The Hyundai Motor Company recently made an announcement that caught drivers in San Diego and beyond a bit by surprise: the full-size Hyundai Azera would be put out to pasture after the 2017 model year. There’s no word yet whether or not there’ll be a replacement, but the move puts a lot of attention — and pressure — on the Hyundai Sonata. This is just in time, mind you, for a mid-cycle redesign for the coming model year. Here’s what to expect when the 2018 Hyundai Sonata arrives at Kearny Mesa Hyundai!

Exterior: The new cascading grille that debuted with the 2018 Hyundai Kona is deployed in this latest model, and the rest of the car’s exterior — headlights, taillights, trunk, and lower body panel — is also updated.

Interior: Along with a redesigned center stack, a new 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel comes equipped.

Technology: Hyundai Blue Link® is upgraded with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, Amazon Echo, and Google Home compatibility. There’s also a standard wireless phone charger and a rear-passenger USB port.

Safety Features: Several active safety amenities are integrated in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, such as rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot detection, and lane keep assist, all of which come standard.

Other New Goodies: Premium lighting, a range of wheel choices, new transmissions, which include an eight-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual clutch, are among the new features present.

What Stays: The engine choices and trim levels, for now, remain as before.

We admit, we’ll miss the 2017 Hyundai Azera. It offered a kind of luxury that was a cut above other cars in its class. However, you simply can’t go wrong with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Although it doesn’t offer the same size as the 2017 Hyundai Azera, its amenities make it an attractive buy and more than capable of filling the shoes of its departed stable mate. To find out more about this car or to see the rest of the new Hyundai vehicle lineup, visit us at Kearny Mesa Hyundai, your local Hyundai dealership, at 4797 Convoy St in San Diego, CA today.