2016 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $21,750 - $34,075

Ranked #4 in Sedan

8.5

Overall Rating

2016 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most popular mid-size sedans you can buy in the competitive sedan market. Since its launch in 1985, the sedan has been popular for quite a few good reasons- The handsome looks, airy cabin, balanced engine, and the never-ending list of features. The 2016 Sonata starts at $21,300 and is offered across 7 trims: Base, SE, Eco, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T. 

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Pros

Impeccable build quality

Airy cabin 

Admirable fuel efficiency

Latest Infotainment system with user-friendly controls

Wide engine options

Cons

Feeble 4-cylinder engine

Orthodox exterior design

What's New?

A 7” Touchscreen is standard across all the trims

Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with forwarding Collision Warning

Improved suspension for better handling

Revamped Hyundai Blue Link Telematics system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21750

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

110 in.

length

191 in.

width

73 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3252 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

106.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/30/38 mpg

highway range

703.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$21,750 onwards

SE PZEV$21,750 onwards

Sport PZEV$23,400 onwards

Base 2.0T$23,400 onwards

SEL$23,725 onwards

Turbo$23,725 onwards

Value$27,350 onwards

Limited$28,925 onwards

3.8 Grand Touring$28,925 onwards

2.0T Ultimate$34,075 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Hyundai Sonata in Dark Truffle color
Dark Truffle

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.8

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.2

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


 You get three engine options but even the base trim returns respectable power with its 2.4L I-4 engine. For 2016 MY, Sonata comes with a teeny-looking fascia, a practically built cabin, and a heap of features. 2016 Hyundai Sonata ranks 8th in the class and rivals the likes of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima.


9.0/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.8/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety


2016 Hyundai Sonata Features

9.0/10

The Hyundai Sonata is offered in 7 trims: Base, SE, Eco, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T, where the SE, Sport, and Limited comes is propelled by a 2.4L inline-4 engine, the ECO is powered by a more fuel-efficient 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 engine and the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T is thrust by a more powerful 2L turbocharged inline-4 engine.

 The SE which happens to be the bottom level trim comes packed with 16˝alloy wheels, Rear lip spoiler, 7˝color touchscreen audio display, AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system, 6-way manually adjustable passenger seat, Rearview Camera, Automatic headlights, and many more. While the upper trims offer exterior and interior embellishments, better seating, added safety features, and many others.

Trim

Base

SE

Sport

ECO

MSRP

$21,300

$21,750

$23,400

$23,725

Key Features

2.4L inline-4 engine

16˝alloy wheels

Sport 17˝ alloy wheels

1.6L turbo inline-4 engine

 

Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio,

phone and cruise controls

Rear lip spoiler

Sport front grille

LED Daytime Running Lights

 

6-way manually adjustable passenger seat

7˝color touchscreen audio display

Sport rocker panels with chrome molding

Leatherette interior door panel inserts

 

60/40 split fold-down rear seatback

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system

Dual exhaust system

Power driver seat with lumbar support

 

Solar control glass

HD Radio technology with multicasting

Leatherette interior door panel inserts

Instrument cluster hood stitching

 

Driver blind spot mirror

Blue Link connected car system

Chrome exterior accents

10-way power driver's seat

 

Automatic headlights

Solar control glass

Carbon fiber appearance interior accents

Leatherette Door Trim Insert

 

Heated power side mirrors

Automatic headlights

 

YES Essentials Premium Cloth Seating Surfaces

Trim

Limited

Sport 2.0T

Limited 2.0T

MSRP

$27,350

$28,925

$34,075

Key Features

Limited 17˝ alloy wheels

2L Turbo inline-4 engine

Limited 2.0T 18˝ alloy wheels

 

Power tilt-and-slide sunroof

Sport 2.0T 18˝ alloy wheels

An 8-inch touchscreen navigation system

 

Proximity key entry with push-button start

Larger front brakes

Infinity premium speakers with subwoofer

and amplifier (400 Watts)

 

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert

A rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips

Electroluminescent gauge cluster

with 4.2˝color LCD multi-info display

 

