The Hyundai Sonata has been in its seventh generation for a couple of years now. It is a mid-sized sedan that has been, well, a boring commuter car - until now. Hyundai gave their newest model a new hood that gives the car a bolder look and styled the sides to inconspicuously draw the eye to the rear end, which was also updated. That's not all they changed, though. Find out more about the new Sonata with these answers to some of the questions you may have.
Is the new Hyundai Sonata different from last year's model?
In addition to the new, more attractive body style, the Sonata was given a new front and rear fascia with optional lights embedded in the lower front fascia and redesigned taillamps. The Sonata badge now spans the width of the rear end, and there is a hidden trunk-release button located in the Hyundai logo.
Hyundai improved the suspension, too, and made the steering more responsive. An eight-speed automatic transmission accompanies the 2-L turbocharged direct-injected inline-four engine for 2018, rather than the old six-speed transmission. The Sonata got newly designed wheels, too.
The interior of the Sonata has been only slightly changed for 2018 with a redesigned shift knob as well as new buttons for the heater/air conditioner and radio. The front vents have been updated, and there is no longer a CD player in the Sonata. It now has a 7" or 8" touchscreen infotainment screen.
How many Sonata trim levels are available?
There are seven trim levels for the Sonata. The trims are the SE, Eco, SEL, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T.
How much does a Sonata cost?
The starting MSRP for a base model Sonata SE is $19,300. The Limited 2.0T, which is the top of the Sonata line, starts out at $29,700.
Does the new Sonata get good gas mileage?
The Eco trim is the most fuel efficient. It gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The SE, SEL, Sport and Limited trims get 25 mpg in the city and 35 to 36 mpg on the highway. The Sport and Limited trims are the least fuel efficient. They get 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Is there a hybrid Sonata?
Yes, there is a Sonata hybrid. The Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid aren't available yet, but they are expected to be out very soon. The new hybrid has been given the same upgrades as the regular 2018 Sonata. Prices haven't been announced yet, although they probably won't be much different from the 2017 models. A 2017 SE hybrid starts at $26,000, the Limited trim is $30,100, the Plug-in Hybrid is $34,600, and the Plug-in Limited starts out at $38,600.
Do Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard in the new Sonata?
Yes, this is one of the improvements for. All Sonatas come with Blue Link connectivity suite, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Wireless charging comes standard in the Limited 2.0T trim and is an available option in the Limited trim.
What safety features does the new Sonata have?
A rearview camera, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist are standard in all new Sonatas. Rear parking sensors are optional in the Limited trim and standard in the Limited 2.0T trim. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist are standard in the Limited 2.0T trim and optional in the SEL and Limited trims.
Is there a better mid-size sedan than the Sonata?
The Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Kia Optima are well worth taking for a test drive for comparison. They are all good, comfortable, roomy mid-size sedans. The Camry and Accord are slightly more expensive cars that are more fuel efficient than the Sonata. The Camry gets 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, but it costs $23,495 to $34,950 and Apply CarPlay, and Android Auto are not available options. The Accord gets 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway and costs $23,570 to $35,800. The Kia Optima costs about the same as the Sonata and gets exactly the same mileage.