2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
- Restyled front and rear end
- Recalibrated suspension and steering settings
- New standard safety features
- Part of the sixth Sonata generation introduced for 2015
- Spacious interior with seats that are good for the long haul
- Smooth highway ride with minimal road noise
- Infotainment interface is easy to understand and use
- Crash test ratings are excellent
- Rear headroom is a little tighter than in some competitors
- Brakes feel grabby and can make it hard to stop smoothly
- Automatic emergency braking restricted to optional package on top trim
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Sonata Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the gas-electric hybrid counterpart to the regular Sonata sedan. It has all the typical Sonata traits we like, such as a roomy interior and a generous list of standard features, and then adds great fuel economy of more than 40 mpg.
For 2018, the Sonata Hybrid receives a broad swath of updates, too. They include updated front and rear styling, new LED headlights, new wheel designs, and a fresh look for the dashboard and instrument panel. There's also a host of new driver aids such as standard blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking, along with new wireless phone charging and a USB charge port for rear passengers.
From a mechanical standpoint, Hyundai says it has retuned the suspension and steering to improve the Sonata Hybrid's handling and feel. The hybrid powertrain is unchanged, though. While an EPA-rated 42 mpg is quite good, it still comes up a little short of some rivals' figures. The new Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, for example, gets 52 mpg combined.
Overall, though, the Sonata Hybrid presents its own compelling case of features and value, and we think it's worth checking out if you're shopping for a sedan with strong green-car cred.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is available in SE and Limited trim levels. The regular Sonata and the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid are reviewed separately.
Both trim levels are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a combined 193 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Energy captured from regenerative braking is stored in a trunk-mounted battery pack.
Standard equipment on the SE includes 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, heated side mirrors, a hands-free trunk, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs. Driver aids include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Stepping up to the Limited adds 17-inch wheels, LED headlights that bend in the direction of turns, a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, driver-seat memory settings, 60/40-split folding rear seats, leather upholstery, wood-grain-look interior accents, rear-seat climate control vents, HD and satellite radio, and a three-year complimentary subscription to Hyundai's Blue Link remote services.
The Ultimate package for the Sonata Hybrid Limited includes additional driver aids such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and rear parking sensors. Other upgrades include a heated steering wheel, rear window shades, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system, wireless phone charging, and a premium 10-speaker Infinity sound system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (2.0L inline-4 hybrid | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current Sonata Hybrid has received some revisions, including improved touchscreen displays, Apple and Android smartphone integration, and additional driver aids. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Sonata Hybrid, however.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use5
Getting in/getting out4
Audio & navigation
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Sonata Hybrid safety features:
- Blind Spot With Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns driver of cars in the blind spot of adjacent lane, or when cars are approaching from the side while in reverse.
- Smart Cruise Control With Stop-Start
- Detects vehicles in front of car and automatically adjusts cruise speed to maintain a preset distance. Can even bring car to a full stop.
- Lane Keep Assist
- Applies corrective steering assistance to help keep car positioned in its lane if it senses the vehicle drifting.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. the competition
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord Hybrid looms large over this group, especially since the Accord was recently given a thorough overhaul that places it at the top of the class. The Accord Hybrid shares the best traits of the regular sedan and offers more power, more safety features and better mpg than the Sonata Hybrid. The Hyundai, however, is more affordable and offers more front and rear headroom for taller passengers.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid
The regular Toyota Camry sedan has dominated the family sedan segment for decades thanks to high build quality, comfort and proven reliability. The hybrid model isn't quite as dominant but still presents a formidable competitor. The Sonata Hybrid lacks the Camry's long track record, but it otherwise matches up well, especially when considering its warranty coverage.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Fusion Hybrid packs heavy style in its futuristic curves and shape, and it might be one of the best-looking hybrid sedans out there. It falls behind the Sonata Hybrid on several measures, however, with smaller trunk capacity and less power. The Fusion does offer lengthy complimentary roadside assistance coverage and more rear legroom, though.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for Sale
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Sonata Hybrid Sedan. Available styles include Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A), and Limited w/Emerald Blue Interior 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Sonata Hybrid 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Sonata Hybrid.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Sonata Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,385. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $3,994 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,994 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,391.
The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is12.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,560. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $4,632 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,632 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,928.
The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is17.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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