After the introduction of the seventh generation Sonata for the 2015 model year, the mid-size sedan benefits from the mid-cycle update of its 2018 version. The changes on model’s appearance are extensive but the model also hides some important upgrades under its polished skin. The better steering response is expected thanks to the revised electric power steering system but some suspension upgrades should also lead to more composed ride.
The mechanical changes also include a newly available 8-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai also updated the interior design but there is also the new Sport trim alongside the new convenience features and upgraded infotainment and tech features. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid will follow the conventionally powered models with similar upgrades early next year.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Design
The 2018 Sonata is more appealing to see thanks to some significant updates on its styling. The new hood has attractive creases and it flows into the new grille which Hyundai named “signature cascading grille. The new front end also includes refreshed headlights and more sculpted front bumper.
The profile also gets slightly reshaped fenders and side sills. The rear also follows the front and profile with the redesigned trunk lid, taillights and rear fascia.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid should follow the similar pattern and should also add new 16- and 17-inch wheels.
The cabin of Hyundai’s mid-size sedan will feature less radical changes but they will be notable. The model should get new multi-functional steering wheel alongside the refreshed instrument cluster and HVAC controls. The base 7-inch screen will manage updated infotainment features and Hyundai fans will also notice new trim accents.
The hybrid is expected to return in two trim options with well-equipped base trim. It will cover 16-inch alloys, fog lights, dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch infotainment interface with smartphone compatibility features, keyless entry and ignition, etc.
The upper trim version will add larger 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear air vents, upgraded infotainment system and additional safety systems.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Powertrain
Conventionally powered Sonatas continues with the same engine options and familiar power and torque figures. However, new for the 2018 version is the 8-speed automatic transmission available with the 2.0-liter turbo engine. The new Sonata also promises improved body control, handling and overall comfort thanks to improvements made on its electric steering system and suspension.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid should also get revised suspension and steering system but changes are not expected on its power hardware. The current version combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the electric motor for the total power output of 193 horsepower. The model also has lithium-ion battery placed in the trunk area.
The Sonata Hybrid should return 42 mpg on the combined cycle. However, Hyundai might surprise with the more powerful electric motor which would improve model’s performance.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Arrival, Price
The refreshed Sonata is already available with the conventional powertrains. The base models are about $100 more expensive. However, some trims are even cheaper than on the current version. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid should arrive early next year alongside the plug-in version. The price should stay close to the current level.