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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - February 16, 2018

Model Preview

Since debuting back in 2016, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid hasn’t seen many changes. The 2018 model year is in full swing for many automakers, but Hyundai is rolling in a touch late with a refreshed 2018 Sonata Hybrid.

While it retains the same basic shape as before, like most refreshes, the styling is significantly updated. The reworked exterior bits include the front and rear fascias, more shapely grille and hood, new front fenders, updated rear trunk lid, LED headlights with adaptive lighting, and three-section taillights. Inside, the updates include a new-look center stack and steering wheel. Buyers will also note the newly available heated steering wheel.

Inside, buyers will also notice a new navigation system with a bird’s eye view function, new HERE HD Traffic, a wireless phone charger, and a new USB charging port.

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Under the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s hood, things remain the same. It rolls in with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. This pairs with a 51-hp electric motor that pushes the combined output to 193 hp. The six-speed automatic transmission also remains the same. As expected, the fuel economy will remain the same at 39 miles per gallon city, 45 highway, and 42 combined.

Though the engine remains the same, this doesn’t mean all the under-skin components carry over. Hyundai added a stiffer front anti-roll bar, a recalibrated steering system, and more rigid trailing arms.

Safety also gets an upgrade this year, as the 2018 will join its non-hybrid sibling in getting optional automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. This means it should likely match the 2018 Sonata in being an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

Pricing & Release Date

Hyundai expects to have the 2018 Sonata Hybrid in showrooms sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been announced, but given this is just a refresh, we shouldn’t see pricing jump too much from the 2017 model’s MSRP range of $26,885 to $30,985 (destination fees included).

The 2018 Sonata Hybrid’s main competitors will include the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Learn about the current Sonata Hybrid on sale now »

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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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