With the Sonata's 2015 redesign, Hyundai made some significant improvements to a car that already competed credibly against such big dogs as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. They improved the ride and reduced road noise. The styling is now more upright and less sleek, but it still looks pretty sharp and the new design makes access easier and the view out appreciably better. The hybrid version is new for 2016.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Mileage great but lags in acceleration and the engine is somewhat noisy."

KATHERINE O., OH (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

". It's a hybrid vehicle. In economy mode it's a little sluggish. In standard mode or sport mode it's fine."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"I am concerned that I have not been getting 25mpg but more like 11mpg city driving using eco mode. I will be taking a long highway trip to determine if mpg is low there too."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Has 3 ways can choose to drive: Sport, Economical and Regular which is how the steering wheel will handle."

SHERRI B., NC (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Everything. The improve from the last three years is impressive."

NATHAN T., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Adaptive cruise is great"

ANDREW Z., PA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"I can't believe this is powered by a 4 cylinder engine. It easily keeps pace with other cars on the road and its handling is superb."

DENNIS D., AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very good acceleration and handling"

FRED H., AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration is outstanding, especially in sport mode. The two things I'd knock it down on are: grabby brakes.... very difficult to stop smoothly and when car is in ECO mode the transmission is constantly hunting for a gear during around town driving."

ROBERT D., CT (2016 Hyundai Sonata)


Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Needs a bit more acceleration."

BRIAN J., SC (2016 Hyundai Sonata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I am surprised at the overall comfort driving this car. The seats have a nice fit and feel and the ride is very smooth...much like that of a more expensive automobile."

DENNIS D., AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Took a month to get seat comfort to where it did not hurt my back even on short trips"

G M., DE (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very good overall driving car. Like it very much"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"The heat and A/C takes time to "kick in" if idling while warming up the car when starting. It usually takes acceleration on a main road to have the heat and A/C make the car comfortable."

MAREN M., VA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"very comfortable"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"difficulty getting in and out of vehicle- limited headroom for taller passenger"

ANN R., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats are a bit hard as well as ride... they have the sport model so i expected the limited to be more comfortable"

J C., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Was worried when I read some reviewers comments regarding seat comfort. I was pleasantly surprised that I found them great, even on a long 5hr road trip. There was a problem with some odd noises at first from the panoramic sunroof; it rattled a bit over bumps but I told the dealer about it at the next service and it was taken care of free of charge. All they would say though is that they greased it."

HATIM S., ON (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"It's just a great car, good mileage and good looking and comfortable"

RICHARD C., DC (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"The engine is a little louder than my previous 2009 and 2013 model."

RAYMOND W., CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"One reason I got rid of my new 2016 Honda Civic, was because I am tall, I had to sit down too far to get in it and it offered no thigh support. The new Sonata provides excellent support from my back, through my butt all the way to my thighs."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Tire noise on concrete / non-rubberized asphalt is loud. Seat length is a little short for me, but I can compensate with the 6 way settings."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Has a jerking feel when going into 2nd. Other then that, I find myself driving faster than I thought because the ride is so smooth. Its like floating on air."

TRACY B., CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"The climate controls are better than any of my previously owned Cadillacs."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Drivers seat uncomfortable"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"The seat is too far away from the side of the car so it is difficult to get in and out of the drivers seat. Tall people with long legs should have no trouble but we are both fairly short and both have trouble. I end up kind of falling into the seat and getting the backs of my pants legs dirty from the edge of the car. It is just uncomfortable and awkward for my husband. It didn't seem that bad at the dealers. The ride is also not as comfortable as our Camry."

SHERRY J., NC (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"leather seats are to hard"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Though sold as midsize vehicle, interior volume is equivalent to full size auto, dual temperature controls fully statisfy man vs woman need for cooling and heating during year. The vehicle is as quiet as a bank vault, and we also looked at Toyota Avalon but chose this vehicle over it, and glad we did"

RALPH S., TX (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"much quieter cabin than our 2012 sonata"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Stylish, good handling,Quiet,performance overall excellent."

CHARLES P., TX (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Competitive imports much more expensive"

DEBRA F., NJ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"The Consumer Reports' Build & Buy Car Buying Service TRUECar Estimate was very helpful, and I feel it helped me get a better price."

M W., VA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"I just bought it and haven't taken delivery yet. But I am replacing a 2009 Sonata with a new 2016 Sonata. In the mid-sized car category in Canada the Sonata has all the options I wanted in the base model. This includes Bluetooth, heated front seats and a back-up camera. Unfortunately the Canadian models and American models don't match up. The 2016 Sonata does not offer Bluelink, which is a shame."

RICHARD K., ON (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Absolutely wonderful the options it comes with for the price you pay."

TRACY B., CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"You get a lot for your money"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"I feel that Hyundai gives you a lot of cars and equipment for the money. So much so, that even though I went to purchase the SE model, I (with no dealer push) decided to get the Sport version, because it was at least $2,000 less than the base Accord, which was its only mid-size competitor. Out the door at less than $21,000 on my Sonata Sport."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"A great value for the money"

RICHARD C., DC (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Approx 20 % off MSRP more car and options than the next size down of other makes"

JOHN S., SC (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"A very solid well designed car. Excellent on Miles per gallon. Very stylish with the latest technology."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"better price for the features than other brands"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Surprising how smooth, quiet and comfortable this car is. It definitely gives you more than you would expect for the price."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Was in a head on collision in a previous Sonata, and had no serious injuries."

WAYNE C., MD (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great warranty included."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Looks and feels more luxurious than price paid"

EZRA K., NJ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"Olympic are the colors I have black truffle outside a camel interior make the car look very classy and it's funny these would not be colors I would have never picked out but I just absolutely love them together"

DALE O., WI (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"styling-comfort-compatable to thegenisis we owned"

Anonymous, NV (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"It is very attractive and we have had many compliments on it This is our second new Sonata and we are very pleased with them"

MILTON S., MI (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"The front grill is very cheap on the Limited which is a premium model."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

"It looks big on the outside, and it is much more pleasing to the eye than anything Toyota and Lexus are currently calling their style."

RALPH S., TX (2016 Hyundai Sonata)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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