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Starting at
$23,400
EPA - est City/Hwy
25/36
Engine
2.4L inline4
Seats
5
Power
185 hp




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2016 Hyundai Sonata Overview

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata continues to shake up the midsize sedan segment with attractive sheet metal, a quiet interior and the Eco model's surprisingly powerful yet fuel-efficient engine. Updates to the standard infotainment system add Apple and Android smartphone integration.

Read enough industry reports (what, you don't read industry reports?) and you'll likely learn that crossovers are steadily supplanting the midsize sedan as the vehicle of choice for the American family. It seems that nobody bothered to tell Hyundai, though, as last year's redesigned Sonata sells in greater numbers than both of Hyundai's crossovers combined. But we're not surprised. The "A"-rated Sonata is one of our favorite sedans in this class, and improvements to the technology interface and additional standard features make the 2016 Hyundai Sonata an even more attractive proposition. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata's design is simple but attractive, with LED lighting accents standard on most trims. The most significant change for 2016 lies with the Sonata's base infotainment system. Last year's smallish 5-inch touchscreen has been replaced by a 7-inch unit that reduces input errors by virtue of its bigger surface area. The new unit adds features already included with the optional 8-inch interface, including Apple CarPlay (late availability) and Android Auto smartphone functionality and the newest version of Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system. In addition to the lengthy list of features on the first Blue Link system, this new version adds remote ignition, automatic emergency contact notification in the event of an accident and destination search powered by Google (if equipped with navigation). But the revised infotainment system is just one of the many reasons why the Sonata is so appealing. The cabin is cavernous and comfortable, with loads of room in the backseat for when you need to ferry the kids, kid friends or adult friends. The Sonata also drives confidently, boasting a smooth ride quality paired with enough athleticism so it won't float around on the highway and feel like your grandpa's Oldsmoboat. You also get plenty of features for your money. Even if you pick the base SE model you're not going to feel as if you're getting the short end of the stick, while the top-line Limited 2.0T has luxury-car levels of equipment. Of course, the midsize sedan segment is full of strong competitors that should also be considered. The always popular 2016 Honda Accord has been updated this year, receiving a new touchscreen of its own with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Chevrolet's redesigned 2016 Malibu should be a stronger contender than before, and the well-rounded 2016 Ford Fusion, stylish 2016 Mazda 6, sporty 2016 Nissan Altima and strong-selling Toyota Camry continue to be excellent choices as well. But more so than ever before, the 2016 Sonata is deserving of its continued success.

If you want a midsize sedan with plenty of passenger room and a quiet, easy-to-live-with demeanor, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata definitely has what you're looking for. It's one of our favorites.

A 7-inch touchscreen comes standard on all 2016 Hyundai Sonata trims except the range-topping Limited 2.0T (which continues to have an 8-inch screen). Both systems feature smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay (late availability) and Android Auto. A rearview camera and automatic headlights are standard on all trims as well. An automatic emergency braking system debuts on the Limited 2.0T, while Hyundai says it has retuned the Sonata's suspension for slightly improved handling.



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2016 Hyundai Sonata Reviews From Owners (42 Reviews)

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By Hardik Patel

on Apr/10/16 12:36 PM (UTC)

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By David Sledz

on Apr/02/16 08:57 AM (UTC)

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By Ansprug@gmail.com

on Jan/13/17 10:24 AM (UTC)

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Great car !!! I like almost 98 percent !!!

I am surprise with this SONATA SE, I bought this car almost 5 months ago, right now has almost 9,000 miles on it (Mainly in highway) everything works awesome; I got average millage on my long trips around 35MPG and mixed with the city around 32MPG. Quiet, huge internal space, fast, a lot of technology inside, I just care connect to my Android, this feature works perfect, I cancelled any music service, I don't need them, I have my cell connected a 100% full working (Pandora, spotify, I heart radio, google maps, text without typing, etc). The only thing that I don't like from the car is every morning when I started the car sounds like old machine, but after a few minutes, goes quiet. The performance of the car is the same as 6 months ago. and the price $16,500 was unbeatable !!!

By Brad Sorensen

on Jan/02/17 09:02 AM (UTC)

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Feeling safer

Everything is great so far. The only knock would be the low ground clearance on the front end.

By Carol P

on Dec/26/16 12:37 AM (UTC)

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Leased for two days, couldn't find a single fault.

I've been renting cars for a while now and often find myself creating mental lists of the things that annoy me about various vehicles, normally four or five things that would make me not want to own it. I was pleasantly surprised when the Sonata didn't have any. Okay, maybe it had too many features, but that isn't a problem so much as something I just don't need. It was great for a Christmas holiday where the huge trunk was filled with packages. But the drive was pretty amazing. The car likes to go, and it glides at any speed taking turns with ease. The transmission is smooth, the breaks are there when you want and need them. And you have more than enough power without using too much gasoline. And it hugs the road extremely well making highway driving a dream. I was curious to see how much you would have to spend for a vehicle that feels as if you're driving a luxury model and was shocked at how inexpensive it is. Though I'm not familiar with its safety ratings or repair costs, if you are looking for a mid-size vehicle, I would check the Sonata out. The only downside may be that you may end up with lots of speeding tickets because this car is extremely easy to accidentally take up to 90-100 mph without even realizing it.

By Brian Kenison

on Dec/25/16 12:55 PM (UTC)

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Hyundai Sonata Review

Sleek styling, comfortable ride, adequate pick-up and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Environmental (heating) takes a bit longer to warm up the cabin, but gets there. Could use more air flow to the feet. Handles firmly on the road, but road noise is louder than expected. Overall good value for the money.

