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Is the 2020 Hyundai Sonata AWD?

All-Wheel Drive Capability of the 2020 Sonata

While the 2020 Hyundai Sonata is not an SUV, many consumers find themselves wondering if it can be had with power in all four of its wheels. After all, other midsize sedans like the Subaru Legacy and Nissan Altima do feature the option of all-wheel drive. Does the 2020 Hyundai Sonata have AWD?


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No, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata does not offer all-wheel drive. Instead, it comes with front-wheel drive on every trim level. That being said, this vehicle is still quite a performer; it can produce up to 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque with its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Stepping up to the optional 1.6-liter four-cylinder drops that hp to 180 but raises the torque to 195 pound-feet.

Overall, though, the 2020 Sonata focuses on comfort over athleticism. The model has been fully redesigned and now features one of the nicest interiors in the class. It embodies the sultry “Sensuous Sportiness” design philosophy that Hyundai is now implementing across its brand.

Pre-Release Whispers of Sonata AWD

Before the 2020 Hyundai Sonata was released, there were rumors that the all-new model would have all-wheel drive. Jae Young Kim, the Hyundai director of product division, was asked about the possibility of an AWD Sonata in the U.S. His response?

“Yes… we are currently reviewing the need for all-wheel drive in [the US] market.”

For better or worse, the need must not have been determined to be great enough this time around.

Is all-wheel drive helpful for daily driving?

American drivers tend to value AWD because of a common perception that it is good for tackling variable road and weather conditions. While this is true, the feature is often not as useful as imagined. Snow tires, for example, are much more effective in slippery winter conditions than all-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive is handy for off-roading. However, off-roading is best done in an SUV or crossover with a high ride height. Not all consumers are into such high-flyers, which is why there continues to be such an enduring demand for midsize cars like the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

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Where can I find pre-owned Hyundai SUVs near Salisbury, MD?

Pre-Owned Hyundai SUVs on the Delmarva Peninsula

Many drivers out in the Salisbury area find themselves looking to acquire an SUV. These types of vehicles are desperately sought-after these days due to their impressive levels of capability, style, and quality. Hyundai, for their part, makes a range of respected SUV models. Where can one find them pre-owned in or around Salisbury, MD?


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Here at Pohanka Hyundai, we boast a selection of pre-owned Hyundai SUVs within our extensive used inventory. As stated above, Hyundai makes several esteemed SUV models, including the Kona, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, and Tucson. These four beasts are all common inhabits of our pre-owned collection here at Pohanka Hyundai. To see what’s currently located in there, simply press the button above and let your web browser zip you away.

Warranty Coverage on Pre-Owned Hyundai SUVs

Look closely at the machines on offer, and you’ll find that some of them are officially Certified Pre-Owned by Hyundai itself. That means, in addition to the peace of mind wrought by knowing the vehicle has undergone an intensive inspection and a slew of other benefits, you’ll get comprehensive warranty coverage for whatever remainder of the original 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty is still in effect. They are also fitted with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

Among those that are not CPO Hyundai vehicles, some pre-owned SUVs are blessed with our Pohanka warranty. This grants delectable coverage that lasts for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

About Pohanka Hyundai

Pohanka Hyundai is just one branch of the extensive Pohanka family of automotive dealerships. Each Pohanka branch specializes in a different automotive brand. The one commonality is that they all operate right here in Salisbury. Each branch also has a delightful service center with trained and certified teams holding down the proverbial fort.

A globe is hurtling down a massive foggy highway. Cars drive in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, clouds of varying dark shades floating above them. A massive hand bursts from the Earth's crust. An icon of a battery floats just out of its grasp.

Does making an electric car battery create pollution?

Electric vehicles are often touted as the harbingers of a greener future. As the reality of climate change becomes increasingly more desperate, finding a cleaner way of transporting ourselves is a necessity. As gas vehicles are saddled with a number of issues in this regard, it seems clear that electricity is the way to go.

But every new movement has its skeptics and naysayers. Those searching for a flaw in electric cars often posit the issue of making the battery. They argue that manufacturing an electric car battery is a dirty process, and that it creates even more environmental harm than simply a producing a modern gas vehicle.

Is this true? Does building an electric car battery damage the environment?


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Environmental Impact of Electric Car Batteries

While building an electric car battery does utilize rare earth metals and generate CO2, the amount of harm inflicted on planet Earth depends greatly on the manufacturing techniques and infrastructure utilized in its creation. When performed responsibly, the pollution generated from making an electric car battery is about the same, or a slight bit more, than that which comes from making diesel-based or petrol engines.

