2016 Hyundai Sonata Release Date, Info & Specs

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

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2016 Hyundai Sonata gear shift knob

2017 Hyundai Genesis Release Date, Review and Info

The new 2017 Hyundai Genesis comes with an impressive list of standard features, a quality interior, overall refinement, and an improved performance. Some of the highlights for 2017 include a long warranty coverage, an exceptional value, excellent crash test scores, a hushed cabin, and a high-quality and spacious cabin. Its release date should be expected in September this year.

For 2017, buyers should look forward to LED daytime running lights, HID headlights, LED foglights, and mild exterior tweaks.

2017 Hyundai Genesis gront angle, grille and headlights

Lots of standard features and a strong value might be what endeared many people to the Genesis in the past in comparison to Japanese and German rivals. This is also true for 2017, the vehicle offers a long list of standard features and, as you’d expect, a strong value.

However, nowadays, the Genesis has evolved into something more appealing. It comes with a well-appointed cabin, a refined ride, and a clean styling among others that give the German and Japanese rivals a run for their money.

2017 Hyundai Genesis exterior, side angle

You might not be wowed by its character, however, you will be pleasantly surprised by its accommodating and spacious cabin, and elegant interior layout. The only unfortunate thing that stands out from the list of its downsides is the surprisingly limited rear-seat headroom.

Under the hood of the vehicle is a variety of V6 and V8 engines that offer a strong and smooth ride, although, the fuel consumption ratings are lackluster. The two engines send the output to the RWD via the default eight-speed automatic transmission system.

Although no vehicle today offers the power, size, interior quality, the level of equipment, and sheer presence for the money as compared to the 2017 Genesis, paying more bucks can definitely offer you better alternatives.

2017 Hyundai Genesis rear angle, black color

Some of the Genesis bogeys include the 2017 Cadillac CTS, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 2017 Lexus GS 350, and the 2017 BMW 5 Series.

Available Trims – Hyundai Genesis

The new 2017 Hyundai Genesis is offered in only two trims: the 3.8 (V6) and the Ultimate (V8) models.

2017 Hyundai Genesis side angle, alloy wheels

Also available is the Genesis Coupe but it’s a totally different vehicle and is covered in a separate review.

Exterior Concept & Interior Review – 2017 Hyundai Genesis

The full-size, RWD luxury 2017 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 sedan comes equipped with a rearview camera, 18” alloy wheels, automatic wipers, heated 12-way power front seats, LED daytime running lights, auto-leveling/automatic HID headlights, heated mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a navigation system, a hands-free “smart” trunk, automatic climate control (dual-zone), an 8” touchscreen interface, HD and satellite radio, a seven-speaker audio system, Hyundai’s Blue Link emergency telematics, an 8” touchscreen interface, leather upholstery, auto-diming rearview camera, four-way power lumbar, real-time traffic, a CD player, iPod/USB interface, and a navigation system.

Additionally, you can get three optional packages: Signature, Ultimate, and Tech. the Signature package comes equipped with ventilated front seats, rear cross traffic alert, LED foglights, a panoramic sunroof, driver memory settings, Lexicon surround-audio system, a power rear sunshade, parking guides, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof.

2017 Hyundai Genesis interior, steering wheel, dashboard and leather seats

The Tech package offers upgraded leather upholstery, an automatic emergency parking system, adaptive cruise control, an upgraded 7” display, an electronic parking brake, lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

The Ultimate package offers a matte-finish wood and aluminum trim, a color heads-up windshield display, a power trunk lid, a bigger display, 17-speaker surround-sound system, and a carbon dioxide sensor.


Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.5 in. (118.5 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 4.5 in. (196.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.4 in. (74.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 123.0 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 15.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4138 lbs.
Top Speed: 149 mph
0-60: 5.9 sec
MPG: 18/29 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Casablanca White, Caspian Black, Empire State Gray, Ibiza Blue, Manhattan Brown, Montecito Blue, Pamplona Red, Parisian Gray, Santiago Silver

Engine Specs – 2017 Hyundai Genesis

The base 2017 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 trim comes equipped with a 3.8L V6 engine rated at 311 horsepower and 293 pounds of torque under the hood of the Genesis. The eight-speed automatic transmission system is the default transmission system, as is the rear wheel drive. You can also opt for the optional all-wheel-dive.

EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 stand at 18/29/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 16/25/19 mpg for the all-wheel-drive.

2017 Hyundai Genesis engine

Finally, the top-of-the-line 2017 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Ultimate comes equipped with a 5.0L twin turbo V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 383 pounds of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 15/23/18 mpg.

