2018 Hyundai Sonata-exterior

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata has debuted in Korea.  It is Hyundai’s latest stab at the midsize sedan market, which is always a grand battle to take on.  

Previous generations of the Hyundai Sonata confused me about what the company wants.  This new 2018 Hyundai Sonata is no different.  Each generation looks totally different from the last, which isn’t surprising for auto manufactures really.  But for Hyundai, the Sonata went from an odd bug-eyed thing to a more professional looking sedan, not back closer to it’s first generation with a dash of the Hyundai Elantra in it.  

It looks like a combo of the previous generations into one, which makes for a not-so-bad looking car.  But the Sonata does have some ground to gain in the market.  Its segment is the most aggressive and competitive segment for cars out there, so brands come out full swing when making new cars for the midsize sedan category.  The Sonata seems to constantly come just shy of being a major player, unfortunately.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata may be that car that makes a dent in the market place, or not.  

The Exterior-2018 Hyundai Sonata:


2018 Hyundai Sonata

The front end of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is interesting.  I do like it, there’s just a bit going on.

At first glance, I mistook the 2018 Hyundai Sonata for the Hyundai Elantra, the Sonata’s little brother.  This makes me already question the design of the car, since the last Sonata we saw was a bit more professional and grown-up looking.   Now that the front looks like an Accent, it looks a bit softer.

The front does feature some strong slashes on the outside of the bumper where the secondary intakes and fog lights are, but they are very subtle.  

While I don’t think the front is particularly beautiful, it isn’t ugly either.  The front of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata just looks mass-produced.  

2018 Hyundai Sonata - 2

The rear of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is a much better piece of kit.  The rear end of the previous generation was a good looking, sporty side of the Sonata, and had available quad exhaust pipes that added to the sporty persona.  It was an area that Hyundai did particularly well.

That trend luckily continues for the 2018  Hyundai Sonata.  The tail lights and overall form of the rear end combine smoothly into a focal point in the middle of the rear end, which is great.

Hyundai clearly used Lamborghini as inspiration (I never thought I’d ever say that) for the tail lights that feature three triangles in the pointed lamps.  It actually looks good here.

On the standard model, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata does look a bit softer than the previous generation.  Hyundai’s have their own fan base, personally I believe there is better out there.

The Interior-2018 Hyundai Sonata:

2018 Hyundai Sonata - interior

There’s a big issue I have with the dashboard that you can probably see if you look hard enough.  The air vents and lower controls on the center console are unaligned.  I’m not sure if they did that on purpose, but it’s killing me.  I’m not sure what the plan there was, but the fact the lower part doesn’t properly align with the top part looks painful.

With that all out of the way, it’s not bad in here.  I like the shape of the steering wheel and the paddles are big for shifting which is cool.  While the screen looks smaller than it probably is, things look pretty good inside the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.  

There are less buttons on the inside of the car, and it is pretty much a cleaned up version of the previous generation for the Hyundai Sonata.   

Hyundai is moving in the right direction, considering how absolutely abysmal the interior of the 2013 generation of the Hyundai Sonata was.  So good for them.

The Performance-2018 Hyundai Sonata:

There will be a popular 2.0 T four cylinder engine for the current top-of-the-line 2018 Hyundai Sonata, which is reminiscent of the current model.  The engine produces 245 horses and 260 pound feet of torque.  We could see a bump in power, but that is not confirmed right now.

We also may see a return of the 2.4 L four cylinder engine for base level models.  Each will be paired to a new 7 speed automatic transmission to help the 2018 Hyundai Sonata to do a 0-60 run in 7.2 seconds.  While these times and metrics aren’t necessarily impressive, they aren’t bad.  It is unfortunate that there isn’t a more powerful model out there for us, but it’s Hyundai.  Maybe one day we’ll get a powerful Sonata.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Midsize Sedan
Power Plant: 2.4 L 4-cyl/2.0 L turbo 4-cyl
Gearbox: 6 speed auto/6 speed manual
Power: 200-250 HP
MPG: Up to 35 Highway/25 City (Eco)
Torque: 195 Lb-ft – 260 lb-ft.
Length: Not Available
Width: Not Available
Height: Not Available
Wheelbase: Not Available
Top Speed: Not Available
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Not Available
Base Price: $24,000 (est).


Sum It Up:

While the 2018 Hyundai Sonata isn’t a stunner, nor will it blow your socks off, I believe it will be a strong staple for the brand, as it has been for years.  As with many sedans coming out, they do need to pump some more power from the little car for it to be a serious contender in the sports sedan segment.  I do hope that we see something strong from Hyundai soon, especially since Genesis separated from them.  The 2018 Hyundai Sonata has been redesigned and released in Korea, so we should see a release date for the United States soon.






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