An example of just how far Hyundai has come, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is a statement of what a midsize sedan should be. The perfect combination of sensibility, efficiency, safety, and technology wrapped up into a stylish package that is attractive and timeless. It’s something you’ll be pleased to look at for years, which is good, because it also comes with one of the best warranties in the business – so it’ll be around for years.
What kind of engine is in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata?
A midsize sedan needs to strike the balance of confident power and everyday economy, and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata does just that.
Underneath the hood you have the option of three different engines, each with their own perks. The standard 185-horsepower 2.4L engine lays down 178 lb-ft of torque and is a solid performer. You’ll have no problem zipping around the back roads of Berks County or merging and passing on the highways. Around town, it gets up to 25 MPG, while on the highway out to Allentown you can get up to 36 MPG.
For added power, the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine will give you more zip, and still retains quite a bit of economy. The output of 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque will have you getting off the line quick, and keep you cruising nicely on long-distance open road drives. At 23 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, you don’t take much of a hit on fuel efficiency for the increase in power.
If you really want to avoid stopping at Wawa for anything besides coffee and a hoagie, the Sonata Eco features a 1.6L turbocharged hybrid engine. Unlike many fuel-efficient engines, it has guts – with 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, it doesn’t feel environmentally friendly, but it sure is. Around Reading, you’ll get 28 miles per gallon, while out on the highway you’ll get 37 MPG or better, making it the most fuel-efficient choice by far.
How much space does this midsized sedan have?
Some midsized sedans can suffer from a lack of space. They do a great job thinking about the front seat passengers, but rear seat passengers and cargo go by the wayside. If you regularly have to cart around a car full of passengers and their things, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has you covered.
Rear passengers are treated to 38.0 inches of head room and 35.6 inches of leg room. The seats are wide and supportive, offering plenty of room to sit in the rear and as well as up front. So not only will rear-seat passengers be comfortable on short trips to Allentown, Reading, or around Berks County, they’ll be comfy on longer trips out of the area.
As far as cargo space goes, many midsized sedans tout having lots of cargo space, but have a small trunk opening that makes it hard to fit bigger objects inside despite the space, but not the Sonata. With 16.3 cubic feet –that's enough room for at least four full sets of golf clubs – it is one of the most spacious trunks in its segment. The wide trunk opening makes it easier to use all of that space, unlike other midsized sedans.
What are the safety features of the 2018 Sonata?
Rated a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has the safety of you and your family in mind. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agreed, giving the Sonata five out of five stars in every impact test.
What is more important than making a crash survivable? Keeping you out of one in the first place. That’s why every 22018 Sonata comes with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist as well as a rearview camera. Whether you’re changing lanes on the open road or backing up in one of the parking lots at the Reading outlets, you’ll be more aware of your surroundings, even when you can’t directly see them.
There are plenty of available upgraded safety features as well. Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist help to keep the Sonata in its lane. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection will automatically bring the Sonata to a stop when the camera and radar sensors detect an imminent collision with no driver reaction. Headlights with Dynamic Bending Light technology helps to better light the roads across Hamburg and the Berks County region, helping you to avoid the deer and other road hazards of the country.
What are the trims available for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata?
With six trims to choose from, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata offers options, but doesn’t overwhelm you with too many choices. Some vehicles throw dozens of combinations at you, which can bog down the selection process. The Sonata offers smartly-priced and well-appointed packages that make it easy to find a version that fits your lifestyle.
Hyundai Sonata SE & Sonata Eco
While the Sonata SE and Sonata Eco are considered two different trim levels, the only real difference is the engine – opting for the naturally-aspirated 2.4 liter or the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. Everything else is identical. This includes power accessories, premium cloth upholstery, air conditioning, and modern metalgrain appearance accents. A six-speaker audio system is connected to the 7-inch color touchscreen display at the center of the dashboard. Every Sonata has Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Hyundai Sonata SEL
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL gets plenty of upgrades inside and out, and is the best value of all the trims. Proximity Key entry with push button start and a hands-free smart trunk make it easier to get in and get going, regardless of how full your hands are. Heated bodycolor side mirrors prevent ice from forming up and obstructing your view in the frigid Reading winters. Inside the SEL, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob add a touch of sportiness. Both front seats are heated, while the driver seat is 10-way power-adjustable, with power-adjustable lumbar support. The infotainment system gets upgraded as well, with HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and the Blue Link Telematics system all standard. An added floor console-mounted USB charge port means you can charge more phones at once.
Hyundai Sonata Sport+
Adding to everything included on the SEL, the Sonata Sport+ gets an aggressive exterior, including a sport front grille, bumper, rocker panels, and rear diffuser. This is all highlighted by a chrome-tipped dual exhaust. A standard power tilt-and-slide sunroof opens up the cabin to the Berks County skies. The sportiness is increased inside, with a heated leather-wrapped D-cut steering wheel, a leather wrapped Sport shift knob, aluminum pedals, 3D tech appearance accents, and Sport seats with leather bolsters and cloth insert. Dual automatic temperature control lets front-seat passengers adjust their comfort levels – no more fighting over it being too hot or too cold.
Hyundai Sonata Limited
On the luxury end of the Sonata line, the Limited has standard LED taillights, while the Sport front grille and bumper from the Sport+ is an option. While the power tilt-and-slide sunroof is standard, it can be upgraded to a panoramic sunroof. Leather upholstery is standard, as is heating and ventilation for the front seats. The passenger seat is upgraded to power 6-way adjustability, while the driver seat and side mirrors have the Integrated Memory System to retain setting for the individual driver. Woodgrain appearance accents and premium door sill plates add an upscale feel. The touchscreen can be upgraded to an 8-inch version with navigation, connected to a ten-speaker Infinity audio system.
Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
At the top of the line, the Limited 2.0T+ combines the sportiness of the Sport+ with the luxury of the Limited, for an all-around experience. Everything that is optional on the Limited and the Sport+ is standard – every safety feature included. Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability is standard, as is the panoramic sunroof. Top-of-the-line sport seats with leather seating surfaces are luxurious yet supportive. The 10-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer and external amplifier from Infinity is standard, as is the 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation. Wireless device charging makes it easy to charge your modern cell phone.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is an intelligent purchase for any driver. Combining the latest safety and infotainment technology with available luxury and a budget-friendly bottom line, it is a great fit for drivers in Hamburg, Allentown, Reading, and across Berks County and the Lehigh Valley. Why go anywhere else to check them out than Freedom Hyundai of Hamburg, where you’ll find the biggest selection of Sonata’s in the region.