2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited Sedan (Review)

The Hyundai Sonata Limited is a stylish, well appointed, four-door, mid-size sedan with smooth on the road performance, and a sleek design that is like no other in its class. The Sonata has a refined, upscale, comfortable, and luxurious exterior/interior, which is amazingly similar to more expensive luxury vehicles, such as the Audi A4 and Lexus ES, with technologically advanced features, excellent fuel economy, and top of the line performance that make the Sonata a real competitor with some of the world’s most popular sedans.

The Sonata has received a refresh for the 2018 model year, but has not been completely redesigned since 2015 and comes in six trim levels- SE, SEL, Eco, Sport, Limited, and Limited 2.0T.

The Sonata SE comes equipped with a 185-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has ample power for daily driving, but if you want more power, there are two turbocharged four-cylinder engines available. The top level trims come fitted with a powerful 245-horsepower engine that delivers more powerful performance and better acceleration.

The base SE trim has a starting MSRP of $22,050 and includes- air conditioning, power steering, a 7-inch touch-screen display, smartphone connectivity, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with volume controls, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, a Blue Link infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, USB and auxiliary ports, and yields an estimated 24 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.  A power sunroof, wireless device charging, a 9-speaker Infinity premium sound system, satellite radio, and a bigger 8-inch touch screen with navigation are available.

The fuel-efficient Sonata Eco comes fitted with a 178-horsepower engine, has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of the standard 6-speed automatic that is in the base trim, and delivers the best fuel economy of all the trims.

The Sonata SEL has an MSRP of $23,700 and comes with the same standard features as the base SE trim, but adds heated front seats, satellite radio, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and HD Radio. A technology package is available for the SEL and offers automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and lane keep assist.

Standard features for the Sport trim include- a power sunroof and sport seats, but there are no package options for the Sport. If more power is desired, Hyundai has an engine upgrade option, which offers the 2.0T, which is a powerful, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 245- horsepower, quick acceleration, and excellent fuel economy, and yields 33 mpg on the highway.  An Ultimate package is available and adds wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, automatic emergency braking, and an Infinity sound system.

Safety features on all trim models include- front-impact airbags, tire-pressure monitor, brake assist, occupancy classification sensor, traction control, driver and front passenger side impact airbags, active front head restraints, front and rear seat head-protection curtains, brake assist, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution, and electronic stability control.

Interior features are quite impressive, especially with the Sonata Limited trim level.  In fact, the Limited is the most luxurious, highly appointed model in the Sonata lineup and comes fitted with either a standard or turbocharged engine, leather seats, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear console mounted vents, 360-watt sound system, heated front/rear seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, turn signal indicators in the outside mirrors, auto dimming rearview mirror with compass, wood grain or piano black interior trim accents, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.  The Limited Navigation Package adds a rearview camera, intuitive navigation system, premium sound, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Hyundai Sonata has a spacious front and rear cabin and can seat five passengers comfortably, providing enough head/leg room for taller passengers.  The interior of the Limited model is beautiful with ergonomic, supportive, and plush leather seats, which make the vehicle a great choice for long road trips. There is plenty of cargo space-16.4 cubic feet, to accommodate large bags, small furniture items, boxes, and luggage.

The Hyundai Sonata has an impressive exterior that from many angles appears a lot like a luxury sedan.  In my opinion, it could easily be mistaken for a Mercedes, Audi, or a Lexus. Hyundai did an excellent job of designing the Sonata, giving it an upscale appearance, without the high price tag.  It is classified as “mid-size”, but really has larger dimensions that are similar to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Even though the Sonata looks similar to some expensive luxury sedans, it definitely has a unique style that is all its own with delicate, fluidic creases along the sides of the vehicle that move toward and inward from the side frames of the windshield, attracting attention to the striking chrome grille and Hyundai logo.  The exterior rear is elegant with soft, curved lines, and minimized taillights.

Interior amenities in the Limited model are luxurious with refined, chrome-like plastic trim, glossy faux wood grain accents, an attractive dashboard, and a stylish middle console area.

On the road, the Hyundai Sonata Limited provides a smooth and quiet ride, with minimal road noise.  It also has a regal and composed feel to it while driving and handles like a luxury vehicle, gliding over rough surfaces effortlessly, and accelerating quickly with strong, accurate braking in heavy traffic.

If you have been looking for a “luxury” type mid-size sedan that is fun to drive, stylish inside and out, spacious, comfortable, fuel efficient, and affordable, then I highly recommend taking a look at the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited.

To find out more about the Hyundai Sonata Limited, please visit- www.hyundaiusa.com

 

 

 

 

 

Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

 

 

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