The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is one of the better selling family sedans on the US market mostly because it has been completely overhauled with the 2015 model. Now, Hyundai wants to make the car even better with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata which will be released at the end of 2017 as a small update to the car released nearly a year back. This update includes a new trim option as well as a slight change in styling for the hybrid version. However, beside these, the car remained pretty much unchanged which is fine for us considering it has just been released on the market and it just started to receive some well deserved praise for its looks and engines.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
The platform is the usual front wheel drive Hyundai platform which is also used on some Kia cars as well as a few other sedans. While the older model of the Sonata was not that great in terms of driving capabilities, the 2017 car as well as the newer 2018 model are much better. The brakes are now among the best in its class and even though it still has some brake fade during high speed driving, the car now stops better than most. On top of that, the suspension has been revised so it is not just comfortable but also very manageable on tight and twisty roads. The price is quite good and the base model can be had for under $22,000while most of its competitors start at well over $23,000.
Just as we mentioned right above, the exterior of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata changed slightly over that of the 2017 model. This is because the hybrid version of the car received an entirely new front end with a different grille and a different style altogether. The grille now also includes the lower air intake in order to create a more stylish look and the headlights and fog-lamps have been moved slightly further back in order to create a more aggressive look. The back as well as the profile of the car on the other hand remained unchanged and the only other upgrade are the new wheels for the hybrid model.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Interior
Inside the cabin, the new Hyundai Sonata is pretty much identical to the 2017 model and that’s just fine because the interior of the car is one of the best in Hyundai’s history. It does not offer the usual curvy design but rather a more mature look with nicely laid out buttons and controls which are not just easy to use but also quite pleasant to look at. As standard there is a multifunctional steering wheel, nicer than usual materials and a lot of space for its class. The upper end models get rear air vents, adjustable seats in the back as well as a great touch-based infotainment and navigation unit.
Under the hood of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata there are a few different engines available. The base model comes with a 190 horsepower and over 180 lb-ft of torque 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 while as an option, the buyer will get to choose a 1.6 liter Eco version of the car with a turbocharged inline 4 mill which can provide up to 183 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque while offering 10 to 20% better fuel consumption than the larger naturally aspirated engine. A hybrid is also available which offers a 2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 coupled with an electric motor. This has a combined rating of 193 horsepower and little over 200 lb-ft of torque, all while offering over 40 MPG on average. The car is also quite capable of going on electric power alone little over 24 miles which could come in handy during city use.
February 10, 2017