The arrival of the "+" trim level adds more tech at a better value.

Though not an outright model year makeover, Hyundai has updated its Sonata range with a few new packages. The arrival of "+" edition trim level, which adds a number of desirable features without breaking the bank, makes the Sonata better equipped with a more affordable price tag.

The new Sonata SEL+ and Sport+ trims now come standard with features like sport mesh grille and front fascia, dual automatic climate control, floor console-mounted rear vents, Qi wireless phone charging, a heated steering wheel, and an automatic up/down driver window. If you opt for the new Sport + model with the Tech Package, that also includes Hyundai’s Advanced Driver Assist System, which features automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and smart cruise control.

The 2018 SEL+ starts at $23,700, which adds a total value of $580 over the standard SEL trim. The SEL+ with the Tech Package, meanwhile, starts at $24,300. The Sport+ trim can be had for $24,800, with an added value of $950, and the Sport+ with the Tech Package comes in at $25,400.

Opt for the Sonata Limited with the Tech Package, and all those same features come standard. Go for the Sonata Limited with the Ultimate+ Package, and it also includes a panoramic sunroof. A total of six new “+” trim levels have been added to the range (including those with Tech Packages). Here’s how the pricing structure breaks down in its entirety:





Value Improvement

Sonata SEL+

2.4L GDI 4-cyl




Sonata SEL+ with Tech Package

2.4L GDI 4-cyl




Sonata Sport+

2.4L GDI 4-cyl




Sonata Sport+ with Tech Package

2.4L GDI 4-cyl




Sonata Limited with Tech

2.4L GDI 4-cyl




Sonata Limited with Ultimate+

2.4L GDI 4-cyl




Sonata Limited 2.0T+

2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cyl




All trim levels – apart from the range-topping Sonata Limited 2.0T+ – come powered by the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 185 horsepower (137 kilowatts) and 178 pound-feet (241 Newton-meters) of torque. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the Limited 2.0T+ trim produces 245 hp (182 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm), and comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Source: Hyundai

Gallery: 2018 Hyundai Sonata: First Drive

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