Consumer preferences might be changing from cars to crossovers these days, but 2018 is showing to be a watershed year for the mid-size family members sedan, starting with all-new, vastly improved variations of both leading vendors: the Toyota Camry and also the Honda Accord. Hyundai additionally is bringing a freshened version of its seventh-generation Sonata, tested right here in its most powerful as well as elegant 2.0 T Restricted form.
With its fresh designing and also miscellaneous renovations within-- along with a new eight-speed automatic transmission for its most powerful engine, the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-- the Sonata strikes numerous a nice note. However it's still a beat behind the course leaders, less as a result of any kind of particular problem compared to the large truth that the Accord (as well as the Camry as well as the Mazda 6, to name a few) additionally keep jazzing up their tunes.
When the current-generation Sonata launched for 2015, its designing was mainly received with a collective "meh." To be reasonable, the swoopy sixth-generation Sonata was a challenging act to follow, however whereas that version evoked the Mercedes-Benz CLS to excellent result, the 2015 design's creased sheetmetal and also angular visuals components appeared solemn and also indifferent.
For the 2018 model's mid-cycle update, Hyundai has included some drama back to the Sonata's layout without overdoing it. One of the most notable modification is in advance, where a protuberant hexagonal grille currently consumes the lion's share of the real estate. The 2.0 T Limited obtains the Sport cut's extra hostile front and back fascias and also includes glossy new LED headlamps as well as taillamps. The triangular outboard air intakes contain upright strips of LED running lights that are clever littles layout themselves. The Sonata additionally sports a chiseled brand-new hood as well as resculpted front fenders. Out back is a smooth new trunklid and a broad, flat brand-new bumper. The various other significant body panels are not new, yet the considerable modifications at each end make the entire car look as if it is, specifically with the dark gloss therapy related to the mesh grille, body trim, and also 18-inch wheels of Sporting activity and also Limited designs with the 2.0-liter engine.
Much less apparent but substantial however are the Sonata's cabin refinements, which got on full screen in this range-topping trim level. Initially, call us traditional, but we such as the simplicity of procedure of smartly set out switches and also handles, as in this Hyundai, which now look a lot more innovative with some silver finishes. The Limited's touchscreen has expanded from 7.0 to 8.0 inches, with the bordering air vents on either side growing larger subsequently. Silver "3D Tech" cut on the doors as well as control panel, a flat-bottom wheel, blue piping as well as comparison stitching, and also aluminum-trimmed pedals go some way toward justifying this design's $33,335 starting price, which is 50 percent higher than that of a base Sonata. Nonetheless, Hyundai's swarming use difficult plastics-- especially in much less obvious areas, such as inside the glovebox and also the center-console armrest-- indicates no one will certainly error the Sonata Limited for a Lexus ES350.
In the rear, passengers have lots of vast room while resting on the comfortable, leather-upholstered bench seat, yet they are surrounded by blackness: black hard-plastic front seatbacks, black door panels, black carpeting, as well as a black headliner-- with however a little spot of the abovementioned silver trim to relieve the grief. Not helping matters is the replacement of the scenic sunroof that was typical on in 2014's 2.0 T Limited with a front-row-only sunroof. As well as during the night, the rear dome light's yellow-colored incandescent glow clashes with the awesome white LEDs consumed front.
The turbo 2.0-liter four makes the exact same 245 horse power and 260 lb-ft of torque as in the past, yet velocity improves slightly with the new eight-speed automated. Our examination car hit 60 miles per hour in 6.8 secs, almost half a second quicker compared to a 2016 2.0 T Sport design. But it still does not beat the 6.7-second time of the 2015 Sonata Eco model, which uses a 178-hp 1.6-liter turbo four. It's likewise way off the existing high-water mark of 5.5 seconds for four-cylinder family members sedans, set by the 2018 Accord with its 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter and also 10-speed automatic. And also despite the transmission's larger proportion spread, the 2018 model saw no enhancement in gas economic situation, earning the same 23-mpg city and also 32-mpg freeway EPA rankings; we balanced 22 mpg overall versus 23 mpg with the previous cars and truck.
The numerous chassis tweaks can be credited with increasing the dealing with limitations without destroying the Sonata's positive trip-- that's even more excellent news. The Sonata still steers with accuracy today grips dramatically better compared to before, signing up 0.88 g at the skidpad compared with 0.82 g for the 2016 version. The bad news is that its stopping range of 173 feet from 70 miles per hour was 6 feet much longer than before and also is on the lengthy side for the segment at large.
Efficiency isn't what brings most consumers to Hyundai, nonetheless-- worth is. And this cars and truck does have a long listing of facilities beyond also those we've currently mentioned, including retracting rear-window sunshades, a premium Infinity stereo, home heating for the front seats and the guiding wheel, and aerated front seats with three settings (the strongest which is cool enough to provide you frostbite). The 2.0 T Limited also obtains all the Sonata's readily available safety and security items as standard, including blind-spot caution, automatic high-beams, curve-following headlamps, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, the newly included lane-keeping help, and also a lot more.
The freshened 2018 Sonata is unlikely to break the Camry/Accord juggernaut's hang on the top of the sales graph, yet it does look and own far better compared to previously. It hence provides one more engaging debate against clients in the sedan market "crossing over" from a sedan to a crossover.