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New for 2018: Hyundai

New for 2018: Hyundai

By Christian Wardlaw, October 23, 2017
For the 2018 model year, Hyundai introduces a new subcompact crossover SUV called the Kona, redesigns the entry-level Accent and sporty Elantra GT, heavily refreshes the Sonata midsize sedan, and adds a new plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq to the lineup. The Azera full-size sedan is cancelled, while the Veloster and Tucson Fuel Cell enjoy an extended run of 2017 model-year vehicles before replacements arrive. Finally, the company’s Blue Link subscription services are free for 3 full years, a significant benefit on top of the company’s excellent warranty.

Detailed changes for each 2018 Hyundai car and SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.



2018 Hyundai Accent

  • Redesigned for 2018
  • Sedan only; hatchback is cancelled
  • Stronger vehicle structure, improved driving dynamics
  • 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with manual or automatic transmission
  • More upscale design with optional LED lighting, 17-in. aluminum wheels
  • Standard reversing camera, and 3 years of complimentary Blue Link subscription services
  • Options include smartphone projection, automatic emergency braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, smart automatic trunk opening, power sunroof, push-button engine starting


2018 Hyundai Elantra

  • SE Popular Equipment package replaced by new SEL trim level between SE and Value Edition trims
  • SEL includes 16-in. aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist, automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, rear cupholders, a 3.5-in. driver information display, a 7-in. infotainment system display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and added sound insulation
  • Sport trim adds a standard power sunroof, blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change assist
  • Limited trim adds standard Blue Link subscription services, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Vehicles with Blue Link subscription services enjoy an extended free trial period of 3 years
  • New color: Machine Gray


2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

  • Redesigned for 2018
  • Available in GT and GT Sport trims
  • GT equipped with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • GT Sport equipped with turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, independent rear suspension, larger brakes
  • Hyundai says Elantra GT offers more cargo space than primary competitors
  • Options include 8-in. infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and Infinity premium sound system with Clari-Fi music-restoration technology
  • Available panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control with start/stop capability, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, drowsy-driver monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights


2018 Hyundai Ioniq

  • Plug-in hybrid version arrives, bringing the model count to three including the existing Hybrid and Electric versions
  • Plug-in hybrid supplies 27 miles of EV range and 650 miles of total driving range
  • Lane-keeping assist function added to lane-departure warning system
  • Paddle shifters are optional for Hybrid and standard for Plug-in hybrid


2018 Hyundai Kona

  • New subcompact crossover SUV
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Available turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • Cladding referred to as “urban smart armor”
  • Available forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, drowsy-driver monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers
  • Options include smartphone projection, wireless device charging, and a power sunroof


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Limited trim level discontinued, but Limited Ultimate remains in lineup
  • Blue Link subscription services free trial period extended to 3 years


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

  • Heated side mirrors, satellite radio, and auto-up windows are no longer standard equipment
  • Popular package on base model renamed Value package; contents of package are upgraded with heated front seats, heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, satellite radio, auto-up windows, and keyless entry with push-button engine starting
  • Blue Link subscription services free trial period extended to 3 years


2018 Hyundai Sonata

  • Sonata receives a significant refresh
  • Continues in SE, Eco, SEL, Sport, and Limited trims
  • 4-cylinder, turbocharged 4-cylinder, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains are available
  • Restyled forward of windshield, plus new rear end and trunk lid
  • Redesigned wheel selections ranging up to 18 ins. in diameter
  • New 8-speed automatic transmission for turbocharged models
  • Re-tuned steering and suspension for improved ride and handling
  • Updated dashboard, steering wheel for all versions
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist is standard on all trims
  • New SEL trim level debuts
  • Lane-departure warning system adds lane-keeping assist; available for SEL and Limited trims
  • Heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, upgraded infotainment system available for Limited trim
  • Blue Link subscription services is free for 3 years
  • Panoramic roof option is dropped
  • New colors: Machine Gray and Electric Blue


2018 Hyundai Tucson

  • New SEL trim replaces SE Popular Equipment package, slots between base SE and Eco trim levels
  • SE Plus trim renamed SEL Plus
  • Value Edition trim returns; it replaced Sport trim late in 2017 model run
  • In California, the Tucson Fuel Cell remains on sale as a 2017 model-year vehicle
  • Infotainment with 7-in. display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone projection, and satellite radio is standard on Tucson SEL
  • Panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink universal garage door opener, and rear park-assist sensors now standard for Value Edition
  • Heated steering wheel included for Limited trim with all-wheel drive
  • CD player deleted from all trims except for SE
  • New paint colors arrive

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