For years, Hyundai has been working hard to develop a reputation for quality and reliability. One of their leading models, the Hyundai Sonata, has consistently been one of their highest-selling cars in recent years. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata maintains many of the features that made the 2017 version of the same model so successful; however, there are a few changes that anyone with experience driving prior iterations of the Sonata will notice. One of the major changes involves the transmission.
What changes have been made to the newest model of the Hyundai Sonata?
Like most popular models across all makes, there are various levels that people can purchase. Those who decide to go with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo will notice a few differences in the transmission. The turbo edition of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata will feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, a significant upgrade over the six-speed automatic transmission that was featured in prior models of the Hyundai Sonata, and will remain standard in other levels of the 2018 model year. The improved transmission in the 2018 Sonata will be paired with an impressive engine, boasting a 2.0 L turbo four-cylinder engine with 245 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. The base package will maintain the six-speed transmission and feature 185 horsepower, 2.4 L four-cylinder engine. While the transmission was already a popular feature with prior versions of the Sonata, the eight-speed transmission should have significant implications for the car’s handling and acceleration.
In addition, having an eight-speed transmission will improve the Sonata’s fuel economy. The Sonata was already among the leaders in fuel efficiency for the mid-size sedan class, impressive given the power of the car’s engine; however, adding extra gears with the transmission will give the car more options when it comes to fuel efficiency. This should save drivers a significant amount of money at the pump.
Besides the transmission, what other improvements can we expect from the 2018 Hyundai Sonata?
In addition to the improved transmission for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo, there are several other improvements that drivers will notice. The popular mid-size sedan will feature automatic high beam headlights, featuring an adaptive component, for improved vision both at night and in the fog. The Sonata will also feature a lane departure warning system that will alert drivers as they are drifting, in addition to adaptive steering to help drivers stay in their lane. The Sonata will also combine these features with a diverse array of passenger protection and active safety technologies. The interior of the vehicle features a revised center stack, a new steering wheel, and two different touchscreens of seven and eight inches to go with a top-notch infotainment system.
In the end, the new transmission for the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo should signal an improved fuel economy, smooth handling, and a new, improved experience for drivers of this popular model. When this new transmission is paired with the improvements regarding safety and interior design, it is easy to see why many people are talking about the 2018 Hyundai Sonata as one of the leading mid-size sedan releases for the coming year.