By Mike Quinlan

on Dec/23/16 08:30 AM (UTC)

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Love this car

Excellent vehicle,,smooth ride

By David Slavo

on Nov/26/16 12:52 PM (UTC)

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Sonata, so far so good

I love the ride, the quietness and the way it handles the road. For some reason the blue tooth doesn't support reading or responding to text messages. Love everything else though.

By AG

on Aug/30/16 03:02 PM (UTC)

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Happy Camper

This has been an excellent experience so far with the Hyundai Sonata Limited and look forward to the next one in 3 years.

By Paul Nord

on Apr/10/16 11:43 AM (UTC)

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Stepped Down from a Genesis to a Sonata

Love it so far! My first new car in 7 years, and I am impressed at all the different safety features, the expanded bluetooth, etc.

By Will Geib

on Dec/19/16 01:37 PM (UTC)

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Good car, TERRIBLE corporate support !

I returned to the dealer the first thing the next morning after I discovered there was a paperwork error that overlooked applying the Hyundai BOOSTUP savings program in my purchase. BOOSTUP is a savings matching program found on the Hyundai web site. To date, I have recieved, through my dealer, my original $500 deposit, but NOT THE HYUNDAI MATCHING. AFTER 8 MONTHS ! "Things take a long time to be resolved with Hyundai" said the Sales Manager. Wow, do they ever. This was confirmed by the BOOSTUP customer service rep, who said the very same thing. The Williamsburg, VA dealer has resubmitted documents requests several times from Hyundai, as have I. Neither one of us have gotten a satisfactory conclusion to our requst to have the matching BOOSTUP processed. Stall, stall stall. Hyundai owes me $ 500. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. My overall rating is soured by the failure of Hyundai to resolve a simple problem. In short, the Sonata seems to be a good value, but don't count on Hyundai to back the dealer or the customer. This is an issue that Edmonds does not include in its review questions. The customer support by the manufacturer is overlooked. For that, I rate Hyundai one star.

By Alvaro M.

on Dec/03/16 01:24 PM (UTC)

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Highly Recommend-

Purchased a 2016 sonata se- Did my research on other cars- including an Altima, Accord, Camry and Mazda6. And oh boy, my head was spinning and hard to make a decision, specially since I am tall, 6ft 2in. And finding a vehicle that would be comfortable is quite a struggle for me. Until I looked into the Sonata- For the money and feautures you get- I could not complain! Back up camera and Android Auto is phenomenal!!! Works 100% of the time and to top it off- The gas mileage- I drive about 60 miles a day and what I can say is it does really good- I average 32-33 mpg! The vehicle accelerates just fine- it brings me up to speed whenever I need it. We are a family of three- And really recommend to test drive the vehicle. The color I purchased mine was Red exterior color with Beige interior- Tint the windows and you got yourself a good looking car!!!

By Satya

on Nov/19/16 12:38 PM (UTC)

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Worth every Penny spent on this Car.

I bought a 2016 Sonata SE base model which comes with Fabric seats and 7" screen and 16" alloy wheels default. Car is So Good. Seat feels little elevated compared to other sedans on roads and can feel that thrill. Fuel economy is Fantastic. I drive local and freeway and get a combined economy of 30 MPG which is great for car of this size and for long freeway drive it would actually go up to 36 MPG. Steering feels so good and comfortable, Controls mounted on steering are easy to play around. Shifter operating is so smooth. Apple carplay helps my phone displayed virtually on the screen and it is easy to operate around. Getting In & Out of car is easy, If you would like to go for a bigger sedan I would recommend Sonata. They have best in the Industry warranty. I personally enjoy the vehicle in each drive.

By Amy Thibaudeau

on Sep/29/16 04:57 PM (UTC)

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By David Reese

on Jun/25/16 07:16 PM (UTC)

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Well satisfied

We have been pleased with this vehicle. It is smooth riding, and the safety features are outstanding. The electronics are amazing, and the economy is great.

By Charles Miller

on Mar/22/16 03:59 AM (UTC)

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Great!

We love the car. We are repeat buyers.

By Kent Skidmore

on Mar/16/16 08:11 AM (UTC)

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Skid's Review

My wife and I loved this car and would have purchased the 2016 model but the exterior/interior color selections did not meet our requirement. We wanted a red or white exterior with a black leather interior. These combinations are not available. The only color interior available is light beige or light grey. Both show dirt too easily. The same held true for the KIA Optima. We ended up buying a Subaru Outback; Pearl white with black leather. We love it.

By Lisa Crumpton

on Nov/06/16 08:44 AM (UTC)

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The car of my dreams!

The Sonata is comfortable ,fun to drive and a great value!

By Joe Owens

on Jul/06/16 08:43 AM (UTC)

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New sonata

this is by far the best Hyundai we have owned and this is number 5. it is a fine car for a reasonable amount of money even if it cost more than our first house .

By Sngldad1@bellsouth.net

on Apr/04/16 09:27 AM (UTC)

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2016 sport/limited

Great overall value. Comfort level is good with seats, multi position electric drivers seat is roomy and comfortable, however, my knee seems to be pinned against the shift console so I have to move the seat back further than I'm comfortable with. Same with my previous sonata(2011).. Technology features with android auto are great. Didn't come with garage opener remote. that option was 10 times the cost of ordering another remote and clipping it to the visor...So far with econo function engaged I'm averaging 35 mpg.

