2018 Hyundai Sonata Review

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz
September 25, 2017

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata receives a much-needed injection of style.

With three different engines and a bevy of trim levels, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata may sound complicated—it's not. The sharp mid-size sedan is a good value and better looking now.

It's also possible that those qualities will fall on deaf ears as buyers flock to SUVs that sometimes offer none of the above, and at a higher cost.

We say the Sonata is a compelling, high-value package that may be a little light on personality but is a pleasure to drive and has a roomy interior. We’ve rated it a 7.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

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This year, the Sonata has a new look outside, some minor tweaks inside, an available 8-speed automatic transmission, and a new Sport trim level. It’s not an all-new car, but it builds on the redesigned-for-2015 Sonata with a small injection of passion that should help it stand out once again. The Sonata is available in SE, Sport, Eco, and Limited trim levels, with a choice of three 4-cylinder engines.

Sonata SE, SEL Sport, and Limited versions all come standard with a 2.4-liter inline-4 rated at 185 horsepower. Optional on Sport and Limited models is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 245 hp. The Eco, which we haven’t driven for the 2018 model year, has its own 178-hp 1.6-liter turbo-4 and a unique 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that helps it achieve the lowest fuel consumption of the group.

Hybrid and plug-in versions of the 2018 Sonata will follow; we’ll update this space when we know more and when we’ve driven them.

Even in Sport trim, the Sonata is quiet and composed; it’s certainly not a corner-carver, but it handles day-to-day tasks exceptionally well. Responsive steering and a plush ride help it stand out.

All trims are well-equipped, and this year Hyundai has significantly sliced the price of its range-topping Limited by deleting a formerly standard panoramic moonroof in favor of a smaller, traditional moonroof, and by dropping heated rear seats. We doubt too many buyers will miss those features, but they’ll probably appreciate the high-value SEL. Intended to be the most popular Sonata, it’s priced aggressively with desirable features such as a power driver’s seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and optional automatic emergency braking.

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October 22, 2017
2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4L

The electric blue color is "Electric"!!

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I had a Lakeside Blue 2016 Sonata that I loved. I already love the 2018 more just after 3 weeks. The electric blue color just "pops" and I think it's the prettiest color of blue I've seen on an automobile. The... + More »
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September 4, 2017
2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4L

This car has everything except a decent ride

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First of all, I love everything about this car except the ride is so stiff it is almost unbearable. I traded from an optima ex and when I test drove they didn't have any limiteds in yet so I drove an sel. This... + More »
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