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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid earns reviewer praise for its comfortable, quiet interior. The seats are roomy and afford passengers plenty of room, according to critics. They add that the touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, but a few say that drivers may have trouble reaching it. Trunk space in the Sonata Hybrid is good for a midsize hybrid.

  • "Materials quality and fit and finishes are excellent, and there is plenty of storage space for your personal items." -- Edmunds
  • "If the Sonata steals battery space, you'd never know it. The trunk is huge and flat, and rear passengers have as much legroom as I'd typically expect from cars a size larger like the Toyota Avalon or Hyundai's own Azera." -- AutoWeek
  • "At speed, the cabin is quiet and it's easy to talk with passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Cloth upholstery is standard in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and leather upholstery is available. Power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are also optional. Reviewers praise the exceptionally comfortable seats and add that the Sonata Hybrid features one of the most spacious cabins in the class.

  • "Interior dimensions have also improved, with best in class head and legroom. And let's not forget the rear seat. Rear seat legroom rivals that found in some luxury cars, not to mention extended wheelbase vehicles. As a result, we rode in absolute comfort in the rear, with the added benefits of additional air conditioning ventilation." -- Left Lane News
  • "The seats are measurably better than the competition. The steering wheel feels as though you're using a memory foam pillow that immediately responds to your desired pressure." -- Jalopnik
  • "I was amazed at how much interior room the Sonata has. The rear-seat legroom is huge, much more than I was expecting and way more room than the current Malibu. The full-size sunroof also adds to the airy feeling in the cabin. My only gripe space-wise is that my knee rested and smacked against the bottom corner of the center stack." -- AutoWeek
  • "As part of its redesign, the Sonata Hybrid's roominess and comfort increased substantially. The seats are supportive and nicely padded and the cabin is remarkably quiet. The passenger cabin offers plenty of front head-, shoulder and legroom and the backseat is roomy, although rear headroom is tighter than in competitors." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Sonata Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a 5-inch touch screen, push-button start and a rearview camera. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker Infinity audio system, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, auto vehicle hold, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, engine stop/start capability, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist.

Critics say the Sonata Hybrid’s touch screen is easy to use and responds to smartphone-style commands, but they add that some drivers may find it hard to reach. Some note that the physical buttons on the center stack give the cabin a dated look, but they appreciate the simplicity afforded by having real buttons and knobs for commonly used functions. Some test drivers find the adaptive cruise control functional, but say it could be improved.

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  • Our test car came with adaptive cruise control, a feature I had yet to experience, so I gave it a whirl. At first I wasn't impressed with the following distance that it kept from the vehicle in front, but when I tried to change it, the car locked me out since I was moving. I understand the safety aspect of that decision, but I don't think I should have to park the car to alter the distance. After I changed the setting from 'Normal' to 'Fast,' the distances between vehicles got better, but it could still improve." -- AutoWeek
  • "The upgraded 8-inch touchscreen has crisp graphics and relatively straightforward menus, but some drivers might find it to be a bit of a stretch to reach easily. The touchscreen also features swipe-to-scroll and pinch-to-zoom capability, and it's especially handy when using the Android Auto interface. The only major change for the Hybrid is a hybrid-specific gauge cluster, which can display various hybrid system readouts and guide the driver for more efficient operation." -- Edmunds
  • The cabin's center stack is almost archaic with its insistence on actual buttons. The design isn't exactly futuristic, but I'll happily deal with a basic array of on/off switches any old day if it means there's less fiddling with touch-sensitive surfaces." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2016 Sonata Hybrid offers 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is big for a midsize hybrid. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has just 9.9 cubic feet of trunk space due to the extra space its battery requires. The Sonata Hybrid features a standard hands-free smart trunk. Reviewers appreciate the available fold-down rear seats, saying that they add to the Sonata Hybrid’s storage versatility. They also note that the cabin features a good amount of small-item storage space.

  • "Another welcome change for 2016 is the placement of the battery pack, which moves from the rear cargo area to the tire well. This creates a flat cargo floor in the trunk, and there are now 60/40-split folding rear seats allowing the storage of longer items." -- Cars.com
  • "Cargo space is the biggest win for the Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai increased the cargo volume by over a cubic foot from the outgoing model, up to a class-leading 13.3 cubic feet." -- Jalopnik
  • "Trunk space in the standard Sonata Hybrid was exceptional and almost exactly the capacity found in the gas model. Thanks to engineers using the area that would accommodate the temporary spare tire (an inflator kit is now included in its place) the Sonata Hybrid now includes a flat cargo floor, and is complete with a 60/40 split folding rear seat for 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The Plug-in Hybrid has 9.9 cubic feet of space, losing some of the flat floor cargo area due to the extra lithium-ion polymer batteries that vehicle requires." -- Left Lane News

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