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The Sonata is freshened inside and out for 2018. It also benefits from some equipment adjustments that should help this competitive sedan keep pace with its ever-evolving midsized sedan rivals. The engines essentially carryover behind that new grille, though the turbo four-cylinder gains an eight-speed automatic transmission. The last-tested Sonata had a comfortable ride, but some versions lacked grip. Hyundai has tuned the ride, handling, and steering response, hopefully making gains, without compromising the commendable dynamics. For 2018, even the base Sonata will come with a 7-inch infotainment display screen, along with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert will come standard on all 2018 Sonatas. And Hyundai has added lane keeping assist to its lane departure warning system.

Highs

  • Good value and a long warranty
  • Spacious and accommodating

Lows

  • SE versions have lackluster tire grip to the detriment stopping distances and emergency handling
  • Sport 2.0T version has uneven power delivery and a stiff ride

Best Version to Get

Easily the best value is the Sonata SE with the Popular Equipment Package. It offers decent amenities for just over $23,000. If you have the money, the Sonata Limited hits the sweet spot. It's attractively finished and well-equipped, with leather, navigation, push-button start, blin...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (178 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 electric (202 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (193 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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