2018 Hyundai Sonata Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Over lunch with some mom gal pals, the great debate over driving a minivan versus a sedan came up. As the parent of a pre-teen daughter, one of my friends declared she would never sacrifice her dignity to become a minivan mom. Her personal preference was driving smaller, sportier cars with kids in tow.

 

I suggested she cross off a few cars on her list and instead test drive the newly refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Being a mom on-a-budget, she was looking for a sporty, affordable family sedan and the 2018 Sonata was just the right fit.

The Sonata is not short on room. I’m a hauler and a sprawler so I immediately noticed that the five passenger sedan offered a generous amount of cabin real estate to haul stuff and stretch out. But, the Sonata is also small enough to wiggle its way into tight spots that bigger cars can’t manage.

Case in point; searching for a parking spot at a gymnastics competition to cheer on a friend’s daughter, the parking lot was overflowing with a sea of similar looking SUV’s and minivans. Finding a spot, I effortlessly whipped the Sonata into a tight space I knew one of those bigger cars would not have been able to fit. I gave myself an imaginary pat on the back as I glanced around and was reminded my ride was the coolest one in the bunch. Oh, and that was also co-signed by one of the coaches heading inside the  venue who called my base trim Sonata SE a “sweet ride.”

Finding an array of advanced safety features will be high on the list for families. Thankfully, the Sonata SE comes standard with the ones I consider must-haves. These include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a rear view camera and rear cross traffic alert. You can also augment that list with pedestrian detection, adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

I also like the Sonata’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Further, the sleek Hyundai’s infotainment interface is simple to use. The layout is pretty straightforward and the menus are well-organized. For multi-tasking families, another convenient feature is USB charging in the front and the back.

The front wheel drive Sonata SE comes with a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It has enough power for daily driving, even if it won’t knock your socks off with its power. However, with that base engine, we found the Sonata earning a respectable 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

 

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata’s pricing starts at $19,550. 

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