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 sharper handling and better braking than before, but the ride has become considerably firmer.
The Sonata is an easy car to live with, thanks to its easy-to-use controls and an upright stance that affords easy access and good visibility. The cabin is roomy, boasting one of the most generous rear seats in the class. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine smoothly delivers sufficient pep without sounding like it's being flogged, making the Sonata reasonably quick. The six-speed automatic transmission makes well-timed shifts with nary a hiccup. However, its 28 mpg is nothing special as some competitors get 30 mpg or better. On the other hand, the hybrid version gets 39 mpg overall in our testing and can propel itself on electric power alone at low speeds. A much more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes on high-end Sonatas.
Some of the biggest changes this year were made to the Sonata's suspension. This revamped car now feels like it's cooperating better with the driver through corners. It has tauter, more responsive handling. Braking performance also has improved.