2018 Hyundai Sonata Review

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata may just be our new favorite sedan

Way back when I was a teenager, I went to prom in a Hyundai. I got a little bit of flack from some of my friends for not joining them in a fancy-pants limo, but my date and I decided to splurge on a nice dinner and share the embarrassment of showing up at the social event of the year in a cheap Korean import.

Oh, how times have changed. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is something my 17-year-old self would be proud to prom in. It’s been redesigned for its eighth generation, with new technology, sheet metal, suspension components and transmission.

The Sonata, Hyundai’s midsize sedan, slots in between the budget Elantra and the luxury-focused, although recently dropped in the US, Azera. It’s available in SE, SEL, Sport and Limited trim with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine, but I spent my time in the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, which is only available in the Sport and Limited trims.
Every trim level of the new Sonata comes standard with Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assistant. A new lane keep assist technology is standard on the Limited 2.0T trim, and available on the SEL and Limited trims. The system gently steers the car back into the lane if you drift outside the markers without signaling. It’s so gentle it’s tough to feel it working, yet it slides the car back into proper position on the road.

Hyundai’s adaptive cruise control functions well in stop-and-go traffic, bringing the Sonata to a full stop behind a lead car and taking off again after a brief pause. This feature, as well as emergency automatic braking, has the same availability as the lane keep assist technology. If you want driver’s aids standard you should look at sedans from Honda, which makes these features standard on all trims save for the base model. Toyota does one better, offering this technology standard across all trim lines of the new 2018 Camry.
Hyundai’s excellent Blue Link infotainment system is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen standard, although an 8-inch screen is optional. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but the former was somewhat glitchy for me. At first Apple CarPlay would only read incoming text messages through my phone, not the car’s speakers. However, after plugging and unplugging the phone, the problem fixed itself.

Regardless, Blue Link is pretty slick, with a customizable home screen and an optional navigation system that includes Google local search. One box destination entry lets you easily find addresses or points-of-interest.
There are a few little tech touches that make the Sonata stand out from the crowd. Qi wireless charging is standard on the Limited 2.0T trim and available on Limited. All but the SE trim have a second-row USB charge port standard.

Turbo powered
Although the 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine is the same as in 2017, making 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the eight-speed automatic transmission is all new. But Hyundai didn’t stop there, revising the rear suspension and steering system to improve responsiveness and handling. I spent my drive time on the twisty roads of Southern California and found the Sonata to be a spry little sedan. In fact, it may even surpass my beloved Mazda6 for driving enjoyment.
How can that be? Not only is the Mazda6 way down on horsepower, but the Sonata’s responsive automatic transmission is great at gear selection. It’s eager to downshift on corner exits and holds the revs for sometime, even when driving in Comfort mode. Switch to Sport and the transmission holds them for slightly longer and shifts even quicker. There are paddle shifters if you want to get down and dirty, but left to its own devices this new transmission is one of the sportiest I’ve encountered in a while. So much for Zoom Zoom.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata starts at $22,050 for the base SE, but my top of the line Limited 2.0T moves that entry point up to $32,450. Although the driver’s aids aren’t available on all trim lines, it’s a fun and affordable sedan that I really want to spend some more time in. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata will be available this summer.
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Comments

Kristina S says:

And they have all these features on se model too except sunroof and heating seat .it has eco,sport and regular comfort driving option . I use Costco 89 cheap gas and milege on city is 32-35 on city,more on highway

praveen says:

It will be around 30 to 35 lakhs in India and people will goes to Mini Cooper or Audi or BMW brands or definately Fortuner not for Hyundai..
If they launch in India with that price then the model sales will be fuck..

Rahul Dawar says:

When it will be available in india

Mansoor Leghari says:

Very nice

NIRANJAN HANSDAH says:

Beauty….

Dhruv Salhotra says:

Soo cool car broo

Fayyaz Ali says:

Such a nice car indeed

k domster says:

Laughable, there is nothing new here , marketing BS! Wow it has 4 wheels what a breakthrough redesign 🙂

Md Nadeem says:

Used Swift dzir or Sx4 I will take I want suggest from you
Which one is better

Saurabh Tariyal says:

Similar to Verna, nothing special

Ryn vinod Kumar says:

Nice

david w says:

It reads Hyundai you stupid, not Hondei.
Find someone that can pronounce well, not this stupid American tongue who can’t even pronounce the simplest words.

N62TU TRW says:

Change the name to a letter and number and it will sell better. Clearly has more features than luxury cars

Michael Timothy says:

Wow. The best part that impressed me is the lane assist

Domi Perez says:

How much

Apoorv Bansal says:

I can’t believe I mean this luxury on Indian road with no extra charges awesome can’t wait

dheerendra kumar says:

Wow so nice

adel sa says:

By the way the extiror ok but interor same as 2017 nothing change so how they said the all new

ajay chandane says:

Very nice car when it launched in India

Bikash Beylindok says:

I love Hyundai technology

Abida Olomi says:

It’s too much if you need the part it’s not easy to find the part I have Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2015 I have too much problem with car and the Have bad customer service to i pay for headlight driver side $750 .
if you not Do you believe you call too the Hyundai customer service .
It’s all part too much expensive

Ардак Сейлханов says:

Хорошая машина ездию уже 4год

Asif Bawani says:

hyundai needs to introduce a new and different front profile… different from elantra nd verna… like old sonata used to have circle lights which used to match with benz and like bently spur

Jackson Nguyen says:

trash

applepro9999 says:

Front is ugly

Emilio López Ramírez says:

Precioso , cochazo, maravilloso hyundai

Ustaz Fahim Channel says:

Back like mitsubishi lancer

Kristina S says:

The most amazing cheap and excellent feautures must buy vehicle on planet is only one thats Hyundai Sonata I bought this car 1 month ago I was amazed by the features and cheaper than other car. Just go ahead and buy I am sure you will never gonna feel guilty if you buy this.

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