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The 2011 Sonata Hybrid has a face only a mother could love, but not many can argue with its fuel economy ratings of 37 mpg (city), 40 mpg (highway)
New Sonata Hybrid undercuts similar offerings from Toyota, Ford

Back in late March, Hyundai announced two additional variants of its popular Sonata midsize sedan: the Hybrid and a more powerful 2.0t (turbocharged) model. While the Sonata 2.0t has already hit dealer lots, the Hybrid will soon be making its way to consumers.

Ahead of the official public launch, Hyundai has announced pricing for the Sonata Hybrid. The base price of the vehicle will be a relatively low $26,545 including destination fee. This compares favorably against the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,335) and the Ford Fusion Hybrid ($28,990).

The Sonata Hybrid is capable of achieving 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway (37 mpg combined). For comparison, the aforementioned Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid are capable of 31/35 and 41/36 respectively.

“Sonata Hybrid offers something new to the mid-size sedan segment, with its segment-leading 40-mpg highway fuel economy rating, differentiated appearance, and incredible value,” said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “Like the 2.4L direct-injected Sonata and the 2.0L Sonata Turbo launched earlier this year, Sonata Hybrid demonstrates Hyundai’s unique approach melding innovative technologies and emotional design into products more and more people want to put in their driveways.”

The Sonata Hybrid uses a 2.4-liter direct-injection gasoline engine that has been modified to run on the Atkinson Cycle along with a standard six-speed automatic transmission instead of a CVT that is traditionally used with hybrids. In addition, the Sonata Hybrid uses a lighter lithium-polymer battery pack instead of the NiMH batteries used in the Camry Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid.

While the base Sonata Hybrid undercuts the competition, a higher-spec "Premium" model will also be available for $31,545. This trim level adds 17" wheels, panoramic sunroof, navigation system, rear backup camera, and leather seating.

The Sonata Hybrid along with the recently introduced 2011 Elantra are some of the first baby steps that Hyundai is taking to reach a fleet-wide goal of 50 mpg by 2025.



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Why?
By Shadowmaster625 on 12/17/2010 8:10:37 AM , Rating: 1
I had a 2008 sonata non-hybrid for a weekend and it got 36 mpg. What is the point in paying thousands extra for a 10% gasoline savings???? If you drive 20,000 miles a year and you save 10% we are still only talking about 2000 miles a year. At 40mpg that is only 50 gallons. 57 gallons at 35mpg. Best case is you save 57 gallons a year; so even at $3.51 a gallon that gives you a max savings of only $200 a year . That is crazy!! If you only drove 12000 miles a year and gas was only $3 then you'd only be saving $100 a year. What kind of lame brain moron could possibly justify paying anything more than $1000 for a hybrid option??? Given the time value of money and finance charges, a hybrid option is only worth about $500 .




RE: Why?
By coolkev99 on 12/17/2010 9:24:05 AM , Rating: 3
:sigh: What your car got on the highway last weekend, or on your drive to Grandmas house last month has little to do with the EPA fuel consumption estimate. The best it does is offer some sort of way to compare cars when shopping.

Does the EPA for the 2008 Sonata state 36mpg? NO.

Then why are you comparing it to the EPA estimate of the new hybrid? Never ever ever ever compare your "real world" results to an EPA estimate. Apples and Oranges.


RE: Why?
By Spuke on 12/17/2010 4:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I had a 2008 sonata non-hybrid for a weekend and it got 36 mpg. What is the point in paying thousands extra for a 10% gasoline savings????
So you don't think you would be able to get that same increase in mpg if you were driving a hybrid Sonata?


RE: Why?
By goku on 12/18/2010 4:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
Since it's a hybrid, he might actually get even greater savings. I found that in driving various gasoline vehicles, I get about 15% better fuel economy than its EPA rating. However when I rented an '09 Prius, instead of getting 52.9mpg (46mpg+6.9) I ended up averaging 70mpg. Now that's definitely not going to happen with the OP but having a hybrid definitely opens doors to much improved fuel economy, assuming you know how to take advantage of it of course..


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