Recently previewed in house market kind, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata made its U.S debut in New York. As expected, the midsize 4-door sedan receives a meaningful mid-cycle upgrade that sharpens its appearance, enhances its dynamics and adds a selection of brand-new comfort, benefit and driver-assist features. Hyundai hopes these change will make the Sonata a lot more competitive versus competitors like the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Design
The brand-new Sonata boasts an edgier front fascia with a larger, much deeper “Cascading Grille” configuration that consists of a horizontal-bar insert on base models and a mesh style on the Sonata Turbo. The Sonata Sport and 2.0 T models likewise feature a choice of blackout trim bits in addition to bespoke front/rear diffusers and incorporated exhaust outlets. All 2018 Sonata variants have more elegantly rendered headlamps with full LED systems being an option on some while the tail treatment nets a similar slimmer, trimmer lamp graphic and a number of other subtle information refinements. Completing the mix are brand-new, model-specific 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel options.
The 2018 Sonata’s cabin receives a comparable update. Topping the list are different trim improvements in addition to tidier instrument-cluster graphics, a new multifunction steering wheel, 7.0-inch color touchscreen screen, faster-responding AVN 5.0 multimedia system and more finger-friendly piano-key style audio/HVAC controls. There’s also a brand-new rear-seat USB charge port and optional wireless smartphone charging capability in addition to standard support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The updated Sonata Sport 2.4 L now includes a power sunroof, leather-bolstered sport seats, shifter paddles on its flat-bottom steering wheel and dual exhausts while a value-oriented SEL trim grade signs up with the lineup.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Engine
While Hyundai has yet to expose anything about a 2018 Sonata Hybrid, powertrains in the other models mostly carry over. That consists of the Eco-only 178-horsepower/1.6- liter turbo 4, naturally-aspirated 185-horsepower/2.4- liter and the turbo 245-horse/2.0- liter in the 2.0 T Sport and 2.0 T Limited. Sole change here is that the Sonata’s range-topping engine swaps its current 6-speed automatic for a new 8-speed unit that supplies a larger ratio spread. The 2018 Sonata likewise takes advantage of retuned steering and suspension systems that boost handling, improve body control and increase convenience.
Lastly, the upgraded Sonata uses a more thorough suite of standard driver-assist features that includes blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert to the mix. The lane departure cautioning system offered on upline trims is now boosted by lane keep assist and the maps in the optional navigation system will use a bird’s eye view and consist of no-cost real-time traffic/incident updates.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata arrives in dealer display rooms this summertime. Pricing and additional product packaging details will be released more detailed to the on-sale date.