Now deep into its seventh production cycle, the Hyundai Sonata has solidified its place in the top tier of the midsize four-door sedan market due to its attention to exterior styling, interior space, and a generous collection of standard features. For the 2018 model year, Hyundai introduces the SEL to the Sonata's line-up of trims. So, now the car has seven variants: SE, Eco, SEL, Limited, Sport, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T.


With two rows of seats to accommodate up to five occupants, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata provides 106.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. The trunk yields 16.3 cubic feet of luggage space, although you can fold down the bench-style rear seat to expand it into the cabin. You'd have to upgrade to the SEL to get 10-way power adjustability with power lumbar support on the driver's seat, as well as front-seat heating capability. The Limited trim level (i.e., Limited and Limited 2.0T) goes further with power adjustability extended to the front passenger seat, a position memory system for the driver's side, ventilating capability on both front seats, and leather trim for both rows. The Sport trim level (i.e., Sport and Sport 2.0T) shares the enhancements and additions of the Limited. However, it has leather-and-cloth racing-style seats instead of leather upholstery. The Sport 2.0T particularly stands out with its leather-wrapped D-cut steering wheel with paddle shifters. At the base level, the new Sonata includes Bluetooth connectivity with phonebook transfer ability, auxiliary jacks and a USB port for connecting mobile media devices, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone-based infotainment control, a rearview camera for enhancing monitoring of reverse driving, Hyundai's BlueLink suite of car care services, and a six-speaker stereo system that comes with a 7-inch color screen among its standard features. The SEL also comes with proximity key entry, which includes push-button engine ignition. With the Limited, the Sonata is further enhanced with dual automatic temperature control, auto dimming on the rearview mirror to tame rear headlight glare, and HomeLink for remote-controlling garage doors. The Sport trim level stands out with its aluminum pedals and sports-style instrument cluster, and the luxury-oriented Limited trim level is unique in its woodgrain cabin trim. Go with the Limited 2.0T if you want wireless phone charging capability, a nine-speaker 400-watt audio system, and an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with a complimentary SiriusXM Travel Link subscription.


For the 2018 model year, the Sonata sticks with the second-generation "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, which gives it a more aggressive, sharper-edged profile than the previous production cycle. Hyundai uses a unibody construction for the Sonata instead of body-on-frame for a greater level of sturdiness stability and sturdiness. At the base level, the 2018 Sonata has halogen headlights, a rear spoiler, power side mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels among its standard exterior features. You'd need to go up to the SEL to get LED daytime running light accents on the headlights, heating capability and turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors, a hands-free smart trunk opener, and the replacement of 16-inch alloy wheels with 17s. Longer-lasting LED headlight bulbs with dynamic bending light technology to turn them in the direction of the steering wheel appear on the Limited trim level. And true to its racing orientation, the Sport trim level comes with a dual exhaust system, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, and a sports-style grille and front fascia. Notably, the Sport 2.0T rides on 18-inch alloys, instead of 16- or 17-inch ones.


The new Hyundai Sonata uses the standard MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension setup. However, for a tighter, firmer driving feel, go with the Sport 2.0T variant, which has a sports-tuned suspension. The 2018 Sonata relies on motor-driven power steering, which means that the car uses a standalone power source (an electric motor), rather than sapping power from the engine.


The standard engine on the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is the Theta, which is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder (I4) engine that generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. However, if you go with the Sport or Limited trim level, you go with the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 version of the Theta engine, which generates 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque-thus the "2.0T" prefix. The aptly named Eco is the trim to go for if gas mileage is of utmost importance to you. It maximizes Sonata fuel economy with its unique powertrain, which consists of a tiny, 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 (178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque) and the 7-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission. The other trims get a 6-speed automatic transmission.


The 2018 Sonata has a robust list of standard safety features that include electronic stability control, the aforementioned rearview camera, powered all-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and nine airbags. Also, for the first time in the sedan's history, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist-once reserved for the upper trims-is standard on all variants. However, you'd want to go with the Limited 2.0T if you need a lot more advanced safety features, such as automatic high beam assist and a rear parking assistance system. And the Sport 2.0T trim comes with larger front disc brakes for enhanced stopping ability.

Ready for the brand-new, 2018 Hyundai Sonata? Then come see us at Arapahoe Hyundai, a Centennial Hyundai dealership that has been serving Centennial drivers since we opened our doors in 2002. We are the ideal Denver-area spot for a 2018 Hyundai Sonata for Centennial Colorado. Call Arapahoe Hyundai today to set up an appointment with one of our expert Hyundai Sonata specialists.

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