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2011 Hyundai Sonata
Hybrid expected to use li-poly batteries and offer great fuel economy

Hybrid cars and SUVs are becoming more popular with drivers in America as people get more comfortable with hybrid technology and look to save on fuel costs. Most of the hybrid cars are smaller vehicles like the Prius, but there are also a selection of mid-size hybrids and even larger hybrids for those needing more space.

One of the newest mid-size hybrid cars is the Ford Fusion Hybrid that is EPA rated at 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, though some have reported even better fuel economy for the vehicle. Toyota also has a hybrid version of its best-selling Camry. Another big name in the auto industry is set to enter the hybrid mid-size market: Hyundai.

Hyundai is set to debut its new 2011 Sonata Hybrid at the New York Auto Show. A hybrid version of the Sonata should be very impressive considering that the standard version of the car with the 198 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder is rated 35 mpg on the highway, putting it very near the Fusion Hybrids mpg rating.

The powertrain for the hybrid Sonata is said to be much like the one used in the Nuvis concept seen at the 2009 New York Auto Show with a 2.4-liter engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission coupled with a 30kW electric motor and a 1.4kWh battery pack. The battery pack will use lithium-polymer batteries rather than the NiMH batteries other hybrids in its class use.

Pricing and availability for the hybrid Sonata have not been announced. The base Sonata starts at $19,195 with a six-speed manual and the high-end Sonata Limited goes for $25,295.

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By bhieb on 2/17/2010 1:15:49 PM , Rating: 4
Hate on them all you want, but from what I can tell this is not your 1985 Hyundia. $25K loaded is impressive when you look at what all is included. That has been their business model for years, but this time the new Sonata looks the part too not just a bland car with all the options.

Have not driven them,and I'm not in the market for this level of car, but IMHO they have the Camary and Accord out classed on qualities and features (and for the first time EVEN if they were the same price).

RE: Nice
By TerranMagistrate on 2/17/2010 3:26:52 PM , Rating: 2
Greater initial investment on a Honda Accord is preferable to saving some money with the enticing perks of this car. Less headache and repairs in the long term.

RE: Nice
By dubldwn on 2/17/2010 3:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well, in fairness, Hyundai offers *very* impressive warranties. 10 years on the drive train.

RE: Nice
By bhieb on 2/18/2010 9:11:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to have to call you out on this one too. You've most likely never owned one. I used to have xg300 (albeit their top tier car). And I only had it in one time for a cpu issue. They gave me a loaner even though they were going to have it done by the end of the day, free of charge.

Now you could argue that the extra you pay for an Accord/Camry would be offset by higher resale value, and I would have to agree there.

RE: Nice
By jonmcc33 on 2/19/2010 9:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
Vehicles are NOT an investment. They lose their value throughout their lifetime...unless they have collector value such as older muscle cars, etc. Those usually require low manufacturing numbers.

I have a 2006 Sonata and haven't had any repair issues other than regular maintenance. Hyundai vehicles come with a 5 year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and 10 year 100,000 mile drive train warranty (everything that makes the car go). That's pretty good long term numbers compared to Honda.

RE: Nice
By bjacobson on 2/18/2010 12:19:18 AM , Rating: 2
Go-go free markets. I too am impressed with how far they have come.

5 years ago I wouldn't have thought twice about a Hyundai.
This car is not bad at all, and the reliability is great to boot, too.

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