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This competitive sedan was freshened for 2018, and retains its excellent rear-seat room, easy cabin access, and user-friendly controls. Handling is improved, but the ride is has gotten firmer. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is unchanged from when it returned a good 28 mpg overall in our tests. A stronger 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder 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. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the class. 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 and makes for a very pleasant sedan.

Road Test

The Hyundai Sonata competes credibly against such big dogs as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Controls are easy to reach and simple to use. The interior affords a roomy backseat with plenty of head room -- key passenger concessions that other carm...


  • Good value and a long warranty
  • Spacious and accommodating


  • 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

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, and heated steering wheel and front and rear seats. Also, its larger 17-inch tires might help address some of the dynamic issues we found in th...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
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)


Comfort / Convenience
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