2018 Hyundai Sonata
It’s always exciting when the new model year cars start arriving, but it’s even more exciting when the new model year cars arrive and offer something new, fresh and to put it bluntly: amazing. The newly redesigned 2018 Hyundai Sonata is all of those things and more – in fact, it’s a car so great Autoweek called it “everything good about a sedan.” If you’ve been waiting to see what 2018 would bring to your local car dealership, you aren’t going to be disappointed when you check out the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.
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Not only will you feel good about driving a car that is so well-equipped for such a reasonable price, but you’ll also know that you aren’t compromising when it comes to safety. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata has been given a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to test the 2018 model, it not only gave the 2017 Hyundai Sonata a top score of Good, it also named the car a Top Safety Pick of the year. It is reasonable to assume that the 2018 model will fare just as well in the IIHS testing and the importance of all of the available safety technology cannot be understated. In totality, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has the potential to offer drivers the following standard and advanced safety features: adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and pedestrian detection.
No matter which 2018 Hyundai Sonata trim you choose to drive, you can rest assured that Hyundai has you covered when it comes to safety.
Why fix what isn’t broken seems to be the motto that Hyundai went by when it came to the 2018 Sonata’s engine. Still powered by either the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the turbocharged 2.0-liter found in previous model years, the Sonata still gets decent output with 185 horses churning out of the 2.4-liter and 245 horses out of the 2.0-liter. The only big change when it comes to the performance of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is that the 2.0-liter engine now comes married to an eight speed automatic transmission. Aside from that, it’s business as usually under the hood of the Sonata. There’s nothing wrong with that either – the Sonata is a zippy sedan that can easily keep up with the rest of the class.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata also holds it own when it comes to fuel economy. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder gets 25 miles to the gallon in the city and up to 35 mpg on the highway while the 2018 Sonata in Eco trim gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Not a substantial difference between the two trims, but when it comes to paying at the pump, every penny counts.
One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that the Sonata is synonymous with spacious. The midsize sedan has plenty of room for its five passengers and it’s a quiet, smooth ride as well. Cargo room is also generous – the trunk offers over 16 cubic feet of space and the back seats collapse if you need additional room.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata comes in a choice of seven trims although many buyers will be satisfied with the base model SE which comes standard with a seven-inch touch screen display, cruise control, automatic headlights, power windows, locks and mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker sound system. Additionally, the SE comes with blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert. With a starting price of just $22,050, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE offers drivers an extremely well-equipped entry level trim that won’t break the bank.
Moving up from the SE, past the Eco trim (which is essentially the same as the SE just with a different engine) to the SEL elevates the 2018 Hyundai Sonata from a nice car to a very nice car. It comes with a slew of upgraded amenities including heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, hands-free trunk access, a rear USB port, satellite and HD radio, a 4.2-inch color trip computer, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels and access to Blue Link – Hyundai’s subscription-based telematics service. The SEL also comes with the option to add the Technology package which equips the car with automatic braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL starts at $23,700, although be sure to tack on an additional $1,000 for the Tech package.
Most drivers will find that between the SE and the SEL, they are more than satisfied with the Sonata, although with the choice of available Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trims, there is certainly a model for every driver. The top of the line 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T comes fully loaded, so if you’re after literally every single feature available on a Sonata, this is the trim for you. A small sampling of what includes is: wireless smartphone charging, a moonroof, leather seats, dual-climate control, a heated steering wheel, an eight-inch touch screen, a premium audio system, navigation, driver-seat memory capability, sport-tuned suspension and 18 inch wheels. The Limited 2.0T also builds off of the Tech package by including additional advanced safety features such as pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and rear parking sensors. Shoppers will be hardpressed to find a sedan more fully-loaded down with creature comforts than the 2018 Hyundai Sonata in Limited 2.0T trim – especially one that has a starting price of just $32,450.
It feels good on the inside, it’s got fantastic safety features and it won’t kill your wallet when it comes time to fuel up, so only one question remains: is the 2018 Hyundai Sonata nice to look at?
Resoundingly, yes. The redesign has left the 2018 Sonata looking better than ever. It’s a sleeker, sexier Sonata and it breaks away from the rest of the midsize sedan pack. With headlights and taillights that are more narrow, a license plate cut-out discreetly placed into the bumper, side sills that draw your eyes down the fine lines of the rear of the car to the new, larger trunk lid, the 2018 Sonata is a car you wouldn’t mind being stuck behind in a traffic jam.
The improvements aren’t all in the back either. The front of the 2018 Sonata greets you with a beautifully styled “cascading” grille that leads your eye to the nicely-detailed hood. The 2018 Sonata is all fine lines and sculpted body – a gorgeous car whether in motion or at a standstill.
Where the exterior of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata really shines is in the 2.0T trim. Opt for that trim and the Sonata is a true eye-catcher with it’s dark chrome trim, black lower front bumper, mesh grille, black bezel headlights and chrome touches on the the rear diffuser, door handles and side body . The 2.0T takes a beautifully designed car and adds just enough pop to make it truly stand out.