By Frank McFadden

on Jul/02/16 12:12 PM (UTC)

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Best car ever

Hyundai was never on my radar for a new car, but the 2016 Sonata Limited is by far the best car I have ever owned. Great value and warranty - awesome ride, sound system superb and all the bells and whistles - can't be beat. I am faithful to a product I like - I owned Mercury products from 1972 until the end - switched to Chevy. Did lots of research before this purchase - best money spent.

By Cuneosurvivor

on Jun/27/16 06:27 PM (UTC)

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Good car

The 2.4L engine is a little noisy but has good power and good fuel economy. The handling and ride is good, and I like the interior and the layout of the dash. We got a nice discount from list price, and the dealership gave a lifetime drivetrain warranty.

By Karen Borinstein

on Jun/20/16 08:13 AM (UTC)

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Living the dream

I love the car I chose. I am very frugal so to me I spent more than I wanted. Love the safety features but wish you did not have to purchase packages to obtain them. I guess you pay for the quality you get. I am happy every time I get in my car to go somewhere. It is a joy.

By Cml

on Jan/20/16 11:03 AM (UTC)

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By Bob Cason

on Sep/29/16 02:45 PM (UTC)

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Nagging Navigation

Paid extra to have the navigation package. My phones Google Maps is faster at both looking up an address and recalculating when directions change. Voice recognition has trouble understanding commands in normal road conditions, even worse with a window down or the sun roof open...disappointing for the money spent!

By Makarand Amondikar

on Sep/06/16 08:11 PM (UTC)

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Nice value for money

SONATA IS good car to buy and use the features.are.great and technology is most latest for the same range of cars . I found more.sporty and powerfully than accord smooth and silent operations. Overall great value for money.

By D. McFadden

on Jul/27/16 05:14 AM (UTC)

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Uncomfortable

I have a Sonata Limited 4 cylinder. The seats are extremely uncomfortable after an hour of driving. Car is way under powered.

By Oldeczecho

on Dec/06/16 03:46 PM (UTC)

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Hyundai Sonata ECO- The Fastest Sonata of them All

Prior to purchasing my ECO I saw a review about this car on line. I called two dealers and they had no idea what I was talking about when I said I wanted to read test a Sonata ECO. The third dealership I called said they thought they had an ECO on the back lot. It was a 2015 ECO and it was quite dirty, as it had not been moved or driven in many weeks. Anyway, we took it on a road test and my wife and i were impressed with the spaciousness of the interior and the trunk...huge. The car rode smoothly and handled well for a huge sedan and the brakes felt very good as well. The salesman explained the three modes of the 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission, similar to the type found on Porsches and Ferrari's...Normal, ECO,and SPORT. Normal and ECO modes made the Sonata drive like any other midsize 4 cylinder car, but the transmission super quick shifts made the car seem quicker. Then I selected SPORT mode...and holy crap! this car flew off the line, actually spinning the front tires when the turbo kicked in at 1500 rpm. I have seen road tests from Car and Driver where the ECO hits 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds and does 92 mph in the quarter mile. Needless to say, I ordered the 2016 ECO and I have not been disappointed. My previous car was a 2003 Toyota Corolla. This Sonata is literally twice as big on the inside and the trunk is 50% bigger. Front seat legroom is amazing...I can fully extend both legs while driving. And the electric seat offers many adjustments. Gas mileage around town is 3-4 miles per gallon more in the Sonata compared to the Corolla. A recent trip upstate with 4 full size adults in the car gave 34.5 miles per gallon. Buy a 2016 ECO before Hyundai does something stupid and decreases its performance, because it is much faster that Hyundai's 2.0 turbo that has 75 more horsepower and costs many thousands of dollars more than the ECO. And, my ECO is still not yet broken in, with only 3700 miles on the odometer.

By Chad Walden

on Sep/02/16 07:30 PM (UTC)

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Gave Hyundai another chance!!!!!!!

My first Hyundai I bought in 1993. This was my first car ever. It was a 1993 Hyundai Excel GS. After a 6 months of having the car I begin to have trouble. The check engine light came on. When I pushed the clutch in the car shut off. After several trips to the dealership, the cause was the ground wire to the engine had broke. Well by then I didn't want the car. I said that I would never purchase another Hyundai. Well I was wrong!!!!! I was looking for another car due to a my 3 year old kicking my seats in my 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. My heart was set on a 2014 Toyota Camry. Well I was introduced to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata. Let me tell you!!!! This car is crazy!!!!! Hyundai did their homework and research! Excellence is all I can say. I really am enjoying this Hyundai. I hope and pray nothing happens to it but if it does, I will buy another one. Too may awesome features to name. GREAT JOB HYUNDAI!!!!!!!!!

By David Cutich

on Jul/06/16 05:34 PM (UTC)

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Im leasing this car

I love it. I upgraded from an '09 Ford Focus so honestly this is a huge upgrade. I got the Limited package with the tech package. Its amazing. It rides well, the entertainment package is awesome, the infinity speakers are great, I love the ventilated seat and the heated seats. The heated steering wheel is a cool feature. The sport mode tightens the steering up and it handles like a dream and it nicely adds a little get up and go. The ECO mode adds gas mileage while going down the highway. The normal driving mode is a nice drive too. I love this car and it was between this and the kia optima with the tech package. I loved both cars and they are both on the same body but I got a better deal on the Sonata for a lease. They honestly handle the same and amenities are the same, however I did like the Harmon and Kardon speakers a little better than the infiinities. But, Im confident in the Sonata and the features are great. I would definitely lease another one after this lease is up. If you're on the fence between this and anything else, pull the trigger you wont regret it. Especially if you are coming from a car like the ford focus or some other compact car. The space is literally uncomparable. I could fit 2 Ford "Foci" in this car. (Obvious hyperbole, kinda)

By Hyundai Driver

on Feb/25/16 03:28 PM (UTC)

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Good deal on Sonata Sport

When I originally set out to purchase a Sonata, I was not looking to acquire the Sport model. However, during the process of contacting various dealerships online, I was offered a nice deal on a 2016 Sonata Sport. After negotiating a bit more, I was able to purchase a Sonata Sport, which has a several desirable features, at the same cost a regular Sonata. Make sure to do your research on available rebates and the 3% that the dealer receives from the manufacturer. Knowing that the invoice price is not the actual cost of the car will definitely make negotiation easier.

