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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign, safety, suspension and new and improved infotainment and connectivity features. The 2018 Hybrid and Plug-in will be produced in Asan, Korea, with Hybrid availability in the first quarter of 2018 and Plug-in availability in the second quarter of 2018.

"Our new 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in models add appeal in every area, from exterior to interior design, handling, steering, ride comfort, safety and infotainment," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America. "When combined with Hyundai's outstanding value and efficiency, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in are sure to attract even more eco-focused buyers."

The new Sonata exterior design conveys a new appearance from every vantage point, including new wheel designs. On the inside, a new instrument panel center stack, steering wheel, available audio/video navigation system, wireless phone charging and rear USB charge port further enhance the interior experience.


The heart of the 2018 Sonata Hybrid is a 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a powerful 38 kW electric motor and clutch where the torque converter would normally be found. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) delivers the same responsive, engaging driving characteristics Sonata owners expect while improving fuel economy through the use of a larger electric motor.

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

This innovative transmission uses an electric oil pump, which helps improve efficiency. It is possible for Sonata Hybrid to operate solely on electric power at speeds up to 75 mph by decoupling the gasoline engine from the rest of the drivetrain.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's Nu engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque. The electric motor produces 38 kW (51 horsepower) and 151 lb. ft. of torque. Hybrid system net power is 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Sonata Hybrid SE has preliminary internal estimates of 39 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg combined. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's total range is estimated at more than 650 miles under typical driving conditions.

The lithium-ion polymer battery pack capacity is 1.76 kWh and the battery pack fits under the trunk floor, which allows for a flat trunk floor as well as available 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Sonata Hybrid offers 13.3 cu. ft. of cargo volume, thanks to the compact battery pack dimensions and efficient design. Locating the battery pack beneath the trunk floor helps improve cargo volume and total interior volume with 106.1 cu. ft., the most in its segment.


Although the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is very technologically advanced, it drives similarly to the regular Sonata Hybrid, but with the additional benefit of extended all-electric range. A 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, more than five times larger than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's battery, gives the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid an EPA-estimated all-electric range of up to 27 miles, and it can recharge in less than three hours with a level-two charger. It offers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a hybrid gasoline engine, perfect for long trips, with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting. As a result, many consumers will be able to complete their daily commute without using a single drop of fuel, and total estimated range is an impressive 590 miles.

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai's Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED), a 50 kW electric motor, in place of a torque converter. The 50 kW electric motor is 32 percent more powerful than the motor used in Sonata Hybrid and allows EV operation at higher engine load and speed. A 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine coupled with the electric motor allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted. The Sonata Plug-in Nu engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque and the total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.


2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in come standard with seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag. Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display and a rearview camera are also standard. LED headlamps are optional and LED taillights and DRLs are standard.

Hyundai engineers implemented many active safety technologies for the Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in to assist drivers and help prevent accidents. No longer reserved for luxury cars, advanced safety technologies, such as Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard. Available advanced safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High Beam Assist.

The Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in advanced Blind Spot Detection system is designed to alert drivers of an approaching vehicle in the next lane if the turn signal is activated. Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in the side mirrors. When the turn signal is activated, the Lane Change Assist system determines the closing speed of any vehicle in the adjacent lane to determine if the lane change is safe. If the system determines the vehicle in the other lane is closing too quickly, it sounds an audible alarm to warn the driver that the lane change is unsafe. The Lane Keep Assist uses a forward-facing camera to recognize lane markers. If the system detects the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning on the instrument cluster illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.

Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) is another standard feature that uses advanced technologies from the Blind Spot Detection system. RCTA scans the areas to each side of the Sonata when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. If the system detects another vehicle is approaching from the side, the Sonata driver is given an audible alert. This system is another tool that helps Sonata drivers benefit from active safety technologies.


The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delivers the convenience technology one would expect in a luxury vehicle in an incredibly efficient mid-size hybrid sedan. Hyundai's Hands-free Smart Trunk is available as well as an electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, an Integrated Memory System for driver's seat and side mirrors, segment-exclusive rear window sunshades, ventilated front seats, power front seats with adjustable driver lumbar support and Smart Cruise Control featuring stop/start capability.


Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in offer an eight-inch color touchscreen navigation system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® smartphone integration, iPod®/USB and auxiliary inputs, SiriusXM® satellite radio and Bluetooth® phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition. Available upgrades include a nine-speaker Infinity premium audio system with subwoofer and external Infinity® amplifier.

The available eight-inch navigation system offers a map and music split-screen display and the ability to record SiriusXM presets one to six. For 2018, this navigation system also adds Bird's Eye View map perspective capability. Switching to a preset station in the middle of your favorite song won't be an annoyance any longer; simply rewind up to 22 minutes to listen to the full song or catch up on sports broadcasts. SiriusXM Travel Link® provides access to traffic information, sports scores, weather, stock prices, fuel prices and local movie times.


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in use the same functional design cues to improve the drag coefficient to an industry-leading 0.24 Cd.


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice navigation services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill, and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:

  • Widgets for easy access to remote features
  • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
  • Access to Blue Link notification settings


Owners can manage and monitor the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid remotely via the Blue Link smartphone app. With the app, owners can access real-time data from their Sonata Plug-in and perform specific commands like starting the engine and locking doors. Plus, users can search for points of interest using Google with voice or text and have the directions when they start their Sonata Plug-in.

For Sonata Plug-in owners who will charge at their residence, one of the most useful features of the app is the ability to manage their Plug-in charging schedule. Owners are given vehicle charging options that they can select while in the car, but users can also manage them remotely via their smartphone. Immediate charge is the simplest option, as charging begins as soon as the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is plugged-in.

A distinctive instrument cluster provides Sonata Plug-in Hybrid drivers with additional information about the vehicle's functions. A charge indicator is located on top of the dashboard to make it easy to see the state of charge from outside the vehicle.

Individuals that have different electric rates at off-peak times may want to schedule the charge to reduce cost as well as reduce peak demand on the electricity grid. Users can do that with the new app based on time and date. For example, charging could be set to start at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a weekly basis.

  • Connected Car Services:
    • Remote Start with Climate Control and defroster
    • Remote Lock/Unlock
    • Vehicle Diagnostics/status
    • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
    • Car Finder
  • Connected Plug-in Hybrid Charge Management Services:
    • Start or stop charging
    • Set-up charging schedule with days of the week and time
    • Current battery level with real-time electric and fuel range
    • Real-time fuel range
    • Plug status (in/out)
    • Charge status
    • Time left until fully charged

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

When we first reviewed the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid we noted it was taking direct aim at the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the two most popular mid-size hybrid sedans, and said, “Keep your eye on the new kid on the hybrid block.”

We weren’t wrong, the Sonata Hybrid kicked butt. After its first three months on the market, the newbie established itself as the second best selling gas-electric in the United States, trailing only the indomitable Toyota Prius, a position it maintained through the end of 2011.

The Sonata Hybrid’s meteoric rise on the hybrid sales chart wasn’t just about the car’s EPA fuel economy rating of 35 city/40 highway and 37 combined – there were seven other hybrid cars with higher ratings. Buyers were also enticed by the Sonata’s eye-riveting styling and tech-rich standard equipment at a price that was difficult to pass up.

For 2012, the Sonata Hybrid reprises the 2011’s exterior and interior styling, but adds Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system as standard and offers an optional Leather package ($1,500). The 2012 Sonata Hybrid is available in just one trim level and has a base price of $25,850, a $55 price bump from the 2011 model.

Balancing Highway and City MPG

Hyundai went its own direction on hybrid technology by developing original proprietary hybrid architecture to reduce weight and to improve highway fuel economy.

Unlike hybrid systems from Ford and Toyota, the Hyundai system does not use a continuously variable transmission with integrated electric motors and generators. Instead, Hyundai employed its new six-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor that takes the place of the torque converter. What’s the difference? It means that Hyundai is trying to address the common complaint that hybrids are boring to drive – and provide credible mileage for city driving conditions while delivering top-tier fuel economy for highway driving.

The full hybrid architecture allows the vehicle to operate on an electric motor only, a gasoline internal combustion engine only, or a combination of the two depending on driving conditions and driver demands. It also saves gas by automatically shutting off the gas engine when the car is stopped. The approach also results in a total combined gas-electric output of 206 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. No direct rival has more horsepower, though competitors don’t list torque figures.

