2016 hyundai sonata-hybrid Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a new addition to the Sonata lineup, along with the also-new plug-in variant.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the hybrid variant of the midsize Sonata sedan. A plug-in hybrid variant will follow after the introduction of the conventional Sonata Hybrid.
Both variants of the Sonata hybrid utilize a 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 193 hp for the Hybrid and 202 for the Plug-In Hybrid. Both models use a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is on par with competing midsize hybrid sedans at 40/44 mpg city/highway for the base model and 39/43 mpg for the Limited. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid has an estimated EV only range of 24 miles or 93 MPGe. Trunk space in the 2016 Sonata Hybrid is on the small side at 13.3 cubic feet due to the extra hybrid powertrain components while he Plug-In variant is even smaller at 9.9 cubic feet. The base Sonata Hybrid doesn’t come with split-folding rear seats while the Limited trim does.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags for the front and rear passengers. A driver’s knee airbag is also standard. In the Limited trim, buyers can also opt for forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control as part of the Ultimate Package. Blind spot warning is standard on the Limited trim and not available in the base model.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
On the base model, standard safety features include an infotainment system with a five-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, keyless entry and start, a 4.2-inch LCD display, Bluetooth connectivity, cloth upholstery, a hands-free trunk opener, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Stepping up to the Limited variant adds 17-inch alloy wheels, perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 60/40 split-folding second row, power front seats, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, and blind spot warning. The Ultimate package, which is only available in the Limited grade adds features such as a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lights, an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, rear parking assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and an electronic parking brake.
What We Think
In a First Drive review, we said that the 2016 Sonata Hybrid is a marked improvement over its predecessor, with a better powertrain that’s more refined than the one in the previous model. The car also drives less like a hybrid thanks to its improved brake pedal feel and a quiet cabin. One downside to the Sonata Hybrid is the electric motor in the Plug-In variant, which can’t keep the car in EV mode continuously due to its lack of power, meaning that it often needs the gas engine to turn to help propel the car forward.
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain is an evolution of the previous unit that coupled a larger 2.4-liter I-4 with an electric motor.
- Doesn’t drive like a hybrid
- Quiet cabin
- Class-competitive fuel economy in the conventional hybrid
You Won’t Like:
- Limited trunk space
- Electric motor in the Plug-In can’t maintain EV mode for too long