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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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RE: 2010 Prius is also a mid-sized sedan...
By T2k on 12/17/2010 10:22:22 AM , Rating: 2
Are you fuckin' serious? Prius as midsize sedan?
If you are coming from a long line of midgets, married to other - hopefully non-related - midget and have two midget kids then I can grudgingly agree that a Prius might be a midsize sedan for you.
But in any other case Prius is an utter piece of shit small compact car, with shitty interiors, ugly exteriors and useless for more than two adults (6'3" and up already excluded.)


RE: 2010 Prius is also a mid-sized sedan...
By goku on 12/18/2010 4:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
6'3" and up already excluded? What? What are you babbling about? I'm 6'3 and I had the opportunity to drive an '09 Prius and there was PLENTY of leg room AND headroom. 39.5" of headroom rivals that of SUVs and is significantly more than the 37" of headroom in the Camry or other such vehicles. I could push the front seat all the way back, sit in the back seat and still have leg room. While the legroom is about 2" less than in a Camry, the car is definitely a midsize car. For a tall person such as myself, I found the Prius actually to fit me significantly better than the Camry with its smallish 37" of headroom, causing me to rub my head against the headliner, just like any other car save for the '96-'00 Honda Civic Sedans.


By Keeir on 12/19/2010 11:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh. Always this arguement.

The Prius is a "midsize" car because the EPA uses Total Interior Volume which includes car area. Since the Prius is a Hatchback, it gets to count all the area under the rear window.

The Toyota Prius has ~52.8 Cubic Feet in the Front Seat, 41.8 cubic feet in the Rear Seat and 21.6 cubic feet of Cargo Space. This Hyundai Sonata has 60.9 cubic feet in the Front Seat, and 42.8 cubic feet in the Rear Seat with a Cargo Capacity of 16.4.

The EPA would rate the Prius as a Compact, if the Prius had a typical trunk size of 14-15 cubic feet.


By Keeir on 12/19/2010 11:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh. Always this arguement.

The Prius is a "midsize" car because the EPA uses Total Interior Volume which includes car area. Since the Prius is a Hatchback, it gets to count all the area under the rear window.

The Toyota Prius has ~52.8 Cubic Feet in the Front Seat, 41.8 cubic feet in the Rear Seat and 21.6 cubic feet of Cargo Space. This Hyundai Sonata has 60.9 cubic feet in the Front Seat, and 42.8 cubic feet in the Rear Seat with a Cargo Capacity of 16.4.

The EPA would rate the Prius as a Compact, if the Prius had a typical trunk size of 14-15 cubic feet.


By Fost04mach on 12/21/2010 10:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe if you consider the nissan joke an suv...


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