The Hyundai Sonata is a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable option with a luxe twist. Even better still, the redesigned 2018 model offers more technology with only a $150 price increase on the base.
The base SE model starts at $22,935 and with the top Limited 2.0T coming in at $33,335.
In the design department, the most noticeable differences are on the exterior with new sheet metal sculpting on the hood, front fenders, and rear trunk. In back, the license plate sits lower and the badging is bigger. New 16-inch alloy wheels come standard.
All models include a 7-inch color touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity. The available navigation system is enhanced with a bird’s eye view feature and HERE HD real-time traffic flow data. Hyundai beefed up safety technology as well. Even the base SE now comes standard with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert.
The standard power and handling are a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with 25-city, 36-highway, and 29-combined mpg. The Sonata Eco subs in a 1.6-liter turbo engine for better fuel economy. It’s priced $600 more than the SE.
Mid-to-Upper Trim Builds
The SEL starts at $24,585. Extra standard features on this level are 17-inch wheels, verticle LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, and front seats, chrome door handles, push-button start, and hands-free trunk opening. For $1,000 you can add the Tech Package with Auto Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and Electronic Parking Brake.
The Sport runs $26,085. It adds paddle shifters, a sunroof, mesh sport grille, chrome rocker panels and door handles, and dual exhaust. Inside are unique leather sport seats with cloth inserts and a flat-bottom leather steering wheel.
The Limited starts at $28,285 with leather seats, ventilated front seats, dual automatic climate zones, and LED headlights. All the bells come with an Ultimate Package, which for $2,900 throws in a ton of safety and convenience tech like auto high beams, navigation, heated steering wheel, and wireless phone charging.
If you’re wanting more power than the standard engine, go for the top Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models with their 2.0-liter turbo engines, all new standard 8-speed automatic transmissions, and 18-inch wheels. They respectively start at $28,484 and, the aforementioned top price of $33,335.
The 2018 Sonata starts arriving in dealerships this summer.
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