The most sophisticated of the mid-size family hybrid sedans, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata offers effortless refinement paired with an unrivalled efficiency. This year sees the very first introduction of the Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid which can run for 27 miles without engaging the gasoline engine and can be fully charged in less than three hours. Let’s take a look at the new 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

Powertrains

2016 Hyundai Sonata Engine

2016 Hyundai Sonata Engine

Starting in 2016, the Sonata is available in either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid configuration.
All 2016 Hyundai Sonatas have at their heart a 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine that is capable of 154 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm. All come with a front wheel drive system and 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.

The hybrid Sonatas sport a 35 kW electric motor with a 270-volt battery. The plug-in models have a 50 kW electric motor and a 360-volt battery.

Trims

SE

Starting at $26,000, the standard hybrid SE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, Drive Mode Select, smart auto hands-free trunk and a lifetime hybrid battery warranty. Inside, dual temperature controls, power windows, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors and leatherette door trim inserts set the refined tone.

Limited

For an upgraded hybrid Sonata, the Limited trim starts at $30,100. A blind spot detection system with rear-traffic alert boosts the safety features, and externally you will get those coveted HID Xenon headlights. The interior gets a big upgrade, with heated steering wheel and front and rear seats, 8-way power driver’s seat, driver’s seat and mirror memory system, leather seats and wood grain accents, among other upgrades.

An additional Ultimate Package ($4,500) is available for the Hybrid Limited which includes a range of upgrades across the board. Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning systems, parking sensors and smart cruise control head up the driving aids, whereas a panoramic sunroof, interior LED lights, 8-inch navigation system and a 400-watts Infinity audio system trick out the interior.

Plug-in Hybrid

$34,600 gets you the Plug-in Hybrid trim, which aside from the additional plug-in abilities comes with some of the premium features missing from the SE model. You’ll automatically get the blind spot detection system, a chrome front grille, 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and support for Blue Link. Your audio system has been upgraded to a Dimension audio system with subwoofer, and the touchscreen has been bumped from 5-inches to 8-inches with navigation.

Plug-in Hybrid Limited

The highest quality trim for the 2016 Sonata, the Plug-in Hybrid Limited starts at $38,600 and sees your plug-in hybrid get HID Xenon headlights and all of the interior upgrades of the hybrid Limited trim. You now have an incredible 400-watt Infinity audio system and smart cruise control, and the driver’s aids have been upgraded with rear parking sensors, forward collision warning and an automatic high beam assistant.

MPG and Efficiency

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Hyundai Sonata

The hybrid SE Sonata is rated at 40 miles per gallon in the city and 44 on the highway. Choosing the heavier Limited trim will get you 1 MPG less in the city and highway.

The plug-in hybrid Sonata offers a 40 MPG combined in both the standard and Limited trims. It is able to go 27 miles powered fully by electric propulsion. It has a rating of 99 MPGe, which is the EPA equivalent of MPG for electric vehicles.

Charging the plug-in hybrid takes less than two hours at a level-2 charging station, and around eight hours using a standard 120-v socket. When the battery is fully depleted the plug-in Sonata can effortlessly switch to using the 2.0L gasoline engine.

Exterior

2016 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

2016 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

The sleek design of the Sonata belies its incredibly efficient sculptured shape – it has the lowest drag coefficient in its class (0.24). With its LED daytime lights and tail lights the Sonata looks simultaneously cool and aggressive, and when these are upgraded to the available HID Xenon headlights all eyes will be on you. Hyundai know that hybrids are not just about efficiency, they can be about style too. The raked roofline and available 17” alloys offset the rear lip spoiler for a distinguished and unique look, while remaining the most maturely styled hybrid its class. The plug-in hybrid features an instrument cluster that displays useful information on the status of the battery.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Rear

2016 Hyundai Sonata Rear

Interior

2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior

2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is able to boast the largest passenger and cargo volume space in the mid-size hybrid sector thanks to its smaller, more efficient battery. Everything is easily within your control with steering wheel mounted audio, cruise control and Bluetooth controls. Driver seats with up to 10-way power adjustments and 6-way power passenger seats are available.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior

2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior

Smart Technology Features

This 2016 hybrid is the epitome of current smart cars, as well as simultaneously being the embodiment of all of the classic luxuries you have come to adore in upscale vehicles. A taste of this classic extravagance can be felt with the Sonata’s power front seats, heated steering wheel, a driver memory seat capability and rear window sunshades.