By Walter Arnold

on Sep/19/16 10:16 PM (UTC)

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Watch your spare

no spare tire only a repair kit(

By Austin Dailey

on May/17/16 06:37 PM (UTC)

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Fantastic Upgrade!!

I love it!!!! I was trying to get out of my '14 Sentra SV that I felt I was over paying for. Only 1.5k miles on the car and I love the change to a larger sedan, I get almost the same gas mileage as I had with my Sentra by driving on the freeways a bit more that surface streets. It has the power for me to navigate traffic with ease. I also ended up getting the sport edition with quite a few of the additional packages, and I love everything I got, and its definitely worth the ~$100 difference in my payments. My only wish is that the BlueLink last longer, or was less expensive to renew. It's definitely worth looking into, it's about 10 times the car other manufacturers were trying to sell me.

By Doug

on Apr/28/16 06:35 AM (UTC)

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Really great car.

We spent several weeks researching and test driving different cars before deciding on the Sonata, and then at the last minute saw the value in bumping up to the Sport model with sunroof and other goodies at a bargain.

Overall we're very impressed with the car. It feels luxurious and solid, and a quiet ride was an important thing to note as we test drove cars. We didn't test drive the Sport model because we thought it was basically the same car with a sunroof, but I think the Sport model comes with different low profile tires which makes for more road noise than the standard Sonata. Still, this is quieter than most, and I think it will lose more road noise when I change the tires. I also notice a slight dancing of the front wheels when at cruising speed (compared to driving my heavy full-size truck), that may be solved with new tires too. (There are many complaints about the cheap tires the car comes with).

Android Auto has a lot of cool features--like GPS and Pandora, but that the phone must be plugged-in to work is really clunky at this stage of bluetooth technology. This is primarily my wife's car, and she simply doesn't bother with it, so those features are lost to her. Sometime in 2016 Waze will be updated to be a GPS option, and it's planned that this will all work over bluetooth, so no need to manually plug in the phone.

After a month, our only complaint is that the high end of the mileage rating seemed out of reach. Our average is now, months later, is 30, which seems a long way from the high highway "rating" of 38. Her commute is about 15 miles, 4/5 freeway, and she's on the slower end of drivers out there, rarely leaving the first two right lanes. There is the "Eco" mode, which we were told is supposed to improve mileage by 7%. In the first couple months the engine performance was severely hampered when in Eco mode, and the mileage overall was poor, around 28. But since then--now at 4K, I don't notice much of a difference in the mode changes, and the mileage has now improved too. I've suggested switching to Eco when at speed on the freeway, but this is again something else my wife doesn't want to have to think about to simply drive her car. As a test recently, I refreshed the mileage computer while at speed on the freeway, in Eco mode, with cruise control engaged at 70 mph. It held a mileage of 42 until I got off the freeway.

There are now a couple small squeaks that are from the surprisingly tight fit of the interior. For example, there is no gap between the dashboard and pillars, and I suspect it's this tightness of fit where I'm getting squeaks. As I do in my truck, I'll eventually locate the noises and slip cardboard or something in as a washer between squeaking surfaces.

Again though, of everything we looked at, the Sonata really stood out. It looks good, is small enough for a daily commuter, but comfortable and roomy for a long drive, with spacious and comfortable rear seats--which was in fact the first thing I looked at, by sitting in the back seat first. At the rate my wife drives, this car will last well beyond the average.

By AutoImpressions

on Jun/01/16 05:05 PM (UTC)

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Had Everything, but Interior Flatlined the Deal

If you like the Camry, the Sonata needs to be at the top of your test drive list! This is an outstanding feature packed, comfortable, great daily driver. And the different configurations and add on pkgs allow you to get what you want without having to shell out $ for things you could care less about. My favorite feature on the Sport version are the seats. They have the sports fabric down the middle, w/leather side bolsters, and you still get the heated seat feature. The Sonata Sport and the Chrysler 200S are the only mid size sedans I found that offer this combo. I really tried to convince myself to get this car; it had everything on my checklist for a fantastic price. But, the interior read bland, plastic, and souless to me, I just couldn't see myself being happy driving it everyday. Ended up purchasing the 2016 Kia Optima EX w/premium pkg instead - liked the sportier exterior & interior styling much better.

