2018 HYUNDAI SONATA
2018 HYUNDAI SONATA
The redesigned 2018 HYUNDAI Sonata enters the market with a new look from the front, side and rear thanks to a "cascading grill", a more assertive profile and an entirely new rear; showcasing a clean and handsome approach with reimagined, slim taillights.
Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio with American aesthetic tastes in mind, the new HYUNDAI Sonata 2018 is bold, daring and beautiful. The 2018 HYUNDAI Sonata made its North American debut today at the New York International AutoShow.
Supplementing the bodywork, the 2018 HYUNDAI Sonata now lights the way with LED daytime running lights. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path and add to HYUNDAI Sonata’s already radiant posture. The same standout style continues in the rear with sharp taillight design and enlarged Hyundai badge, which now cleverly houses the trunk release button. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs cap off its new look.
Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s catching new looks. The trend carries down to gauge dial design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch.
The new HYUNDAI Sonata 2018 has a refined chassis with improved ride and handling. To achieve this feat, talented engineers increased the torsion bar stiffness within the steering system by 12%, which improves steering response and feel in all conditions. They then enhanced that improvement further with new steering calibration, focusing on responsiveness and on-center steering feel. Previous ratings for ride, handling and NVH showed customers were quite satisfied, so engineers just reset an already high bar.
In addition to these steering changes, the HYUNDAI Sonata received an updated rear suspension. The trailing arms are 21% thicker, making them stiffer and better able to manage heavy suspension loads. New bushings work with the new suspension arms to allow for more ride compliance and yet quicken response time to control all other wheel motions. The result is a communicative, nimble and comfortable sedan.
For the top-of-the-line powertrain, there’s even more. The 245 horsepower 2.0-l. turbocharged engine now includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, which adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds. The eight-speed allows for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. The 2.0-l. turbo models roll on 18-in. wheels, now with Michelin tires.
COMPELLING COMFORT AND SAFETY
The 2018 HYUNDAI Sonata features a standard seven-in. color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Speaking of smartphones, driver and passenger alike can keep them charged without a plug using the available Qi standard wireless charging pad. HYUNDAI Sonata now adds a second row USB charge port, a nod to today’s connected rear-seat passengers. Available navigation systems now come with a bird’s eye view feature as well as traffic flow and incident data, without ever having to pay a subscription for the service.
The HYUNDAI Sonata offers more safety features in 2018. In addition to seven standard airbags ( side, dual fron and curtain, as well as driver’s knee) and a battery of safety systems (VSM, EBD, BA, ESC, TCS, ABS, and TPMS) comes BSD (Blind Spot Detection) with RCTA (Rear Cross-Traffic Alert). The HYUNDAI Sonata is the only Midsize car sold with this safety technology as standard equipment. Despite drivers spending a tiny amount of time in reverse, one-quarter of all accidents happen when someone is backing up. BSD with RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, there’s also a new Lane Departure Warning system with an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available.
As our cars become a mobile extension of the connected world, Blue Link continues to add more features to integrate your life. Blue Link now talks to Amazon Echo, allowing you to control your car inside your home, or wherever the Amazon device is located.