"On the curvy mountain roads and flat highways east of La Jolla, California, the 2.0T's new eight-speed gearbox was a gem and proved to be a willing partner even when left to its own devices. A new Smart mode automatically switches among Comfort, Eco and Sport programming based on conditions and driving style, allowing the transmission to hold gears when the throttle is pinned but also quickly shifting to higher gears in the interest of fuel economy when just cruising. Since Sport mode tends to hold gears for too long in normal driving situations, we appreciated the Smart mode's ability to automatically serve up the best gear for the situation. No matter the driving mode, though, the transmission swaps cogs with little to no noticeable drivetrain lash."
"As in years past, the Sonata proved comfortable and quiet but isn't particularly engaging to drive. Although all 2018 Sonatas have rear trailing arms that are slightly thicker than before, we didn't notice any significant changes to the car's ride or handling characteristics, and the softly sprung Hyundai leans heavily in turns. The revised electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering system makes for a less artificial feel at lower speeds. The steering doesn't offer much feedback, but the 2.0T's provides more natural weighting at higher speeds."
-- Greg Fink, Car and Driver