The new 2018 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that prioritizes on interior passenger space, and an easier driving demeanor. Furthermore, it boasts of features like plenty of standard and optional features, a solid build quality, smooth ride quality, and easy to use controls. So if you’re looking for the above-mentioned features, the Hyundai Sonata has got you covered. Its release date is expected this fall, if recent news and industry reports are anything to go by.
Those who’ve read the latest industry reports know very well that crossovers are fast ridding midsize sedans as the vehicle of choice for the American family. However as it turns out somebody forgot to pass the sad news to Hyundai, as the 2016 Hyundai Sonata sold greater numbers than both of the automaker’s crossovers combined.
For 2018, changes are subtle and welcome. They come to improve an already “A” rated vehicle that has managed to attract a legion of followers. The technologies have also been improved, as has the 2018 Hyundai Sonata interior materials. The infotainment system is now crisp and more responsive than before.
Still on the cabin, it is cavernous and comfortable. The Sonata backseat isn’t an afterthought and offers ample space for its occupants. Copious technologies are available for the money even for the base model. But of course, there are other midsize sedans that have been updated in leaps and bounds also. One solid alternative to the Hyundai Sonata is perhaps the Honda Accord 2018. Its price starts from $22,000. Some of the highlights that underpin its top spot in the segment include spacious and high-quality cabin, a generous list of standard and optional features, an available coupe body style, and exceptional handling and ride balance.
Other solid picks in the midsize sedan segment include the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, and 2018 Toyota Camry.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Review of Trims
Six trims are available for the five-passenger 2018 Hyundai Sonata: Sport, SE, Eco, Limited, Limited 2.0T, and the Sport 2.0T. Exterior Hyundai Sonata colors: Dark Truffle, Shale Gray Metallic, Lakeside Blue, Phantom Black, Nouveau Blue, Venetian Red, Symphony Silver, and Quartz White Pearl. Modest changes can be expected on its release date.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid price starts from $26,000. Some specs include an impressive fuel economy, a quiet and smooth ride quality, a generous standard equipment list, and a spacious interior. Output is rated at 193 horsepower.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard features available on the base model include full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear lip spoiler, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, heated mirrors, satellite and HD radio, smartphone app connectivity, cruise control, dual USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, and automatic headlights.
Opting for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport and Eco gets you all the above standard features plus seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a simulated leather upholstery, LD daytime running lights, unique body styling tweaks, special-economy-focused engine, an eight-way power driver seat, and adaptive LED headlights. Options bundled by the Premium package for the Sonata Sport include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a navigation system, automatic tri-zone climate control, partial leather upholstery, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, an eight-inch touchscreen display, blind-spot camera with rear-cross traffic alert, rear air vents, and heated front seats.
Opting for the Sonata Limited gets you a rearview camera, a six-way power passenger sea, LED taillights, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, LED taillights, and wood grain.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Engine Specs
Three engines are offered for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata: a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 178 lbs. ft. of torque and 185 horsepower, a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 245 horsepower and 260 pounds-ft. of torque, and a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine.
Fuel economy for the 1.6L engine available for the Sonata Eco stands at 28/38/32 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The 2.0L engine is available for the 2.0T models and EPA says they should be able to return a fuel economy rating of around 23/32/26 mpg. Lastly, but certainly not the least if the 2.4L cylinder base engine available for all the Sonata except the Eco’s whose fuel economy rating stands at 25/38/30 mpg.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.4 in. (73.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 122.4 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 16.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3252 lbs.
Top Speed: 119 mph
0-60: 8.1 sec
MPG: 28/38 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Dark Truffle, Lakeside Blue, Nouveau Blue, Phantom Black, Quartz White Pearl, Shale Gray Metallic, Symphony Silver, Venetian Red …
Towing Capacity: N/A
2018 Hyundai Sonata Price & Release Date
Rumors allege the new model will most likely be available for sale sometime this fall with an MSRP starting from $21,750. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid review is handled elsewhere on this blog.
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