Not only is the 2018 Hyundai Sonata a breathtaking piece of modern art, it’s also as efficient and safe as and model before it—yes, even the sixth-generation model that so many of you adore. Although the team at our Hyundai dealership near Kansas City isn’t surprised at how superb this Sonata looks and handles, you might find yourself in awe when the spotlight shines on it. Hyundai engineers injected this new Sonata with some pizzazz, and it’s apparent from the moment the driver-side door swings open.
Read on to see what’s new with this 2018 Sonata, or come into McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai to see why Hyundai’s designers have outdone themselves.
Sonata’s New Threads
Inheriting what worked best from the earlier models while also improving what didn’t, the 2018 midsize Sonata is looking real good in its new outfit.
A redesigned rear end is matched by the new hexagon grille up in the front—this “cascading grille” is the new standard across Hyundai’s lineup—and a longer sloped hood that’s reminiscent of what you’d spot on a hatchback. Upgraded LED headlights (with Dynamic Bending Light) illuminate roads just as much as they do the sultry, splendid and modernized lines of the Sonata’s new front fender. It’s an aggressive approach to a sedan that was once “too bland” for some drivers—and we like the new direction.
The charm continues when you head up the chain from the base Sonata SE to the range-topping Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models. A chrome-tipped dual exhaust gives it that performance-car look, which is greatly emphasized by novel glossy dark window trims and 18-inch sport-inspired wheels. There’s even a soft-touch button located on the rear logo, which opens an incredibly spacious trunk (16.3 cubic feet, to be exact).
Peak Performance Pique Your Interest?
Carried over from last year are two familiar engines: a 2.4L inline-four (185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque) and a 2.0L turbo-four (245 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque) that can be married to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. (An additional 1.6L twin-turbo engine that makes 178 hp is standard on the Sonata Eco model.)
Spry around turns as much as it is quick to merge onto busy Kansas City highways, the Sonata is a smooth-shifting sedan that offers four drive modes: Sport, Comfort, Eco, and Smart. Sport mode is a fan-favorite for obvious reasons—thanks to improved verve and responsiveness during downshifts, among other benefits—but the Smart option makes use of all the Sonata’s best performance features while also accounting for the driver’s input. Either mode you select, the Sonata handles just about anything well.
With respect to fuel economy, the 2018 Sonata SE is currently the best of the bunch, earning a combined 29 mpg. We expect the Sonata Eco to return a higher clip once tested by the EPA.
Modern Features & Creature Comforts
Removed from the latest Sonata are pricier upper-level features such as a panoramic moonroof and heated rear seats. Additions include a wireless charging pad (standard on the Limited 2.0T), rear USB ports, a tidied-up central stack, traditional moonroof, and an available 8-inch display that is accentuated by a silver border.
According to Hyundai, the new Sonata offers more interior volume (122.4 cubic feet) than any other vehicle in its class. With the enormous trunk, is this Sonata the largest midsize on the market? Probably so, but it’s got more than just space to keep your comfortable. Depending on the trim level, you can expect to find premium leather seats, a D-cut steering wheel with paddle shifters, Hyundai Blue Link infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, ventilated front seats, dual automatic AC, aluminum pedals, and woodgrain accents.
Some say that it’s the little things that matter, but Hyundai says otherwise, answering the prayers of the Sonata faithful by offering standard Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist on all new trims. Also standard on the top-tier Limited 2.0T is a new lane-keeping assist system that nudges the Sonata back on course after a lane-marker breakup. Smart Cruise Control (adaptive cruise control) is a game-changing addition that makes Kansas City’s rush hour traffic feel like a relaxing vacation, especially considering how comfy the seats are.
Find Your Sonata at McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai
An aggressive new design and standard safety features have made the 2018 Sonata as much of a threat as ever in the midsize sedan market. It’s a reimagined masterpiece that puts all those other cookie-cutter cars on your block to shame. Bring it home today by stopping by our Blue Springs Hyundai dealership at 3000 NW South Outer Rd, and you’ll become the envy of everyone in the neighborhood.
To schedule a test drive in the new 2018 Sonata or any of our other new Hyundai models or used cars, simply call our sales team at (816) 285-3252. Be sure to ask about your auto financing options and any Hyundai offers that might help you save some cash, too!
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