Hyundai’s midsize Sonata sedan, completely redesigned for model year 2016, received significant upgrades for 2018. Modifications to the sheet metal, steering, and suspension give the Sonata a bolder look and sharpen its handling. It carries over into 2019 unchanged.
The Sonata’s cabin is exceptionally attractive and spacious, with upscale materials, a thoughtfully designed dash, and supportive, comfortable seating. The interior looks and feels costlier than it is, with brushed aluminum accents on the shift lever and around the instruments, leather-covered front seats that are ventilated and power adjustable, and heating/AC vents for rear passengers.
Despite its suspension changes, the Sonata is still no sports sedan. Its forte is serene, long-distance cruising, though its precise steering and smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission make it a pleasure to drive around town as well. Visibility is excellent all around, and there’s plenty of room in the trunk. Fuel economy—28 mpg in combined driving—is commendable, too.
Finally, it’s hard to beat Hyundai for value. Our test car—the top trim level of non-turbo Sonatas—listed for just under $31,000, including suites of safety and convenience features. Lower trim levels, starting at less than $24,000, also offer excellent value. A 5-year/60,000-mile standard warranty and a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS are icing on the cake.
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Model years: 2018–2019
Vehicle layout: Midsize 4-door sedan, 2.4-liter inline 4 (185 hp), 6-speed automatic, FWD
MSRP, base model: $22,500 (base), $32,000 (well equipped)
MPG, city/hwy/combined: 25/35/28
Crash-test ratings: NHTSA: 5 stars overall; IIHS: good (all ratings), Top Safety Pick Plus
Basic warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles
Final assembly: United States
Spare tire: Compact temporary