Used Car of the Week: 2016 Hyundai Sonata
The 2016 Hyundai offers a comfortable ride, an upscale interior, and user-friendly features. Additionally, it boasts excellent safety scores. For 2016, the Sonata Hybrid and Sonata plug-in hybrid rounded out the Sonata lineup.
For 2016, the Hyundai Sonata offers three engine options. There is the Sonata SE, the Sport, and the Limited models have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. The Sonata 2.0T models have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245 horsepower, and the Sonata Eco has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 178 horsepower.
The six-speed automatic transmission and the front-wheel-drive are standard on the Sonata. The Eco models have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All of the three engines put the Sonata up to speed with confidence, but the two turbocharged engines offer better passing power at highway speeds.
The six-speed automatic changes gear responds briskly and smoothly when the gas is being pressed. The dual-clutch transmission has a quick response. All of the Sonatas benefit from having a soft, comfortable ride – even when driving over rough pavements; the steering is precise.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine in the Eco model offers a drivetrain that delivers surprising acceleration and a better-than-decent fuel economy. The two hybrids appeal to the most fuel-phobic types with their reliance on battery-supplemented propulsion. Drivetrain choices aside, the suspension is comfortable, the highway ride acceptably quiet, and the steering is pretty good for this class.
How’s the Gas Mileage on the 2016 Hyundai Sonata?
The Sonata Eco gets 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid automobiles in its class. The Sonata’s 2.4-liter engine also gets respectable fuel economy estimates of 25/36 mpg city/highway. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine gets 22/31 mpg, which is still fine by class standards.
Hyundai states that the 2016 Sonata is like “an athlete in a well-tailored suit.” There’s still a sharp line of chrome that extends from the headlights and down the flanks of the car, and the Hybrid and Eco models all benefit from the unique trim which is designed to enhance the aerodynamics, and it improves the fuel economy. It’s a good-looking car that will keep aging well.
All of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata models get a USB smartphone integration, a 7-inch touch-screen audio system with HD Radio, Hyundai’s Blue Link telecommunications suite and Bluetooth. The Limited models got a new wood trim and automatic headlights that are standard across the board. It complements the layout nicely, and it has a refined interior.
It has comfortable front seats and an accommodating rear seat. There are clever touches as well. There is the intermittent-wiper speed that is shown on the 4.2-inch color display between the gauges.
Although it’s a few years old, the 2016 Sonatas has Bluetooth, a CD player, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless entry, a USB port, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. The features available include dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, and a navigation system. Hyundai has a touch-screen infotainment system that benefits from quick response times and user-friendly menus.
The Hyundai Sonata was named, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. In all the areas tested, the Sonata received perfect scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the Sonata an excellent five-star rating for overall, front, and side-impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover safety.
All of the 2016 Sonatas come standard with a rearview camera. Available features include rear-cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking lessons, and lane departure warning.
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