2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

2018 Hyundai
Sonata Sedan

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,040kg (4,497lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,854mm (191.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,864mm (73.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,804mm (110.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (17.9')
  • Front legroom - 1,156mm (45.5")
  • Rear legroom - 904mm (35.6")
  • Front headroom - 1,026mm (40.4")
  • Rear headroom - 965mm (38.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,425mm (56.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,471mm (57.9")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Passenger volume - 3,004L (106.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 462 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 462 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - SHIFTRONIC
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 29mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 36mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Blind spot sensor - warning
  • Rear collision - Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) warning
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SE 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan SE Search New $22,050   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 36  
SE w/SULEV 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan SE w/SULEV Search New $22,050   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 36  
ECO 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan ECO Search New $22,650   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  No Data  
SEL 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan SEL Search New $23,700   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 35  
SEL w/SULEV 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan SEL w/SULEV Search New $23,700   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 35  
Sport 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Sport Search New $25,200   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 35  
Limited 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Limited Search New $27,400   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 35  
Limited w/SULEV 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Limited w/SULEV Search New $27,400   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 35  
Sport 2.0T 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Sport 2.0T Search New $27,600   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  23 / 32  
Limited 2.0T 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Limited 2.0T Search New $32,450   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  23 / 32  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Sonata occupants can anticipate a soft, compliant ride. Relaxing and comfortable, the ride almost approaches sublime in quality. Ride quality is a tad softer on SE and Eco models. Harsh pavements could produce slight jarring at times.

Except for 2.0-liter turbo models, all sedans have the same suspension and steering setups. Sportiness is absent even on Sport models, but Sonatas feel well-balanced. Admirably responsive electric power steering conveys a natural feel, while striving to suppress most surface flaws.

With its 17-inch tires, a Limited copes better with country curves. Sport and Limited models with the 2.0-liter turbo have a sport-tuned suspension that’s noticeably firmer, but not troublesome. Their steering setups are a bit heavier, too, delivering greater road feel.

Though it’s smooth and quiet, the 2.4-liter ranks no higher than acceptable in performance. The automatic transmission shifts promptly, without gear-hunting. The dual-clutch transmission in the Eco edition isn’t as friendly.

Even in Sport trim, Sonatas are quietly composed and sedate, with road and engine sounds pleasantly suppressed.

Fuel economy is good for a midsize. The SE with 16-inch wheels and 2.4-liter engine is EPA-rated at 25/36 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Other versions, with 17-inch wheels, dip slightly to 25/35/28 mpg. Eco is the most frugal Fusion, EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined. Thirstiest are Sport and Limited turbos, at 23/32/26 mpg.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Freshening for the 2018 model year has raised the Sonata’s styling appeal, transformed from somewhat dowdy to clearly handsome. Only the details have changed, but the latest Sonata is better able to catch the eye of onlookers.

Up front is what Hyundai calls a new cascading hexagonal grille. Fresh sheetmetal is used for the sculpted hood and front fenders, as well as the trunk.

Alloy wheels have been revised. Vertical LED daytime running lights provide distinctive illumination. So do LED headlights and taillights.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Like the exterior, the Sonata’s cabin is attractive and roomy. Materials quality, while in accord with price, doesn’t reach far past acceptable. Even the top trim levels don’t qualify as luxurious.

Seats are comfortable in both front and rear, with plenty of space. However, the relatively low roofline restricts entry/exit and could affect visibility.

Lower-trim models have cloth upholstery. Sport versions get leather bolstering, alongside fabric seat centers. Only the Limited is upholstered with leather. Sonatas with the 2.0-liter turbo engine get heavier bolstering.

While head-ducking may be needed to get into the back seat, passengers can expect good stretch-out space. Headroom may be restricted for taller occupants. Heated rear seats are no longer available.

Control buttons are arranged in groups. The center stack and instrument panel have been revised. Piano-key buttons are used for audio and climate controls. Most Sonatas have a 7.0-inch infotainment screen.

Trunk volume is slightly above average, at 16.3 cubic feet. A large console and sizable door pockets provide good small-items storage.


New Car Test Drive

Hyundai Sonata promises good value. We like the SEL edition the Tech Package. All trim levels are well-equipped, with an impressive warranty. Shoppers get a wide variety of trim levels, though not so much potential for customization with options. Each is a pleasure to drive, with a spacious cabin.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Sonata SE ($22,050) has the 2.4-liter engine and is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows/locks, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $885 destination charge.)

Sonata SEL ($23,700) adds 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors with turn-signal indicators, keyless ignition/pushbutton start, a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. A Tech Package for SEL includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and electronic parking brake.

Sonata 2.4L Sport ($25,200) includes a moonroof, black headliner, and leather/cloth sport seats.

Sonata 2.0T Sport ($27,600) substitutes the 2.0-liter turbo engine and dual-clutch automatic.

Sonata 2.4L Limited ($27,400) gets the 2.4-liter engine, plus leather seating surfaces, ventilated front seats, LED headlights, and a memory driver’s seat.

Sonata 2.0T Limited ($32,450) substitutes the 2.0-liter turbo engine. An Ultimate Package for Limited adds all safety features in the SEL’s Tech Package, plus navigation with an 8.0-inch screen, heated steering wheel, rear side window sunshades, and 400-watt Infinity audio.

Sonata 1.6T Eco ($22,650) features a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine, tuned for fuel economy, but is otherwise equipped similar to SE trim.

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