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In Hyundai’s attempt to bolster the Sonata’s sales, the company reworked almost every exterior element forward of the A-pillars. The front end’s more muscular maw blends Hyundai’s new cascading grille design with an aggressive lower fascia, new headlights, and a reshaped hood. The rear is thoroughly reworked, too, with a new trunklid, taillights, and rear bumper.
Meanwhile, Hyundai lightly retouched the Sonata’s interior. A new center stack retains its intuitive layout but employs knobs and controls of a higher-quality feel, while the driver grips a new three-spoke steering wheel.
TRIM AND PRICE
Along with last year’s SE, Eco, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T trims, the 2018 Sonata is also available in a new SEL trim. Positioned above the $22,935 SE and the $23,535 Eco, the $24,585 SEL comes standard with a proximity key and push-button start, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a USB port for the rear passenger compartment. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, automatic headlights, and a blind-spot monitoring system are standard on all trim levels.
Opting for the SEL also opens up the options sheet to active-safety features such as automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control, all of which can be added as part of the reasonably priced $1000 Tech package. Previously these features were reserved for the pricey Limited and Limited 2.0T. Unfortunately, Hyundai still doesn’t offer these driver aids on the SE, Eco, Sport, or Sport 2.0T. Meanwhile, similar features are standard equipment on all versions of the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry.
Nonhybrid 2018 Sonatas are motivated by the same trio of four-cylinder engines as before: a 178-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter, a 185-hp 2.4-liter, and a 245-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter. The smaller turbo is reserved solely for the Eco trim and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter again pairs with a six-speed automatic, but the 2.0T trades its previous six-speed for a new eight-speed unit
The new transmission isn’t likely to make the 2.0T significantly quicker, but it does raise the EPA fuel-economy numbers to 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, up from 22/31 mpg. The quickest and most efficient Sonata probably will be the Eco; Hyundai expects that model to pick up 1 mpg on the highway rating of the 2017 version, which is rated at 28/36 mpg. Meanwhile, the 2.4-liter’s EPA ratings are unchanged at 25/36 mpg for the SE and 25/35 for higher trim levels.
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