Hyundai has applied some changes to the 2016 Sonata, which offers added features, minor styling updates and suspension upgrades. In addition, models equipped with the 2.4-liter engine get improved fuel economy, although Hyundai does not provide specific figures.
As for styling updates, they are restricted to the Limited grade and include a more aggressively styled front bumper sourced from the Sport model with a 3-bar grille, new 17-inch alloy wheels and updated wood grain pattern interior trim on vehicles with the beige interior.
For 2016, the Sonata’s interior gets more content including Hyundai’s 7-inch color touchscreen Display Audio system, Android Auto and rearview camera system. Furthermore, a conventional sunroof is now available on Sport models and standard on Limited trims. Limited 2.0T models also add a heated function for the D-cut steering wheel.
Hyundai has also made some changes to the suspension to reduce unsprung weight and improve handling, which is why some of the Sonata’s suspension components are now made from aluminum instead of steel. These include the steering knuckle and the lower control arm in the front and the upper control arm and assist arms in the back.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata’s engine lineup continues to include only four-cylinder units: a 185hp 2.4-liter Theta II GDI engine on SE, Limited and Sport models, a 245hp 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI on Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models and a 177hp 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma on the Eco model.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata arrives in dealerships this month with a starting price of $21,750 (excluding $835 freight charge).