New for 2018:Hyundai

Christian Wardlaw | Oct 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.

2018 Hyundai Kona front quarter left photo

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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