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2020 Hyundai Model Year Changes



2019 Hyundai Accent

The Accent gets a new engine. Down 10 horsepower and 6 pound-feet of torque, it gains appreciably in fuel mileage. The 6-speed manual remains as the standard transmission but the 6-speed automatic is replaced by an "IVT." The IVT is Hyundai's name for a continuously variable transmission, with steel belts and moving pulleys. Infinite gears > 6 gears.

An outside temperature gauge is now standard on SE.

2020 Hyundai Accent Fuel Mileage

Elantra GT

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT

Aside from a $300 price increase, no changes.

Elantra Sedan

2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

All models now get standard forward collision warning and Automatic Emergency Braking, previously unavailable on SE.

The manual transmission is gone. #SavetheManuals For 2020, the standard 2.0-liter 147 horsepower 4-cylinder also loses its 6-speed automatic in favor of a continuously variable transmission Hyundai dubs IVT, for "Intelligent Variable Transmission." The Elantra Eco and Sport retain their 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions, though the Sport also loses its manual. Auto Start/Stop is now included on Eco but all models gain significant in fuel mileage improvement.

Dual-zone automatic temperature control air conditioning is now standard on all models.


2020 Hyundai Ioniqs unveiling at 2019 LA Auto Show

Refreshed styling inside and out are new for the 2020 Ioniq. The Ioniq Electric gets a longer range: 170 miles, 46 miles more than before; and 16 more horsepower, a total of 134. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid also gets a small horsepower boost: 17, now making 156 net horsepower, and a two-mile boost to its electric-only range, now 29 miles. Charging times are a litle longer for the Ioniq Electric, up to 35-and-a-half hours on 110-volt household current, or 57 minutes for an 80% charge at a fast-charging station (440-volts).

High Beam Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, radar cruise control and an automatic dimming rearview mirror are now standard on Ioniq Electric and Plug-In Hybrid.


2020 Hyundai Kona

A Smart Cruise Control is offered on the Kona for 2020, standard on Kona Ultimate. Kona Limited and Ultimate in Sunset Orange exterior now gets orange interior accents. The Iron Man Edition is cancelled (is someone being ironic?). SEL Plus models (previously the Technology Package on SEL) now have Qi-compatible wireless charging and a 4.2-inch color information display. SE models lose the front power window automatic operation: now the driver's window is the only automatic one, only down. A rear armrest with cupholders is now standard on SE.

Kona Electric

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

A battery warmer is now standard on Limited and Ultimate. The Ultimate gets a larger 10.25-inch screen for its standard navigation system. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard.


2020 Hyundai Nexo

The hydrogen fuel-cell crossover gets rain sensitive wipers on Limited trim and automatic one touch front windows are now standard. New privacy glass on rear windows and the back hatch are standard.


2020 Hyundai Palisade at 2018 LA Auto Show

What do you do when the Veracruz and Santa Fe XL are not big enough? Build an all-new crossover sport utility with three rows of roomy seats and a 3.8 V6 with 291 horsepower. Three inches longer than the Santa Fe XL (I'm not looking up the old Veracruz) and 6.4 cubic feet more maximum cargo capacity help sell the size, but he biggest difference from the Santa Fe XL is the seat count: up to 8 passengers. It only matches the SFX's 5000 pound towing capacity. But mostly it looks larger.

Safety equipment is good, with standard lane keeping assist, driver alertness monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, seven airbags including a knee airbag for the driver, rear backup camera and rear parking sensors. Also available are an Around View Monitor, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning, passenger exit-danger warning, blind spot warning sensors and even a blind spot camera system.


The Palisade is a twin to the also new Kia Telluride.

Santa Fe

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai has managed to increase the rather poor fuel mileage of the Santa Fe with its optional 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive models are now rated at 20 city and 27 highway (previously 20/25) and all-wheel drive models are now rated at 20 city and 26 highway MPG, up from 19 city/24 highway in 2019.

The Rear Occupant Alert system that uses sensors to warn a driver if they may have left a little one behind is now standard on all models, though the one on SE and base SEL models is based on the rear door opening and not a fancy ultrasonic sensor like the higher trims.

Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist and Safe Exit Assist are no longer standard on all models: optional on SEL and standard on Limited and Ultimate. SE and SEL models get convex spotter mirrors in the corner of their driver's side outside mirror to mitigate the loss.

A new system, Blind View Monitor, is standard on Limited. Already offered on the Palisade SUV, it projects a picture of the blind spot onto the infotainment screen when you activate your turn signal. A similar system is available on some Hondas on the passenger side, but the Hyundai version works for both sides.

Wireless inductive charging is available on more models.

Dark chrome trim is now standard on Limited no matter which exterior color you choose.

Turns out the 2.2 turbo-diesel engine was vaporware. Never came for 2019. Not coming.

The Ultimate is no longer. Now the "Limited" is the ultimate Santa Fe. Limited gets previously Ultimate exclusives, including ventilated front seats, memory driver's seat, Surround View Monitor and navigation. No rain-sensitive wipers or heated steering wheel avaiable.

Previously only available on Limited and Ultimate, leather seats, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and power front passenger seat are part of the SEL's optional Premium Package.

Santa Fe XL

Replaced by Palisade; see above.


2020 Hyundai Sonata Unveiling at 2019 NYIAS

The Sonata is new for 2020 and its styling is stunning and tasteful at the same time (take note BMW and Lexus). Its most noticeable feature: the accent LED daytime running lights that stretch into the line separating the hood from the front fenders and then fade out.

Under the hood, a new, slightly larger standard 2.5-liter direct gas injected 4-cylinder is up 6 horsepower on the retired 2.4. Returning for 2020 is the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, up by 2 horsepower. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is no. longer offered. Both engines are now backed by an 8-speed automatic, first seen in the new Hyundai Santa Fe.

One of the new Sonata's fancier tricks: unlocking and starting with your phone. If it's secure enough for your banking...

Other clever tricks: Sonata Limited has a standard Remote Smart Parking Assist. Not only can RSPA park automatically in a parallel or perpendicular spot, controlling transmission brakes and accelerator, but it can even park the vehicle with nobody in the driver's seat, using the remote. Sonata Limited has a blind spot camera system which projects a view of the rear corner when the turn signals are activated, showing the driver what's in the blind spot. Sonata Limited also comes standard with an Around View Monitor which shows a birds eye view fully around the car to make parking and maneuvering easier (if you want to do that yourself!).

Sonata Hybrid

The highly efficient and comfortable hybrid version of the Sonata will also be all new for 2020. It won't be available until calendar year 2020 begins.


2020 Hyundai Tucson

No changes other than new colors and re-shuffling of options and packages.


2020 Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster Turbo and Turbo Ultimate no longer come with a manual transmission, but don't worry, the Turbo R-Spec and the hot-rod Veloster N still have a six-speed and three pedals. #SavetheManuals 

The Qi compatible inductive phone charging pad now also comes on the regular Turbo model. The R-Spec now has standard Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.


2020 Hyundai Venue at 2019 NYIAS

This all-new sport utility is meant to take up the bottom rung of the ladder, below the Kona, even. In a nod to traditional buyers it is styled much more like an old, body-on-frame rear drive sport utility. There is more of the original Kia Sportage in the look than any recent Hyundai SUV. The engine will be a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder borrowed from the Accent, with the Accent's 6-speed manual or CVT automatic. Drum brakes on the lower model confirm this is an entry-level vehicle. Frontal collision warning and automatic braking will be standard.


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