Like nearly all hybrid vehicle gasoline engines, the Sonata Hybrid’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is recalibrated to run on the Atkinson cycle, a method of improving engine efficiency. While a fair amount of low-end torque is relinquished with the Atkinson conversion, it is made up by the additional torque from the electric motor.

The Toyota Prius Liftback, with its combined 50-mpg rating, is still way ahead of the pack on both highway and city efficiency numbers – but shoppers are more likely to put the Sonata Hybrid in the larger mid-size sedan (with trunk) category along with the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.

Lithium Polymer Batteries and Lighter Weight

Hybrid critics have complained that the need to tote heavy batteries means one step forward and two steps back. Hyundai deals with that issue by using lightweight lithium polymer batteries. The lighter batteries and other weight reductions make the Sonata Hybrid the lightest vehicle in the segment, at just 3,457 pounds – 263 pounds lighter than the Fusion Hybrid. Combined with Sonata’s best-in-class horsepower rating, Sonata Hybrid has a significant advantage in power-to-weight ratio.

The Sonata Hybrid’s 1.4 kilowatt-hour pack battery pack weighs just 95.9 pounds versus the Camry Hybrid’s 123.9 pounds. The compact battery pack resides in the forward portion of the trunk to maximize cargo space. Compared Lithium polymer batteries deliver the same power with 20 to 30 percent less weight, 40 percent less volume and 10 percent greater efficiency over the nickel metal hydride batteries found in today’s hybrids.

Slick and Slippery

When the all-new 2011 Sonata arrived, Hyundai called the eye-catching design “Fluidic Sculpture” and said it’s intended to “create the illusion of constant motion.” Its headlamps sweep out of a bold front fascia and well back into the front fenders. The “beltline,” the space that separates the body from the glass, is stylishly high and is accented by a chrome strip the length of the car. A radically raked windshield draws the eyes to a gracefully arched roof that gives the car a “four-door coupe” profile, a cue from European luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

With the Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai put form in service of function – better aerodynamics. The most dramatic design flair is an all-new front fascia featuring a vastly enlarged darkened grille flanked by anthropomorphic lizard-eye headlights. New wheels and extended rocker panels improve airflow across the flanks. In the back, the bumper cover has been reshaped with sharp creases at the corners to minimize drag. These changes drop the hybrid’s drag coefficient from the standard Sonata’s already slippery 0.28 to just 0.25 – matching the Toyota Prius Liftback’s number.

Inside, the dashboard is fashioned in a sports car, dual-cockpit theme with arched sections separated by a gracefully slopped center console. Between the analog gauges a liquid-crystal display fosters economical driving. The interior is a couple ticks above what is expected in a mid-size family car, intelligently crafted from expensive looking materials and smartly laid out. Rear seating is spacious with more than adequate headroom considering the coupe-like roof. The 10.7 cubic feet of trunk volume is nearly three cubic feet less than the 2012 Camry Hybrid and, unlike the Camry, the rear seat does not fold for additional cargo room.

The 2012 Sonata Hybrid continues Hyundai’s knack of creating strong showroom appeal by including hot-button features as standard. These include Hyundai’s Blue Link safety, service, and infotainment telematics system as well as Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone linking, and satellite radio. Add to the list an auxiliary audio jack and a USB interface for iPods and other digital media, plus a steering wheel fitted with audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls.

Remote keyless entry, power windows, locks, and mirrors, dual automatic climate control and a tilt/telescope steering wheel are also standard. An optional Ultimate Package ($5,500) includes the Leather Package plus a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, backup camera and 17-inch alloy wheels.

On The Road

The Sonata Hybrid is notably quiet for a hybrid, holding off not only the sound of its own engine, but also blocking out the noise from tires and other vehicles, even on the coarsest of roads. As for handling, the car has balanced agility and the suspension keeps everything secure and stable in corners and emergency maneuvers.

My favorite aspect of the Sonata’s road manners is its responsive steering. It has a quick and precise feeling, is balanced and firm, but never twitchy.

The Sonata Hybrid can be motivated by the electric motor up to 62 mph and it isn’t difficult to drive at speeds of around 40 or 50 mph for a couple of miles before the gas engine kicks in. On the highway, mash the throttle to overtake a slower vehicle and the six-speed transmission winds nicely toward top rpm, shifting each time somewhere around 6,000 rpm, when the full tug of torque seems ready to run out.

