Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Hyundai Celebrates World Debut of the All-New 2019 Santa Fe

Hyundai Celebrates World Debut of the All-New 2019 Santa Fe

  •  Bolder design language for Hyundai’s best-selling SUV in the United States
  •  New safety, comfort and convenience technologies
  •  Increased visibility, cabin and storage space
  •  Introduces diesel engine option
  •  Santa Fe Sport name dropped

Korean Domestic Model Shown

SEOUL, Feb. 21, 2018
 – Hyundai Motor today celebrated the world premiere of the fourth-generation Santa Fe at its Motorstudio Goyang. As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s 32-year history in America—with sales of more than 1.5 million units—the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success using its family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting edge technologies and bold exterior looks.
The third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020, the 2019 Santa Fe and Santa Fe diesel are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort.  

The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development with an all-new name. The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easy entry into the third-row by children. The third-row seat will only be available on the Santa Fe diesel. 

A Bold New Look  
The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look that makes a statement from 100 feet away, featuring refined lines that reinforce the car’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup.
In profile the Santa Fe’s dynamic character line goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights, while a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround provides better visibility and a sleek impression. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels illustrate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape.
Korean Domestic Model Shown


Interior Design: Graceful Surfaces Embrace Strong Structure
The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility. The instrument panel has a three-dimensional appearance providing a feeling of openness and enhances the natural light created by the larger DLO. Stitching around the IP and color-contrasted seat piping ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin.
The driver will also see several improvements including:
  • The audio/visual/navigation system screen has been tilted and positioned to reduce glare
  • The window switches and grab handles have been moved forward for more elbow room
  • The door map pockets have been reduced in size for more legroom.
  • Cup holders in the center console have been repositioned for ease of use and the height and length of the center armrest has also been increased

Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling  
Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.
An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height regardless of cargo or trailer tongue weight. This allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.

Smart Sense Technologies
Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now standard on Santa Fe SE trims and higher. Below are the key features:
High Beam Assist
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
Blind-Spot Collision Warning
Safe Exit Assist
Lane Keeping Assist
Driver Attention Warning
Driving Convenience
SCC with Stop & Go
Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Parking Safety
RVM with PG
Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance and tailgate safe-open guide and high definition camera
Around View Monitor
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
Parking Distance Warning Reverse

Safety Features
Hyundai’s Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers’ heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up the system not only can warn the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically.
Additional safety features include Rear Seat Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle it will honk the horn, flash the lights and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. In addition to being forgotten in the car, tragedies have also occurred in cases where children accidentally locked themselves in a car.
The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle or vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver’s center cluster and most importantly the doors remained locked.

Interior Space and Visibility
Interior cabin space has been enhanced on the 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, there is now more room behind the second-row seats, when second-row seats are folded and the leg room has been lengthened to be best-in-class. The H-point for the second-row seats has been moved back and the floor has been lowered for even more comfort. Engineers also have incorporated one-touch folding second-row seats.

Volume Comparisons
(Cubic Feet)
2018 Santa Fe Sport
2019 Santa Fe
2018 Tucson
Passenger Volume
110.7 (2-row)
139.1 (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
Total Interior Volume
147.3 (2-row)
150.7 (3-row)
Cargo – Behind FR seats
71.3 (2-row)
70.7  (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
Cargo – Behind 2nd row
36.6 (2-row)
35.9  (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
Cargo – Behind 3rd row
11.6 (2019 diesel only)
Head Room
39.6 / 39.1 / -
40.0 / 39.2 / 36.1
39.6 / 39.2
Leg Room (7P)
41.3 / 39.4 / -
44.1 / 40.4 (39.4) / 29.4
41.5 / 38.2
Shoulder Room
59.4 / 58.3 / -
59.1 / 58.3 / 52.9
57.1 / 55.5
Hip Room
56.7 / 55.4 / -
57.5 / 56.3 / 61.7
55.6 / 54.5

Exterior Dimensions
Its exterior dimensions make the new Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 187 inches, a width of 74 inches and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for passengers than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.
2018 Santa Fe Sport
2019 Santa Fe
2018 Tucson
Height (w/ side rails)
66.1 (66.5)
66.1 (67.1)
64.8 (65.0)

Visibility was also emphasized with the next generation Santa Fe. To help the driver, the outside mirrors are mounted lower and further rearward and the A-pillars have been reduced in size. For the driver and rear seat passengers alike, the rear quarter glass has been increased by more than 40 percent.

The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with an estimated 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 232 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe’s biggest surprise, with around 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 320 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission. 

New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A direct control valve body and a multi-plate torque converter improve responsiveness while a double ball bearing minimizes friction loss. All the changes added up means that Santa Fe’s new transmission will improve economy by more than three percent.

