2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. 2020 Lexus ES Series

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Sonata Hybrid are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The ES Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Sonata Hybrid and the ES Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Sonata Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The ES Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata Hybrid 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lexus covers the ES Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the ES Series ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Sonata Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the ES Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sonata Hybrid for 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the ES Series (3/30,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sonata Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Sonata Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the ES Series:

MPG

Sonata Hybrid

Blue 2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

50 city/54 hwy

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

45 city/51 hwy

ES Series

300h 2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

350 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

350 F Sport 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Lexus ES Series (5 to 7). This means the Sonata Hybrid produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the ES Series every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sonata Hybrid’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the ES Series are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sonata Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The ES Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sonata Hybrid is 1.7 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the ES Series.

For better maneuverability, the Sonata Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (36.1 feet vs. 38 feet). The Sonata Hybrid’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the ES Series w/18-19” wheels’ (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Lexus ES Series.

The Sonata Hybrid is 3 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the Sonata Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid amounts to more than styling. The Sonata Hybrid has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is lower than the ES Series (.26 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sonata Hybrid get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Sonata Hybrid a Large car, while the ES Series is rated a Mid-size.

The Sonata Hybrid has 4.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ES Series (104.4 vs. 99.9).

The Sonata Hybrid has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 3.7 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sonata Hybrid’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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The Sonata Hybrid’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The ES Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Sonata outsold the Lexus ES Series by 70% during 2019.

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