2018 Hyundai Sonata Facelift vs Toyota Camry Suggests Power Shift

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Last year witnessed the release of two new midsized sedans – the new generation Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata Facelift. Between the two, which is better?

The answer is the Toyota Camry but this is only if names and recognition are the only tools of measurements used in this comparison. The Camry has been around for ages and it has never failed to become the number one bestselling midsized sedan on a global scale.

But this is not to say that the new Sonata Facelift is bad. Hyundai has moved past being an afterthought and it is now recognized as a major carmaker for the mass market. Every year saw Hyundai narrowing the gap with Toyota but does it show with the Sonata Facelift?

Starting with comfort, the Sonata boasts a more upmarket interior and it is also designed to offer greater amount of space to the commuters. It’s safe to say that the Sonata is more comforting than the Camry inside the cabin.

Meanwhile, the Camry wins it on the performance front. The range-topping Camry is equipped with a mill that offers the best balance in power and fuel economy. The Sonata Facelift is still a level behind as it can offer 245hp and 37mpg with the 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

But make no mistake about it. The new Sonata is simply a mid-cycle refresh hence Hyundai is being conservative with the upgrade. Things are expected to be marginally better with the next-gen Sonata and this may spell trouble for the Toyota Camry. Will there be a power shift?