2018 Hyundai Sonata First Look | Edmunds

2018 Hyundai Sonata First Look

More Style and More Substance


Once a car has been on the market without changes for a few years, it's pretty common to see a midcycle refresh to breathe some life into it. In the case of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, that refresh is more significant than just a little nip and tuck. This midsize family sedan gets a full cosmetic makeover from nose to tail.

You'll notice right away that the new grille is taller and more sculpted than the angular trapezoidal grille it replaces. We're pleased with this change because we weren't fully sold on the similar-shape grilles that have infiltrated other cars across brand lines. Much of the rest of the front fascia has changed, too, giving the new Sonata deeper air inlets and the appearance of a longer hood. The back of the car also gets restyled, moving the license plate to the bumper so the trunk can get a cleaner look with more distinctive taillights.

The changes for 2018 are more than skin-deep, too. A new eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed for 2.0-liter turbocharged Sonatas, while tweaks to the steering and suspension combine to improve fuel efficiency, comfort and responsiveness.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

On the inside, technology gets a boost with a wireless charging pad, USB ports in the backseats and more navigation features. Hyundai's Blue Link system can now pair with Amazon Echo, giving owners control over the car remotely. On the safety front, the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is now standard equipment for all models, and lane keeping assist is now available.

We view all of these changes as improvements on the already strong Hyundai Sonata. Look for them in showrooms this summer.

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