2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Sonata doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sonata doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Sonata doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sonata doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sonata only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the Camry’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Sonata has a metal gas tank.

Both the Camry and the Sonata have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Hyundai Sonata:

Camry

Sonata

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

245

Neck Injury Risk

20%

20%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

49 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

33%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

145 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

51 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Hyundai Sonata:

Camry

Sonata

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

179 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

408 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

354

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

752 lbs.

785 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

213

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

35 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

773 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sonata has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 49 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The Camry has more powerful engines than the Sonata:

Horsepower

Torque

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder

178 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sonata Limited 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

245 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Sonata:

Camry

Sonata Eco

Sonata 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.8 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.1 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.2 MPH

89.4 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata:

Camry

Sonata

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

26 city/35 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/38 hwy

n/a

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry TRD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sonata:

Camry TRD

Sonata

Sonata

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12 inches

12.6 inches

The Camry stops much shorter than the Sonata:

Camry

Sonata

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Camry XSE/TRD’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata 2.0T’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry XSE/TRD has standard 19-inch wheels. The Sonata’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry TRD handles at .94 G’s, while the Sonata pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Sonata Eco (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .1 inches more front hip room and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the Sonata.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Sonata’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Camry offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sonata doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sonata’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Sonata can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Sonata’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Camry’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 Sonata’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $145 less than the Sonata over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the Sonata only retains 40.72% to 43.88%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Sonata because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Sonata, including $265 less for a muffler.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $982 to $1374 less than for the Hyundai Sonata.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sonata isn’t in the top three.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Hyundai Sonata by almost four to one during 2019.

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