If you're in the market for a mid-sized sedan that delivers style and value, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and 2016 Hyundai Azera are two ideal options for you. Both are built with sophisticated designs that maximize interior space, so deciding between the two isn't easy. At Elgin Hyundai, we reviewed many key areas to consider before making your purchase. While they have a lot in common, they also have some unique features that appeal to different drivers. Take a look at what we discovered to learn more about the differences between these fine models.


The Hyundai Azera and the Sonata are quite similar when it comes to dimensions for passengers and cargo space, as you may expect for two mid-size sedans. The Azera is a few inches longer, but the width and height of both sedans are almost identical. Both vehicles seat five people. The Sonata has slightly more headroom and shoulder room, but we're talking less than an inch difference.

While the Sonata offers about two inches more hiproom in the rear seat than the Azera, overall, the Azera offers one more cubic foot of passenger volume than the Sonata. As for trunk space, they both have 16 cubic feet of room available for packing your stuff. Notably, the Azera is best-in-class for interior space with the Sonata following close behind.

Exterior and Interior Design

Both vehicles highlight the best of Hyundai's design philosophy, so you can't lose with either choice. Hyundai engineers design vehicles to compete with the best of the best, which means tons of space and higher-end features inside. On the outside, the design follows Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture philosophy. This involves building contours from nature into the styling. The silhouette mimics the fluidity of an ocean wave and the flow of wind, resulting in more aerodynamic vehicles.

Powertrain and Performance

The base level 2016 Hyundai Sonata comes with a standard 2.4L GDI engine with 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. You can also choose the turbocharged 2.0L GDI engine, available on the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models for 245 hp. The base model Azera delivers a potent 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque with its 3.3L V6 engine, so the clear winner when it comes to power is the Azera.

Both of these sedans have responsive, reliable handling. The Sonata has an upgraded aluminum front and rear suspension. This creates a vehicle that is lighter and stronger than previous models with better braking and more stability during high-speed driving. The Azera's six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC provides seamless control of the high energy coming from its powerful engine. The Azera is also outfitted with SACHS Amplitude Selective Damping shock absorbers, which provide smooth handling and response to rough road surfaces. Don't forget fuel economy - the Sonata wins this category with 25 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, versus the Azera's 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.


The Sonata and the Azera are absolutely loaded with technology to save you time and make everyday tasks easier. The hands-free Smart Trunk feature, exclusive in its class, pops the trunk when it senses you're behind the car for more than three seconds. Both cars feature standard integrated Bluetooth and available touchscreen navigation, rearview camera, Android Auto, and Enhanced Blue Link for remote start and stop, remote climate control, and several multimedia functions.

Highly-capable audio systems are also available for both cars. The Sonata comes with an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with HD Radio technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and built-in jacks for your smartphone and USB cables. The Azera has a more high-end standard 550-watt Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound Audio System with 14 speakers and HD Radio technology.


Both the Sonata and the Azera contain a wealth of safety features like anti-lock brakes and front adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners. Both offer airbags, but the Azera's front airbags offer advanced head protection for added protection. Technology-enhanced safety features are available for both vehicles, like radar-based Automatic Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Detection System, Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start capability, and so many more.


The Sonata is a versatile mid-size sedan that starts at an entry-level price of $21,750. It is offered in six trim levels with the top-line pricing beginning at $34,075. The Azera, a luxury sedan, begins its pricing where the Sonata's ends. Its base pricing starts at $34,100 and it is available in one other trim, the Limited, which starts at $39,300.

Take Your Pick

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata and the 2016 Hyundai Azera are both outstanding cars that are packed with style and value. We advise you to check out both and see what's best for you. The staff at Elgin Hyundai is here to help. Stop by anytime or contact us today!


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