Why 2018 Hyundai Sonata? For These Lucky Travelers, the Answer's in the Test Drive

The Hyundai Test Drive & Surprise experience has been a resounding success for what have become new-found fans of the new Hyundai Sonata. But that of Toyota Camry owner Katie, among others, is just the beginning of what you can expect from our Korean automaker's tradition of craftsmanship excellence.

For one, the new Hyundai mid-size sedan has already captured the attention of safety and design authorities. Its accolades include both a 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and five-star safety rating overall from the NHTSA, representing the height of safety standards. For the car's attention-commanding exterior and overall construction, a GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Further, 2018 Sonata offers a few performance edges you won't find many places elsewhere. To wit, a wider front and rear track than models like the new Camry and Honda Accord, evocative of the solid mid-size car physique and stance and translating into driving comfort and handling pleasure. Secondly, a larger 18.5-gallon fuel tank, surpassing that of Camry at 14.5 gallons and Accord at 14.8. But these aren't all.

Amenities abound, too, and apart from the rest. At 122.4 cubic feet, 2018 Hyundai Sonata offers more total interior space than any other car in its class. That's 2.0 cubic feet more cargo volume than the latest Camry. Plus, front seating comes available heated and ventilated, capable of acclimating to the range of weather one can expect here in the Webster, NY area. You won't find a ventilation option on either the eponymous Toyota sedan or Honda's mid-size car.

Factor in the availability of a heated steering wheel and dual automatic climate control and a standard Integrated Memory System for driver seating and mirrors, and it's clear: Sonata is an accommodating drive. You can even find it so for your fellow passengers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard to extend smartphone functionality to the car's expansive touchscreen infotainment system, and Qi Wireless Device Charging and front and rear USB charging both come available to keep devices energized and ready for the road trip. At your venue, we're sure you'll appreciate the available Hands-Free Smart Trunk with Auto Open to make unloading a breeze.

Of course, the Sonata beauty's not just on the inside. Blue Link functionality comes complimentary for 3 years, offering remote services such as lock and unlock, the ability to generate a Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and Destination Search powered by Google – excellent for when you're away from your ride. But while you're inside and on the road, a part of Sonata is there with you, virtually just outside, to keep an eye on your surroundings. Count on Lane Keep Assist for help remaining on track, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert for situational awareness, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection to steer clear of accidents.

Last but not least, you have Hyundai quality assurance on your side in the form of "America's Best Warranty." That means 5 years or 60,000 miles New Vehicle Limited coverage -- 2 years and 24,000 miles more than Toyota or Honda. It also means 10 years or 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited coverage, making 5 years and 40,000 miles more than the competition on that count, too. Thirdly, with 5 years unlimited-mileage 24-hour Roadside Assistance, you'll have peace of mind long down the road and across the many miles of your ownership. Speaking of such, you can even expect to find a new Hyundai Sonata more cost-effective option than either Camry or Accord, both at base MSRP and when comparably equipped.

Eager to check out all that our sedan has in store for your travels? Take the short drive over to Vision Hyundai Webster for your own surprising test drive today!

Comparative claims based on comparison of specifications on manufacturer websites.

To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating. For details visit www.iihs.org.

Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).

GOOD DESIGN is a Federally Registered and Protected Trademark of The Chicago Athenaeum Metropolitan Arts Press, Copyright 1992-2018.

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