The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is Good On Value But Problematic

In recent years, the Hyundai Sonata has gained credibility in the midsize sedan class and can even hold its own against models like the Honda Accord. The Sonata has gained popularity for its comfortable cabin and many available tech features. This sedan is also a reliable option to buy used. If you are shopping for used Sonatas, the 2016 model year is a good value option, but you should know there are a few potential trouble spots. 

What it’s like to drive the 2016 Hyundai Sonata 

The 2016 Sonata showed us that Hyundai was coming up in the auto industry. There are six available trim levels and three engine options for this 2016 model. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 185-horsepower is standard on the Sonata SE, Sport, and Limited trims. 

For more power, you will want to look for the 2.0T models equipped with a 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. If fuel-efficiency is your main priority, consider the Sonata Eco model, which comes with a 178-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. You might also want to consider the separate hybridized Sonata.

Each Sonata provides a pleasant and engaging driving experience. Although, as U.S. News notes, the turbocharged engines are better options for highway driving but can feel bouncy at times. The Sonata Eco has the most impressive fuel economy ratings for a non-hybrid, but the other Sonatas are also good on gas mileage.

On the inside

The Hyundai Sonata has a handsome, upscale interior complete with many tech features.
2016 Hyundai Sonata interior | Hyundai

The Sonata offers one of the roomiest car cabins. This sedan is comfortable enough for long road trips, and its high-quality materials are on par with luxury models. What makes the Sonata’s car cabin even better is the bevy infotainment features. A 7-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio all come standard. 

Recalls actions

While the 2016 Sonata offers many desirable features, you should know that it was recalled six times. The Sonata recalls relate to potential problems with its electrical system, airbags, roof assembly, and parking brake. Hyundai notified owners of these potential issues and worked with its auto dealers to repair them. 

Overall reliability 

A Hyundai Sonata on display at an auto show
A Hyundai Sonata on display at an auto show | Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images

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Despite the multiple recalls on the 2016 Sonata, auto experts still gave the model above-average predicted reliability scores. Consumer Reports gave the 2016 Sonata a 4.0 out of 5.0 for predicted reliability, which makes it one of the most reliable model years to buy used. RepairPal also gave the Sonata a 4.0 out of 5.0 ranking for dependability based on its average annual repair costs. 

According to RepairPal’s data, average repair prices for a car are $458, but the average yearly costs for the Sonata are $379. The Sonata’s lower repair prices also indicate that problems on the Sonata are less severe. If you are actively considering the 2016 Sonata, make sure that you address the recall actions with your auto dealer.