Happy drivers make better drivers. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 28, 2017 2018 Hyundai Sonata ECO w/ the 178 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque 1.6L GDI-T mated to the fast shifting 7-speed AT - $23,660 to start incl. mats and the $885 D&H charge. There is already a factory $1000 rebate across the entire 18 Sonata lineup with more to follow. Owners are provided with a midsize that is larger than some full-size cars - 106.1 and 16.3 cu.ft. of passenger/cargo volume - for less than midsize segment pricing while offering a competitive 28/37 mpg city/highway rating. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all Sonata's. Moving to the higher end trims with FCW and the Radar CC system, the Hyundai system is about as good as Audi's in terms of lower accel/decel G forces when setup with its softest setting. The new steering system - stiffer shafts and retuned suspension is slightly better but nothing anyone will concern themselves with. Hyundai’s latest promotion push highlights the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata in a manner many of us take on our daily grinds. At least I do… Sometimes. The most frustrating parts of every workday according to my wife and surely tens of millions of other Americans is the traffic-jam ladened daily commute. With that premise, Hyundai introduces the refreshed 2018 Sonata in its first national TV spot, titled “Duet.” Dean Evans, Chief Marketing Officer: The spot places the Sonata’s refreshed interior, luxurious appointments, and the latest technology. Stuck in a traffic jam, a delighted Sonata driver sings along to Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, and unites with another happy Sonata owner among several angst-ridden drivers on the road. The new Sonata 2.0T is featured and showcases how its captivating new design stands out in the sea of vehicles it shares the road with during a typical stop-and-go commute. Likewise, the TV spot demonstrates the advantages of confidence-inspiring preventive safety tech like the 2018 Sonata’s Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), which is now standard equipment on all trim levels. The 30 and 60-second version of the new 2018 Hyundai Sonata commercial began airing on national and regional TV, and digital platforms this week. Inside the new Sonata, the center stack has been enhanced with larger features to fill the large dash better. Revised audio and ventilation controls are now “rocker” buttons. The 2018 Sonata includes 7 airbags (dual front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee) plus Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard. Sonata is also equipped with a new Lane Departure Warning system that has an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection on the Limited 2.0T.