There’s more going on than just a refresh: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo

 

The 2.0-liter “Theta” turbocharged engine makes 245 (@ 6,000 rpm) and 260 lb-ft of torque (all the way from 1,350 rpm up to 4,000 rpm). It’s a frisky power-plant, one that helps the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo get up and dance. It weighs under 3,500 lbs, but it feels lighter. Acceleration, deceleration, cornering and overall handling are commendably athletic. Still, this power is a carryover from last year. The eight-speed automatic transmission has been updated to work more efficiently in power delivery and fuel consumption.

Additional information about the Sonata is available (here).

Hyundai beefed up the independent multi-link rear suspension and enhanced the steering with better heft, feel and a beefy, flat-bottom steering wheel. These enhancements translate into a smooth commuter that’s legitimately fun to drive. That’s a hell of a combination.

While many think the only enhancements for 2018 are esthetic, they would be wrong. Sure, a majority of sheet metal along with the nose and tail are all-new, performance is indeed part of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. I must add that, aside from the new steering wheel, the center stack and dashboard are updated. New goodies like Android Auto and Apple Carplay are now standard.

If I had one issue with the 2018 Sonata, it’s interior noise. I could definitely hear tire and wind noise. It’s an issue they need to address soon.

How will the 2018 Hyundai Sonata hold up against the big sellers from Toyota and Honda? This heavy refresh was meant to buy the Sonata a little bit more time before they come out with something new to compete against the all-new Camry and Accord. I think it’s a good effort, enough to slow some of the loss – for now.

In this video, I get a chance to play with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited Turbo in the hills of Southernmost California. It was a good day in the office!

Nathan Adlen
Nathan Adlen

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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The 2018 Honda Accord will be New from the Ground Up

The 2018 Honda Accord will not be a refresh or have an updated look. The 2018 Honda Accord will be new from the ground up – according to Honda. That means, the lauded 2018 Toyota Camry is about to have some serious competition.

While Toyota is sticking with and updating their V6 with an all-new, dual-injected unit, the 2018 Honda Accord will have turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Discontinuing the V6 and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) to be replaced by an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Here’s the press release:

  • Two high-performance, high-efficiency turbocharged engines
  • First-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-wheel drive car
  • Available 6-speed manual transmission for both turbo engines
  • Next-generation Honda two-motor hybrid powertrain technology
  • New, more aggressive design direction complements powertrain lineup

Jun 9, 2017 – TORRANCE, CA — Honda will launch the most stylish and fun-to-drive Accord ever later this year. The all-new, completely redesigned and reengineered 2018 Honda Accord is the tenth generation of America’s best-selling midsize sedan, the number one choice of individual American car buyers cumulatively since 20101. A new-from-the-ground-up design that features a more aggressive stance and proportion than any previous Accord complements the lineup of advanced new powertrains.

The three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains in the 2018 Accord will include two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission and a sporty 6-speed manual transmission that will be available on both turbo engines, as well as the next-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The new Accord design will have a dramatically lower and wider appearance that creates a more aggressive and athletic stance. Additional details on the all-new 2018 Accord design, technology and performance will be released in the weeks ahead.

Next Generation Honda 10-Speed Automatic

“With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet,”said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of America Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan.”

The 2018 Accord will feature two available high-torque, high-efficiency turbocharged powerplants, a 1.5-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC), mated to either a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual transmission; and a 2.0-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with i-VTEC® valvetrain, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the industry’s first 10AT for a front-wheel-drive passenger car – or a 6-speed manual. An all-new, even more refined Accord Hybrid will be powered by the next-generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology, which uniquely operates without the use of a conventional automatic transmission.

A perennial best-seller with American car buyers, the Accord has been the U.S. retail sales leader in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016). For the first five months of 2017, based on retail sales data, Accord is the top selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall, surpassed only by the new Honda Civic2. Accord also is an unprecedented 31-time recipient of Car and Driver magazine’s coveted 10Best award.

Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have purchased more than 13 million Accords. Accord is the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1982, with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million units over 35 years of U.S. manufacturing3.

The new 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be produced at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant. The Accord’s CVT transmission will be manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant, and its new 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced in the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant. Honda recently announced a $149 million investment in the Russells Point and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT and its components in America. Additional investments related to manufacturing of the new Accord will be announced closer to its fall 2017 launch.

2018 Honda Accord Kills V6 while 2018 Toyota Camry Resurrects its V6

 

Honda has officially announced that they will drop their lauded Honda Accord V6 in favor for a turbocharged I4 they currently use in the Honda Civic R. There will be other powerplants including a hybrid with dual electric motors. While some may lament the passing of the V6, others will rejoice that Honda will have a six-speed manual transmission available in certain configurations.

Honda is introducing a new 10-speed automatic transmission with its new Accord. It will be one of the first vehicles in its class with a 10-speed. According to Honda, the 2018 Honda Accord will be new from the ground up.

As of this writing: Honda has yet to debut the 2018 Honda Accord.

Meanwhile, Toyota just introduced its all-new 2018 Toyota Camry. Not only does it keep its V6, it’s an all-new powerplant that’s capable of 301 horsepower. A 203/206 hp (the extra power is available if you get the quad exhaust) I4 is available on all trims. Toyota is banking on naturally aspirated engines while many other automakers are looking at I4 turbos.

Time will tell which one of these two immensely popular midsized cars has the edge in sales.

Here’s a video from our friends at TFLcar driving the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry.

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2017 HONDA CIVIC SI AND HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

By: Nathan Adlen

Story and video via: Tflcar.com

Two of the most anticipated small cars to enter our market are the 2017 Honda Civic SI and the Honda Civic Type R. Both of these vehicles, along with the whole Honda Civic line were on display at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Considering the success of other hot hatchbacks like the Ford Focus ST and RS along with new offerings from Hyundai, Volkswagen and Mini (to name a few), this is an important segment for Honda.

Davis Adams, West Coast PR Manager for American Honda Motor Company was kind enough to take Andre through the details of 2017 Honda Civic SI and the Honda Civic Type R, along with the rest of the Civics available. It was interesting to see the differences side-by-side between all of the Civic line.

The Honda Civic SI coupe on display produces 205 horsepower and 195 lbs-feet of torque. It has a limited slip differential and it comes standard with a 6-speed manual (short-shift) transmission. The Civic Type R produces 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Currently, that represents the most powerful compact front-drive production vehicle sold in North America.

The 2017 Honda Civic SI and the Honda Civic Type R go on sale soon. The Civic SI goes on sale in May 2017 and the 2017 Honda Civic Type R goes on sale in June. Expect mid $20,000 for the SI and mid $30,000 for the Type R.

Here’s TFLcar’s Honda Civic coverage right from the floor of the 2017 New York Auto Show!