Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Sonata VS 2018 Toyota Camry Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

Both the Sonata and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Sonata comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camry’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Camry. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Camry ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Sonata’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Camry’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sonata has a standard 608-amp battery. The Camry’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Sonata uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Camry V6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sonata has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sonata has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sonata 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:


Sonata 2.0T


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

11.06 inches

The Sonata stops much shorter than the Camry:





70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sonata has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Camry L/LE’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Sonata’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s (35.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sonata is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Camry is rated a Mid-size.

The Sonata has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Camry (106.1 vs. 100.4).

The Sonata has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sonata has a much larger trunk than the Camry (16.3 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

The Sonata’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Sonata offers cargo security. The Camry’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Camry doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Sonata Limited, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sonata Limited/Sport 2.0T’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the Sonata’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sonata Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Camry doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Sonata Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sonata Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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