For 2016 the Sonata gets a larger 7-inch touchscreen standard on all trims except the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T which gets an 8-inch screen. Also standard are automatic headlights and a rearview camera.
Maybe the Sonata Sport didn’t get the memo that crossovers were in and midsize sedans where out since it still seems to be one of Hyundai’s best sellers. With a spacious interior and attractive exterior, the Sonata Sport should make any car buyer look twice.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is available in SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trim levels. This review will focus on the Sport trim.
With LED daytime running lights, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and eight-way power driver seat the Sonata Sport adds to the base trim of a rear lip spoiler, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack are also included.
Optional for the Sport and included on my test vehicle are the Premium package for the Sonata Sport adding keyless entry and ignition, a hands-free remote-opening trunk, partial leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. The Tech package adds to the Premium package with a sunroof, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen display, an upgraded audio system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The front-wheel drive Sonata Sport comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-banger which produces 185 horses and 178 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission makes it all go. EPA estimates come in at 25/city, 36/highway and 29/combined mpg.
Safety-wise the Sonata Sport scores big with 5-stars in all but one category for government crash tests. Equipped with antilock disc breaks, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag to achieve their 5-star rating.
With an interior that is simple but supple, the Sonata Sport boasts soft-touch materials and attractive cabin accents. Four full-sized adults will love the ample interior space and leg-room. Seats in both the front and back are comfortable and supportive and the trunk is ample with 16.3 cubic feet. Those Sonata’s equipped with hands-free smart trunk (my model was) will see the trunk pop open when the key fob is behind the car for more than 3 seconds, a great feature for full hands.
With a whisper-quiet cabin, the Sonata allows the driver to enjoy their Bach or Beatles without road noise. A gentle ride is also one of its qualities.
If a quite and gentle ride were not enough, the Sonata also corners well and since California is not the Prairie makes it very attractive. The only thing the Sonata Sport is not is zippy. Oh it will get you there just don’t expect it to fly from a stand-still. Giving it a running start and all will be fine.
Rather have a midsize sedan than the ubiquitous crossover? The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport should be top of your list.