Hands-free smart trunk

High-Intensity Discharge Xenon headlights

Panoramic sunroof

 

Chrome exterior door handles with welcome light

Leather-wrapped D-cut steering wheel

with paddle shifters

Ventilated front seats

 

Dual-zone automatic temperature control

Sport shift knob

Heated rear seats

 

Woodgrain interior accents

Sport leather seating surfaces

Heated steering wheel

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Sport instrument cluster

LED interior lights

 

Leather seating surfaces

Leatherette door panel inserts with stitching

Glossy black door surround

and outside mirror accents

 

6-way power-adjustable passenger seat

Sport-tuned suspension

Adaptive cruise control

 

Heated front and rear seats

Paddle shifters

Rear parking sensors

     

Lane-departure warning system

We Recommend

The features and engine drastically change from trim to trim. As you pay higher prices for the higher trim levels, the existing features either improve or newer crucial attributes get added to the sedan. So, we recommend the Sonata Limited 2.0T as you get a turbocharged engine compared to the regular, packs more car comforts, better seats, and most importantly crucial safety and driver-assist measures.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

7.9/10

There are 3 engine choices packed among the different trims of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata. The base and SE get powered by a 2.4L inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates a default 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft torque which is suitable for everyday commutes and daily tasks. The power is sent to the front wheels as standard and there is no option for AWD. Overall, the base engine feels feeble and unsatisfying and fails to feed your thrills.

The ECO comes with a turbocharged 1.6L inline-4 engine, which is more fuel-efficiency oriented as the name suggests. This engine comes mated to a 7-speed automatic and this duo generates 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Though it considers the least about the performance, it should be a good take if one considers the car for city drive and casual commutes. However, if one demands performance, the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T must be an ideal choice. The 2L turbo inline-4 on these trims churn out 245 horses and 260 lb-ft torque. This helps the sedan reach 60mph from rest in 7.2 seconds, and cover a quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds.

Models

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$21,300

$22,205

$23,070

$22,500

Engine 

2.4L I-4

2.4L I-4

2.5L I-4

2.5L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-speed automatic

CVT w/OD

Power 

185hp @ 6000 rpm

185hp @ 6400 rpm

178hp @ 6000 rpm

182hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

178lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

181lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

170lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

180lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1

7.5

8

8

Quarter mile (sec)

16.3

15.7

16.2

16.2

Top Speed (MPH)

115

125

125

130

Let’s compare the pricing first, the Sonata is the most affordable followed by the Accord. The Camry trails at the bottom in terms of engine power and torque, while the Accord leads here with the best performance figures. Moreover, you get a manual transmission with the Accord. For a wide range of choices, Hyundai is your go-to car.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2.4L inline-4 engine puts out satisfactory power and it is economical too. The base engine offers 25MPG in the city, 38MPG on the highway, and 30MPG combined. However, Hyundai offers a more efficient 1.6L turbo in-4 that boosts mileage to 28MPG in the city, 38MPG on the highway, and 32MPG combined. With 18.5-gallon fuel tanks, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata offers a whopping 703-mile maximum highway driving range.

Models

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

25

23

25

27

MPG (Highway)

38

34

35

39

MPG (Combined)

30

27

28

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

17.2

17

18

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

462/703

395/584

425/595

486/702

Accord offers good performance, but when it comes to efficiency, it lags. Not only it returns the least fuel economy in the competition but also comes with a comparably smaller tank which hampers its driving range. The Nissan Altima is the most fuel-efficient of the lot thanks to its CVT transmission and with a large 18-gallon tank, it also crosses the 700-mile driving range mark.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.8/10

The 2016 Sonata comes blessed with an opulent cabin and offers adequate room for 5 people. Coming to the seats, it comes wrapped in premium cloth and the cabin is covered with decent quality patterned plastics. As you go up in higher trims, the seats come wrapped with leather while the cabin is embellished with carbon fiber appearance/ 3D tech appearance/ dark wood grain accent. The seats are cushioned well, wide and upright. The driver’s and front passenger seats are power-adjustable and come with heating functions too. In the rear, the seats are well laid and can be folded at a 60/40 split function. 

