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2016 Hyundai Sonata

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Used Car Price Range
$8,488 - $15,995
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2016 Base 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $21,300
2016 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,750
2016 Sport 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,400
2016 ECO 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,725
2016 Sonata Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $26,000
2016 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $27,350
2016 Sport 2.0T 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $28,925
2016 Sonata Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $30,100
2016 Limited 2.0T 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $34,075
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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Hyundai sedans used to play second fiddle to four-doors with mainstream nameplates: the Detroit Three, Honda and Toyota, maybe Nissan and Mazda. You picked Hyundai when saving money was Priority One. Not anymore. For a fast-growing number of shoppers, a Sonata is the first choice, not an also-ran purchased as a consolation prize.

Pricing and Equipment

Starting at $21,750 (plus $825 destination charge) in SE trim, the Sonata comes with a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Additional choices include a 2-liter turbo four, rated at 245 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter Eco four with dual-clutch transmission, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Standard equipment for our Sonata Sport (starting at $23,400) includes:

  • Power driver's seat
  • Rearview camera
  • Cloth seat upholstery
  • Sporty exterior trim
  • Heated foldaway power mirrors
  • Three-bar grille
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

Performance Pros

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  • Refined powertrains. No, Sonatas aren’t the swiftest-accelerating sedans; but nobody should expect them to be. Hyundai’s easy-revving engines, including the turbo, deliver power quite quietly, with almost no vibration. The six-speed automatic transmission also provides smooth, quick shifts.
  • Fuel-efficiency. Hyundai was among the first to go with all four-cylinder engines, and that choice has paid off in fuel-economy figures.
  • Eco engine. Performance is surprisingly spirited with the Eco, whose 1.6-liter engine can strain a bit at times, yet generally feels eager. Even more surprising, unlike some dual-clutch transmissions, you barely notice shifts from the Eco’s unit, except at lowest speeds. Hybrid driveability and smoothness have improved considerably, too, and the Plug-In Hybrid delivers especially good performance.

Performance Cons

While it’s possible to question Hyundai’s decision to step back from flamboyance, switching to a more subdued exterior look, it is not so easy to find much fault with any version’s performance or road behavior.

  • Eco mode. Switching to Eco mode holds back on the downshifts, thus cutting into performance. Fortunately, you can flick that dial back to Normal or Sport instead.
  • Eco drivability: Steering feel in the Eco edition is lighter than in, say, a Sonata Limited. Most drivers probably won’t notice, but some may find the lightness a little disconcerting. The Eco engine’s exhaust gets a bit noisy, too.

Interior Pros

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  • Spacious interior. Front-seat passengers enjoy lots of head room, provided they’re willing to lower the seat as needed. But when doing so, there’s a feeling of sitting rather low.
  • Rear-seat space. The Sonata’s ample width shows up best in the back seat, where, unlike so many contemporary cars, there’s actually room for three adults. In addition to elbow room, those occupants can expect lots of leg and toe space, as well as satisfactory headroom.
  • Instruments. Great, large white-on-black gauges are exceptionally easy to read. So is the high-mounted video screen, with crisp and clear characters.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Light weight and a stiff structure help give gas-engine Sonatas a controlled, settled ride, neatly-damped when rolling over bumps. Cross a train track even at highway speed, and the suspension complies with little fuss. Though it’s not exactly surprising, the Sonata stands tall in the midsize-sedan group for its confidence-inspiring safety scores, including five stars all-around from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Hyundai has been among the leaders in doing away with traditional printed owner’s manuals. That’s good news for the tech-hungry, but irritating to those of us who prefer printed manuals and/or lack a smartphone or tablet computer. (Yes, such Luddites do exist, and they do buy cars.) Late in 2015, Hyundai plans to introduce an “augmented reality” manual. Rather than cheer, some of us fear adding yet another complication. Hmmm.

The Bottom Line

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Making efficient use of its interior dimensions, Sonata is one of the roomiest midsize sedans, which helps boost its standing against the most popular models. Front seats offer plenty of space for six-footers. With its expansive selection of powertrains, there’s a satisfying Sonata for just about every sort of shopper.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 38 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 38 / 31 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
106 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
191.1 "
Exterior Width
73.4 "
Exterior Height
58.1 "
Front Headroom
40.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
45.5 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,252 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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