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Sonata Hybrid

Sonata Turbo
Hyundai drops a few bombs on the midsize sedan market

Hyundai is continuing its steady stream of product updates with two more iterations of the all-new Sonata. We've already discussed the Sonata on a few occasions here on DailyTech, but Hyundai today released official details on both the new Sonata Hybrid and the Sonata Turbo.

First up is the new Sonata Hybrid. The new hybrid features revised front and rear bodywork to make it stand apart from the standard Sonata models. The body revisions also help the Sonata Hybrid to better slip through the air.

Most importantly, however, is the new Hyundai "Hybrid Blue Drive" powertrain. A 169 hp, 2.4-liter four cylinder engine is paired with a 40 hp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The Sonata Hybrid eschews the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is typically used in hybrid vehicles and instead uses a more traditional six-speed automatic transmission.

When all is said and done, the 3,457-pound Sonata Hybrid (263 pounds lighter than the Ford Fusion Hybrid) is able to achieve city fuel economy of 37 mpg and highway fuel economy of 39 mpg. For comparison, the Ford Fusion Hybrid achieves figures of 41 mpg and 36 mpg respectively.

The other big news from Hyundai is the announcement of the Sonata Turbo. We've previously discussed that Hyundai has done away with a V6 engine option for the all-new Sonata. Following the announcement of Sonata Turbo, we can see why. The Sonata Turbo uses a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which develops an impressive 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque (maximum torque is achieved at a low 1,800 rpm) -- all while using regular unleaded gasoline.

Even more embarrassing for its V6-powered competitors like Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord is the fact that the tiny little turbo four surpasses all of them in horsepower and torque figures. The Sonata Turbo will also delivery fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway -- not far off from the standard 198 hp Sonata. For comparison, the closest V6 competitor to the Sonata Turbo in fuel economy is the Honda Accord V6 which is rated at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

With these two announcements, Hyundai appears to be having no problem at all moving towards the governments goal of increased fuel efficiency for passenger vehicles.

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RE: Way to go Hyundai
By Pirks on 3/31/2010 10:26:02 PM , Rating: 2
I tried new Accent as a rental car two months ago and the rear passenger windows were constantly misty/foggy no matter how hot the heater was blowing. After that experience I don't think I'd get a Hyundai, let'em ripen up for a few more years I say.

RE: Way to go Hyundai
By jonmcc33 on 4/1/2010 12:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 2006 Sonata V6 with zero problems of "fogging". I got it in 2008 and never thought I'd even consider a Hyundai. After owning this Sonata I highly recommend them. The 10 year, 100K mile powertrain warranty cannot be beat in my book.

RE: Way to go Hyundai
By esandrs on 4/1/2010 1:39:31 PM , Rating: 2
I also have a '07 Sonata with no fogging issues. Really sounds like dirty windows to me.

I had a friend with a new Chevy Cavalier (a long time ago) who had continuous window fogging issues. There was some kind of residue/film on the interior glass when it shipped from the manufacturer. After several months of "dealing with it" he got out the Windex(tm) and paper towels. That fixed the problem in about 5 minutes.

RE: Way to go Hyundai
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/2/2010 4:22:03 PM , Rating: 3
I've experienced the same thing with the same solution. Clearly the guy who rented the Accent just doesnt get the difference between a common annoyance and a manufacturing defect.

RE: Way to go Hyundai
By 91TTZ on 4/6/2010 4:17:21 PM , Rating: 2
I used to get window fogging issues when I used to put Armor All on my dash. It made the interior plastics look good but it would leave a film on the glass that kept coming back.

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