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Hyundai Sonata 2018 sedan
This competitive sedan was freshened for 2018, and retains its excellent rear-seat room, easy cabin access, and user-friendly controls. Handling is taut and secure, but the ride is on the firm side and no longer as plush as it used to be. The base engine is a civilized 2.4-liter four-cylinder, coupled to a smooth six-speed automatic that returns 28 mpg overall in our tests. A more powerful 2.0-liter turbo mated to an eight-speed automatic is optional. The Eco uses a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automated manual. Outward visibility is a strong point. Blind-spot warning is standard, while forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are optional. Plug-in and hybrid versions are available; the latter returned an impressive 39 mpg overall in our tests. The generous interior makes for a very pleasant sedan.

Road Test

Revised for 2018, the Hyundai Sonata keeps much of what makes it a strong competitor against such big dogs as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, while making some notable enhancements. Look beyond the freshened skin, and you'll find a Sonata with sha...

Highs

  • Good value and a long warranty
  • Spacious and accommodating

Lows

  • Ride is overly firm after the 2018 freshening
  • Non-hybrid's 28 mpg is falling behind the curve

Best Version to Get

The SEL with the Tech package hits the sweet spot. It includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assist. Oddly, Hyundai only offers these important safety features as an option on the SEL and top Limited trims. Unfort...

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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