Hyundai is tweaking its 2016 Sonata for 2016.Hyundai has announced a few new enhancements for its 2016 Sonata sedan. The improvements come just one year after the Sonata was totally redesigned for the 2015 model year.Most notable among the changes is a switch to aluminum in the construction of the Sonata's suspension. By switching from steel to aluminum in the Sonata's front lower control arm, rear upper control arm and assist arm, as well as the steering knuckle, Hyundai says it has reduced the car's unsprung weight, which should improve overall handling.
Inside the Sonata gets a new 7-inch touchscreen display running Android Auto. The screen also serves as the display for a standard rear-view camera. Other interior improvements include a new woodgrain pattern on Limited cars equipped with a beige interior, a conventional sunroof on Sport and Limited models and a heated steering wheel for Limited 2.0T models.
The exterior of the 2016 Sonata largely carries over, but the Limited model adopts the more aggressive front bumper form the Sonata Sport, a three-bar grille design and a new 17-inch wheel design.
On the safety front, Sonata models previously equipped with Forward Collision Warning now get Automatic Emergency Braking.
Hyundai has also increased the efficiency from the Sonata's 2.4L four-cylinder from 37mpg on the highway the 38mpg, but the company didn't explain how it managed the jump in mileage.
As a result of those improvements, the Sonata's starting price has increased by $600 to $21,750. That base MSRP does not include a mandatory $835 destination charge.