2016 Hyundai Sonata

Pros: Broad range of available comfort, convenience, and safety features; spacious rear seat; tight-for-the-class turning radius makes for good close-quarters maneuverability

Cons: Off-the-line acceleration is a bit sluggish with base engine; ride quality and suspension composure, though both improved, still trail midsize-car class leaders

CG Says: Following its redesign last year, the Hyundai Sonata gets some new features for 2016. The available Forward Collision Warning now includes automatic emergency braking. All models have a 7-inch or 8-inch control screen. Some suspension components are now aluminum in an effort to improve ride and handling. A redesigned Sonata Hybrid joins the Sonata lineup. The new Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine combined with an electric motor for a total of 193 horsepower. The EPA estimates are 39-40 mpg city and 43-44 mpg highway. A plug-in hybrid is also available. SE, Sport, Sport 2.0T, and Limited comprise Sonata’s non-hybrid lineup, each sporting unique styling features. Engine choices are 2.4-liter- and turbocharged 2.0-liter fours. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A Sonata Eco model with a 177-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder hooked to a 7-speed automatic manual transmission is also offered. Available features include High Beam Assist, adaptive cruise control, next-generation Blue Link telematics/connectivity, and an 8.0-inch navigation system that offers the ability to record preset Sirius/XM channels. (This feature allows you to “rewind” up to 22 minutes, so you can hear all of the song that was playing when you switched channels or catch up on the sports broadcast you caught midway through.) Safety features include a driver knee airbag and available Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Warning System. A hands-free “smart” automatic-opening trunklid feature makes it easier to place groceries or luggage in the trunk when hands are full. Sonata maintains a strong value-for-the-money quotient while delivering a formidable list of cutting-edge new features. Sonata is a must-see in the competitive midsize-car class.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $21,750
Sport: $23,400
Eco: $23,725
Limited: $27,350
Sport 2.0T: $28,925
Limited 2.0T: $34,075
Hybrid SE: $26,000
Hybrid Limited: $30,100
Plug-In Hybrid Base: $34,600
Plug-In Hybrid Limited: $38,600

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
193 combined
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
39-40
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
43-44

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
177
Std. Transmission
7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/plug-in electric
Horsepower
193
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
40 Combined (99 MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40 Combined (99 MPGe)

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
245
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-32

2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco
2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco
2016 Hyundai Hybrid
2016 Hyundai Hybrid