2018 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size Car
Best Mid-Size Car: 2018 Hyundai Sonata
There's obviously value in doing a mid-cycle refresh as the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has shown by taking the top spot among midsize sedans in 5-Year Cost to Own rankings. Hyundai has always been about value, offering a longer warranty and attractive pricing on all its products, and the Sonata sedan is no exception. For 2018, the car has been facelifted with a bolder, more expressive front clip along with updates to the interior.
On the value front, the Sonata starts out at less than $23,000, which contributes to the overall low ownership cost over five years. There's plenty of variants to match not only your budget, but also your appetite for performance. For the economy minded, there's the aptly named Eco, which has a 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The combo delivers 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway, stellar performance for a 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. Most models are equipped with a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine in SE, SEL, Sport and Limited Trims. At the top end are the 245-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder-powered Sport and Limited 2.0T models, which also benefit from 8-speed automatic transmissions.
On the tech front, the Sonata has a 7-inch touch screen display, 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity, a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Safety features include blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist.
With its freshened looks, high feature content and wide range of engine choices, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata offers plenty of room, good performance and above all, low operating costs, making it a solid choice in the midsize family sedan category.
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2nd Place Finisher: 2018 Kia Optima
In addition to its ability to deliver low operating costs, the 2018 Kia Optima adds tech updates on its 2018 models, making a 7-inch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard.
3rd Place Finisher: 2018 Toyota Camry
High resale value is one of the calling cards for the 2018 Toyota Camry. Completely reworked for 2018, the Camry has an all-new chassis that greatly improves its agility.
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- Best Subcompact Car
- Best Compact Car
- Best Mid-Size Car
- Best Full-Size Car
- Best Sporty Compact Car
- Best Sports Car
- Best High Performance Car
- Best Entry-Level Luxury Car
- Best Luxury Car
- Best High-End Luxury Car
- Best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car
- Best Electric Vehicle
- Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck
- Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
- Best Minivan