2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 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.

Both the Camry and the Sonata have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

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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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry’s reliability 18 points higher than the Sonata.

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 SEL Plus/Limited 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder

180 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

191 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Camry V6 is faster than the Sonata SEL Plus/Limited 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder:

Camry

Sonata

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

20 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

90 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

28 city/38 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/38 hwy

n/a

Brakes and Stopping

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The Camry stops much shorter than the Sonata:

Camry

Sonata

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

138 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 SEL Plus/Limited’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 Limited pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Sonata Limited (72 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .8 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Sonata.

Ergonomics

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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/SEL Plus/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.

Recommendations

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

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

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