It’s fair to say that Hyundai made a huge mistake by making its mid-size sedan too conservative. Before they introduced the seventh-generation Sonata, Hyundai had the most handsome, perhaps too ahead of its time six-gen model, and instead of continuing the same course, the producer picked a wrong, too boring path. However, they might fix the mistake by introducing the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Though, since it’s just a mid-cycle update and not the overall redesign, the 2018 model will just ease the damage.
2018 Hyundai Sonata: Exterior and Interior Changes
Although mostly cosmetic, the exterior changes of the 2018 Sonata will definitely make the difference. The carmaker made the hood more aggressive and added a signature, cascading grille – the same one which is introduced with the new Elantra GT. Plus, the midsize sedan sports a pair of new, more attractive headlights and more sculpted front bumper. Around back, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata features redesigned taillights and trunk-lid, as well as significantly larger badge. Overside, the sedan sports new side sills and totally new wheel design. Speaking of the wheels, the buyers will be able to pick between 16-, 17-, and 18 inches.
The carmaker made the refreshed car tougher as well. They improved anti-roll-bar stiffness for 12 percent and improved rear suspension for more comfortable ride.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata hasn’t received too many changes inside. The cab is subtly restyled by adding more classy knobs and a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, which now sits between new vents. From now on, the producer will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard part of the equipment and it’s the same for blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert. There is also an optional Navigation with a 360-degree camera and updated Blue Link connectivity with Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Engines and Transmissions
Under the hood, the midsize sedan will feature pretty much the same options. Though in place of thus far standard six-speed, the 2018 Sonata will get an all-new and smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The base model will come in a pair with a 2.4-liter inline-four that’s rated at 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. However, it’s far better option the 2.0-liter turbo-4, which pumps out 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of twist. The version offers an additional sport-tuned suspension, which comes in a pair with Sport and Limited trims.
The car manufacturer has announced pricing information already. The base 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE costs $22,050, while the topping Limited model starts at $32,450.