Hyundai Sonata competes on value

By Robert Duffer

Chicago Tribune

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Base price: $32,450

As tested: $32,575

Type: midsize sedan

Engine: 245-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; 8-speed involuntary

Mileage: 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway

New cars are special. Baked into that new automobile smell is a feeling of excitement. Why else would we compensate thousands of dollars some-more for something that loses 10 percent of a value a initial time we use it? Compared with a redesigned Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, a rested Hyundai Sonata fails to excite, even in a top-of-the-line Limited trim.

That doesn’t meant a midsize sedan is bad. In fact, it is all-around good in terms of performance, spaciousness, safety, fuel economy and all those other organic equipment critical to automobile shoppers. But automobile sales are done — and selling departments built — on something that mostly counters logic: emotion.

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Base price: $32,450

As tested: $32,575

Type: midsize sedan

Engine: 245-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; 8-speed involuntary

Mileage: 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway

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The feeling of a revised Sonata is of well-developed value nonetheless sacrificing quality. This stokes wallets some-more than hearts, that creates for a constrained tension all a own: a deal. The top-of-the-line Limited trim is labelled $3,000 to $4,000 reduction than a likewise versed nonetheless reduction stylish 2018 Honda Accord Touring and 2018 Toyota Camry XSE.

The final era Sonata from 2011 to 2014 competence have some-more to do with a prosaic feeling of this Sonata. It done a competitors take notice and recur a need for both lifeless settlement and a V-6 engine.

While a 2018 Sonata is technically a midcycle refresh, it is about as tighten to a redesign as we can get nonetheless changing engines. The usually change underneath a revised chiseled hood is pairing a 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a some-more fit eight-speed transmission.

The changes are mostly cosmetic, nonetheless significant, in an try to keep gait with Accord and Camry. The grille is a broader filigree honeycomb settlement on a sporting 2.0T Limited trim. The headlights start slight and hang around a side, and a daytime using lights arise adult from a reduce fender toward a rear, so all appears to upsurge back, that is afterwards complemented by wrap-around taillights tapering to a revised rear.

It looks crook than a 2015, relating a polished cessation with some-more rigidity and some-more approach steering.

It’s poignant off a line with no loiter and 260 pound-feet of torque accessible during only 1,350 rpm. Output is a tad bashful of a 2-liter turbo Accord, and V-6 Camry XSE, nonetheless it’s noticeably slower. It feels some-more nimble in turns than a Camry, nonetheless not as powerful. The Accord is a benchmark for a midsize sedan, and during 27 mpg total it beats a Camry and Sonata — even with a eight-speed — by 1 mpg.

On a inside a controls are easy to use and intuitive, a modernized reserve support systems aren’t obtrusive, and a altogether blueprint is sleeker and sharper.

It’s all a rested sedan should be. Its many sparkling underline is a price, that is a many constrained cause for many new automobile shoppers. That’s special enough.

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