWD in the Toyota. The new Sonata is an improvement over the outgoing model, but since the Camry is the winner in terms of both performance and fuel economy, we think it’s a better sedan and a better overall value than the Hyundai. Find a Toyota Camry for sale or Find a Hyundai Sonata for sale