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2016 Sonata— Key Features

Product Highlights

2016 Sonata adds more features, minor styling updates, suspension upgrades, and improves the combined fuel economy of the 2.4L models by +1 MPG to further improve its value proposition within the competitive Midsize Car segment.


2016 Sonata's exterior is dynamic and sophisticated with a bold front fascia and fast-arching C-pillar.


2016 Sonata 2.0T takes on a genuine sporty character with additional unique enhancements differentiating itself from the 2.4L trims

  • HID headlights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Hexagonally winged grille presents the badge in a sporty fashion
  • Technical head lamp graphics
  • LED daytime running lights for modern and distinctive accent
  • Side chrome molding
  • Taut body-side surfacing detail with muscular flares and high beltline exudes a sleek profile
  • Fast-arching C-pillar is a Sonata characteristic and creates a sporty profile along with winged shaped taillights to create a distinct graphic and offers visual width
  • Standard rear lip spoiler
  • Characteristic bright molding that runs from the headlight to the rear of Daylight Opening
  • 2.4L model features Dual exhaust, and the 2.0T sport model has distinctive quad exhaust tips
  • Side chrome moldings
  • Rear diffuser
  • LED Taillights
Special sport-tuning and differentiation for Sport 2.0T models
  • Twin-scroll 2.0T 4-cylinder engine with 245HP
  • Sport-tuned suspension & steering
  • Firmer suspension bushings
  • Strut tower bar
  • Larger front brake rotors


Sonata's interior is a more premium design execution with a driver-oriented design

Limited Interior
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Premium door sill plates
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
  • Woodgrain appearance interior trim
  • Instrument cluster hood and door panel stitching
  • Sonata’s efficient packaging allows for more front headroom and legroom than its competitors, making it best-in-class.

Sport 2.0T Interior Differentiation
  • Sport leather seats with contrast stitching
  • Instrument cluster w/mechanical gauges
  • D-cut steering wheel w/paddle shifters
  • Sport shift knob w/contrast stitching
  • Aluminum pedals
  • 3D Tech appearance interior trim
  • Black headliner

Blue Link™ Telematics System

What is Blue Link?
 Blue Link is Hyundai’s innovative telematics solution that combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package. It works to both help simplify Hyundai owners’ lives and reduce distracted driving.

What does Blue Link Offer?  Blue Link offers 25 features in three packages, which provide customers a multitude of telematics services for their vehicle. You can learn more about Blue Link on www.HyundaiBlueLink.com.

Connected Care Package (1-Year Trial)
  • Automatic Collision Notification
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • Auto Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Notification
  • Service Link
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Recall Advisor
  • Blue Link App (smartphone)
Remote Package (3-month trial)
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Car Finder
  • Remote Start*
  • Alarm Notification
  • Panic Notification
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Valet Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert
Guidance Package (3-month trial)
  • Destination Search powered by Google
  • Point-of-Interest Web Search and Download
  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation**
*   Requires Push-button start and either A/T or DCT. Climate Control feature requires
     fully-automatic temperature control.

** For vehicles without factory-installed navigation

BlueLink Telematics Video Guide        Blue Link consumer website  

Blue Link Options Operations Chart    Blue Link Packages/Content/Fees Overview  
Blue Link User's Manual - Audio

  Blue Link User's Manual - Navigation

Product Links

Fast Facts   eBrochure 2016 Sonata Pocket Guide Accessories Brochure  

Sonata QRG


The 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine provides an ideal combination of practical performance and efficiency in everyday driving situations.
  • Horsepower: 185 HP @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  • Gasoline direct injection (GDI)
  • Aluminum block and head
  • DOHC 16 valve
  • Dual Camshaft Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Hydraulic motor mounts
2015 Camry 2015 Accord 2015 Altima 2016 Fusion 2015
Engine 2.4L I4 2.5L I4 2.4L I4 2.5L I4 2.5L I4 2.5L I4
Horsepower 185 @
178 @ 6000 185 @ 6400 182 @ 6000 175 @ 6000 196 @ 6300
Specific Output (HP/Liter) 77.1 71.2 77.1 72.8 70.0 78.4
Torque 178 @ 4000 170 @ 4100 181 @ 3900 180 @ 4000 175 @ 4500 191 @ 4400
Fuel economy (city/hwy/combined) 25/37/29 (SE)
24/35/28 (Sport & Ltd)
25/35/28 27/36/31 (LX)
26/35/29 (Sport)
27/38/31 22/34/26 25/36/29

2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine delivers enhanced performance.
  • Horsepower: 245 HP @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1,350-4,000 rpm
  • Twin-scroll turbo charger
  • Gasoline direct injection (GDI)
  • Aluminum block and head
  • DOHC 16 valve
  • Dual Camshaft Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)

  2016 Sonata 2015 Camry 2015 Accord 2015 Altima 2016 Fusion 2015 Malibu 2015 Passat
Engine 2.0L
Turbo I4
3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 2.0L Turbo I4 2.0L Turbo I4 3.6L V6
Horsepower 245 @ 6000 268 @ 6200 278 @ 6200 270 @ 6400 231 @ 5500 259 @ 5300 280 @ 6200
Specific Output (HP/Liter) 122.5 76.6 79.4 77.1 115.5 129.5 77.8
Power-to-Weight Ratio 14.3 12.8 12.8 12.2 14.8 N/A 12.3
Torque 260 @ 1350-4000 248 @ 4700 252 @ 4900 251 @ 4400 270 @ 3000 295 @ 3000 258 @ 2500
Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/ combined)