Different countries use different levels of infrastructure and manufacturing techniques when producing electric batteries. Currently, Chinese EV battery manufacturers produce up to 60% more CO2 than during ICEV (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle) engine production. However, a comparative study between EVs and ICEV manufacturing in China asserts that these emissions could be cut by up to 66% if American or European manufacturing techniques are adopted.

Compounding the information above, a 2018 International Council on Clean Transportation (ICTT) report illustrates that the countries in which the batteries are being produced, in addition to battery composition, has a high impact on emissions levels during battery production.


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Are electric cars better for the environment?

Like many things these days, there’s so much information out there that it’s hard to know for sure. The important thing is that humanity keeps developing towards cleaner energy solutions. Electric cars typically have the image of being more environmentally-friendly, but there are a lot of arguments out there both in favor of and against their use. Like so many things, it also often comes across as being tied to particular political mentalities.

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Is the 2020 Hyundai Tucson good in snow?

2020 Hyundai Tucson Winter Driving

Winters here on the Delmarva Peninsula tend to be, well, unforgiving. One way to lessen the pain of the brutal snow months is by having a vehicle that can handle such conditions with ease.

Many of our customers admire the 2020 Hyundai Tucson for its capabilities as a compact SUV. But the question remains: is the 2020 Hyundai Tucson good in snow?


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The 2020 Hyundai Tucson is good in snow thanks to its high-level safety features, cutting-edge technology, all-wheel drive availability and strong warranty coverage. In fact, Hyundai provides its vehicles with America’s Best Warranty.

Safety

Winter months are the most dangerous time of year for driving. That’s why having the latest and greatest in safety tech is a smart way to prepare for the snow. The 2019 Tucson was an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (when properly equipped) and proud recipient of an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. The 2020 Tucson has a lot to live up to, but so far, it’s doing a great job; it also received an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson boasts an array of modern tech to best help you stay safe and take on the cold. Before you even get inside, the engine can be started by using the remote start feature (with climate control) through the Hyundai Blue Link Connected Car Service App. This ensures your vehicle will be all warmed up for you when you get in.

Other tech overlaps into the realm of safety. An available surround view monitor gives you a full top-down, 360-degree view of your vehicle when backing up. The back-up cam, meanwhile, shows what’s directly behind you while providing helpful parking guidelines.

No one wants to get lost in a blizzard. Thankfully, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson offers an available 8-inch navigation system to keep you on the right track. An available second row USB power outlet allows everyone to keep their devices fully charged in case they need to be utilized.

All-Wheel Drive Availability

All-wheel drive is available on every trim of the 2020 Hyundai Tucson. Though AWD has been oversold in the past as an all-encompassing solution to snow driving, it certainly can help drivers to get traction and prevent them from getting stuck. However, do note that snow tires have been shown to be far more helpful in winter driving, and we recommend them no matter what vehicle you drive.

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Where can I find December 2019 lease deals on new cars in Salisbury, MD?

Leasing a car can be a good option for those who like to stay up to date with the latest models. It’s even better when you can get a great rate. Where can one currently find lease deals on new cars in Salisbury MD?

December 2019 Lease Specials at Pohanka Hyundai

Here at Pohanka Hyundai, our lease specials are constantly changing. For December 2019, we’ve got a variety of great specials going on. Most of the current offers end on January 6, 2020, so hurry in! Read on for details.


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Lease specials at Pohanka Hyundai span a variety of new Hyundai models, which means shoppers can choose from a varied selection of body types, capabilities and prices. It’s because of this that we believe we can provide the perfect vehicle for every shopper.

Current specials as of December 2019 apply to certain models from both the 2019 and 2020 model year. Offers apply to such favorites as the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2020 Hyundai Tucson, 2019 Hyundai Kona, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, and many more. Do note that the lease offers apply to specific trims of these vehicles.

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What’s in the fine print?

The leases listed on our Manager’s Special Offers page are available to well-qualified lessees, and are valid only when financed through Hyundai Motor Finance. For those with lower credit ratings, higher lease rates apply. No security deposit is required.

At the end of every lease, the option to purchase the vehicle is available. If the lessee opts not to do this, they’re charged 20 cents for every mile exceeding 10,000 miles per year. They also receive any excess wear and use charges, along with the disposition fee.

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What should I do for Christmas 2019 in Salisbury, MD?

