Here Comes the 2016 Hyundai Sonata

Last year, Sonata, offered now in SE, Sport, Eco and Limited trims, jettisoned its goofy grinning grille, displayed from 2011 through 2014, in favor of a more conservative, less polarizing front end. That more mature image in 2016 gets tweaked on the Limited model, which adopts the more aggressive Sport's front bumper.

More importantly, Sonatas equipped with Forward Collision Warning add a proactive Automatic Emergency Braking function, while every Sonata adopts some new aluminum suspension components — steering knuckle and lower control arm in front, upper control arm and assist arms in back — to reduce unsprung weight for improved overall handling.

Regarding tech toys, Sonata’s interior adds Hyundai’s 7-inch color touchscreen Display Audio system, Android Auto and rear-view camera system.

Finally, Sport models can be had with a new "Value Edition Package," a $950 option that adds, among other things, chrome door handles, a sunroof, proximity key with push-button start, hands-free "Smart Trunk" opening and cabin upgrades like sport seats with leather bolsters and cloth inserts, heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Carried over is Sonata's all-four-bangers engine lineup.

Standard in SE, Sport and Limited is a 185-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 that mates to a six-speed automatic. Eco gets a 1.6-liter, 178-hp turbo I-4, a seven-speed automatic and an impressive EPA combined city/hwy rating of 32 mpg.

We drove the Sport 2.0T, with its 245-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four and six-speed automatic, a drivetrain also available on Limited. We found our Sport a midsize family sedan that's marvelously roomy and very pleasant to drive.

Look out Camry and Accord. Sonata, obviously, isn't going away. Click here to check out our 2016 Hyundai Sonata inventory.


DRIVE FORMAT: Front-wheel drive

BASE PRICE: SE: $22,585; Sport: $24,235; Eco: $24,560; Sport 2.0T: $29,760; Limited: $28,185; Limited 2.0T: $34,910

PRICE AS DRIVEN: $31,660; Sport 2.0T with $1,900 Premium Pkg. (Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, keyless entry/start, heated sport seats, dual-zone climate, more)

ENGINES: 2.4 GDI: 2.4-liter I-4; 2.0T: 2.0-liter turbo I-4; Eco: 1.6-liter turbo I-4

HORSEPOWER: 2.4 GDI: 185 at 6000 rpm; 2.0T: 245 at 6000 rpm; Eco: 178 at 5500 rpm

TORQUE: 2.4 GDI: 178 lb.-ft. at 4000 rpm; 2.0T: 260 lb.-ft. at 1350 rpm; Eco: 195 lb.-ft. at 1500 rpm

REQUIRED FUEL: Regular, all engines

TRANSMISSION: 2.4/2.0: Six-speed automatic; 1.6: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic

EPA MPG: 2.4 GDI: 25 city/36 hwy/29 combined (25/38/30 in SE trim); 2.0T: 23/32/26 (21/31/25 in Limited trim); Eco: 28/38/32

WHERE BUILT: Montgomery, Ala.

WHEELBASE: 110.4 inches

LENGTH: 191.1 inches

TRUNK: 16.3 cu. ft.

SUSPENSION: Fully independent

BRAKES: Four-wheel disc, ABS, traction control, stability control

CURB WEIGHT: 2.4 GDI: 3,250 lbs.; 2.0T: 3,492 lbs.; Eco: 3,219 lbs.
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