HTRAC Advanced AWD System
The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all-weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to variable conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.

Infotainment and Sound Systems
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The base level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 630-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.
Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control provides the capability to control the gain of individual channels based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This avoids the unnatural condition of having additional gain applied when the volume output of the system is so high that it exceeds any of the vehicle generated road noise.

BLUE LINK® Connected Car System
Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
  • Widgets for easy access to remote features
  • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
  • Access to Blue Link notification settings
More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

Heads-Up Display (HUD)    
Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The 2018 Elantra Earns Highest Safety Rating by IIHS

  • Four Hyundai Models Have Top Safety Pick+ Ratings

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 9, 2018Hyundai is one of the leading brands for Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards in 2018, with a total of eight models being recognized. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has earned the highest safety rating by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) with a Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and High Beam Assist on vehicles built after December 2017. The Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport (built after June 2017) also have Top Safety Pick+ ratings. Today’s announcement marks a total of four Hyundai vehicles attaining the significant safety achievement. Additionally, five Hyundai models were previously recognized for 2018 Top Safety Pick, including the Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid, Elantra, Elantra GT, Sonata and Tucson when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must have good ratings in five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating. For the Top Safety Pick+ designation, vehicles must also gain an acceptable or good rating in passenger-side small overlap front tests and improved headlight rating. Features which helped these vehicles garner these recognitions included (but were not limited to) optional front-crash prevention, specific headlights and excellent performances in IIHS track tests at various speeds.

Elantra offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies, often reserved for luxury cars, to provide another defensive safety layer for its passengers beyond the standard safety system. Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection is a technology that utilizes both the front forward facing radar and camera through sensor fusion to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking in certain circumstances.

Additional Elantra-first safety technologies include available Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance. The Lane Keep Assist System uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings and will alert the driver if the vehicle drifts outside the lane without signaling. The system will apply corrective steering assistance if necessary, and is another active safety tool to assist Elantra drivers and help prevent accidents.

Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hyundai Motor Reveals First Images of the Santa Fe

  • The New Generation Santa Fe is an elegant SUV with class-leading roominess
  • Hyundai Motor’s D-SUV connects with the new SUV family appearance and features an expressive and powerful front
  • Innovative safety features underline Hyundai Motor’s approach to making advanced technology more accessible

SEOUL, Feb. 6, 2018 – Hyundai Motor unveils its first images of the New Generation Santa Fe which will celebrate its world premiere in February 2018. The company’s largest passenger car, it represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its global success story. The fourth generation Santa Fe is a powerful, premium-designed SUV with class-leading roominess.

The Santa Fe displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the Cascading Grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look. It features refined lines that reinforce the car’s status at the top of Hyundai’s SUV line-up. The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility.

Its exterior dimensions make the New Generation Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 4,770 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for its passengers.

Hyundai truly cares about the customer’s well-being and offers best-in-class safety features.

As part of its SmartSense technology, the Santa Fe offers a comprehensive package of Hyundai’s latest active safety features, making advanced technology affordable. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is a Hyundai first. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically. The Safety Exit Assist prevents accidents when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors, so that passengers will exit the car safely.

Further details of the New Generation Santa Fe will be disclosed at the world premiere before making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design and technical centers worldwide and in 2017 sold 4.5 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle, ix35 Fuel cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 19, 2017 – Driving the most fuel efficient vehicle in America doesn’t mean you have to compromise on its appearance as the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq received the 2017 Green Good Design Award™ from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The Green Good Design Awards™ celebrate important examples of sustainable designs and provide awareness on what companies are designing and producing to make the most positive impact on the environment.

“Hyundai is committed to progressing the future of eco-friendly driving and the Ioniq is just the beginning,” said Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai Design Center. “The future-focused character of the Ioniq along with its innovative use of recycled and ecologically-sensitive materials has made Ioniq the most fuel-efficient vehicle and a leader in the environmentally-friendly vehicle space.”

For 2017, 100 designs were awarded Green Good Design Awards from 23 nations. The Hyundai Ioniq was recognized among the world’s most advanced products, designs and projects representing leading companies that have an emphasis on sustainability. The thoughtful and innovative work by Hyundai’s design teams helped Ioniq become recognized as one of the best ecological and sustainable designs in transportation for 2017. Now in its eighth year, Green Good Design Award™ is a specialized edition of the original the Good Design™ program.

Ioniq is the first eco vehicle in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform – the Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models. Hyundai’s Ioniq line-up calls upon two key factors, efficiency and technology, in its design, which combine to create both a unique and forward-looking appearance. Throughout the entire development phase, engineers and designers worked closely to ensure that form and function evolved simultaneously in a complementary fashion. Distinguished exterior design sets Ioniq apart from its competitors as advanced technologies are integrated with the overall design. Ioniq Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient vehicle and the Ioniq Electric is the most efficient electric vehicle in the U.S. market.

