The new 2018 Hyundai Sonata is definitely the vehicle you are looking for if you want a midsize sedan that is a host to features such as an easy-to-drive demeanor, adequate passenger space, tons of standard and optional features, a solid build quality, easy-to-use touchscreen interface, a smooth ride quality, and whisper-quiet cabin. It’s among our list of favorites in this class.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Release Date & Price
Hyundai is yet to make confirmations on when the Sonata will be offered and for how much. This however hasn’t stopped speculations from cropping in almost every automotive quarter, with the most seemingly credible report indicating that the Hyundai Sonata will go for sale sometime this fall or early 2018. The base Sonata sedan price is expected to start from an MSRP of around $21,000. Leasing is the other option.
If you’ve reading enough industry reports, you probably know that crossovers are easily outpacing family sedans as the preferred mode of transport for the American family. This isn’t news however as the trend has been catching up slowly but steadily over the past decade given the versatility of crossovers. But despite this fact, it seems somebody forgot to brief Hyundai about this fact as the “A” rated Hyundai Sonata’s sales surpassed two of Hyundai’s crossovers combined.
Now that we’ve got your attention, we guess now you are interested to learn more of what the Sonata is all about. While the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is yet to be rated by the automotive industry, there’s no doubt that it will continue with the brand’s long history of success in its class. It features several improvements on both its interior and exterior thereby offering its would-be users an ever more exciting value proposition than before.
Most of the changes are available on its interior. the infotainment system is perhaps one area that has received the most changes, with Hyundai offering it an upgraded seven-inch infotainment screen that the automaker says is more intuitive, offers better graphics, and, by virtue of its size, reduces input errors significantly. Just like the one it is replacing, it comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Both are upgraded and are much easier to use than before.
The Blue Link system offers a length list of features that include some like destination search, a navigation system, automatic emergency contact notification, remote ignition, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts.
Besides the illustrious 2018 Hyundai Sonata changes on its infotainment system, the list doesn’t stop there. The seats’ upholstery has been upgraded and now feels better and refined. Throw in the smooth ride quality paired with some athleticism and you’re definitely assured the latest 2018 Hyundai Sonata won’t feel like your grandpa’s Oldsmoboat.
Lest you think it lacks competition, the midsize sedan segment offers a plethora of options such as the newly updated “A” rated Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6, and the Chevrolet Malibu.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Redesign on Interior & Exterior
The five-passenger midsize Sonata is available in SE, Sport, Sport 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T trim models. Also available are both the Sonata Hybrid Sedan and the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid. the Hybrid sedan price starts from an MSRP of $26,000 and offers impressive specs including amazing fuel economy ratings that Hyundai estimates to be 42 mpg of combined city/highway cruising. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price, on the other hand starts from an MSRP of $34,000 and it too offers an impressive spec sheet.
Exterior Hyundai Sonata colors: Dark Truffle, Quartz White Pearl, Nouveau Blue, Shale Gray Metallic, Lakeside Blue, Venetian Red, Symphony Silver, and Phantom Black. After the official release date we’ll know for sure if more colors are added to this palette.
Some of the standard features available for the Sonata SE model include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, full power accessories, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, a seven-inch touchscreen display, air-conditioning, and automatic headlights.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Engine Specs
Three engines are available for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata: a four-cylinder 2.4L engine good for 185 horsepower offered for all model save for the Sonata Eco; a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder yielding 245 horsepower offered for the 2.0T models, and a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.6L engine good for 178 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque.
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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: 25/38 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