2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata
2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 185 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2018 Sonata is a mid-sized sedan, placing it in direct competition with several of the best-selling cars in the country. Competing with the likes of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord is no easy task, but Hyundai's typical strategy of packing a ton of value into its cars remains unchanged. The Sonata offers a lot of car for the money, undercutting its rivals in price, while simultaneously offering more interior volume and more upscale features. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata starts at about $22,000.

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What's New For 2018

In 2018 the Hyundai Sonata gets updates to the suspension and steering aimed at improving the quality and feel of the ride. It was restyled inside and out and all models now come standard with blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. On the 2.0T models, a new 8-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous 6-speed.


  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Blind Spot Sensor
    • and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Streaming Audio
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM/MP3 Display Audio -inc: 7" color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, integrated Bluetooth w/phonebook transfer, 6 speakers (2 front-door-mounted, 2 tweeters and 2 rear) and iPod, USB and auxiliary input jacks
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16 x 6.5J Aluminum Alloy
    • Tires: P205/65R16
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manual front seats (height-adjustable) and passenger side seatback pockets
    • Driver Seat
    • Passenger Seat
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • YES Essentials Premium Cloth Seating Surfaces
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.4L GDI 4-Cylinder
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: OD lock-up torque converter, shift lock and SHIFTRONIC mode
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 2.89 Axle Ratio
    • 80-Amp/Hr 640CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 16.3
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 640
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 185 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 178 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 110.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 191.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 63.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 106.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.9
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.5
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 36
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Hyundai Sonata
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P205/65HR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/65HR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.21
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.64
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.80
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.39
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.77
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.38
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.89
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Large Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3250
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Hyundai Sonata Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • 2C Electric Blue Lakeside Blue Machine Gray Phantom Black PR Quartz White Pearl S3 Scarlet Red Symphony Silver US VU W8 Y8
  • 2C
  • Electric Blue
  • Lakeside Blue
  • Machine Gray
  • Phantom Black
  • PR
  • Quartz White Pearl
  • S3
  • Scarlet Red
  • Symphony Silver
  • US
  • VU
  • W8
  • Y8

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After its redesign for 2015, Hyundai’s midsize family sedan faced some criticism for lack of passion and distinction in its design. For the 2018 model year, the Sonata gets a fresh look, atop a refined chassis, along with a few minor interior revisions.

In addition to applying a welcome helping of style to the Sonata body, Hyundai has introduced an SEL trim level. An 8-speed automatic transmission is available on 2018 Sonata Sport and Limited trim levels with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.

All 2018 Sonata models now come with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, in addition to a rearview camera. Automatic emergency braking is available, grouped with adaptive cruise control and active lane control in an option package. It’s standard on the 2.0T Limited. Newly available lane-departure warning is enhanced with lane keep assist.

Hyundai offers five trim levels, with a choice of three four-cylinder engines. SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport trim levels come with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, developing 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The direct-injected engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Sport and Limited models also are available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which produces 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. The new 8-speed automatic is tuned to provide crisper shifts than the 6-speed used with the larger engine. Turbo models have 18-inch wheels.

Limited and Sport trim levels have specific suspensions and steering systems, and roll on Michelin tires. Sport models get special styling touches, inside and out.

To achieve the best fuel economy, the Eco has its own 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four, developing 195 pound-feet. Ecos use a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All Sonatas have front-wheel drive and are assembled in Alabama.

Crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sonata a five-star overall rating, with five stars for both frontal and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated Sonata Good in each crash-test element, and Superior for frontal crash protection (when equipped with automatic braking).

Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions of the reworked 2018 Sonata will debut during the 2018 model year. Hybrids have been part of the Sonata lineup since 2011.


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.


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.


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.

Driving Impressions

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.


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.

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