2018 Hyundai Sonata

Pros: Broad range of available comfort, convenience, and safety features; spacious rear seat; tight-for-the-class turning radius makes for good close-quarters maneuverability

Cons: Off-the-line acceleration is a bit sluggish with base engine; ride quality and suspension composure, though both improved, still trail midsize-car class leaders

CG Says: For 2018, Hyundai Sonata gets a mid-cycle refresh. Styling is revised and steering and suspension are retuned for a more sporting feel. An 8-speed automatic replaces a 6-speed automatic on cars with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid models are expected later in the model year. SE, SEL, Sport 2.4, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.4, and Limited 2.0T comprise Sonata’s non-hybrid lineup, each sporting unique styling features. Engine choices are 2.4-liter- and turbocharged 2.0-liter fours. The 2.4-liter is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the turbo 2.0-liter is mated to the new 8-speed auto. A Sonata Eco model with a 177-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder hooked to a 7-speed automatic manual transmission is also offered. Available features include LED headlights, High Beam Assist, adaptive cruise control, next-generation Blue Link telematics/connectivity, and an 8.0-inch navigation system that offers the ability to record preset Sirius/XM channels. (This feature allows you to “rewind” up to 22 minutes, so you can hear all of the song that was playing when you switched channels or catch up on the sports broadcast you caught midway through.) Safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and driver attention alert. A hands-free “smart” automatic-opening trunklid feature makes it easier to place groceries or luggage in the trunk when hands are full. Sonata maintains a strong value-for-the-money quotient while delivering a formidable list of cutting-edge new features. Sonata is a must-see in the competitive midsize-car class.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $22,935
Eco: $23,535
SEL: $24,585
Sport 2.4: $26,085
Limited 2.4: $28,285
Sport 2.0T: $28,485
Limited 2.0T: $33,335
Hybrid: NA
Plug-In Hybrid: NA

Base Engine
2.4-Liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL, Sport 2.4, Limited 2.4)
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36

Optional Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Eco)
Horsepower
177
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T)
Horsepower
245
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32