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4 Pretty Cool Stuff About The 2018 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is unlike the upgrades for the incoming Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in such a way that the upgrades are significant than necessary. Hyundai still plans to battle it out in the crowded midsize family sedan segment, but can they still do it?

The segment is getting significantly smaller because consumers are choosing crossovers more and more. This is a challenge not only for Hyundai, but for Japanese automakers like Toyota and Honda looking to make waves in the midsize sedan segment.

1. Exterior

The most telling change in the new Sonata is the cascading grille up front. The grille is longer and more contoured, and will be part of Hyundai’s new corporate design language. This means consumers will see the same grille across Hyundai’s vehicle lineup. The entire car has a more aggressive appearance, thanks largely to an elongated front end, character lines on the hood and front bumper, and a slimmer pair of LED headlights.

The back end was made simpler by showing off the sheetmetal and the redesigned taillights. For a sportier feel, the turbo models will get twin exhaust pipes.

2. Interior

Inside, the highlights of the new Sonata are the seven-inch touchscreen monitor (eight inches on the Limited edition), the streamlined audio controls, the sporty and leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, and the leather seats, of course.

3. Powertrains

There is an all-new engine, too. An 8-speed, turbocharged 2.0-liter will power the 2018 Sonata to 245 horsepower. Though experts will be disappointed with the lack of increase in the power output division, it’s worth taking a note that even BMW 330i’s 2.0-liter turbo can only produce 248 horses.

4. Release Dates and Prices

The SE, SEL, Limited, and Limited 2.0T models are available now, but the Eco 1.6T is arriving later this summer. Next year, we’ll be treated to the Hybrid and Hybrid Plug-in models. The base price for the all-new Sonata is $22,050 with improvements and other packages upping it to at least $33,460.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Has Enhanced Multimedia Functions

2017 Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata receives a number of audio and multimedia enhancements for the model year 2017. Though there are a few upgrades too in terms of transmission and powertrain, the real changes come in the form of a larger seven-inch, high-resolution color touchscreen display audio, standard HD radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the next-generation Blue Link Connected Car system based on a source.

In the heart of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission that has a 38 kW electric motor and clutch. It also boasts of being fuel efficient, thanks to the Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) that can deliver responsive and engaging driving characteristics.

To improve efficiency, the innovative transmission uses an electric oil lamp, making it possible for the Sonata Hybrid to solely operate on electric power at speeds up to 75mph by decoupling the gasoline engine from the rest of the drivetrain.

The Sonata Hybrid Nu’s engine can produce 154 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor can come up with 38 kW (51 horsepower) and 151 lb-ft torque. The hybrid system, on the other hand, has a net power of 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.

The Sonata Hybrid SE has ratings of 39 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway and a combined EPA-estimated rating of 42 mpg. The total estimated range of the Sonata Hybrid is more than 650 miles under typical driving conditions.

The Sonata Hybrid is being offered in an all-new color palette that is going to be available by mid-year. The colors now are Hyper White, Nocturne Black, Metropolis Gray, Ion Silver, Cosmopolitan Red, Astral Blue and Skyline Blue. The interior colors are gray and beige in cloth or leather seating configurations and an additional Blue Pearl option for leather seats.

Pricing is as follows: Sonata Hybrid ($26,000), Sonata Hybrid Limited ($30,100), and Sonata Hybrid Limited with Blue Pearl Interior ($30,100).

2017 Hyundai Sonata Adds Dynamic Headlights For Better Driving

2017 Sonata

Hyundai tweaked a little something in their 2017 Sonata. The addition of dynamic headlights will enable better driving, the Korean automaker believes.

The headlights will turn their beams up when the driver turns a corner, according to a source. This will help the driver see the road around the bend more clearly than before. Although only available on the top-of-the-line Sonata Limited, these dynamic headlights are especially helpful for drivers with eyesight problems.

Aside from the headlights, Hyundai announced some pricing and equipment adjustments across the Sonata range. These changes will come in full effect in this new model year.

Last year, the Hyundai Sonata was offered in one of three four-cylinder engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that can produce 185 horsepower, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can come up with 245 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 178 horsepower. The last one is exclusive only to the fuel-efficient Sonata Eco.

The 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission while the 1.6-liter engine will work together with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to swap gears.

According to Hyundai, the entry-level Sonata’s price will rise by $300 to $22,435 while the SE will cost $200 more than the previous $22,785. The Eco models will cost less, on the other hand. Previously priced at $23,960, it will now cost less than $600 last year.

The Sport edition with the 2.0-liter turbo engine dropped by $2,325 to $27,435, though the Sport trim with the 2.4-liter engine stayed at $24,235.

Why the price drops? Hyundai decided to delete some standard features in previous models such as the HID headlights, LED taillights, proximity key, dual-zone climate control, and a blind spot monitor.

If you want the Sonata Limited, it will now cost $27,985, $200 less than the 2016 model. Consumers can choose to add the dynamic headlights, but this will be a part of the $3,400 Technology package, which will also include heated and vented front seats with memory, a navigation system, and more.

The Limited 2.0T has the Technology package plus more. It remains at $34,910.

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