2016 Hyundai Sonata vs Toyota Camry

2016 Hyundai Sonata vs  Toyota Camry
2016 Hyundai Sonata 2016 Toyota Camry
  25 city / 38 hwy MPG Fuel Economy* 25 city / 35 hwy MPG
  18.5 gallons Fuel Capacity 17.0 gallons
  185 hp Horsepower 178 hp
  178 ft-lbs. Torque 170 ft-lbs.
  5 yr. / 60,000 mi. Basic Warranty 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.

2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2016 Toyota Camry

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As a fiercely competitive segment in the automotive industry, midsize sedans provide the space, accommodating size, power, and efficiency craved by many drivers. And imprinted in the minds of consumers for several decades is the Toyota Camry, which has ruled as one of the best-selling and highly revered nameplates around. It is a reputation well deserved; with the Camry, Toyota cemented its reputation for manufacturing durable and reliable cars that deliver no-frills performance. However, in recent years, younger midsize nameplates have been offering more excitement—for a lot of reasons. One of the prime examples is the Hyundai Sonata. And in the 2016 model year, Hyundai’s very own entry is getting the better of the stalwart from Toyota in three key areas.


For starters, there’s the issue of safety. Granted, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded both sedans the “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation, which means that each ride scored the best possible rating (“Good”) on every section of the IIHS’s crashworthiness test. However, the Sonata is rated “Superior” for its performance on the IIHS’s front crash prevention test; that’s the highest possible rating. The 2016 Camry, on the other hand, gets a rating of “Advanced”: a notch below the Sonata rating.


The 2016 Hyundai Sonata also edges out the 2016 Toyota Camry in terms of performance. With the Sonata’s ECO trim, you get a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine (I4), which provides 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. True to the name of the trim that it services, the aforementioned engine yields a fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is the car’s peak numbers. By comparison, the 2016 Toyota Camry’s base-level engine—which is a 2.5-liter I4 that produces 178 horsepower, albeit with 25 less lb-ft of torque—yields 25 mpg in city fuel economy and 35 mpg in highway fuel economy. That’s 3 mpg less than the Sonata in both categories.

Features and Interior

Finally, automotive writers herald the roominess and furnishing of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata’s cabin—more so than the 2016 Toyota Camry. They generally remark that the Sonata’s rear seats are spacious, and with 122.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, the car will never be accused of being cramped for five occupants. At the base level, the new Sonata comes with a six-speaker stereo system that includes HD Radio, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth for hands-free phone calling, and steering wheel-mounted controls. There’s also Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system for integrating vehicle information. And as you go up in trim, features like leather seat surfaces, a power tilt-and-slide moon roof, front-seat power adjustability and heating capability, a nine-speaker 400-watt premium stereo system, and a HomeLink transceiver for opening and closing garage doors will be available to you or become additional standard features.

Want to find out for yourself why the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, rather than the 2016 Toyota Camry, is the way to go? Then come see us at Parks Hyundai of Gainesville in Florida. Run by the Parks family since 2013, and now comprising a state-of-the-art facility, the dealership will make you feel welcome with its team of automotive experts. If you are in the Gainesville, Lake City, or Palatka area, give us a call today to set up a test drive.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.