Highlight: Hyundai’s Blue Link feature talks to Amazon Echo, which allows the owner to control the Sonata inside their home or wherever the device is located.
Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $30,710 (Base Model: $22,935)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; traction control system; a rear camera; a vehicle stability control system; electronic brake distribution; a blind spot detection system; a rear cross traffic alert system; a temporary spare tire; and a tire pressure monitoring system
Standard Equipment (Base SE Model): 16-inch wheels; a 7-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay/Android integration; a remote keyless entry system; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; air condition; a leather steering wheel; a leather-like interior door panel trims; HD radio; USB ports; and Hyundai’s Bluelink telematics
Standard Equipment (Limited): 18-inch wheels; an 8-speed automatic transmission; dual power heated folding exterior mirrors; LED headlights; LED daytime running lights; automatic high beam; rear parking sensors; power sunroof; dual chrome rear exhaust tips; leather seats; power front seats; memory front driver’s seat; heated front seats; rear seat adjustable head restraints; door sill scuff plates; a sport type shift knob; aluminum gas and brake gas pedals; electric parking brakes; rear seat heat and air vents; steering wheel mounted paddle shifters; a heated steering wheel; an 8-inch infotainment screen with a 9-speaker Infinity audio system and HD radio; a navigation system; rear USB charge ports; an in-vehicle wireless charging system; Hyundai’s Blue Link concierge system; a radar activated cruise controls system with a start/stop function; all window switches are illuminated; rear side window manual sunshade; a keyless ignition system; a hands free trunk open system; an automatic rearview mirror with compass; automatic emergency braking; and a lane keep assist system
Other Trim Level:
SE, SEL and Sport
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM with a satellite radio
Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder/185-hp
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Standard Fuel Mileage:
What’s New: Hyundai’s midsize family sedan just experienced a midcylce refresh. With that being the case, the Sonata wears a new fascia, rear tail lights and wheel designs. In addition to the noted exterior changes, the overall ride and handling of the Sonata has been enhanced.
Why: In an effort to stay competitive in the midsize segment, where consumers are leaving sedans behind for crossovers, the folks at Hyundai tweaked their family sedan.
The 2018 Sonata exterior now mirrors the brand’s best-selling car, the compact sized Elantra. Depending upon the trim, the vehicle is now available with a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging system, HD traffic for the navigation system, and a redesign infotainment system.
Blind spot detection system, with a rear cross traffic alert system and lane change assist system, is standard for the 2018 model year.
The mildly redrafted Sonata can currently be outfitted with a variety of powertrains: a 2.4-liter engine, a 1.6-liter turbo engine, a 2.4-liter engine and a 2.0-liter turbo engine. A plug-in and a hybrid model are available too.
The Sonata offers one of the largest interiors in the segment, making it feel more like a fullsize vehicle. Previously, we had an opportunity to review a Sonata SE, with the base 4-cylinder engine and the all-new, more peppier turbo engine. This time around, we dropped the turbo for Limited with a base engine. Thus, going this route holds the price down to under $31,000, while at the same time increases the miles per gallon.
Buyers who step up to the higher end Limited trim can expect such standard features as a radar activate cruise control system, a navigation system, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, blind spot technology and a premium audio system.
Yes, the Korean automaker has managed to rework the Sonata, offering a variety of trims, features and affordable price points. Furthermore, the Sonata like every other Hyundai comes with one of the best warranties in the industry.
But: The conservative design coupled with consumer taste for crossovers has not been the magic that has been needed to reverse sales with this midsize sedan. In fact, most of the vehicles in this segment are struggling.
Moreover, the driver’s seat needed more support. And while the vehicle has a variety of driving modes, the Sonata Limited just isn’t designed to be an engaging vehicle.
Verdict: For buyers who are seeking a dependable, value oriented family sedan that provides a segment leading warranty, a powerful engine, the latest safety driving aids and near luxury amenities, at a price point that undercuts the competition, the Sonata Limited is worth considering. For those seeking more punch, they could pay a few thousand dollars more for a 245-horsepower engine.