Price & 2017 Hyundai Genesis Release Date

2017 Hyundai Genesis exterior, side view

The new 2017 Hyundai Genesis goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $38,750. As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle to go for sale during the third quarter of this year.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R Release Date, News and Rumors

The upcoming new 2017 Honda Civic Type R was caught testing around the Nurburgring race track last month. According to the several spy photos our photographers were able to snag, it is evident that the new model has plenty of changes in store for us. So to cut to the chase, the U.S-spec Type R will be offered with a characterful, high-revving all-new turbocharged engine. The juicier details have however been left to speculation for now. So after collecting some info from well-connected sources, we were able to join in the dots and prepared the following review. Note that this sneak preview however is based only on our own rendering. Pricing and release date details are also included as well.

2017 Honda Civic Type R front view, headlights and grille

The new Civic Type R marks a new performance era for Honda cars by delivering peak levels of performance through the brand’s racing DNA. Having been on a hiatus for two years, the Type R promises to return triumphantly with some of the best technologies, systems, and features the hot hat segment has ever seen. Indeed, credible reports say the new model will be a demonstration of just how far Honda has come from in regards to technology and performance innovation.

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear view, taillights and tailpipe

It is not known whether Honda will still offer the 2.0L VTEC Turbo gasoline engine the prior model was offered with. Some quarters say the new automobile will come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine able to crank out 315 horsepower and 300 lbs. ft. of torque. With this power, it should be able to zoom from 0-60 mph in just slightly over five seconds. Its top speed, the same quarters say, should be around 167 mph limit. It is imperative to note that the 2015 Honda Civic Type R was offered with a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0L engine that was able to offer 306 hp @6,500 rpm, and 295 pounds-feet of torque @2,500 rpm.

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, red color, alloy wheels and headlights

Just like before, Honda has offered the new model with high-precision technologies meant to cap emission ratings, while improving fuel efficiency and improving the output of the engine. The previous model offered a blistering performance that was unmatched in the FWD hot hatch segment. And even despite its astonishing performance – 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and 167 mph top speed – it achieved very low emissions of just 170g/km.

2017 Honda Civic Type R side view, red color, alloy wheels

Akin to the previous model it is replacing, the new model is expected to go up in arms against its traditional rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Ford Focus ST. It is almost impossible to talk of the hot hatch segment without mentioning the Golf GTI. It is essentially the segment founding father, having been there since 1983. Specs include: a top speed of 124 mph, 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds, and an output of 210 horsepower. The Ford Focus, on the other hand, is one of the best hot hatches the US market boasts of. It is a great option fir daily and track use.

2017 Honda Civic Type R USA Release Date & Price

Pricing details are still far from being released. Those in the know however say the U.S spec version price should most likely be offered within the neighborhood of the Euro-spec Type R that goes for sale for $46,000. Its release date should be expected sometime in mid-2017.

2017 Honda Civic Type R release date

2017 Honda Civic Type R Exterior

As is evident from the spy images we have of the vehicle, the exterior design has somehow carried over virtually unchanged from before – if you ask me. The detailing aspects have however changed. The front fascia has completely evolved into something even more impressing. The Honda badge is more upright, vertical brake ducts have been added, and the side air inlets have been redesigned. Around back, the lower fascia and the spoiler have all undergone revisions.

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, red color, grille and headlights

2017 Honda Civic Type R Interior

What Honda has up its sleeve is unknown for now. We should nonetheless take the absence of details to mean a lot is in the works. With the result being better cockpit, controls, layout, and material quality.

2017 Honda Civic Type R dashboard, lcd screen, gear shift knob and steering wheel

Available Trims

Honda is yet to offer us clues as to which trims/grades the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R will come with. Updates, that is, if Honda even decides to make any available, will be offered on this space.

2017 Honda Civic Type R badges

Engine Specs

As already mentioned, no one knows whether Honda will update the existing 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that currently offers 306 horsepower and 295 lbs. ft. of torque.

2017 Honda Civic Type R engine


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After skipping one year of production, it is likely that Honda is working on a number of new technologies that it hopes will revolutionize the way the segment has traditionally been viewed. It’ll also be interesting to see how it scores in terms of crash impact safety ratings in both the E.U and U.S safety standards.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R white color, grille and headlights

2017 Honda Civic Type R white color, rear angle, tailpipe

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, front angle, grille

2017 Honda Civic Type R spy photos

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, white color

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear angle, taillights

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, steering wheel and leather seats

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, leather seats