Many carmakers are redoing family sedans and Hyundai is not about to be left behind. The Sonata has all-new front and rear styling, and more features are now standard.
The loaded Limited model, one of seven trim levels, has premium features like LED headlights. All Sonatas are front-wheel-drive only.
The interior is redesigned as well. The Limited gets heated and ventilated front seats. Our review car has the optional Ultimate package that includes a larger eight-inch touchscreen navigation system.
Two long rows of buttons is an efficient way to package controls but finding the one you want while driving is distracting. Some electronic driving aids like blind spot detection and cross traffic alert are now standard on all trims.
The automatic is a six-speed. Some other Sonatas get an eight-speed.
Row two is very roomy and the Ultimate package includes side sunscreens.
There are lots of cars now where you can open the trunk if you have the key in your pocket by just passing your leg under the bumper. It’s even easier with the Sonata – just stand behind the car for a second and the trunk opens. Inside, you’ll find a generous 16.3 cubic feet.
The Limited gets a 2.4-liter four with 185 horsepower. Two other fours are available.
It’s definitely not quick, but acceleration is acceptable. Handling is on the soft side.
So, for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited, I say thumbs up to the value, roomy interior, and quiet ride; thumbs down to confusing rows of control buttons.
I averaged about 27 miles per gallon. The as-tested sticker is $31,310.