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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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Hybrid Gas savings dont match cost
By cknobman on 12/17/2010 10:09:09 AM , Rating: 1
and until it does I wont buy in.

Real world number for me:
Drive ~20000/year
Ford Edge gas mileage ~20/mpg (had for 3 years now so I have an accurate baseline to judge)
1 year gallons of gas: 1000
~Cost of gas: 2.75(In texas this is about average)
~Yearly cost: 2750

Lets say I get a hybrid like the Fusion or the Sonata
Drive ~20000/year
~gas mileage ~36/mpg (merely estimated and not observed so it could be less or more)
1 year gallons of gas: 1000
~Cost of gas: 2.75(In texas this is about average)
~Yearly cost: 1527

So cost for 1 year:
Edge: 2750
Hybrid: 1527
Savings: 1222

Only 1222 worth of savings and that is comparing a mid sized hybrid sedan to a freakin crossover SUV!!!! The savings would be considerably worse against a comparable non hybrid mid sized sedan!!!!




By cknobman on 12/17/2010 10:11:06 AM , Rating: 1
Oops cant edit but let me fix my copy/paste typo:

Lets say I get a hybrid like the Fusion or the Sonata
Drive ~20000/year
~gas mileage ~36/mpg (merely estimated and not observed so it could be less or more)
1 year gallons of gas: 555.5
~Cost of gas: 2.75(In texas this is about average)
~Yearly cost: 1527


By FITCamaro on 12/17/2010 10:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
The government: Oh yes you will.


RE: Hybrid Gas savings dont match cost
By bah12 on 12/17/2010 12:45:59 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
The savings would be considerably worse against a comparable non hybrid mid sized sedan!!!!
Just for fun and a true apples to apples.

Ford Fusion (best non hybrid) 26MPG combined.
Fusion Hybird 39 MPG combined.

@$3/gallon and 20K per year.
Fusion | Gallons 769.23 | Cost $2,307.69
Hybrid | Gallons 512.82 | Cost $1,538.46
Savings $769.23/year or $64.10/month

So yah not worth it. Especially since this all assumes that there is absolutely 0% chance of an out of warranty repair to the hybrid drive. Essentially ANY repairs not covered would rapidly eat into any savings. Granted most are covered for 60K+ if not more, but still considering the 5+ years you'd have to own the car to make up the initial cost difference it is a risk nonetheless and for very little reward.


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