Base Price: $23,400
Price as tested: $29,885
Engine: 2-liter, 245 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder
Mileage: 25 city/36 highway
Curb weight: 3,252 pounds
Arguably the best looking midsize sedan on the road today, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata gives Toyota and Honda a run for their money with class-above features and a price point that’s on point. Supped up with new technology, upgraded suspension and gorgeous styling cues, Sonata has made a name for itself in this highly competitive buyer segment.
Following its relaunch last year, the seventh-generation Sonata has garnered such accolades as being named “Best Midsize Car for the Money” by U.S. News & World Report and “Most Affordable Midsize Sedan” by Cars.com.
For 2016, the Sonata’s interior adds new features including Hyundai’s 7-inch color touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and rearview camera system. One of my favorite features is the built-in Shazam-like app that, at the touch of a button, can listen to the song on the radio and give you artist, title and genre information.
In addition, a conventional sunroof is now available on Sport models and standard on Limited trims. Limited 2.0T models, like the test Sonata, also add a heated function for the steering wheel. But while sleek and clean, the interior’s Audi-like look and feel comes off a bit dated.
A remote smart-key entry system is standard on all Sonatas. As long as the key is on your person, you can push a button on the door handle to lock and unlock the car. But perhaps the strangest feature of all is the soft, relaxing music that chimes when you first start the car. The only thing that doesn’t come standard on this version of the Sonata is the carpeted floor mats, which cost $125. All in, the car’s sticker price with destination charge is $29,885.
Visual enhancements to the Limited include a more aggressively styled front bumper from the Sport model with a 3-bar grille, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design and updated woodgrain pattern interior trim on vehicles with the beige interior.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata continues with its all four-cylinder engine lineup. A 2.4-liter engine producing 185 horsepower and 178 lb. ft. of torque powers the SE, Limited and Sport models. But a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter motivates Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models with 245 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque. Changes introduced last year are a smaller turbine and compressor wheel helped provide better responsiveness and more torque in the low and mid RPM range. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Bottom line is that this iteration of the Sonata is not only beautiful, it’s also powerful and fuel efficient. And Hyundai’s outstanding 10-year, 100,000-mile extended warranty is always worth mentioning.
Base Price: $23,400