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1996 Hyundai Sonata

  • 1996 Hyundai Sonata Base Sedan

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  • 1996 Hyundai Sonata GL Sedan

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1996 Hyundai Sonata Review

Stylish and powerful: a winning combination.

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A reasonably-priced midsize sedan, the 1996 Hyundai Sonata offers a solid list of standard features with three models depending on the level of performance and luxury desired by the consumer. It does, however, face quite a bit of competition from others in its class, including the Ford Contour, Honda Accord, and the best-selling Toyota Camry.

The 1996 Hyundai Sonata base model features a modest 2.0-liter V-4 and comes equipped with the fewest standards, though air-conditioning, as well as AM/FM/cassette audio system are included, making it a competitive offering in its price range. The GL and GLS come with the most standard features, including power accessories on the inside. A more powerful 3.0-liter V-6 is available for the GL and standard on the GLS.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata GL, Hyundai Sonata GLS

What's New

The 1996 Hyundai Sonata adds insulation in the floor and new engine mounts reduces the cabin noise. Also, this year all models receive CFC-free air-conditioning, and the GL model gets upgraded cloth for its seating.


A four-door midsize sedan, the 1996 Hyundai Sonata has a stylish design with a good mix of classic and modern adornments. All models feature tinted glass as a standard feature. The base and GL models include 14-inch wheels, while the GLS comes equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels. It is a typical midsize sedan measuring 185 inches in length and 69.7 inches in width and weighing in at a mere 2864 pounds.


The 1996 Hyundai Sonata interior has the basics that driver would expect from a car in this midsize class. The base model comes with several good interior features, including air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, center console, AM/FM/cassette audio system, rear window defroster, remote trunk release, intermittent windshield wipers, and cloth bucket seats. The upgraded GL and GLS come equipped with these plus power windows, door locks, and mirrors. The GLS also features cruise control as a standard feature.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Hyundai Sonata performs well overall. The base and GL models come equipped with a modest 3.0-liter V-4, which does not accelerate very well. The GL model can also be equipped with a better-performing 3.0-liter V-6, which comes standard on all GLS models. Handling is excellent with smooth steering for all models. The V-4 produces 137 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque.


Safety features for the 1996 Hyundai Sonata include driver and passenger front airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Sonata: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Poor acceleration

Sum Up

Stylish and powerful: a winning combination.

If You Like This Vehicle

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