So it would seem that Hyundai’s goal of using a conventional transmission instead of CVT to achieve a driving experience that closely parallels a conventional car was accomplished. And indeed, on the Interstate and highways it does. But on city streets and urban driving, where between 40 and 50 percent of driving occurs, it misfires. From a stop, the hybrid system always rolls off in electric mode. Around 15 mph the gasoline engine starts up with a harsh jolt and transmission shifts in lower gears are often hesitant. This calamity is quite off-putting and could be a deal breaker for some buyers.


The Sonata Hybrid made quite a splash in 2011, and deservedly so. Its fuel economy numbers were better than the Camry Hybrid and the Sonata and Fusion Hybrid were nearly identical, but with highway and city numbers swapped. It also boasted a lower price than those mid-size hybrids: $1,250 less than the Camry, $2,805 less than the Fusion. Add to that the stunning design and standard high-tech features and the Sonata had a winning formula that made it the number two selling hybrid vehicle in 2011.

But things have changed. Last fall Toyota rolled out an all-new 2012 Camry Hybrid. The 2012 edition demonstrates Toyota’s expertise in gasoline-electric hybrid technology, delivering a 43 city/39 highway mpg EPA fuel economy rating, numbers that handily best the 2012 Sonata. And while the Camry’s styling leans toward pedestrian compared to the Sonata, its base price of $25,900 is just $50 more than the Hyundai.

That’s not all. This fall Ford will begin selling an all-new 2013 Fusion Hybrid. Its fuel economy ratings are an expected 47 city/44 highway, numbers that are getting close to the indomitable Prius Liftback. Plus, it is blessed with the styling of the gasoline-powered Fusion that auto critics are calling the best-looking mid-size car, bar none.

But wait, the 2012 Sonata Hybrid offers something the others don’t – Hyundai’s warranty that the carmaker promotes as America’s best. Basic coverage is 5-years/60,000-miles bumper-to-bumper and 10-years/100,000-miles powertrain. Owners also receive 24-hour roadside assistance at no extra charge for 5-years/unlimited mileage. Then there’s the warranty knockout punch – the Lifetime Hybrid Battery Guarantee. If the lithium polymer battery fails, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs of the old battery pack free of charge to the original owner.

That’s impressive and just one more reason why the Sonata Hybrid could again snag the number two spot on the hybrid sales chart at the end of this year.

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.>

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid


Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Lane Departure Warning will not work under all circumstances. It functions when it is able to detect painted lane markings. It cannot function if the lane markings cannot be seen clearly, if the lines are faded, or during dusk without headlights on, with snow, rain, sleet, dust, leaves or standing water on road, sudden changes in brightness such as shadows, tunnel exits/entrances, low sunlight angle causing reflections, multiple lane markings or criss-crossed lines, tar crack sealer and cracked or broken road surfaces. It also may not function on very rough roads, when walls, curbs or concrete barriers are close by, or if following another car too closely. Since it “sees” the lane markings using a camera in the upper windshield area, it is imperative this area be clear and free of blockage such as stickers, dirt, snow, tinting material, markings and labels. Avoid putting objects on the dashboard that may reflect light or images onto the system camera area.

Rear parking sensorsThe optional rear parking sensors are a supplemental system and not a substitute for proper backing up procedures. The system is designed to audibly warn the driver of objects 50 inches behind the vehicle. When active, the system operates when you are in reverse at up to 6 mph. System may not detect every object behind you. Always look over your shoulder and use the rearview camera and mirrors to confirm clearance. System effectiveness depends on many factors. See your owner's manual for details.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)Forward Collision Warning is intended to be a supplement to safe driving practices. The system is not designed to detect certain stationary objects such as trees or poles, and may not detect all vehicles under certain conditions. The system does not provide a braking function. The driver is responsible for being attentive and maintaining control of the vehicle, and should not wait for the system's alerts before braking as there may not be sufficient time to brake safely.