21/31/25 21/34/26 22/32/26 22/33/26 21/30/24 20/28/23

Advanced technologies on the 2.0T Powertrain: Twin-scroll turbocharger combined with GDI technology

Twin-scroll turbocharger design recovers even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger. Benefits of a twin-scroll design are:
  • Improved combustion efficiency
  • Low engine-speed efficiency - minimize turbo lag
  • Kinetic exhaust gas energy is not wasted or trapped
  • Cooler cylinder temperatures
  • Lower exhaust temperatures
  • Leaner air/fuel ratio - lower emissions and improved fuel economy
  • Better pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger's turbine
The Eco trim features a 1.6L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine that's mated with a segment first 7-speed DCT transmission for an efficient combination of fuel economy and performance
  • Horsepower 178 HP @ 5500 rpm
  • Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
  • Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
  • Aluminum block and head
  • DOHC 16 valve
  • Dual Camshaft Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Electronic controlled 7-speed dual clutch transmission with dry dual clutch Standard on Eco trim

  2016 Sonata (LF) 2016 Fusion 2015 Passat
Engine 1.6L Turbo GDI I4 1.5L Turbo GDI I4 1.8L Turbo I4
Transmission 7-speed DCT 6-speed A/T 6-speed A/T
Horsepower 178 @ 5500 181 @ 6000 170 @ 6200
Power-to-Weight Ratio 18.3 19.1 19.0
Torque 195 @ 1500-4500 185 @ 4320 184 @ 1500-4750
Fuel economy 28/38/32 24/36/28 24/34/28


Sonata includes an abundant list of Standard safety features

Common Safety

Active Safety
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)and Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire indicator
  • Rearview backup camera
Passive Safety
  • Advanced dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, driver knee airbag, roof-mounted side-curtain airbags
  • Seatbelt pretensioners take the slack out of seatbelts in the event of a certain collision
  • Energy Absorbing Front Seats Forces in a rear-impact collision are managed and neck injuries in the event of a rear-end collision
Additional Safety

  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system—standard on Limited and 2.0T models, optional on Sport:
    • Detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spot; provides the driver with an audio and visual alert when an obstruction is detected
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) —optional on Limited and standard on Sport 2.0T: Monitors both broken and solid lanes on the highway using a camera mounted near the interior mirror; at speeds above 40 mph, LDW alerts the driver when the vehicle  leaves the lane without using the turn signal by providing an audible and visual warning:
    • Bad weather and skid marks on the road may cause a false indicator
    • System can be turned on or off with a switch
  • Automatic Emergency Braking —optional on Limited and standard on Limited 2.0T
  • Automatic High Beam Assist—optional on Limited and standard on Limited 2.0T
  • Rear parking assistance system—optional on Limited and standard on Limited 2.0T
  • Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability—optional on Limited and standard on   Limited 2.0T: Radar-assisted, automatically maintains a preset distance between vehicles at a pre-selected speed; SCC operates like regular cruise control when there are no other vehicles in front:
    • When there is another vehicle in front, SCC engages the brakes automatically and slows the vehicle to maintain speed with the vehicle in front while retaining the preset distance
    • The driver can select one of four distance settings
    • Includes Stop/Start Function: When activated, Sonata will automatically come to a complete stop when the vehicle ahead stops — the driver does not need to engage the brake: The vehicle will then restart automatically if the vehicle ahead starts within 3 seconds; after 3 seconds, the Sonata can resume speed by tapping the accelerator pedal or pressing the Resume button on the steering wheel
    • Smart Cruise Control can be switched to “normal” cruise control by holding the distance selector down for 1–2 seconds
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with automatic vehicle hold— optional on Limited and strandard on Limited 2.0T: Replaces hand or foot pedal parking brake; EPB  releases when the transmission is shifted out of Park; automatic hold will engage the parking brake automatically after the brake is depressed, without foot on the pedal; the EPB will disengage automatically whenthe accelerator is depressed
Product Overview

Sonata offers enhanced vehicle dynamics, fuel efficiency, technology, and advanced safety features.

Modern and Confident Design
  • Unique exterior and interior sport elements on select trims
  • Premium exterior features: Modern LED lighting & Chrome DLO
  • User-friendly, class-leading interior volume with EPA large car classification
Performance and Fuel Efficiency
  • 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder with 185 HP and 178 lb-ft torque
  • 2.0L Turbo GDI w/245 HP and 260 lb-ft torque
  • 1.6L Turbo GDI w/178 HP and 195 lb-ft torque and 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
  • Standard Drive Mode Select for improved fuel efficiency and driving dynamics
  • Standard 7-inch Display Audio system w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop/Start & Electronic Parking Brake
  • Available 8-inch navigation system enhanced w/ Google POI & Pandora
Premium Comfort and Convenience
  • Segment exclusive panoramic sunroof & rear side window shades
  • Available Hands-Free Smart Trunk & heated steering wheel
  • Available heated & ventilated front seats w/driver's seat IMS
Class-leading Advanced Safety
  • Automatic Emergency Braking & rear parking assistance system
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Available Lane Departure Warning & Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert & Lane Change Assist
  • 7 standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag
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