Hyundai Sonata vs. Competitors for Sale in Springfield, MA


Although the Hyundai Motor Company is enjoying strong sales of its crossover and SUV models, the heart of their business has always been the economical sedan. Hyundai’s flagship, the Sonata, offers buyers of midsized cars a great middle ground between sophistication and affordability. This feature-packed four-door has been redesigned for the 2020 model year, raising the bar for its competition in the segment. Those competitors include the Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, and Chevrolet Malibu. Keep reading to learn more about how this new and improved Sonata outdoes those rivals.

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America’s Leading Warranty

Hyundai is well known for its industry-leading warranties; if you buy the Sonata, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your vehicle will be covered for repairs well into the future. Hyundai’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers repairs needed for the entire car (and includes 24-hour roadside assistance), is significantly better than coverage given to all of the aforementioned rivals except for the Kia Optima. Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, and Chevrolet cover their midsized sedans with just 3 years/36,000 miles of basic warranty. Even better, Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles. In contrast, those same vehicles’ powertrain warranties end after 5 years/60,000 miles.

While Kia provides the Optima with the same basic and powertrain warranty coverage as the Sonata, its corrosion warranty expires at 5 years/100,000 miles, compared to the Sonata’s 7 years/unlimited miles. Best of all, as of February 2020 every new Hyundai receives 3 years/36,000 miles of free factory-scheduled maintenance, including two visits per year for oil and filter changes and tire rotations.

Innovations for Convenience

Vehicles are increasingly becoming more autonomous, and Hyundai’s Sonata is a leader in this kind of innovation. One of these standout attributes in 2020 is its Remote Smart Parking Assist, which can parallel park or back the Sonata into parking spots all by itself with the push of a button, even with the driver standing outside the car. This is convenient in urban areas where parking is tight, and it can be a life saver for nervous parkers. Although the Malibu offers an automatic parking system, it requires the driver to be inside the vehicle to operate the brakes and transmission, and it doesn’t offer remote control parking. No other model in this lineup has such a feature.

What’s more, Hyundai Digital Key let you use your smartphone as the Sonata’s key fob to lock, unlock, and start it. To unlock your Sonata, all you have to do is hold your smartphone against either front door handle. Once you’re inside, you can place your phone on the wireless charger, push the start button, and be on your way. For security purposes, Hyundai’s Digital Key uses Near Field Communication (NFC) tech to allow for operation of the vehicle. Unlike Bluetooth, NFC lets you to be within a few centimeters of your Sonata. This close-proximity access prevents the vehicle from being unlocked and started by someone else when you are near your car. Digital Key can also be downloaded on multiple devices, so if a family member or friend needs to use your Sonata, they’ll be able to with their own smart devices. The other models listed here lack such sophisticated remote access.

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