2018 Hyundai Sonata Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $22,935 | Price yours
Above Average: Roominess, interior appeal, infotainment, warranty
Below Average: Less and less
Consensus: Still a features-per-dollar standout, with increasingly well-rounded appeal
One of the segment's A players
The Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan has been significantly updated for 2018 with more muscular styling outside, a more elegant design inside and improved driving feel. And it still boasts one of the lowest starting prices in the segment.
The Sonata has been a huge success for Hyundai, so much so that Hyundai owners are now among the most loyal shoppers at KBB.com, trailing only Toyota, Lexus and Honda in percentage of new-car shoppers researching their current vehicle brand for their next purchase.
The Sonata's powertrain is among its many strengths, even with the base engine, as noted in our 2018 Hyundai Sonata review: "Already lauded for its comfort, Hyundai updated the Sonata's suspension to improve handling and reduce body roll. While the ride is firmer, comfort wasn’t sacrificed in the process. The standard 2.4-liter has enough power to satisfy most drivers, with ample acceleration and passing power, and decent fuel economy."
Sonata Sport 2.0T
While the 2.4-liter engine powers most Sonatas and the Sonata Eco's 1.6-liter is the fuel-economy leader, those whose blood runs hotter should consider the Sonata Sport 2.0T. Its turbocharged engine puts out 245 horsepower run through a new 8-speed automatic transmission, while a dual-pinion steering rack further improves steering feel compared to other Sonatas.
Hyundai recently unveiled the 2018 Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show. They receive the same updated styling, interior and safety and infotainment features as the gas-powered Sonatas.
Hyundai Sonata Shoppers Also Look At
KBB.com visitor and Hyundai Sonata owner niknik1214 was choosing between the Malibu and the Sonata and chose the Hyundai: "Pros: Looks great inside & out, handles well, comfortable for long legs/wide hips, factory warranty. Cons: When rear defrost is on you cant hear the radio well, seats could have a little more cushion but truly doesnt affect my ride, factory tires are loud (as noted in other reviews) so I look forward to replacing them. For the money, you can't beat this vehicle. Best Hyundai I've owned." Read more Hyundai Sonata consumer reviews.
Build and Price
Good looks and newfound popularity haven't gone to the Hyundai Sonata's head, as it remains a great value. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata starts at just under $23,000 and tops out at under $34,000 for a fully loaded Limited 2.0T model. Build and price your own 2018 Hyundai Sonata to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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