2018 Hyundai Sonata: What we liked and didn't like

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata sedan is an all-around ride with its pleasing aesthetics, smooth performance, an impressive list of safety features and available add-ons and its affordable price tag.

The 2018 Sonata underwent a redesign from the 2017 model with some of the most notable changes including changes to its hood, front fenders, trunk, front and rear fascia, headlights, taillights and grille. Some of the changes including some styling changes, and the use of new sheet metal on the hood, front fenders and trunk, and non-sheet metal on the front and rear fascia, headlights and taillights. 

Before we get into things, let's take a look at some of the changes to the sedan's exterior. First, the 2017 model: 

2017 Sonata

Now for the redesigned 2018 model:  

2018 Sonata

What I liked: 

The fact that a lot of features and tech come standard with the Sonata, and that any of them can be added. Add in the fact that these features managed to be completely effective without feeling intrusive, sign me up.

When I first checked out the exterior and finally sat inside and examined the interior, I was personally blown away at the price of this car. I've been in cars much more expensive that weren't as roomy or comfortable or even looked as good as this one did on the inside and out. The Sonata is one good-looking car, and Hyundai did a great job on the 2018 model's redesign to incorporate parts of the Genesis exterior design and streamlining the features on the inside. After driving it for a week, I was nearly left empty-handed in the complaint department because it has everything someone looking for a reliable sedan could want. 

It's roomy and comfortable on the inside, is loaded with safety features, has an impressive amount of trunk storage and feels much more luxurious than ever given credit for.

What I didn't like: 

Just because I feel like I have to slightly gripe about something, for the Sonata's looks and feels on the inside and out, it really lacks a punch. The Sport mode didn't change much, and that 185 horsepower makes it feel a little weak when compared to other sedans of its size. 

The Sonata comes with three different powertrain options in the 2.4-liter I had, the 1.6-liter Eco that makes 178 horsepower with improved fuel economy and the 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo that spikes its horsepower capabilities to 245 and its torque to 260-pounds. The 2.0-liter is available with the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models that range in price from $25,600 to $30,450. 

This lacking of horsepower doesn't stand out until you truly start to look and feel for it, so I wouldn't let that fact keep any prospective buyers away. 

Source: Minnesota Live

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