To add a futuristic feel to these classic features your Sonata also offers smart capabilities, such as a hands-free smart trunk as standard, automatic vehicle hold as part of the electronic parking brake feature, and smart cruise control with full stop capability. For added enjoyment and practicality interior LED lights, 4-way adjustable driver lumbar and audio controls are accessible at the touch of a button.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Smart Trunk

2016 Hyundai Sonata Smart Trunk

While other cars on the market offer you modern technology for added fees, Sonata has an impeccable list of options that come standard with every car. Managing your personal technology and technological preferences becomes a standard way of life when cruising along in these hybrids. You can find your favorite radio stations, genres, and singers with the SiriusXM satellite radio while transferring your phonebook and taking advantage of hands free driving with the Bluetooth phone connectivity. Voice recognition is no longer a dream of the future – it works impeccably in the 2016 Sonata. While out on long road trips and fun adventures you can take full advantage of the iPod, USB, and auxiliary input jacks.

All of your phone and radio interactions will sound as clear as a bell with some amazing upgrades, such as the Infinity premium audio system that comes complete with next-generation Blue Link telematics. If you need help getting to that out-of-the-way destination or even to the hottest new dining experience in town try downloading the Blue Link app and using it in conjunction with the available 8.0-inch navigation system.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Navigation System

2016 Hyundai Sonata Navigation System

Opting for Blue Link also allows you to remotely monitor your car using the smartphone app, checking on details such as the current battery charge. Using the app you can set the vehicle to charge at specific times, particularly useful if your electricity is charged differently at different times of the day. You can even perform remote actions such as locking the doors or starting the engine.

Safety Features

2016 Hyundai Sonata Drivers Knee Airbag

2016 Hyundai Sonata Drivers Knee Airbag

The 5-star safety rated 2016 Sonata Hybrid has many salient safety features like seven airbags including driver’s knee airbag, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control, ABS, individual tire pressure display, rear-view camera and projector headlamps. HID headlamps are also available.

Many safety technologies have been implemented in the 2016 Sonata Hybrid to assist drivers and thus prevent accidents. Some of the main features included in this midsize sedan are forward collision warning, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist and a lane departure warning system.

The blind spot detection system alerts drivers of an approaching vehicle in the next lane if the turn signal is activated. Drivers first get alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot in side mirrors as the turn signal is activated. The Lane Change Assist system calculates the closing speed of the vehicle in the adjacent lane and alerts the driver if it is unsafe to change lane, sounding an audible alarm. If the system detects that the vehicle is heading outside lane markers, a warning illuminates on the instrument panel and an audible sound alerts.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Blind Spot Detection

2016 Hyundai Sonata Blind Spot Detection

Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) is a feature in the 2016 Sonata Hybrid that scans the areas to each side of this vehicle when you are backing out of parking spaces. If another vehicle is detected in this space an alert is sounded.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Rear Parking Sensors

2016 Hyundai Sonata Rear Parking Sensors

Summary

Hyundai’s first ever plug-in hybrid, the 2016 Sonata shows that hybrids are no longer a side-show and are now the main event for everyone looking for a four-door family sedan. Sophisticated and even-tempered, the Sonata still turns heads without needing to be boastful. It has more room inside than any other hybrid in its class, and comes with Hyundai’s exemplary range of safety features to keep your family safe. The headline news has to be the 44 MPG and 99 eMPG, making even such a luxurious car an excellent value proposition.