CARS.COM — Hyundai’s reveal of the refreshed 2018 Sonata at the 2017 New York International Auto Show featured two designers creating a beautiful rendering of the 2018 Sonata’s design on paper. The car they drew hugged the ground, had a long wheelbase and fastback roofline looking like something off the design table of a luxury automaker. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata appeared on stage and it has elements of that drawing but clearly after it was pounded into shape by the reality hammer.
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Hyundai crafted a more interesting mid-size sedan by restyling the front and rear of the Sonata, though not quite as interesting as what the designers put on paper. The front styling is sculpted with lines rippling across the hood that flow downward into the front grille. There’s more definition compared with the 2015-17’s molded cookie cutter look, which was conservative compared with the outgoing Sonata’s bold looks.