THE CHICAGO ATHENAEUMThe Chicago Athenaeum (www.chi-athenaeum.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide public education about the significance of architecture and design and how those disciplines can have a positive effect on the human environment.

THE EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE ART DESIGN AND URBAN STUDIESThe European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies (www.europeanarch.eu) is dedicated to public education concerning all aspects of the built environment - from entire cities to individual buildings - including the philosophical issues of arts and culture that ultimately give the final shape to design. A high emphasis exists on contemporary values and aesthetics, conservation and sustainability, and the theoretical exploration and advancement of art and design as the highest expression of culture and urbanism.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Automaker Takes Top Honor for the Eighth Consecutive Year

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 16, 2017 – An impressive streak in customer loyalty continues for its eighth year in a row, as Hyundai is again ranked No. 1 in the automotive industry in the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Brand Keys, a New York–based customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, publishes this annual syndicated study, which examines customers’ relationships with 740 brands in 83 categories.

“Hyundai has been able to best meet customer expectations and has, again, scored the highest levels of loyalty when it comes to the automotive category, taking the No. 1 spot in our 2017 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index,” said Robert Passikoff, Brand Keys Founder and President. “Of course the true test of loyalty and engagement always shows up in the marketplace, so we aren't surprised to see Hyundai’s success. We congratulate them on another win.”

For the Brand Keys 2017 survey, nearly 49,168 respondents self-selected the categories in which they are consumers and the brands for which they are customers. Brand engagement measures rational and emotional aspects of the categories to identify how well brands meet expectations that consumers hold from consideration to purchase. Brands that best meet consumers’ expectations generate the most loyalty.

“In an industry that is more competitive than ever, Hyundai continues to exceed customer expectations with vehicles, technologies and customer engagement that make things better,” said Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “Maintaining loyalty is one of the toughest things to do and receiving this recognition eight years in a row shows how we are building a deeper and more emotional connection with our customers. We continue to work hard every day to maintain the loyalty we’ve built and encourage customers to return to the Hyundai brand.”

Hyundai has built and maintained a loyal customer base thanks to its diverse and dynamic lineup that meets the needs of a variety of customers. From its family of SUVs to its fuel-efficient and technology-filled sedans to the all-new eco-focused Ioniq, Hyundai’s product lineup continues to deliver across a wide -range of segments. All of these vehicles come packed with standard safety features and are backed by Hyundai Assurance. Hyundai Assurance is the industry’s leading owner satisfaction program that includes America’s Best Warranty (10-year, 100,000 miles powertrain limited warranty), five-years of complimentary roadside assistance and Blue Link Connected care services free for one year. Hyundai also continues to improve satisfaction in purchase process, with offerings like the new Ioniq Unlimited+ electric vehicle subscription program that provides Ioniq EV customers in California with one fixed monthly payment that includes unlimited miles, scheduled maintenance and electric charging reimbursement, among other features.

For the complete 2017 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, visit http://brandkeys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/PRESS-RELEASE-2017-CLEI-Overview-Final_FEB.pdf

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 14, 2017 – The 2018 Hyundai Sonata, with a dramatic new exterior design, an impressive list of standard safety features, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission in 2.0T models, once again sets the standard in the mid-size sedan segment. Pricing throughout the lineup delivers consumers a compelling choice, starting at $22,050 for the Sonata SE. The 2018 Sonata arrives in dealer showrooms this summer.


2.4L GDI 4-cyl
6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
1.6L Turbo GDI 4-cyl
7-Speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission
2.4L GDI 4-cyl
6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
2.4L GDI 4-cyl
6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
2.4L GDI 4-cyl
6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
Sport 2.0T
2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cyl
8-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
Limited 2.0T
2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cyl
8-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
Freight charge for the 2018 Sonata is $885.
Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio and assembled at Hyundai’s manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama, the 2018 Sonata builds on the model’s strong legacy. Distinctive new exterior styling transforms Sonata’s visual signature. The dramatic new appearance is highlighted by Hyundai’s bold new “cascading grille” in front and an all-new rear with more prominent branding and relocation of the license plate in the bumper. New sheet metal for the sculpted hood, front fenders, and trunk makes the dynamic new look possible. In addition, redesigned alloy wheels (16, 17, and 18-inch) and distinctive illumination from vertical LED DRLs, LED headlights, and LED taillights further highlight the assertive and advanced exterior design.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel now create more visual dimension and add a premium feel to echo the exterior’s eye-catching new looks. Changes in the cabin include a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and piano-key buttons for the audio and HVAC controls, while the standard seven-inch color display audio system is prominently displayed.

