Review: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Review: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Honda and Toyota have some competition in the mid-size sedan market, as each generation of the Hyundai Sonata tops the last. Surprisingly luxurious for a car in its price range and backed with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is the smartest purchase you’ll make all year.

If you’re in the Richmond area, come to our convenient Chester location to take one for a test drive. To get all the details, check out our full review:

Comfort and Convenience

Whether you need a basic sedan for commuting or want a ride that’s on-par with luxury brands, there’s a model of Sonata for you. Its seven trims include SE, Eco, SEL, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T. The Sonata SE features premium cloth seating, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear sear, 7-inch color touchscreen display, 6-speaker audio, USB and auxiliary input, Bluetooth wireless tech, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Available comfort features include a heated steering wheel, leather steering wheel and shift knob, sport seats with leather bolsters, leather seating surfaces, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, 6-way power passenger's seat, Integrated Memory System, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Sonata is also available with premium entertainment and convenience features, including an Infinity infotainment system with Sirius XM Radio and subwoofer, HD Radio, wireless device charging, and Blue Link Telematics System, Connected Care, Remote Package, and Guidance Package. 

Safety and Tech

The 2018 Sonata was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The new Hyundai sedan comes available with rear parking sensors, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights, and Automatic High Beam Assist. Each model is equipped with a Traction Control System, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.


The front-wheel drive Sonata comes with three engine options. The most efficient powertrain (Eco model) is a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-4 that makes 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission. According to EPA estimates, this model gets up to 37 MPG.

Most trims have a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, with 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine option gets up to 29 MPG.

The 2.0T models have a – you guessed it – 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-4 that churns out 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.


Starting at $22,050 MSRP

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