The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sedan offers an easy-to-live-with design. It has many offerings that many car enthusiasts, or Hyundai’s fans, are looking for. There are a lot of features that come as standard or optional that are just right on the money. The cabin is quiet and roomy, and driving experience is smooth. These are complemented by comfortable seats and easy-to-use controls. Everything comes secure with a solid build quality.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sedan Has Good Handling, But Not the Best
So what’s new for the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sedan? Now, there is a 7-inch touchscreen display that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. This comes as a standard feature for all of the sedan’s trims except for the Limited 2.0T (which will continue to have an 8-inch screen). There is also a rearview camera and automatic headlights that come new into the mix of features. These are also available in all trims. For the Limited 2.0T, an automatic emergency braking system will be included.
The most significant change for the 2016 Sonata Sedan is its infotainment system. It deals away with the small-ish 5-inch touchscreen that was found in last year’s model as it is replaced with a 7-inch unit. The new screen reduces input errors due to its bigger surface area. This new infotainment system adds remote ignition, and automatic emergency contact information (in the event of an accident). There is also a destination search feature that is powered by Google.
When it comes to standard features on the new Sonata Sedan, there are plenty of them. It has 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and that 7-inch touchscreen display.
For the Sport and Eco trims, they add LED daytime running lights, integrated signal indicators, a simulated leather cabin trim, side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and an eight-way power driver suit with power lumbar. The difference between the two trims is that the Eco model will offer a special fuel-economy-focused engine. The Sport trim, on the other hand, will get 17-inch alloy wheels, unique body styling tweaks, and dual exhausts.
All variants of the Sonata will have front-wheel drive, and all of the engines (except for the Eco trim) come with six-speed automatic transmission. Looking at its engine, the car is clearly not made for power. It has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.
Even though the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sedan is feature-packed, there is something lacking about its offered driving experience. Power for the engine is substandard, even the Sport 2.0T is not very thrilling to drive around town. Overall, this sedan is more about its looks rather than the drive itself.