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    Expert Rating

    4.5 (Excellent)
    MPG
    25 City / 36 Highway

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    2016 Hyundai Sonata OVERVIEW

    Hyundai's entry in the hotly contested midsize sedan segment, the Sonata does battle with some of the best-selling cars on the planet. If its enduring popularity is any indication, the Sonata belongs right up there with the best of its class.

    What's New for 2016

    The Sonata's suspension has been tweaked for snappier steering response. New standard features include a rearview camera, automatic headlamps, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Collision mitigation with automatic braking is available for the first time.

    Choosing Your Hyundai Sonata

    Every Sonata offers a spacious (and quiet) environment for five passengers. The trunk holds an above-average 16.2 cubic feet, and a split-folding rear seat comes standard.

    Most models carry a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 185 horsepower. The Eco trim receives a 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 32 mpg in combined city and highway driving (versus 30 mpg with the 2.4-liter). At the top of lineup is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces a stout 245 horsepower. The 2.4-liter and 2-liter run with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.6-liter gets a seven-speed unit.

    What lies under the hood is determined by the trim level:

    SE

    Gets the 2.4-liter engine, plus a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, heated mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio. The SE rolls on 16-inch alloy wheels.

    Sport

    Adds 17-inch wheels, dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips, LED running lights, and more aggressive exterior trim. The inside gets leatherette upholstery and a power driver seat. The available Premium package gives you partial leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless ignition, and a hands-free power trunk lid. Models so equipped are eligible for a Tech package with a sunroof, navigation, and a nine-speaker sound system.

    Eco

    Carries the fuel-saving 1.4-liter engine and the Sport's leatherette interior. The Premium and Tech packages are not offered here.

    Limited

    Equipped like the Sport with Premium package, but with extras like full leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power passenger seat, heated rear seats, and wood-like interior trim. The Limited can get a Tech package of its own with navigation, driver memory, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and high-gloss window surrounds. With all that in place, you can order an Ultimate package featuring front collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.

    Sport 2.0T

    Carries the more powerful 2-liter turbo, along with a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, 18-inch wheels, and sportier trim throughout. Standard equipment is similar to the Limited (less some of the snazzier features), but there are no option packages.

    Limited 2.0T

    Comes completely loaded with everything available on the other trims, including the contents of the option packages.

    CarsDirect Tip

    The SE is certainly a bargain for this class, so long as you can live without power seats or advanced safety technology. If the option packages sound good to you, we recommend going straight to the Limited 2.0T, where absolutely everything is included for just under $35,000.

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