2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Hyundai Sonata will come with minimal to none changes, however, its Hybrid version will be redesigned for this model year. Previous MY brought redesign and beginning of the seventh generation of this great sedan. As it usually goes, hybrid followed these footsteps a year later. Numerous trims and options available make the Sonata one of the most versatile vehicles on the market, but also these levels make it available for everyone’s pocket. 

2016 Hyundai Sonata Front

2016 Hyundai Sonata design specs

Regular Sonata sedan will be slightly improved, with changes affecting mainly its features. The real change, like we said, comes with the 2016 Hyundai Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid, which is added for this model year. So what exactly is new for the hybrid Sonata, when it comes to its design? Mainly everything we had a chance to see at the 2015 Sonata will be carried over to the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid versions of the model. This includes new front and rear fascias, which have not only cosmetic purpose, but are also designed to improve aerodynamics of the model.

While regular 2016 Hyundai Sonata comes available in 7 trims, both hybrid and PHEV versions come available in two. Regular midsize family sedan comes in SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T, hybrid in SE and Limited trims, and PHEV in base and Limited. Although hybrid versions come in less trims, they offer more standard features than the base Sonata sedan. When it comes to exterior choices, sedan comes available in 9 shades, hybrid in 7 and PHEV in 4.

Some exterior features found on the base Sonata, SE, include 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a rear spoiler, full power accessories and heated mirrors. Interior ones include climate and cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connection and 6-speaker sounds system. Hybrid adds proximity-key entry, two-zone auto climate control, a 5-inch color screen, the full multi-info displays and backup camera.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior

2016 Hyundai Sonata engine and hybrid powertrain

Engines found under the hood of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata depend on its trims, while they all come with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic transmission (beside Eco trim). For the majority of the lineup, base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp and 178 pound-feet of torque.

Second engine available is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine that comes with Eco model exclusively, is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with output rated at 177 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, and with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid combines 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit (154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque) with a 51-hp electric motor, and delivers combined output of 193 hp. The power is transferred to front wheels via 6-speed automated manual transmission. Regular hybrid packs a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery

2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV combines the same engine with slightly stronger electric unit, and delivers combined output of 202 hp. The same transmission and drivetrain configuration come with both hybrid and PHEV, while PHEV model packs a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Side

2016 Hyundai Sonata rivals

For the hybrid version of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata biggest rivals come from the biggest hybrid automakers. It includes Honda Accord Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. Besides the non-hybrid versions of the Fusion and the Accord, Sonata also faces rivals such as Mazda 6, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat.

2016 Hyundai Sonata price and release date

2016 Hyundai Sonata will be released by the end of this year, and the model’s price will stay in range from $22,000 up to $35,000. Price of the 2016 Sonata Hybrid model should start around $27,000, while PHEV variant will pricier and start somewhere between $40,000 and $50,000.

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