2020 Hyundai Sonata and Beyond: 49th Annual Miami Auto Show

Hyundai was pretty busy at the 2019 Miami International Auto Show this year. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV is the official show car; the 2020 Sonata Limited 1.6T and 2020 Palisade were on deck for media spins around the local area; and both won a 2019 Sobre Ruedas Award, one of the leading automotive voices in the Hispanic market. Hyundai Motor America earned the “Manufacturer of the Year” award as well, exemplifying excellence in a diverse and ever-changing market.

 “The Southern Region is one of Hyundai’s fastest-growing and most valued markets,” said Steve Flood, regional general manager, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re proud to debut the all-new Sonata at the Miami International Auto Show on the same day it begins production.”

The 8th-generation Sonata, Hyundai’s longest-standing and most successful model, is the first of the family’s sedans to integrate Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language. An edgy silhouette emphasizes the Korean vehicle with proportion characteristics of 4-door coupes. Its long snout smiles with Hyundai’s indomitable grille and is highlighted by sexy DLRs that connect to thin metal runoffs outlining the hood.

A large moonroof, wireless device charging, fancy center stack, sharp taillights, 12.3” digital instrument cluster, Bose audio, and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) are just a few of the amenities I took notice to during the presentation and test drive. RSPA converts the key fob into a remote control, whereas the driver can move the Sonata forward or backward while standing outside of the vehicle. An 8-speed transmission is paired to either of two Smartstream engines, including a hybrid eco-efficient powertrain with Active Shift Control.

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