The 2018 Hyundai Sonata has been significantly upgraded with several exterior updates. Hyundai invited TFLcar to test their newest offering in San Diego, California – and, while we can’t discuss driving impressions until July 17th, we can tell you what Hyundai did to update the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.
Unfortunately, the Hyundai Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid, along with the 1.6-liter, turbocharged equipped Sonatas were unavailable to test. These Hyundai Sonatas will be available by the end of the summer (1.6-turbo) or early 2018 (2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and plug-in hybrid). The hybrid and hybrid plug-in are built in Korea and the other models are built in Alabama.
Competing in a shrinking, yet still competitive class, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata goes toe-to-toe against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Nissan Altima. The Hyundai Sonata has been in our North American market since 1989 and, since then, 2.8-million have been sold. The Hyundai Sonata makes up 31-percent of all Hyundais sold.
Here is a preview of what our video in store for you:
- Revised eight-speed automatic (the powerplant is a carryover)
- Updated interior and infotainment
- Upgraded rear suspension
- Hidden trunk release
- Significantly revised exterior design
In this video, we get a chance to get some wheel time and find a few surprises!