2016 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Limited
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Hyundai Sonata is the model that helped Hyundai find its mainstream appeal in the U.S, yet it's by no means the king of the hill, as it competes with top sellers like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

Last year's mid-cycle revamp gave the Camry a sportier emphasis to go with its space and efficiency.

The Accord remains very much a Honda in driving feel, even though it's quite a large vehicle now.

The Fusion remains one of the boldest designs on the market, and with several different turbocharged engines and a Fusion Hybrid, it's the lineup with the most choice.

The Kia Optima, which is closely related to the Hyundai Sonata, also deserves a look; it's almost identical to the Sonata in powertrain and layout, but it somehow handles better, and its sleeker, Euro-influenced styling aims for a very different crowd.

For sporty driving characteristics, the Mazda 6 is at the top; its road manners help make up for a few feature inadequacies.

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Quick Specs
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Spacious and fuel efficient, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is a worthy rival for America's best-selling family sedan.
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The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid combines high gas mileage and a quiet ride with one of the best-looking family-sedan bodies.
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The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
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A new SR model brings some driving fun back to the 2016 Nissan Altima, while preserving its mainstream family-sedan appeal.
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All-wheel drive for the entire lineup, a big back seat, and excellent gas mileage might be enough on their own to woo family-sedan shoppers; the 2016 Subaru Legacy has that, plus top safety, a smooth ride, and a design that fits right in.
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The 2016 Toyota Camry offers a controlled ride and plenty of interior comfort, making it pleasant for the driver and passengers alike.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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