2018 Hyundai Sonata Lineup Receives Mid-Year Upgrades

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, Automotive Editor - June 1, 2018

Hyundai has always touted its vehicles as being value-packed machines. Some new mid-model enhancements to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata look to make the mid-size sedan even more of a value proposition.

The 2018 Sonata lineup gets few new trims that'll wear a “+” symbol. Besides having a plus badge, the models also add some popular features. The kicker with all of this, though, is that Hyundai claims prices remain the same or have gone down compared to current, non-plus trims.

New plus models include the Sonata SEL Plus, Sport Plus, Limited with Ultimate Plus, and Limited 2.0T Plus. The Sonata SEL Plus and Sport Plus editions get a sport mesh grille, a bespoke front fascia, dual-automatic temperature control, floor-console-mounted rear vents, Qi wireless phone charging, a heated steering wheel, and an auto up/down driver window.

Pricing for the Sonata SEL Plus starts at $24,595, which includes the $885 destination fee. That's the same price as the non-plus version of the current SEL that doesn't come with the aforementioned features. Hyundai claims the SEL Plus, with the new features, has a $580 value improvement over the regular SEL.

The Sonata Sport Plus with the available Tech Package is an all-new addition to the lineup and costs $26,285. The Plus designation adds some more safety features to the sedan, including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with start/stop, and an electric parking brake with auto vehicle hold.

Pricing for the Sonata Limited with Ultimate Package Plus has gone down in comparison with the current Sonata Limited with Ultimate Package. The new model costs $27,318, which is $600 less than the current trim on sale. New features added to the trim include a sport mesh grille, a unique front fascia, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Sonata Limited with Tech Package is also a new trim level. It combines the features from the Sonata SEL Plus and Sonata Sport Plus. Pricing for the model starts at $28,285. As Hyundai points out, that's the same price as the current Limited trim, but the addition of new features results in an added savings of $1,000.

Check out the chart below to get a complete breakdown for the Sonata's new Plus trims:

Model Engine MSRP Discount Value Improvement
Sonata SEL+ 2.4L GDI 4-cyl $23,700 $0 + $580
Sonata SEL+ with Tech Package 2.4L GDI 4-cyl $24,300 - $400 + $980
Sonata Sport+ 2.4L GDI 4-cyl $24,800 - $400 + $950
Sonata Sport+ with Tech Package 2.4L GDI 4-cyl $25,400 New New
Sonata Limited with Tech Package 2.4L GDI 4-cyl $27,400 New New
Sonata Limited with Ultimate+ 2.4L GDI 4-cyl $29,700 - $600 + $900
Sonata Limited 2.0T+ 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cyl $31,900 - $550 + $850

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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