The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and comes fitted with control buttons. You also get a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control as you go up the trim ladder. The instrument cluster consists of a 4.2 color LCD and displays all the essential information. Moreover, you get 16.3 cubic feet of standard trunk space and the seats can be folded in a 60/40 split to get additional space.

Models

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/57.9/45.5

39.1/58.6/42.5

38.8/58/41.6

40/56.4/45

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38/56.5/35.6

37.5/56.5/38.5

38.1/56.6/38.9

37.1/56.4/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.3

15.8

15.4

15.4

It’s quite evident that the Sonata enjoys the airiest cabin with the best passenger volume and the largest trunk space, followed by Camry. The big trunk of the Sonata makes it a good commuter as well as a weekend getaway vehicle. Among the competition, the Honda Accord offers the most balanced front and rear row seating. Standout interior features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats with a heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • YES essentials cloth seats
  •  Rear air vents

How intuitive is the 2016 Hyundai Sonata’s infotainment system?

The most significant and most anticipated change for the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is the Infotainment. It has had major rework and now comes with a heap of features. A newly fitted 7-inch touch LCD now supports AM/FM/HD Radio, CD, and MP3 player in the standard model. However, the higher trims feature an 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system, Dimension premium speakers or Infinity premium speakers with subwoofer and amplifier, and SiriusXM Travel Link. Standout infotainment features:

  • HD Radio technology with multicasting.
  • 8-inch touchscreen navigation system.
  • Infinity 9 premium speakers with subwoofer and amplifier.
  • SiriusXM Travel Link.
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
  • Blue Link Connected Car System.
  • Dimension Premium Audio System (Optional).

2016 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

8.5/10

The 2015 Sonata received a full redesign; the newer face of the sedan looks conservative and has a traditional appeal, yet very pleasant to the eyes. For 2016 MY, the primary design silhouette remains the same. The sedan comes fitted with a variety of elements which depends on the trim model you choose. 

The SE comes fitted with 16” alloys, rear lip spoiler, Automatic headlights, and heated power side mirrors. A 17” sport alloy with bumper fascia and grille, dual exhaust system, LED DRLs comes standard in the Sport. Apart from these, the flagship embellishments comprising 18” Sport/Limited alloys, Rear diffuser, LED tail lights, etc. come standard in the higher trims which add generous spice to the overall appeal.

Model

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3252

3170

3240

3197

Length (in.)

191.1

192.5

190.9

191.9

Width (in.)

73.4

72.8

71.7

72

Height (in.)

58.1

57.7

57.9

57.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

5.8

6.1

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

110.4

109.3

109.3

109.3

The 2016 Sonata is the heaviest car among the competition and it also remains ahead with a larger wheelbase, broader and higher body. This makes it bigger than the others and also more challenging to maneuver. The Toyota Camry has the best ground clearance, while the Sonata has the shortest ground clearance which merits instability. Standout exterior features:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Lip spoiler
  • Sports exterior trim (Sport)
  • Dual exhaust with chrome trims (sport)
  • Panoramic roof (limited 2.0T)
  • 18” wheels (Sport 2.0T)

2016 Hyundai Sonata Safety

9.2/10

The Hyundai Sonata comes equipped with all standard features. It comes built on a rigid and tensile chassis and is further strengthened with side impact beams and pillars. The cabin comes fitted with an airbag system at the front, sides, and rear. Apart from this, the NHTSA has rated the car 5 stars, while the IIHS rated the sedan “GOOD” with the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award. Additionally, it comes with some best in class driver safety/ assist measures such as:

  • ABS and traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Multiple airbag systems
  • Blind-spot monitoring system (optional extra/standard on Limited and both 2.0T)
  • Rear Cross-traffic Alert (optional extra/standard on Limited and both 2.0T
  • Rearview cameras

2016 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most affordable, preferred, and value-for-money sedans you can buy in the market. There are several trims with 3 engine options to choose from. The exterior styling looks traditional and pleasant, which exhibits its uniqueness. The cabin on the other hand is spacious, comfortable, and well-built with a lot of features. However, if you’re looking for a better option, the Accord is definitely something to take a look at.

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