2016 Hyundai Sonata Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 10, 2016 1:46 PM

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Above Average: Roominess, interior appeal, infotainment, warranty

Below Average: Less and less

Consensus: Still a features-per-dollar standout, with increasingly well-rounded appeal


One of the segment's A players

Hyundai's midsize sedan, which was all-new last year, has subtle styling outside, an elegant design inside and improved driving feel. When Hyundai introduced the new Sonata, it increased its appeal as a midsize sedan that's loaded with a surprising number of features for the money. Also adding to the appeal are a new hybrid and plug-in hybrid for 2016, benefiting from all of the improvements made to the regular Sonata, plus better fuel economy than the previous hybrid.

The Sonata has been a huge success for Hyundai, so much so that Hyundai owners are now among the most loyal shoppers at KBB.com, trailing only Toyota, Lexus and Honda in percentage of new-car shoppers reconsidering their current vehicle brand for their next purchase.

Driving It

The Sonata's powertrain is among its many strengths, even with the base engine, as noted in our 2016 Hyundai Sonata review: "The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder putting out 185 horsepower. As the standard powerplant in Sonata SE, Sport and Limited models, it's the most common, and along with the 6-speed automatic transmission, it offers satisfying acceleration and pretty good fuel economy."

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Sonata Sport 2.0T

While the 2.4-liter engine powers most Sonatas and the Sonata Eco's 1.6-liter is the fuel-economy leader, those whose blood runs hotter should consider the Sonata Sport 2.0T. Its turbocharged engine puts out 245 horsepower, and a dual-pinion steering rack further improves steering feel compared to other Sonatas.

Sonata Hybrid

While the standard Sonatas were new for 2015, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was a carryover model based on the previous-generation Sonata. That's no longer the case: for 2016, Hyundai introduced the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, which bring together gas-electric power and new sheetmetal. The new Hybrid achieves 41 combined mpg, while the 2015's combined fuel economy was 38 mpg. The 2016 Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 27 miles on electric power and has a total range of 600 miles.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com visitor and Hyundai Sonata owner coffeewood has this to say about the Sonata: "Its one of the best I've ever owned. Two small issues. #1 The seat belts are hard to fasten. #2 There is an annoying reflection of the dash in the windshield. Other than that, its perfect." Read more Hyundai Sonata consumer reviews.

Build and Price

Good looks and newfound popularity haven't gone to the Hyundai Sonata's head, as it remains a great value. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata starts at a bit over $22,000 and tops out at under $35,000 for a fully loaded Sport 2.0T model, and the Sonata Hybrid starts at under $27,000. Build and price your own 2016 Hyundai Sonata or Sonata Hybrid to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Midsize Sedans

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is one of 11 solid midsize sedans available today, and the trick is finding the one that offers the best combination of what's important to you. Check out our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide to make sure your best match doesn't go overlooked.


Photo Gallery: Hyundai Sonata Inside and Out


Video: Hyundai Sonata Review & Road Test


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