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Photos of the Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front view

A much more conventional face. Black panel in the center of the grill for the adaptive cruise.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front view

Odd face on the 2013. The message from the market is that people wanted a hybrid to look different.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front quarter view

Less striking, more conventional exterior with the 2015 redesign. Is it now boring?

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front quarter view

The previous generation Sonata was much swoopier, and much more distinctive.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid side view

Though the Sonata is a sedan, its roof line extends nearly to the trailing edge of the trunk.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid side view

Special wheels for the hybrid.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid rear quarter

This blue suits it.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid rear quarter

Bigger butt.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid interior

The new, much less curvy instrument panel enhances roominess real and (especially) perceived.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid interior

Stylish curves weren't good for perceived room

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid instrument panel

Functional instrument panel, but why did they make it so plain, even cheap-looking?

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid instrument panel

Much narrower center stack on the previous generation. Not everyone was a fan of the sci-fi look.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid instrument panel full

Flat silver trim panels are very 1990s Ford.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid driver seat

Driver seat proved comfortable during a five-hour drive. Very good driving position.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid rear seat

Roomy, comfortable rear seat. Among the best in a midsize sedan.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid trunk

Roomy trunk despite being a hybrid. And the seat folds to open up a uesfully large pass-through.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid engine

Neat under the hood.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid engine uncovered

Drives like a regular car. Looks like a regular engine. Only the orange cable reveals its identity.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: Kia Optima SX side view

Wait until fall, and your Korean hybrid can look like this instead.

Hyundai Sonata Photos: Kia Optima SX interior

The Kia also has a more upscale and more luxurious interior.