2016 Hyundai Sonata Release Date, Info & Specs

2016 Hyundai Sonata Review

The newest and improved 2016 Hyundai Sonata can perhaps be the top running family sedan of the year with its amazing fuel efficiency and a spacious interior. The car has been updated quite significantly for the upcoming year and will be a good prospect for any customer who wants to find a family vehicle for long drives or actually any type of a given situation.

2016 Hyundai Sonata exterior, front view

The Hyundai Sonata enters in its seventh generation of production and does so in a magnificent fashion as it needs to deal with a very tough competition of four door sedans, starting with the Toyota Camry car. The 2015 year saw a very nice update for the car which added a more elegant but conservative look which also adds some higher refinement levels to the brand. The first predictions were that the design was not going to hold up for very long but the claims were completely false. Both the interior and exterior design that was imposed last year manages to hold up for this year and will even maintain itself longer than you might think.

2016 Hyundai Sonata side angle, alloy wheels

The upgrades imposed on the 2016 Hyundai Sonata model are not just going to be aesthetic, although few for that matter, but are also very functional. The inside gets some newest technological additions while safety has been made even higher with several aluminum suspension components added and emergency braking to the forward collision warning system. The car promises to be a very good choice which will topple the competition and hold its position firmly. The review will help you understand just how the new Sonata has changed.

2016 Hyundai Sonata exterior

2016 Hyundai Sonata front angle, headlights and grille

Compared to before, the exterior of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is without question a more sophisticated but a more conservative vehicle at the same time. There was a lot of criticism that stated that the look may prove to be too bland, but in fact it has fewer faulty surfaces that crash against one another and does not include any awkward lines, making it bold and magnificently designed. This design has been derived from the Hyundai’s latest Genesis car which saw some alterations and changes to the Hyundai’s new original theme. The saber line gives the new Sonata a wide shoulder look which this time does not dive to the front wheel part but goes straight down the body side. The added horizontal lines are there to calm down the shape of the car which includes a lip spoiler at the back and chrome surround. The chrome part has also been added to the tip part of the dual exhaust tips

2016 Hyundai Sonata rear view, taillights and tailpipe

The newest 2016 Sonata is perhaps the standout vehicle in the whole current production line that comes out from Hyundai. It has a more distinctive front-end of the car that combines with the side rocker extensions and an added body chrome trim to result with a very suitable design of a family vehicle. If you decide to go with the Sport model you will see a redesigned version of the rear bumper fascia and quad exhaust tips at the back. Add to that the new 18-inch alloy wheels and you get a very nicely designed and balanced vehicle in this trim as well.


2016 Hyundai Sonata steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata’s interior has been very nicely trimmed down. It includes some good grade plastic additions and some leather inserts to combine for a very nice and good looking inside of the car. There are some printed woodgrain pieces added which do not look convincing at all but in fact the textured look manages to copy a carbon fiber and an aluminum look that manages to dress up the sober den of the car. The dashboard has been designed with some horizontal lines where every control cluster has been grouped in a single area or segment. The center screen has been framed with a trapezoidal shape which exemplifies a completely German design look with a stack of knobs and buttons positioned directly underneath it. The base version has a steering wheel design which is very sport looking but the 2.0T models go even further with a flat-bottom steering wheel design which is even sportier.

2016 Hyundai Sonata interior, leather seats


As the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is one of the lighter models in their class it was also the first one which has switched to an all four-cylinder engine lineup. Thus the base engine for the 2016 model is a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four which also has a twin-scroll turbo. The second option that you get with the Sonata is a 245-hp 2.0-liter four which is a free rewing engine that delivers the power with a fair amount of vibration and is thus very quiet. Both engine options will use the six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual controls that enables smooth transmissions between gears. The Sport 2.0T is the one which has paddle shifters while all Sonata vehicles have a three-mode driving selector that enables you to change between Eco, Normal, and Sport modes.

2016 Hyundai Sonata engine

Price and release date

The car makes its debut on the market in the upcoming year and it is going to be available for sale at your local dealers immediately. You can start making plans of obtaining the car around April when the release date is set. The base MSPR price is given at 21,750 USD, or 27,350 for the Limited trim.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata exterior, alloy wheels

2016 Hyundai Sonata exterior, red color

2016 Hyundai Sonata rear angle, taillights

2016 Hyundai Sonata grille and headlights

2016 Hyundai Sonata gear shift knob