2018 Hyundai Sonata

Buyer's Guide

Hyundai has touched up its Sonata mid-size sedan for 2018 with an updated appearance and new standard safety features.

This is the first facelift for this sedan since a 2015 redesign that took the car into its seventh generation, and typically for such a mid-cycle cosmetic change it brings restyled headlights, grille and taillights, all of which are aimed at giving the car a more upscale look.

Of note is the "cascading" grille, a styling element Hyundai says will migrate to other Hyundai models as they undergo their own redesigns.

Inside, the Sonata gets new steering wheel and gauge cluster and a redesigned dash that doesn't look much different than that in the outgoing car but promises higher-quality materials.

Safety gets a boost too, with the addition of blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert as standard across the line, and cars with the optional lane departure warning system will gain lane keep assist. A backup camera is now standard too, thanks to a new Canadian regulation that will require one in every new car sold here as of May, 2018.

Tech-wise, you'll access the Blue Link infotainment system through a seven-inch touchscreen Hyundai says will offer better responsiveness and smoother operation than in the 2017 model.

Turbocharged 2.0T models will get a new eight-speed transmission to put that 2.0L engine's 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque to the road. Entry-level trims stick with a 2.4L four-cylinder (185 hp/178 lb-ft) and a six-speed automatic.

Carried over from 2017, styling and all, are the Sonata's hybrid and plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) variants, which match a 2.0L engine with an electric motor for a total of 193 hp.

The Sonata's new look gives Hyundai something to talk about as it markets its family sedan in a segment where brand-new versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are stealing this year's headlines. This car's appearance isn't as dramatic as that of those Japanese juggernauts, but it certainly has more presence than before, particularly when viewed from the front.

Fuel consumption estimates are 9.8/6.9 L/100 km (city/highway) for 2.4L cars and 10.4/7.4 with the turbocharged engine.

2018 Hyundai Sonata Specifications

There are 6 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $24,799 MSRP
8.4
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
185 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2.4L GL $24,799 5 Sedan
2.4L GL 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2.4L GL 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
2.4L GL
2.4L GL Cloth Seats
2.4L GL
2.4L GL
2.4L Sport $27,599 5 Sedan
2.4L Sport 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2.4L Sport 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
2.4L Sport
2.4L Sport N/A
2.4L Sport
2.4L Sport
2.4L GLS $28,649 5 Sedan
2.4L GLS 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2.4L GLS 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
2.4L GLS
2.4L GLS Leather Seats
2.4L GLS
2.4L GLS
2.4L GLS Tech $31,399 5 Sedan
2.4L GLS Tech 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2.4L GLS Tech 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
2.4L GLS Tech
2.4L GLS Tech Leather Seats
2.4L GLS Tech
2.4L GLS Tech
2.4L Limited $34,699 5 Sedan
2.4L Limited 185 hp @6000 rpm 178 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2.4L Limited 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
2.4L Limited
2.4L Limited Leather Seats
2.4L Limited
2.4L Limited
2.0T Sport $36,999 5 Sedan
2.0T Sport 245 hp @6000 rpm 260 ft-lb @1350 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2.0T Sport 191.1" 73.4" 58.1" 110.4"
2.0T Sport
2.0T Sport Leather Seats
2.0T Sport
2.0T Sport

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Hyundai / Sonata

Average Rating

2013 Hyundai Sonata

Trim: SE
by xSINGHx on 10-11-2012
Excellent family sedan
Just bought this car 3 months ago and I love driving it. It is sporty and fun to drive. Love the bluetooth voice assistant. Great on gas, I get about 700 kms on a tank (city driving).

We we're thinking of buying a used (2011-2012) Sonata but the 0% financing sealed the deal. Plus, I think used cars have gone up in price and now is the best time to buy new. This is my family's 3rd Sonata and Hyundai keeps improving. Don't hesitate on buying this car.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Hyundai Sonata

Trim: 2.0T
by SonataTurbo on 10-11-2012
very quick and efficient car
It's a great car. Very quick, it has lots of power and is quite efficient. The rear pass through is a little too small though.

The interior is laid out well. I like that Hyundai went with the foot style e-brake to save room on the center console. On a tank of regular fuel, I get over 700kms of mixed city and highway driving. On my last trip I averaged 5.6L/100kms.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Hyundai Sonata

Trim: GL
by xSINGHx on 10-11-2012
Drove close to 300k on the 2009 Sonata and it's still driving like new. Very reliable
My dad and I drive a cab in Toronto and I recommended he get a Hyundai Sonata instead of an Impala which was the most used fleet car a few years ago.

The Sonata is very reliable and has will save you a lot on gas. Since this car is on the road 24 hours a day, it currently has close to 300, 000 kms on it. We bought it used when it had 80,000 kms on it. This is the second Sonata within 3 years because the previous 2009 Sonata was involved in a car accident and was a write off. So my dad decided to get another 2009 Sonata. Even the previous car had over 250,000 kms before the accident. So it's not luck that we hit close to 300k twice.

What I like:
-Great acceleration for a 4 cylinder
-Great at gas. We still get about 600 kms on a single tank.
-Very reliable. No major repairs on both cars.
-Standard features like MP3 player, aux input, USB, etc...

What needs improvement:
-Wish the driver seat was more comfortable
-The side mirror should fold in
-The steering wheel feels a little numb and need refinement


Would I buy this car again? Yes, and I just did. I bought a 2013 Sonata as a family car. And all the improvements I mentioned above have been addressed in the new Sonata.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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