2018 Hyundai Sonata vs Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most consistently sellers on the market, so any newcomer taking it on has an uphill battle. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata isn't exactly a newcomer to the market, but it is as a contender to the Camry. Let's see how the pair measure up and which is the best sedan for you.

2018 Hyundai Sonata vs Toyota Camry

Looks: Hyundai Sonata

Whether we admit it or not, how a car looks is almost as important to our final buying decision as just about anything else, unless you're looking for a truck or a minivan. Both the Sonata and the Camry have recently been redesigned, and both for the better. The Sonata is now sharper and more striking, even though the overall profile remains pretty much unchanged. The sexy roofline is still there, but the new front and rear fascias take the Hyundai to another level this year.

The redesigned Camry is also sleeker, lower, and honestly a more thought-provoking design than it has been in the past. But the new Camry has its Achilles, and its the front grille that isn't to everyone's taste. It looks as though Toyota has tried a little too hard with this one, so the Hyundai takes the advantage.

Straight Power: Toyota Camry

With its optional 301 horsepower 3.5-liter engine option, the Camry is one of a dwindling bunch of midsize sedans to still offer a V-6. The standard 2.5-liter inline-four is pretty powerful too with 206 horsepower on tap. Although the Sonata doesn't have engines as powerful as the pair in the Toyota, it does offer three instead of two and they're notably more modern units than those in the Camry.

While the 2.4-liter inline-four, 2.0-liter turbo-four and 1.6-liter turbo-four don't make the Hyundai massively sporty, they are nippy and responsive enough to get the job done, and they deliver a smooth, comfortable ride that borders on sublime. The Camry has more power, but you'll need to ask yourself if that actually translates into a better ride.

Interior Comfort and Quality: Hyundai Sonata

Since the Sonata technically falls into the large car segment, you're going to find a lot more room inside than you will in the Toyota. The 106.1 cu.-ft. of passenger volume in the Sonata compared to just 100.4 in the Camry tells its own story. Apart from more rear leg room, the Sonata also offers more passenger space and there's an extra 2.2 cu.-ft. of trunk space too.

The fit and finish inside both cars is at least on par for where they sit in the market, and although the materials are a little better in the Camry on the whole, the lower price of the Hyundai makes any difference more than acceptable.

Trims and Features: Hyundai Sonata

Buyers have eight gas versions of the Hyundai Sonata to choose from: the SE, Eco, SEL, Limited, Sport, Sport 2.0T and top of the range Limited 2.0T. The Camry only has five trims, which start with the base L and then go to the LE, XLE, SE and finally the XSE.

The base Sonata SE comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, power features, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Camry LE can't match that and is also more expensive, so this is an easy win for the Sonata.

Learn More about the Hyundai Sonata

The all-conquering Toyota Camry isn't as bulletproof as it seems, as the 2018 Hyundai Sonata proves. Add in the fact the Hyundai is notably less expensive to buy too, and the Camry's should definitely consider itself on notice.

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