By STEVE GONCZI

on Sep/13/16 03:40 PM (UTC)

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Overlooked gem

Awesome value. Bought it for one of my kids. I am comparing it to my Mercedes CLA-250 ( eco fvs cla) : Similar, small turbo engine 1.6L vs 2.0L. Similar torque and torque curve. 198 foot/lbs available from 1500 RPM and up. Both cars are pleasant to drive, esp. compared to the screaming high rev downshifts of the 2.4l baseline engine. Both cars have a dual clutch 7 speed tranny. The eco's tranny seems to work better, and faster. Price paid: 18.5 K vs 35K. Neither has a spare tire. Tires: 16 inch Michelin Energy vs. 17" low profile Pirelli run-flats. Handling, road feel: Hyundai cannot beat a German car as of yet. The benz wins here. Fit and finish, rattles:Hyundai wins. Example: 2x hydraulic hood suppors on the hyundai, cheap metal stick for the Benz. Seriously? Brakes: Hyundai wins so far. The benz had the front rotors replaced at 20K and now needs new rotors again at 38K. (Uneven wear, thickness variation) Warranty: hyundai wins, (6/64 vs 4/48) although the turbo is not part of the power train, so not 10/100 only 6/64. Seriously? Excellent fuel eco ( 35 vs 36 in mixed driving, 40 vs 42 on highway. Gasoline: Hyundai runs fine w normal vs Benz needs Super (runs noticeably worse on anything less). Looks: the benz wins hands down. Back seat comfort: The benz back seats are for 2 small adults or childen. The eco has OK back seats. Gripes: the Benz windshield sucks. I am on my 2nd one, it seems to crack easily. Both brands are goin to an overpriced "bundled service" model, invented by some marketing genius. Benz A service is $200 , B service is $400. The former is a glorified oil change, witness my service invoices. Way overpriced. Hyundai is attempting to go to a similar model, with a long list of "check this and inspect that" and charge an insane amount of money. Check out the service brochure and you will see what I mean. They try to present this travesty as a fantastic deal, as in if you commit to have them maintain your car, they give you some money off the insanely overinflated scheduled service cost.

By Brian

on Aug/27/16 07:37 PM (UTC)

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What a Value

I bought a 2016 SE to replace my totaled 2013 Outback. I have had the car for 3 weeks and have 1500 miles on it. So far it has been great. I was initially attracted to the car due to the value. I received 5k off MSRP and was out the door for less than $20k. The only other midsize car that I could have gotten for a similar price was a VW Jetta and the Hyundai beat it in almost every way. In no way do I feel I compromised by not going with a more expensive midsize sedan (Accord, Camry, etc). The only feature that we did not get in this car that we wanted was heated seats (3k more to get the trim/options just to get the heating seats). Everything else we were looking for was included in the SE. 7 inch entertainment system with bluetooth/android auto, steering wheel controls, keyless entry, alloy wheels, and the best warranty out there. The car drives very smooth and was completely comfortable on a 800 mile road trip. I cruised at 80 with no issues and returned over 35 mpg on the trip with about 50 miles of heavy city driving thrown in. Car is quiet and smooth. The entertainment system is very responsive. The bluetooth syncs faster than any other car I have used. Rear seats have more space than the outback (we have very large car seats that fit just fine). Hopefully it proves to be reliable.

By Genette

on Apr/30/16 12:08 AM (UTC)

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2016 Hyundai Sonata


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Had it for 6 months. Still happy.

I purchased a 2016 Honda Civic EX in January. Had several quality issues with it including gauge blinking in and out, as well as giving me errors message pertaining to important systems like braking, anti-lock, cruise control and the like. I also hated the radio system in the vehicle. Because it had no buttons and used touch sliders, it was difficult to use and hard to control the volume. Traded it in for the 2016 Sonata Sport and I have been so pleased since.

The Sonata is significantly larger than the Civic, so it is a quiet, very quiet, gentle cruiser, that is perfect for long distance drives. Experience with a 2016 rental Sonata, is what led me to buy one. The car has not disappointed me at all. It achieves about 33 all round gas mileage, but when mainly highway miles, it regularly achieves 39 to 41mpg (if I slow it down to about 65mph). A huge mileage jump from my other car a 1999 Camry Solara. Got the red Sonata with the tan interior, because it looks and feels more upscale and so far, I've kept relatives from messing up the interior (no food, no drinks rules).

I must point out one thing. This is not a strong accelerating vehicle in fact, from 0 to 60 is very leisurely. But once you get around 40mph, there is more torque to achieve 60 and 70mph. Secondly, the steering is kind of loose in that it will drift to the left or right on the highway, if you aren't paying attention. I knew these things from the rental car that inspired the purchase, so it is no big deal for me. However, if you want a little tighter steering, then I'd suggest the Kia Optima. Same drive train, but tuned for stronger acceleration and tighter handling. What you lose is about 3mpg on the highway.

I am pleased with this car and plan to get it up to 300,000 miles before it's life is over.

By Ken Dranchek

on May/07/16 02:34 PM (UTC)

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2016 Hyundai Sonata


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I like the car very much.

Purchased new Sonata; Silver, SE in March 2016. Now have 4000 miles on the odo. Replaced OEM Khumo Solus tires with Continental TrueContacts at 900 miles. Transformed the car's ride and handling, much quieter, as well. I'm using the manual shift mode with the auto setting on sport which increases the steering effort. Downshifts from 4th to 3rd are sometimes abrupt. I'm accelerating more aggressively, though not revving past 4500-5000 rpm. The engine is quick and smooth with no hesitation or flat spots. Still haven't floored it 100%. Not sure what the Edmund review meant by "unrefined engine". Changed the break-in oil and filter at 3200 miles; the oil was very dirty. Using Mobil 1 Full Synthetic with factory oil filters and will change both every 5000 miles. I check the oil every week and the level is exactly the same each week. Debating whether or not to install a K&N Oil Screen engine air filter. Will continue to search the web to see if anyone else has done so. The radio switches back and forth from regular to HD on weaker stations often, very annoying. There doesn't seem to be any way to reset the sensitivity level or manually select or or the other. I listen to my Ipod most of the time anyway. I will NOT continue the satellite radio or the On-star. In fact, I placed a piece of electrical tape over that annoying blue light. Getting 30.4 mpg in mixed driving. Using Sunoco regular octane exclusively and Techron fuel system cleaner every 4th tank. It's quiet, comfortable, rides and handles very well. It's a good looking car, too. Overall I really like the car. Despite the traffic and crappy Central Pennsylvania roads, it's fun to drive. Looking forward to lots of trouble-free miles.

