- Fully redesigned last year
- Adds standard features including a rearview camera and 7-inch touchscreen
- Five-star safety rating from the NHTSA
Fresh off of a full redesign last year, the Hyundai Sonata does not rest on its laurels for 2016 and continues to introduce new content including added standard features and new safety technology.
For 2016, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, 7-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, and Blue Link are now standard on all models. The available forward collision warning also now include automatic emergency braking, which will intervene if it thinks a forward collision is imminent to help keep occupants safe. Additionally, some of the steel suspension parts have been replaced with aluminum ones to save weight.
The Sonata’s new look which was added last year is what Hyundai calls “fluidic sculpture 2.0” and it will gradually make its way across their whole lineup over the next several years. It’s bold and more aggressive than the previous Sonata, replacing curves with sharper lines. The trapezoidal front grille returns, but is now larger and almost appears to be leaning forward from some angles. A hands-free Smart Trunk is optional; stand within three feet of the trunk for three seconds with the key fob on your person, and it will pop open automatically making it easier to load without having to put down whatever you’re carrying to open the trunk.
The Sonata’s engine options were also updated in the redesign. The base engine is a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, while Sport 2.0T models feature a 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which adds paddle shifters in the Sport 2.0T. The suspension has also been upgraded to a new multilink setup in the rear which translates to improved ride quality and better stability under braking. Also available is an Eco version of the Sonata which gets its own engine, a 177-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Eco models get the best fuel economy with 28/38 mpg city/highway, while other models range between 21-24/31-35 mpg.
Inside, the added standard features give the Sonata (which was already very content heavy for its price) even more value. Besides the additions we noted earlier, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, remote keyless entry, satellite radio, and air conditioning are all standard. A navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen is available, as are leather upholstery and heated/ventilated front seats. The Sonata also has a full suite of optional technology for iPhone integration with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free support. Got an Android phone? Don’t worry you’re covered to – Android Auto has been added to the Sonata for 2016.
The 2016 Sonata earned a full five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA, their highest score. Standard safety features include seven airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. The latest in car safety technology is also available, such as smart cruise control, forward collision warnings with automatic braking, blind spot warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and lane departure warnings.