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New for 2016: Hyundai

New for 2016: Hyundai

By Philly Murtha, December 03, 2015


Hyundai, the South Korean auto brand that boasts a stylized “H” logo symbolizing a handshake, markets mainly cars in the United States, although the redone Tucson small SUV is a strong entry and the Santa Fe compact SUV is a sales stalwart. During the past few years, Hyundai has been applying its new design philosophy called “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” that it describes as “dynamic, futuristic, and sleek” to its latest model introductions such as the seventh-generation 2015 Sonata. A signature trapezoid grille and vertical intake slats provide a European look to redesigned models. For 2016, the Hyundai Tucson is redesigned, while other models such as the Accent, Azera, Elantra, Genesis, Sonata, and Veloster receive only minor feature updates and adjustments.

Following is an overview of new or updated features for each 2016 Hyundai model:



2016 Hyundai Accent photo2016 Hyundai Accent

  • Renamed trim levels: SE Sedan (formerly GLS) and SE Hatchback (formerly GS)
  • Improved voice recognition and layout of buttons on instrument panel
  • Many safety features, including 6 air bags, are standard
  • Accent Sedan now available with gray or beige two-tone interior
  • Accent Hatchback available with gray or monotone black interior




2016 Hyundai Azera photo2016 Hyundai Azera

  • Improved HID and LED front and rear lighting systems
  • More safety and infotainment technology features available
  • Limited trim level features electronic parking brake and smart cruise control with stop/start




2016 Hyundai Elantra GT photo2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

  • Redesigned grille with horizontal chrome and argent slats
  • New 17-in. alloy wheel design
  • Optional ventilated driver’s and passenger’s seat
  • Optional next-generation navigation with HD Radio and Apple Siri integration
  • Optional next-generation Blue Link system with new connectivity features such as remote start with climate control and destination search




2016 Hyundai Elantra Sedan photo2016 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

  • Well-equipped Value Edition added with more convenience features from Popular Equipment package added to SE, Limited, and Sport trims
  • LED lighting system added to Sport and Limited trim levels
  • Limited trim level comes standard with keyless entry and ignition; automatic climate control; LED lighting accents; 17-in. wheels; leather upholstery; and Blue Link connectivity system
  • Elantra Sport trim level standard with cloth seats and without sunroof but features black exterior accents, sport-tuned suspension, and a more powerful engine




2016 Hyundai Equus photo2016 Hyundai Equus

  • 2016 Equus Signature and Ultimate packages are both generously equipped so no factory options are needed or available
  • Hands-free automatic Smart Trunk is standard on Ultimate trim level




2016 Hyundai Genesis photo2016 Hyundai Genesis

  • Improved HID and LED front and rear lighting systems are standard
  • Premium fog lights are available on rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions
  • New Active Safety Features package is available that includes: automatic emergency braking; head-up display; blind-spot detection; cabin CO2 sensor; and lane-keep assist
  • 5.0-liter V-8 engine is only offered on the Ultimate premium trim level




2016 Hyundai Santa Fe photo2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Keyless entry with alarm and body-color heated mirrors with driver’s blind-spot mirror are standard
  • LED headlight accents, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system are standard
  • Saddle interior option no longer available




2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport photo2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

  • Saddle interior option no longer available




2016 Hyundai Sonata photo

2016 Hyundai Sonata

  • Dynamic Bending Lighting System that turns with steering wheel on curves
  • Standard 17-in. alloy wheels; 19-in. alloys optional
  • New 17-in. wheel design and Sport front fascia on Limited trim
  • Limited 2.0T trim level adds heated function for D-shaped steering wheel
  • Sunroof standard on Limited trim level and optional on Sport trim
  • Hands-free liftgate is standard
  • Aluminum suspension components to improve handling
  • All-wheel drive (AWD) available with certain equipment packages
  • Adds Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) function on cars equipped with forward-collision warning technology
  • 7-in. color touch-screen display audio with Android Auto smartphone




2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid photo2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

  • Revised transmission
  • More powerful electric motor and larger Lithium-ion battery pack that improves fuel economy by 10% from previous model to 42 mpg
  • More cargo space—10% larger
  • Standard USB port auxiliary input jacks, satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone connectivity




2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid photo2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

  • Hyundai’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has distinctive look and includes larger battery pack, smaller gasoline engine, and more powerful electric motor
  • Powered by a 9.8-kWh Lithium polymer battery pack that is roughly five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery
  • 50 kW electric motor is 32% more powerful than motor in Sonata Hybrid
  • Travels up to 24 miles on electric power alone
  • Expected to deliver 93 MPGe combined in EV mode
  • Recharges in less than 3 hours
  • Four exclusive exterior paint options and choice of cloth or leather seats
  • Will initially be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont




2016 Hyundai Tucson photo2016 Hyundai Tucson

  • Redesigned for 2016 featuring Hyundai’s latest angular, wider body design with extended wheelbase, new LED lighting system treatments, and signature hexagonal grille
  • Six new exterior paint colors
  • Interior is roomier than prior model with more premium materials available—three color fabric and two leather choices available on Limited trim level
  • Eco, Sport, and Limited trim levels get new turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that produces 175 horsepower
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard; all-wheel drive (AWD) optional
  • New LED lighting systems available on Eco, Sport, and Limited trim levels
  • Heated, ventilated seats and leather upholstery available with Limited’s new Ultimate package
  • Optional 405-watt sound system, Bluetooth, and backup camera
  • Optional advanced safety technology including lane-departure warning system, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, backup warning sensors, and automatic emergency braking system (AEB)
  • Optional panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic Smart liftgate available on higher-end trim levels
  • Optional 19-in. alloy wheels with new spoke design




2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell photo2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

  • Addition of HomeLink connectivity allowing owners to open and close garage doors, security gates, and control home lighting systems with a button on rearview mirror
  • Two new exterior color options: Hydro Blue and Chromium Silver




2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo photo2016 Hyundai Veloster

  • Optional Tech package includes HD Radio, smartphone integration, and Blue Link connectivity on 3-door Veloster hatchback
  • New Rally Edition package for the Turbo R model with stiffer suspension, 18-in. wheels, carbon fiber-look accents, sport shifter, and Matte Blue exterior paint
  • Veloster Turbo features manual or optional 7-speed automatic transmission choices


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