By Gaius Gracchus

on Feb/08/16 10:29 AM (UTC)

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2016 Hyundai Sonata


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Comfort, bells and whistles but still cheap

If you are after a vehicle that has a lot of space and nice features - like a backup camera, adjustable passenger seat (height, too!), automatic mirrors, etc., for a low price, you may consider the Hyundai Sonata 2016. It has tons of passenger room and the seats are pretty comfortable.
The turning circle for a car this size is great (much better than the Accord, for example).
It also has a surprisingly quiet ride and is not too bumpy.
However, Hyundai still does not know how to make a good engine. When you start your car in the morning, it rattles and taps like an old sewing machine. After a bit it quiets down. Also, at a stop when you are idling, it will start to vibrate a lot. It sometimes seems to shudder upon acceleration or even sometimes coming to a stop.
Thankfully it has a good warranty, but if you do not follow the maintenance rules exactly, they will void your warranty in a heartbeat. It is probably best to get them to do the oil changes, even, so that they can't say you did not do it properly. Hyundai is notorious for trying to bug out of honoring their warranty.

By Mike

on Jul/11/16 11:33 AM (UTC)

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2016 Hyundai Sonata


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2016 Sonata Limited 2.4 L all options

I bought the 2016 Sonata for myself and my wife got a 2016 Camry XLE a week earlier. I'm very familiar with both. I'm glad I got the Sonata, I prefer it over the Camry (more comfortable, quieter) and my wife has been driving Camrys since 1994 so I know that car well. There are many things that I don't use but I knew that going in. The moon roof is only usable at night or late in the afternoon due to the sun. The lane departure warnings (where the car watches the lines in the road and beeps if I cross them) is annoying most of the time so I have that turned off. I would definitely turn it on if on a long highway trip where I might be tempted to get tired and drift. The blind side monitor is great (the outside mirror lights up if someone is in either blind spot). Dynamic cruise control is of little use to me because if the traffic is that heavy, I don't want to be on cruise control anyway. So why did I pay for so may things that I have little use for? To get the what matters most - automatic emergency breaking. That's what is supposed to stop the car if someone stops in front of me and I don't see them or if a kid runs in front of the car and I don't see him. My guess is that within 10 years AEB will be as mandatory as seat belts on all new cars. I like a big car that moves over the road with no noise and I got that with the Sonata. It's not rated as a large car but it feels that way to me. It's hard to believe that this has a 2.4 liter engine. The car moves as effortlessly on the highway as 5 liter V8 cars that I've owned. I drove this for a month in Phoenix over the very nice freeways that they have during low volume traffic (weekends, etc). Those people seem to have one speed that they all drive at (80 mph) and the Sonata did that with no wind or road noise and the tach was hovering at about 2200 rpm. Mixed mileage is about 30 or 31 but if I keep it at 65mph on the highway, I'll get around 40 mpg. The GPS is a little better than the one in the Camry but giving it directions by voice is a hit or miss proposition and to type a destination, you have to be stopped. Mine has memory seats which is great if on a long trip and my wife does some of the driving. I have it set so that the seat does NOT move back when I turn the car off. All in all, this is probably the best car I ever owned and I'm very particular.

Update after 9 months: SI still think this is the best car I've ever owned. Some things I missed during the first review - the emergency brake disengages automatically when I shift out of park and the outside rear view mirrors tilt down when in reverse to show the road.

By Andrei

on Mar/26/16 05:09 AM (UTC)

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2016 Hyundai Sonata


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Above Competition

I am spending 2.5 hours every working day in the car: to me it is not choosing "just a car", but a second home and office. I have invested a lot of time in selecting a new vehicle. Each one of us has different criteria when selecting a vehicle. My top ones were: 1. Ride Comfort 2. Quietness on a highway 3. Ability to absorb road imperfections 4. Android Auto/Apple Car Play as a lot of paid options become unnecessary with personal assistance of the these tools and navigation/online music and talk shows. Here are the reasons I did not buy competitors: Accord EX (pros: awesome screens and interior quality, nice open layout, camera on the mirror, handling; cons: suspension is on the stiffer side, road imperfections are quite noticeable). Altima (pros: the most comfortable seats; cons: engine noise, no Android Auto(AA)). Fusion (great car overall, but the cabin layout is claustrophobic, rear seat room is the smallest, no AA). 2016 Malibu (looks awesome, but the ride is on a somewhat stiffer side, interior is simply "fine"). Camry LE (everything is in place, but it lacks Android Auto/Apple Car, which serves as a live personal assistant during the trip, smaller screen. It falls behind in technology equipment).

