This Is America’s 2018 Hyundai Sonata Facelift

Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted 2018 Sonata at the New York Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to the Korean model which was introduced last month, the North American variant has a sportier front fascia with a larger grille that is flanked by LED-infused headlights.

The refreshened styling continues further back as customers will find restyled taillights, new alloy wheels, and a rear Hyundai badge that doubles as a trunk release button. The Sonata Sport and Sonata 2.0T go one step further as they are distinguished by a mesh grille, unique bumpers, and gloss black window trim.

The cabin invokes a sense of déjà vu but the company has added a revised instrument cluster, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and an updated center stack with new switchgear. Buyers will also find a second row USB charging port, an upgraded infotainment system, and an improved navigation system with a bird’s eye view feature.

On the safety front, the 2018 Sonata gains a standard Blind Spot Detection system as well as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Certain models can also be equipped with a new Lane Departure Warning system and an improved Lane Keep Assist function.

The changes are more than skin deep as engineers installed a stiffer torsion bar and a recalibrated steering system. The company says these changes will help to improve responsiveness as well as on-center steering feel. Lastly, Hyundai modified the rear suspension by adding new bushings and thicker trailing arms to better handle heavy suspension loads.

While the company was coy on performance specifications, the automaker confirmed the Sonata 2.0T will continue to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that develops 245 hp (248 PS). However, it will now be connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission which replaces the previous six-speed unit.

Photo Gallery


  • WM sap

    is it me or does it look more like it shouldve been the 2011 hyundai sonata succesor?

    • Dave Sturge

      You are spot on there.

  • Christian

    Please bring it too Europe! Also, kinda like the new Rio Sedan.. 🙁

  • ctk4949

    It looks OK, but what is up with the AC vents?? All 4 up front are different shapes and sizes!!!! lol

  • Bsneider

    is it just me, are hyundais and audis converging into one design? The red one looks just like the audi sport from earlier today. Hard to differentiate hyundais audis (and mazda) these days, with everyone adopting German design

    • bd

      Hyundai was actually the first to utilize the hexagonal-shaped grill.

      Audi, Subaru, Ford and Datsun all also use the hexagonal shape and others like Toyota use it on a few models.

      Mazda, Acura (previous to the new grill shape) and Cadillac have long used a pentagram-shaped grill.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hyundai did a better job with this facelift than Acura did with the TLX facelift…

  • Jp

    Well, I am a bit disappointed. The 2011 model still looks way better in my opinion. Especially from the rear, why is this trunk so flat? it look like a 2007 Lancer…

  • TheBelltower

    Hyundai should really reconsider what they think is newsworthy. The streamcast event today with the designer’s vision… Really? This is non-news.


  • KidRed

    I feel they lost the vibe and excitement they had with their major redesign 2 generations ago. Since then, they seem to only focus on toning down the excitement and cleaning up the design. The interior is bland, looks cheap in all black. The front end is way too busy and cramped and is forced too wide onto the side front fenders but then the sides are completely bland.

    It simply no longer has the same flow or excitement that was introduced with that initial major redesign.

  • Andrew

    are they no longer offering the panoramic sunroof with this refresh?

  • getoffme

    The new Camry ain’t scared.

  • Ron

    Yawn. It’s like GAP saying they’ve redesigned their t-shirts.

2020 Corsair To Become First Lincoln Model Made In China

China-built Lincoln Corsair SUVs will only be sold locally, as US-spec models will be built in America.

Carlos Ghosn Charged For The Fourth Time By Japanese Prosecutors

Japanese authorities indicted the former Nissan CEO right before his latest detention period expired.

Huracan Performante And 911 GT2 RS Get A Bit Too Close While ‘Ring Racing

The driver of this Huracan stuck precariously close to the 911’s tail while going all out at the Nordschleife .

Hennessey’s 1000 HP Corvette ZR1 Ain’t Afraid Of No C8 Hybrid

Hennessey’s Corvette ZR1 pumped out 905 hp at the rear wheels during dyno testing.

Aurus’ Convertible Looks Like A Russian Take On The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Large, elegant and all-wheel drive, the Aurus convertible would make for an interesting competitor to the Rolls-Royce Dawn .

Uber Introduces New Safety Features After Student’s Murder In March

Uber’s app reminds users to confirm the driver’s identity and match the car’s license plate before taking a ride.

Elon Musk Says His Twitter “Is Pretty Much Complete Nonsense”

Musk decided to randomly start tweeting about sheep last week. Yep, we don’t get it either.

Toyota And Kenworth Unveil New Fuel Cell Semi With 300+ Mile Range

Move over Mirai, Toyota’s latest fuel cell vehicle is a Class 8 semi that was jointly developed with Kenworth.

All-New Land Rover Defender Launching In September, Deliveries Start In Early 2020

Land Rover hasn’t decided whether it will launch the new Defender in Frankfurt or at a standalone event.

Woman Takes Truck In For Service, Sees It At Store And Decides To ‘Steal’ It Back

Following a viral Facebook post, the dealership fired the employee responsible for using the truck to run errands.