- Body Type: Sedan
- Drive: FWD
- 36 Months
- Torque: 178 ft-lbs.
- Year: 2016
- Engine Size: 2.4L
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Cylinders: 4
- Horsepower: 185 hp
- EPA Mileage (CTY/HWY): 25/38 mpg
2016 Hyundai Sonata Overview
The most significant change for 2016 lies with the Sonata’s base infotainment system. Last year’s smallish 5-inch touchscreen has been replaced by a 7-inch unit that reduces input errors by virtue of its bigger surface area. The new unit adds features already included with the optional 8-inch interface, including Apple CarPlay (late availability) and Android Auto smartphone functionality and the newest version of Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. In addition to the lengthy list of features on the first Blue Link system, this new version adds remote ignition, automatic emergency contact notification in the event of an accident and destination search powered by Google (if equipped with navigation).
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
Standard features on the SE include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. Technology features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, the Blue Link telematics system (with smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Driving Impression/Review
Though the Sonata feels composed around turns, there’s also little that’s involving about the experience. Even the Sport 2.0T trim isn’t very thrilling, and its disappointing engine performance is hard to explain given its respectable power and torque output. There are a few noteworthy features in the Sport 2.0T, however, including handy shift paddles and a flat-bottom steering wheel, which feels better than the round wheel in other trims. Still, Honda’s Accord Sport is more involving, as are the Ford Fusion and Mazda 6.