Sonata is the car where all my stars have lined up: it has definitely the smoothest ride of the bunch, the car irons out all the cracks in the pavement - you do not feel them nor hear them. Sonata is the quietest car on a highway - no tire noise, no wind noise, it feels and rides like a luxury car, even though I got the entry level model without a single option. Cabin layout is very open, you constantly "feel" spaciousness especially with the light interior (light gray or beige). Sonata has a very confident handling, and there is absolutely no "floatiness" as you would normally feel with softer suspensions. Entry-level model comes with the most equipment compared to the cars above: nice 7" HD screen with lots of features (XM data - traffic, weather), high-quality HD backup camera, AA works perfect, seats are comfortable on my long rides, and the price tag is unbelievable if you know how to negotiate - very low 18,000s. The sound system generates an unexpectedly good sound quality - it is not what you would think to get in a "stripped-down model". Paired with the cabin quietness the sound is very good. If you choose very nice options like panoramic sunroof, heated/cooled leather seats and a plethora of safety/electronic features, adaptive cruise control, super stereo system - prepare to pay at least 50% more. In my case - it was not worth the extra money, but everyone is different. Paired with 5 year full/10-year powertrain warranty and very low maintenance costs this Sonata SE is my perfect choice to be my 2nd home/office for the next 5 years.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    110.4 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    191.1 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    58.1 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.3 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3311 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    45.5 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    57.9 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    35.6 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    56.5 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    16.3 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    2.89 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    215
  • Rear Tire Profile
    55



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Driver Only


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    7
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio
  • Watts
    360
  • Subwoofer
    1


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    Regular 2.4L
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    18.5 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Hybrid Limited Blue Drive / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.3 sec @ 86.5 mph
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    Motor Trend

Hybrid Limited Blue Drive / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.2 sec @ 87 mph
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True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $14,109
  • Private Seller Price
    $15,647
  • Dealer Price
    $16,807
  • Original MSRP
    $23,400


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2016 Hyundai Sonata JD Power

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    25 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    36 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    10 years / 100,000 miles
    9 years
  • CORROSION
    7 years / Unlimited miles
    6 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years

2016 Hyundai Sonata Key Factors

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Pros

  • Lots of standard and optional features for the money
  • Quiet and roomy interior
  • Solid build quality.
  • Smooth ride complemented by comfortable seats
  • Easy-to-use controls and touchscreen

Cons

  • Relatively unrefined 2.4-liter engine.
  • Disappointing performance from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine


2016 Hyundai Sonata True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,267$1,311 $1,357$1,405 $1,454$6,794
Maintenance$335$549 $432$992 $1,955$4,263
Repairs$0$0 $0$0 $670$670
Taxes & Fees$2,182$163 $149$136 $124$2,754
Financing$677$536 $392$241 $86$1,932
Depreciation$4,035$2,282 $2,009$1,780 $1,599$11,705
Fuel$1,556$1,603 $1,651$1,700 $1,751$8,261
True Cost To Own ®$10,052$6,444 $5,990$6,254 $7,639$36,379

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2016 Hyundai Sonata NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/15/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Around 10pm i was driving with one passenger straight down a local suburban street. there were no other cars nearby on the road nor were there any pedestrians in the vicinity. abruptly, without any warning, the car gave off a beep and brought itself to an immediate stop in the middle of the road without any interaction from me at all. the road in front of the car was clear and following the stop no warnings were displayed on the dashboard indicating a reason for it or a malfunction in any of the systems. my passenger and i were extremely fortunate that there was not a car coming up behind us because this immediate unintended stop for no reason would very likely have caused an accident. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 11/01/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Takata recall. my foots sometimes brushes a fuse box that is mounted above the gas/brake pedals, causing me to lose a split second in going from gas to brake. i only have a size 10.5 shoe. did not have this problem with my 2011 sonata. much more foot room down there on 2011 model. service dealer said nothing can be done.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/03/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Have a 2016 hyundai sonata limited with the ultimate package and was driving down the road at the approximate speed of 35mph with no vehicles in front nor behind me when the instrument panel started illuminating and beeping and the brakes abruptly slammed! had there been a car behind me it would have rear ended me. my daughter was in the passenger seat. this was at approximately 4500 miles. i took it to the dealership and no problems found


Date Complaint Filed: 11/04/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I have a 2016 hyundai sonata limited with the ultimate package that has forward collision protection which is a wonderful thing if you are about to hit a concrete wall. however if you are flowing with traffic and have to slam on your breaks because the car in front of you does and then they start to go again, the sonata thinks you are coming to a wall and sends you to a complete stop. this causes problems with the traffic behind you. i have almost been rear ended twice. i now disable it because i drive the dc beltway where people constantly slam their brakes. it's a great concept but definitely needs a lot of work before it is safe on our busy roads


Date Complaint Filed: 01/14/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I purchased my vehicle and felt like the brakes were pulling. it felt like the emergency brake was on but there was no indicator that it was on. the car was being driven at this point.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/08/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY:REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES:EXTERIOR

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 hyundai sonata. while driving 65 mph, the contact stated that the rearview mirrors faced the white lines on the highway. the mirrors could be readjusted, but they changed intermittently. the vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. the manufacturer was notified. the approximate failure mileage was 4,955.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/23/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | UNKNOWN OR OTHER | WHEELS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tpms indicators continue to say there is an issue and the tire and tire pressure but the car shows the correct tire pressure and there is no damage to the tires.


