After refreshing it looks in the previous model year, the Hyundai Sonata adds a few new features for the 2016 model year. The redesign produced what Hyundai calls the 2.0 version of its fluidic design styling that was first introduced a few years ago and spurred a growth in interest in the Sonata and the Hyundai brand as a whole.
Since then, though, Hyundai has faced a scandal over falsely inflating its fuel economy numbers. And it has seemingly struggled to devise new styling and new vehicles that would ignite more excitement in the brand among consumers.
This model year, the Sonata’s new standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio and a rearview camera. A new optional safety feature is the automatic emergency braking system, which puts the brakes on when it senses a forward crash is about to happen.
The engine choices remain unchanged from those that were introduced in the recent redesign. They include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 245 horsepower and is found in the Sport 2.0T model. Both are linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 25 mpg city, 30 highway in the base engine and 23 and 26 in the turbocharged model.
As for convenience features, remote keyless entry, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity are all standard. Options include leather seating, a navigation system with eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free support systems and Android Auto.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sonata a five-star rating, its highest, for overall crash test analysis. Safety features that are available include smart cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking and rear cross traffic alerts.
The Sonata starts at around $22,000 and ranges to about $30,000.