With the 2018 Hyundai Sonata price starting from an MSRP of $22,050, it returns with an extroverted and expressive design that the automaker hopes will help it stand out from the crowd. See, the Sonata is one of the highest-rated sedans in the midsize sedan segment. And as such, Hyundai couldn’t leave anything to chance.
The new 2018 Hyundai Sonata doesn’t feature any revolutionary changes, and there’re reasons for that. To begin with, the Sonata still features a comfortable and roomy cabin. The driver and passengers have enough head- and legroom and therefore there was no reason to change it dimension wise. Secondly, the Sonata still looks modern and upscale. Material quality and design is still top class. Thirdly, it’s still among the segment’s best when it comes to offering a smooth ride quality. Subtle road imperfections are hardly felt inside the cabin.
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Furthermore, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata just like its predecessors is set to debut with no less than seven trim models. The barebones being the Sonata SE and the top-of-the-trim model being the Sonata Limited 2.0T model. Tons of packages and standalone options are provided within the trims to cater for specific individual needs.
Although the new model isn’t big on changes, it has still received some facelifts nevertheless. To improve ride quality, response and feel, it has been restyled inside and out. In terms of driver assist, buyers should now expect features such as lane change assist, rear-cross traffic alert, and blind-spot detection. Other changes and add-ons include an available optional panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, and a new 8-speed auto shifter.
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Review
- interior redesign
- trim lineup
- engine specs
- release date & price
2018 Hyundai Sonata Interior Redesign & Facelift
The interior of the new Sonata has received some subtle yet important updates. The dashboard appearance is clean and devoid of cluttering. The controls remain crisp and intuitive to use. Ingress and egress is as easy as can be. And, as already told, the passenger space remains among the segment’s best.
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The material quality remains nice and attractive. Almost every surface features top quality fabric. For instance, the steering wheel is clothed in leather. When it comes to technologies, Hyundai takes a bullish position. Even the barebones Sonata SE model comes laden with sophistication. Buyers should expect savvy features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as smartphone connectivity.
As already mentioned, the new 2018 Hyundai Sonata offers a whopping seven trim models. These are: Sonata SE, Sonata Eco, Sonata SEL, Sonata Sport, Sonata Limited, Sonata Sport 2.0, and Sonata Limited 2.0T.
2018 Hyundai Sonata SE
This is the base model. Standard features available include cruise control, power windows, automatic headlights, folding rear seats, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Infotainment features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6-speed sound system, and a seven-inch touchscreen display. Driver-assist features include blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and rear-cross traffic alert.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata price starts from an MSRP of $22,050.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Eco
Opting for the Sonata Eco gets you all the features mentioned above plus a price increment of $600 and a different engine. It comes equipped with a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of producing 178 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is then carried to the front wheels via the seven-speed DCT transmission system.
2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL
The SEL is a new addition to the Sonata trim lineup. It is an attractive option for people who don’t mind getting along with the base engine. Some of the features you can bet on include heated side mirrors, LED daytime running lights, seventeen-inch wheels, 10-way adjustable driver seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry and ignition. Infotainment systems include satellite and HD radio, a 4.2” color trip computer, and a rear USB port.
Driver-assist technologies include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. Optionally available is the Tech package.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport
A step higher the trim lineup is the Sonata Sport trim. Standard features include chrome locker panels, a rear diffuser, and unique sport styling. Other features include leather sport seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a power sunroof.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
The Sonata Limited trim model deletes Sport-specific items. And replaces them with full leather seats, dynamic LED lights, a 6-way power passenger seat, woodgrain appearance trim, dual climate control, driver-seat memory settings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Hyundai also provides buyers of the Sonata Limited with the optional Ultimate package.
Some features available with the Ultimate package include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, rear-parking sensors, electronic parking brake, and automatic high beams.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
This is configured in pretty much the same way as the Sonata Sport except it features an even powerful engine, a sport-tuned steering, a sport-tuned suspension, and eighteen-inch wheels.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0L
At the helm of the trim ladder is the Limited 2.0T trim model. With it is offered everything from the Sport 2.0T plus all standard items offered across the entire trim lineup. Yes, it is the fully-loaded version that has pretty much everything.
While all the trim models have unique selling points, we find the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Eco to have lots of value for the buck. For one, it comes equipped with a 1.6L turbocharged engine, which is not only capable of generating a decent output rated at 178 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque but also offering good fuel efficiency.
Again, it features a smorgasbord of creature comforts that include a comprehensive suite of advanced driver aids, an eight-inch navigation system, and heated and ventilated seats.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Engine Specs
The Sonata SE, Sonata SEL, and Sport come equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine capable of generating 185 horsepower and 178 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA estimates this engine should be able to return 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
The Sonata Eco comes equipped with a 1.6L turbocharged engine good for 178 hp and 195 pounds feet of torque.
Meanwhile, opting for the Sonata Sport 2.0L or the Sonata Limited 2.0T will get one a powerful 2.0L four-cylinder twin-turbo capable of generating 245 horsepower and 260 pounds of feet of torque. Here, EPA estimates fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Price & Release Date
Australian, Canadian, and US markets should expect the 2018 Hyundai Sonata to go for sale sometime during the summer of 2017. As already told, pricing starts from an MSRP of $22, 050.
On pricing and features, the latest model will have to square it out with the likes of Toyota Camry and Honda Accord Sedan. Pricing for the Camry Sedan starts from $23,495, whereas that of the Accord from Honda begins from $22,355.