2018 Hyundai Sonata Reviewed By Consumer Reports, And It Has A Major Flaw

Hyundai’s midsize sedan, the Sonata, was facelifted last year with a refreshed styling, a number of tweaks inside and some work carried beneath the skin.

A couple of months later, it was launched in the United States, with an MSRP of $22,050.

Consumer Reports got behind the wheel of the 2018 Sonata and let’s just say they didn’t fall in love with it. In fact, they claim it has one major flaw: a huge sacrifice in ride quality compared to its predecessor, “to the point that it falls short of most competitors”.

However, the harsher ride quality was the trade-off Hyundai’s engineers chose in order to improve the handling and braking. And in that end they have succeeded, as the Sonata now corners much better than before.

The cabin won’t impress its occupants, as most trim is made from hard plastics, but there are some improved materials. Its controls are also very easy to use, there’s plenty of space on the rear seat, and the front seats were found to be comfortable for most body types.

Even the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with its 185hp and six-speed automatic gearbox, is good enough to live with on a daily basis. Still, those who want a bit more can order the 2.0-liter unit, which puts out 245hp and comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

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  • brn

    Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.

  • THE REDONE “PINCHED” BOTTOM GRILLE IS QUITE UNATTRACTIVE.

    • eb110americana

      Well, the good news is, they’ll be putting it on everything! /S

      I call it “the mushroom grille.”

      • YEAH I KNOW, RUINING EVERYTHING. IT DOES KINDA LOOK LIKE A MUSHROOM.

  • LJ

    The current Elantra suffers from the same crap ass interior.

    • :/ Yurr

      I think there giving Kia the nice interiors, from what I’ve seen.

  • no25
  • TheBelltower

    I’ve always been amazed at how most publications fawn all over Hyundais. I rent a car once or twice each month, usually getting a Toyota, Nissan or Hyundai/Kia. I’ve never understood the appeal of Hyundais, and figured that there was some sort of amazing non-rental spec Hyundais that I’d never seen. Because the Hyundais and Kias that I’ve seen are not impressive.

    • Liam Paul

      I always thought the same with toyota’s way over glorified junk

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Tried a Elantra and Sonata over the last couple of holidays. Boy! Are they bang average!

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I rent often for business as well, and always felt the Sonata was at least better than average. I’d take on over a Malibu, Camry, or Altima each and every time.

  • jaykit

    I feel like this car devolved into Ford Fusion territory. All the momentum from just 6-7 years ago too.

    • brn

      Devolved? Nah.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    The review IN the magazine (February or March issue) was stellar, so CR is messed up. Probably a case of 2 different reviewers.

  • Althea Later

    That new grille/nose has to go. Like now.

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