Christmas Events in Salisbury, MD

The holiday season is a great time to soak up unique vibes that can only be found at this time of year. One great way to do this is through public events, where you can see your fellow Salisbury residents expressing themselves in a whole new way. What are some of the highlight happenings going down in Salisbury as we send off 2019?

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Mannheim Steamroller at Wicomico Civic Center

  • When? Friday, Dec. 20 from 7 to 10 PM
  • Where? Wicomico Civic Center, 500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury

You’ve probably heard that one epic instrumental Christmas song on the radio. You’ve probably heard it a lot. It’s got an orchestra that sounds like they’re playing for their life, along with a screaming guitar solo. Yeah, that one.

The culprits behind that holiday tune are the neoclassical titans known as Mannheim Steamroller. They’ve swept holiday radio for the past few decades with their epic renditions of Christmas music. If you like to take your Christmas traditionals with the drama turned up to eleven, then this concert at the Wicomico Civic Center is the place to be on December 20th.

Mini Holiday Pop-Up Shops

  • When? Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 AM until 3 PM
  • Where? The Ugly Pie, 501 W. Main Street Ste C, Salisbury

For the first three Saturdays of December, the Ugly Pie is hosting a slew of “Mini Holiday Pop-Up Shops.” As of this writing, the first two Saturdays have already passed. That means you’ve got one more chance to experience this unique and festive space.

The Mini Holiday Pop-Up Shops are a chance to eat some unique sweets, take care of a little last-minute gift shopping, and support local vendors. Count us in.

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Winter Wonderland

  • When? Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Where? The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Schumaker Drive, Salisbury

For a free, well-rounded family-friendly holiday experience, head down to the Winter Wonderland at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The event includes holiday crafts, performances, sweets and more. There will even be an appearance by the Christmas Man himself (more commonly known as Santa Claus).

The theme of this year’s Wonderland is “Toyland.” Children will get to experience the world of toys while wearing their very own self-decorated elf hat. Visitors can also enjoy theater games with the Community Players of Salisbury. D’Ann Danse Studios will also be back, performing select holiday-themed choreographed routines this year from “A Rockin’ Cool Yule.” The selection of sweet treats will even include a hot cocoa bar.

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A variety of differently sized tires lean against one another, wondering which is to be chosen and why.

How do car manufacturers determine tire size?

Factors for Choosing Tire Size

There are many different sizes of tires out there. From little ones that go on roller blades (yes, they exist) to gigantic ones for trucks and construction equipment, different vehicles demand different sizes of squishy rubber donut. How do car manufacturers determine the tire size to use on their vehicles?


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To determine tire size, a manufacturer takes several factors into account: what the vehicle will be used for, how much it will weigh, and current market trends. Every potential size of tire has both positives and negatives associated with it, so manufacturers need to choose the one that provides the traits most desired by their model’s intended audience.

Tire Width

The primary factor when determining the width of a vehicle’s tire is whether the car is emphasizing fuel economy or performance. Wider tires will have a better grip on the pavement for tighter handling and better acceleration. However, they will also waste more fuel due to increased friction. If a model is emphasizing fuel economy over performance, it will be fitted with skinnier tires to minimize friction.

Tire Pressure

The primary factor to determine tire pressure is weight. A heavy vehicle will deform tires with low pressure. This is why heavy trucks/SUVs require tires with high pressure.

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Tire Height

Like tire width, tire height is also determined by how performance-oriented a car is. Higher tire height will provide a more comfortable ride, but will deform under high acceleration and with speedy turns. This makes a high tire wall unsuitable for a performance car that’s going to be traveling and maneuvering at high speed. It is, however, perfect for a car that emphasizes comfort.

Performance cars tend to have ridged thin wall tires. These are less likely to deform, but they bring a worse ride quality because the shorter side wall gives them less room to flex and absorb road bumps.

Weight also effects tire height. A bigger vehicle is going to need bigger tires to hold it up. This is pretty straightforward, but it’s the reason big machines have big tires with tall sidewalls.

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Market Trends

The final effect on tire size is market trends. Stylistic tastes are of course a primary factor in what a car looks like and how it’s proportioned. These days, people are into big rims, which corresponds to big tires as well.

The love buyers have for big-rim rides may be based on the fact that high-speed vehicles need large brake disks and calipers to be able to slow down. Thus, they need big rims to store these implements. The association between high-performing cars and large rim sizes has become so deeply entrenched in our brain that now we no longer know why we’re so attracted to big rollers. We just are.