• 2018 Hyundai Sonata: Top Five Surprising Facts [Video]


    2018 Sonata

    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.

    2018 Sonata

    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:

    2018 Sonata
    • 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!

    2018 Sonata


    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    16 thoughts on “2018 Hyundai Sonata: Top Five Surprising Facts [Video]

    1. I’m not much of a Hyundai Sonata fanboy but, I really like the way it looks. I just wish they had a manual transmission, but not many competitors do. Wonder what Honda do with their Accord

    2. It sucks they got rid of the panoramic sunroof. I recently had a rental that had one, and man how I loved it. My next car will surely have one. Guess I’ll be taking a look at the Camry. 🙂

      1. From someone who works at Hyundai, the panoramic sunroof will be available on the new model. They’re being built, just took a while to roll them out. Buy a Hyundai! 🙂

    3. This thing looks amazing it’s turbo and decently priced .that steering wheel looks exactly like the sonic rs steering wheel.

    4. It’s crazy to me that Kia/Hyundais have the second worst exhaust note next to all the Ecoboost vehicles secondly that trunk button will wear out due to weather like snow ,co philly PA New York high heat Az ,Blythe ca palm desert ca or just from quality but it is a sexy vehicle

    5. So do you have official word the plug in 2018 Sonata won’t be until at least January 2018? I’m really looking for a plug in car bigger than the Volt, but not too much more money.

      1. Since the 2018s are just a mid-cycle refresh, I’d look at a new 2016-2017 Plug In Sonata for a good discount. Also check out the Ford Fusion Plug In hybrid.

    6. All new Sonado’s especially the sport 20 should come equipped with navigation because it already has a touch screen it’s ridiculous that you have to use Apple CarPlay very disappointed in that and also their blue link is a poor man’s on star it doesn’t do anything but with on star you can make phone calls ask directions etc. it’s just totally ridiculous

      1. I prefer to use my phone’s interface, rather then spend $1000 on Navigation, then pay a hundred dollars to update the maps every year. Just use Apple Carplay or Android Auto to make calls and ask for directions.

    7. Sonata is a gorgeous car but a gorgeous car that has high jacked it’s style from the Avalon fusion and lines of an Infiniti In some respects. It’s a gorgeous car great job on the design just wish it was their own design.

    8. I have a 2015 Hyundai LTD 2.0 Turbo and has Panoramic roof (no longer available), grey interior (no longer available-only black), black accents in interior (rather than tacky silver in 2018), clean front and back signage (NOW BIG ‘SONATA’ on back-tacky) – I’ll stick with my 2015 – love it even more after seeing your video… Whoever thought this was an aesthetic improvement should be sent far, far, away…

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