16 Best Family Cars: 2016 Hyundai Sonata
Although it may seem like a relatively new entrant into the field of midsize sedans, the Hyundai Sonata entered its seventh generation just one year ago. Throughout its lengthy development history, Hyundai has steadily honed and toned the Sonata into what it is today: one of the most desirable yet affordable family cars on the market.
Protecting You and Your Wallet
Long-term ownership costs weigh heavily on the minds of most family car shoppers -- or they should -- and the Sonata is certainly no stranger when it comes to offering high value for dollar. Despite a starting price of around $22,500, the 2016 Sonata still comes with expected niceties like Bluetooth, automatic headlight control, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Up to 38 mpg on the highway is achievable via the standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and optional 1.6-liter turbo-4, while the new-for-2016 Sonata Hybrid returns an EPA-estimated 41 mpg combined average for a modest $4,000 premium over the base model. Tying together all this value-packed goodness is Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
As for safety, every 2016 Sonata is equipped with seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, a backup camera, and BlueLink safety telematics with automatic collision notifications, stolen vehicle locator and 24/7 concierge service (subscription fee required). Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking and lane departure warning.
Big Things Come in Midsize Packages
The Sonata belies its average exterior dimensions with a huge interior that’s equal parts user friendly and refined. The rear seat can accommodate three adults with legroom to spare, while trunk space ranks second to none among midsize sedans.
Comfortable, quiet and easy to park, the 2016 Sonata supplements its practicality quotient with available family-friendly add-ons like rear window sunshades, a hands-free trunk, driver’s seat memory, heated rear seats, panoramic moonroof and rear seat vents.
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