The Award Winning 2016 Hyundai Sonata
When it comes to safety, you want a car that has been designed by a company that puts safety in the forefront of every new car. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is a Top Safety Pick for 2016 by the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with the Autonomous Braking System.
What makes it Safe?
All of the six trim models come with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and ABS brakes in part, operated by Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
Winter driving means that there are going to be less than ideal driving conditions like snow and rain. The Sonata is designed to assist you with its control in unfavourable conditions.
Hyundai’s ESC monitors the amount of traction your wheels have with the road. It can determine if there is a loss of traction and automatically apply the proper brake pressure to help you steer the vehicle. This stops you from over- or under-steering the car and sliding out of control.
The ESC system works with your brakes to ensure that all brakes are operating at peak performance.
Another standard feature on all trims of the 2016 Sonata is the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system. The VSM assists you on slippery surfaces like you would expect to find on winter roads. When it detects a change in the braking, the system steps in to keep you stable. It enhances the ABS brakes on your Sonata.
On every model except the GL, you’ll find even more safety features that are created to help you prevent accidents. The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assists (LCA) systems are extra eyes that determine if there are obstacles in your way.
The BSD monitors the lane next to you by way of sensors that measure velocity and position. If the sensors detect someone is in your blind spot, they will illuminate lights on your side mirror since that is where you’re going to look when you get ready to shift lanes.
The RCTA system comes into play as you’re backing out of a parking place. It scans the area behind your vehicle and emits an audible alert if it detects something coming towards you.
It’s not always safe to change lanes, so when you activate the turn signal, the LCA system goes to work. It uses sensors to read the traffic speed in the lane next to you in order to determine if it is safe to make the lane change. It will sound an alarm if it determines that a lane change is unsafe.
The Ultimate and Limited 2.0T are equipped with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). This system uses the camera on your Sonata and sensors to determine if there is an obstacle in your path. It alerts you of an object when it feels that there might be a collision. If you don’t respond quickly enough, it will apply the brakes and stop the vehicle before you hit the object. This is the technology that won it the Top Safety Pick for 2016.
It’s More than Safe
While safety is a key component of the 2016 Sonata, it’s filled with many comfort and high-tech features.
Depending on the model, you can equip your 2016 Sonata with heated seats in the front and rear, a panoramic sunroof, dual exhaust outlets, leather seats, sport suspension, aluminum pedals or 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Overall, the 2016 Sonata is a midsized sedan lush with the standard features you would expect to find on high-end luxury vehicles. It offers an infotainment centre that includes connections to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, and the handling inspires confidence.
Don’t just take our word for it, come in and test drive the 2016 Sonata out and experience it for yourself today.