Date Complaint Filed: 04/08/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: YesNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Rear brakes failed to properly function while the vehicle was in forward motion on a highway. both rear brakes locked up without operator pressing on brake petal. both rear brakes and wheel got red hot causing passenger side rear brakes caught on fire. no brake warning lights was activate. this event took place twice, once on 1/27/16 (18 days after purchase) and 2nd time 3/7/16. (30 days after it was allegedly repaired.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/22/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS | SERVICE BRAKES | STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On february 19 2019 i was driving a car rental from hertz driving on the freeway in southern ca driving only 25 mph i crashed trying to avoid crashing into car in front of me kept putting on my breaks and the car would not stopped the breaks malfunction i tried to changing lane i still crashed i was going 25 mph the car was totaled bumper was plastic or fiber glass the air bag "exploded" not deployed. the plastic compartment where the airbags is stored, explode plastic became a jagged knife.it punctured a hole on my legs sliced other part of my legs when air bag explode some of the plastic was released and sliced my legs, air bag releases extreme smoke inside the car all you are inhaling is smoke. air bag i was in and out of consciousness from smoke inhalation i became dehydrated throwing up trapped from the airbag that is pasted against the driver side door. the airbag when it explode becomes a death trapped!!! instead of saving peoples life the plastic material manufacture the air bag is a plastic material it sticks tightly against the door if you do not have any strength to try to peel off or pull the airbag off the door you become trapped... if the crash does not kill you the smoke inhalation and being trapped by the airbag will! when airbag it explodes the plastic compartment becomes a jagger knife the airbag releases extreme smoke after air bag explodes i was taken to emergency room i was given a technic shot behind airbag and plastic explode. when i got out the emergency room three days later i went to the tow place to take a look at the car and took video pictures and took pictures of the airbag jagged plastic that caused my injury.. car rental is just worried about there car not me i almost died


Date Complaint Filed: 05/22/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS | STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Deer ran in front of my car. air bags inflated and stayed so for quite a while. when i got out of the car i noticed my foot was burnt with skin off and legs were burning from the powder in air bags. i know the bags should inflat but the smoke from this kept up for quite a while. i did not think this powder should have kept coming out so much and so did passerby people who stopped to help. we had the powder in our eyes.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/21/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: YesNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

As i was accelerating onto a highway the electronic emergency brake system ( attached to rear wheels of vehicle) without warning activated while vehicle was accelerating at speeds of over 55 mph. brake system pulsed violently and then wheels completely locked up cause the car to rear wheels locked up causing damage to entire rear braking system. hyundai failed to alert me to this danger and only disclosed it after the vehicle failed. after the vehicle was towed to the hyundai dealership, hyundai now claims to have this notice out- manufacturer campaign id: tff 2016 sonata electric parking brake logic update. luckily, we maintained control of the vehicle throughout the skid and system failures. we had to throw water on rear wheels/brakes to keep them from catching on fire. entire rear brake system destroyed...multiple sensor systems failed for this fault condition to occur. according to hyundai manuals, this situation is impossible with their redundant sensors/check sensors, yet it did occur. hyundai is investigating, however they did not seem too concerned that they put my family in danger with a product they knew was defective, yet they never alerted me to this issue. vehicle has 5002 miles on it, and was purchased 3-5-2016, owned just over 3 months.... updated 08/23/16 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 06/25/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving 65mph at 10pm on a the interstate, i heard a pound "thunk" and thought i had a tire issue, so began to steer toward the emergency lane. i quickly realized i had no power to accelerate, no power steering and the dash was blacked out...car was dead. only ever thing working was radio, emergency flashers and dome light. door locks did not even work. called for roadside assistance and car was towed. i have no further information about the car's disposition as it was a rental. it was terrifying and could have ended catastrophically in serious injury or death. the reason i am filing this report is to insure it will be investigated thoroughly. i did report it to hyundai .


Date Complaint Filed: 06/29/2016

Component(s): PARKING BRAKE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 hyundai sonata. the contact stated that the automatic emergency brake was engaged after attempting to avoid a crash at 35 mph, but failed to respond. the failure recurred twice. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 32,000. updated 08/16/16*lj


Date Complaint Filed: 07/02/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

If i open the driver side door while the vehicle is on, a warning light "check bsd system" is displayed on the info display. the warning stays on until the vehicle is turned off and turned back on. it shuts down the driver assistance feature on the vehicle. i've taken it into the dealership twice and they are unable to tell me why this is happening and have not been able to fix the problem. the service write up person asked was the vehicle in an accident, but i just purchased this vehicle new and it was only driven by the finance manager prior to me.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/18/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Passenger power window will not lock out. only the back window lock. my dog hit the window button and the window opened and the dog almost jumped out on the highway.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/26/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My car has been in motion at nighttime with the head lights on, while driving at 55 to 75 mph the light is spread up on my sides instead of being directly in front where the focal point is needed the most. i have taken this unit back to dealership several times and still the issue is not resolved, i am told its a problem with the design. i travel mostly on interstates and have 20/20 vision. my previous cars lights did make my path known to me, with this car, i am seeing defused light and it scares me. i've made it known to my lawyer that if i have a wreck at high speeds, then an investigation of this make and line of cars should be looked into. am i in a car that is waiting to have an accident? otherwise, i love this car.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/02/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Emergency brake self engaged while entering roadway causing car to be immobile and smoke poured from rear of car. was nearly t-boned then it suddenly accelerated. ...updated 08/31/16 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 08/03/2016

Component(s): ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Driving into a traffic circle car suddenly stopped then lurched forward making a squealing noise. again, almost t-boned. the engine light then lit and bluelink posted a message on screen that car has an engine issue and to call dealer. bluelink roadside assistance took 7 hours to get tow truck to me, dealer would not give loaner car until they received mine - lost a day's work and car laid up 5 days. exactly one week after emergency brake self engaged and seized wheels while driving.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/14/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Highlights when to auto mode do not turn on when wipers are turn on as required by florida statute §316.217(1)(b)


Date Complaint Filed: 10/17/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 hyundai sonata. while driving 35 mph, automatic emergency braking (aeb) system engaged for no reason. as a result, the contact's vehicle was rear ended. when the aeb system engaged, a high pitched tone sounded and an aeb system indicator illuminated. a police report was not filed and there were no injuries. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that there was no failure and was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 2,769. ..updated 11/17/16 *bf....updated 12/05/16 *bf






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