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One thing that can be said about the 2020 Sonata is that it looks like nothing else in the class, and for me, that's a good thing. I'm not fond of the Civic-like tail lights or the light bar, either, but the overall look is very striking for a family sedan.
I just hope that its driving dynamics are up to par with the best in class, which is something that can't be said about the current Sonata. Even the latest generations (since 2006) have been a half-step or so behind the Accord and Camry in overall character and refinement, particularly in terms of the steering and handling feel, as well as ride. The Sonata has never been quite as engaging as the Accord nor as smooth and refined as the Camry, and has always been sort of the "budget Camry" of the class: reasonably quiet, softly sprung, and generally "good enough" but unremarkable in every way. Even the last-generation Turbo model (2011-2014), while impressively quick, just felt like an old-school muscle car with a powerful engine stuffed into a doughy, softly-tuned chassis.
Hopefully this new one will be more than just a pretty face, and actually be competitive without relying on being the cheapest offering in the class to move units. If it succeeds in doing that, AND offers an engine with respectable power (the base 2.5 and 1.6T just don't cut it for me), I'll seriously consider it as my next car. I can't stand the look of the new Accord, so it's already off my list completely. That basically leaves the Sonata, the Mazda 6, the Camry, and the upcoming Legacy Turbo as my main options in this class. I'm also considering the new Jetta GLI, though I'm not a fan of its looks. I hate to say it, but it looks like an Audi that had a stroke at birth. Other than that, though, it checks most of the boxes without sacrificing much of the practicality of the larger sedans I'm considering.
As intriguing as I find this new Sonata, I'm actually more excited for the new Legacy overall, to be completely honest. It may not be as stylish as this Sonata on the outside, but its interior looks better (IMO), and the 2.4T should easily keep pace with the quickest cars in the class (if its performance in the porky Ascent is any indication). While the Sonata will surely stand out from the crowd (just like the 2011 did when it debuted), I like the "under the radar" aspect of the Legacy. It's very clean and conservative, plus there won't be 50 of them per square mile like the Accord and Camry. There's something about that "exclusivity" that I find appealing.
2017 Accord EX-L V6 Sedan - White Orchid Pearl/Ivory
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