CARS.COM — Hyundai’s nicely freshened 2018 Sonata mid-size sedan gasoline models will be joined soon by the new 2018 hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
The electrified high-mileage models now will have the fresh face seen on the other models: a new front end with Hyundai’s “cascading grille,” stronger sculpting, bigger openings, vertical LED daytime running lights and reshaped headlights, with full LEDs optional. The most obvious differences with the gasoline versions, aside from some subtle badges, are distinctive flatter, aerodynamic 16-inch and 17-inch wheel designs.
The hybrid uses a 154-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 38-kilowatt electric motor for a combined 193 hp, and it has a six-speed automatic transmission. Its 1.76-kilowatt-hour battery is packaged under the trunk floor for maximum cargo space and retention of the 60/40-split folding rear seatback.