The current Sonata has been well received by owners for its ride and handling, and Hyundai engineers further refined the chassis for 2018. To achieve this, the rear suspension receives 21 percent thicker trailing arms to better manage heavy suspension loads, while new bushings allow for more ride compliance and quicker response times. The steering system’s torsion bar stiffness has been increased by 12 percent to improve steering responsiveness and new steering calibration further improves on-center feel.

The top-of-the-line 2.0T engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which adds ratio range at both the top and bottom for improved performance and efficiency. All 2.0-liter turbo Sonatas ride on 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin tires.

Adding to an already impressive list of standard safety equipment, every 2018 Sonata is equipped with Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Sonata is the only mainstream mid-size car sold with this safety technology as standard equipment. Working in conjunction with the standard rearview backup camera, RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, the available Lane Departure Warning system is now enhanced with Lane Keep Assist function.

All 2018 Sonatas are equipped with a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration. Models equipped with Blue Link Telematics get three years of complimentary Connected Care and Remote services; including the ability to activate many of the features using the Amazon Echo and Google Home virtual assistants. The available navigation system is enhanced with a bird’s-eye-view feature and HERE HD real-time traffic flow data. Furthermore, the inconvenience of outdated map software is now a thing of the past as owners now have three years of complimentary Guidance Package services, which include downloads to maintain up-to-date navigation programming.

Keeping on-trend with today’s connected passengers, smartphones can now be charged without a plug using the available wireless charging pad (Qi standard) while a second-row USB charge port provides additional charging flexibility.

For complete pricing and packaging details, please visit http://www.hyundainews.com/us/en/models/sonata/2018/pricing.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.


Fast Facts:

  • Now in its sixth generation, Elantra has achieved more than 2.9 million sales since its launch in the U.S.
  • Assembled in both Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea
  • EPA Size Classification: Midsize (a class-above Chevrolet Cruise and Ford Focus)
New for 2018:
  • New high volume SEL trim replaces SE with Popular Equipment Package and includes
    • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
    • Seven-inch Display Audio system AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM with six speakers
    • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
    • Android Auto
    • Apple CarPlay
    • 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tires
    • Four-wheel disc brakes
    • Heated outside mirrors
    • Auto headlamp control
    • 3.5-inch TFT mono cluster display
    • Rear cup holders (mounted rear of center console)
  • Limited trim features now include:
    • Gloss black interior accents
    • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with Blue Link and HomeLink standard
    • All available Blue Link features standard for three years
  • Sport trim features now include:
    • Power Sunroof and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist standard
  • All trims receive:
    • New machine gray exterior color choice
    • All available Blue Link features standard for three years
Vehicle Highlights:
  • Elantra now has six different trims to fit every shopper’s personality and pocket book
    • SE, SEL and Value –well-equipped with popular options at attractive price points
    • Eco –EPA estimated 35 miles per gallon combined fuel economy rating using a 1.4L turbo GDI four cylinder engine and seven-speed DCT
    • Limited – surrounds drivers with leather, advanced technology and class-leading safety features
    • Sport – striking design upgrades and exciting driving dynamics via an independent rear suspension
      • Powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering an estimated 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT with paddle shifters
      • Available HID headlights with dynamic bending light, door handle approach lights, LED DRL’s and taillights
      • Standard 2.0L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder with an estimated 147 hp and 132 lb. ft. of torque (SE, SEL, Value and Limited trims)
      • Available eight-inch Multimedia Navigation System and seven-inch Display Audio System with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Blue Link
      • Available Infinity premium audio with eight speakers including center channel & subwoofer with segment 1st Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology  
      • Available segment 1st hands-free smart trunk release and dual USB
      • Available heated front & rear seats and segment 1st Integrated Memory System (IMS) for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and instrument panel illumination
      • America’s Best Warranty
Advanced Safety Technologies
  • Available Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Available Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control
  • Seven standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag
  • Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Hyundai Blue LinkHyundai Motor America is going above and beyond the competition by offering three years of updated standard Blue Link services for available 2018 Hyundai vehicles and 2017 IONIQ models.

The standard Blue Link features include:

  • Connected Care Package
    • Automatic Collision Notification
    • SOS Emergency Assistance
    • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
    • Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
    • Service Link
    • Maintenance Reminder
    • Driving Information
    • On-Demand Diagnostics
    • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
    • Remote Package –
*Most features can be activated via Amazon Alexa skill, smartphone app or smartwatch
  • Remote Door Lock / Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Remote Start with Climate Control (Requires push button start)
  • Car Finder
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Stolen Vehicle Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Curfew Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Valet Alert
  • Guidance Package –
*Requires Onboard Navigation
  • Multimedia and Navigation Updates (Provides complimentary map updates)
  • Destination Search Powered by Google
  • Destination Send-to-Car by Google

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.