Sometimes is better not to touch anything at all. That lesson Hyundai learned on a harder way. The Korean car manufacturer introduced the seventh-generation Sonata sedan in 2015 and ruined everything that the predecessor built during its era. No, the newer model was no worse from its predecessor, it was only too common. Luckily for the producer, the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata will fix the issue, because it looks truly amazing. Plus, it received pretty useful changes inside, which will make it significantly better and driver-friendly.
The exterior design of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is clear evidence how small things can do the job. The mildly redesigned mid-size sedan now features just a little bit more aggressive hood design which perfectly fits with the attractive cascading grille. The amazing grille has been introduced with the Elantra GT, but it seems it’s going to be standard on most of the future Hyundai cars. In addition, the restyled bumper looks more sculpted now, while a pair of new headlights makes the front end almost perfect. The rear end has been refreshed as well. It features new taillights and trunklid, as well as a huge badge, which fits perfectly above the reshaped bumper. Sedan’s sides are revealing reshaped side sills and redesigned wheels, which measure 16-, 17-, and 18-inch.
The cab hasn’t suffered so many changes as the exterior, but it’s definitely better place from now on. There is a faster 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment in the center and it’s surrounded by a pair of redesigned vents. The producer redesigned the automatic shift knob and HVAC buttons. That’s not all. The 2018 Sonata will host more standard options. The sedan will feature standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, as well as Qi wireless charging. On the other hand, the updated Blue Link connectivity suite will be available just as an option. Though bearing in mind that includes both Amazon Echo and Google Home it’s something we highly recommend. The car features a new navigation system with a 360-degree-camera view, while rear passengers have its own USB port for the first time.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata kept its powertrain unchanged. However, the turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injected inline-four got a new transmission. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but it still delivers 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. As for the other two options, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet, while the 1.6-liter turbo comes with 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
The base 2018 Sonata SE starts at $22,050, while the topping Limited trim costs $27,400.