Rearview cameraWhen reverse gear is selected, a camera at the rear of the vehicle transmits an image of the area behind your vehicle on the touchscreen display.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change AssistBlind Spot Detection assists the driver by warning of other cars in the blind spot region. It senses the rear side territory of the vehicle when it is traveling over 20 mph. 4Lane Change Assist provides an audible and visual alert if the turn signal is activated and another vehicle in the blind spot is sensed. The turn signals must be activated for the Lane Change Assist to function. There are limitations to the function, range, detection and clarity of the system. It will not detect all vehicles or objects in the blind spot. Its operation depends on the size, distance, angle and relative speed difference between your car and other cars. Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist may not operate if sensors are obscured in any way. Do not rely exclusively on Blind Spot Detection. Blind Spot Detection is a supplemental system and the driver must still be attentive and exercise caution when driving with it. It is important to always signal, look over your shoulder and through your mirrors before changing lanes. It is the driver’s responsibility to be aware of the surroundings and ensure it is clear before changing lanes or directions. Blind Spot Detection is only meant to assist the driver in these responsibilities.

The Rear Cross-traffic Alert system is designed to notify drivers of approaching cross-traffic behind the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected, it provides an audible warning and visual display warning. Rear Cross-traffic Alert is a supplemental system and the driver must still exercise extreme caution when backing up. Drivers must always turn and view oncoming traffic before backing up.

Automatic High Beam AssistThis thoughtful system automatically senses oncoming traffic and dims the high beam headlights.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Teknik zellikleri

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  Gvde Tipi: Sedan / k Tarihi 2016, Gney Kore 2 liter / 1999cc / 121.986 cu in154ps / 152bhp / 113 kW @ 6000 rpm
  Model hakknda   Gney Kore versiyonu olan bu ara lk olarak 2016 ylnda trafie kmtr. 4 kapl ve Sedan bir ara olan Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 1999 cc hacminde olan 154 ps g reten ve Benzin yaktla alan bir motora sahiptir. Bu 2 litre hacmindeki motor 6000 devirde 154 ps g retmekte ve maksimum tork deeri 5000 devirde 190 nm dir.   Otomobilin arl 1586 kg dr. Sonata Hybrid modeli nden ekili bir aratr ve zerindeki Benzin ile alan motoru g CO2/km salnm yapmaktadr.   Sonata Hybrid Resimleri   Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Karoser zellikleri   • Kasa Tipi 4 Kap Sedan   • Kap Says 4   Sonata Hybrid Boyutlar ve Arlklar   • Dingil Akl 2804 mm   • Tekerlek zi/Aklk (n) 1613 mm   • Tekerlek zi/Aklk (Arka) 1621 mm   • Uzunluk 4854 mm   • Genilik 1864 mm   • Ykseklik 1471 mm   • Uzunluk/Dingil Akl Oran 1.73   • Bo Arlk 1586 kg   • Yakt Deposu Kapasitesi 60 litre   Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Motor zellikleri   • Motor Tipi Hava Emili Benzinli   • Motor reticisi Hyundai   • Silindirler Dz 4   • Motor Hacmi 2 litre / 1999cc / 121.986 cu in   • BorexStroke 81 x 97 mm 3.19 x 3.82 in   • Bore/Stroke oran 0.84   • Motor zellikleri ift Eksantrik (DOHC) Silindir Ba 4 Valf 1Toplam 6 Valf   • Max Motor Gc 154ps / 152bhp / 113 kW @ 6000 rpm   • Spesifik k 76 bhp/litre 1.25 bhp/cu in   • Maksimum Tork 190 Nm (140 ftlb ) (19.4 kgm ) @ 5000 rpm   • zgl Tork 95.05 Nm/litre 1.15 ftlb/cu 3   • Motor Yaps Aliminyum Blok ve Kafa   • Ya Karteli Islak Yalamal   • Sktrma Oran 13.5:1   • Yakt Sistemi EFI   • Bmep (Ort. fren etkili basnc) 1194.4kPa / 173.2psi   • Motor Soutma Su   • Birim Hacim 499.75 cc   • Hava Emi Sistemi Normal Atkinson cycle   • Intercooler Yok   • Katalitik Konvertr Evet   • kinci Motor Tipi Interior-permanent magnet synchronous electric motor   • kincil Kuvvet 51.0 PS (50 bhp , 37.5 kW )   • kincil Tork 205.0 Nm (151 ftlb , 21 kgm ) @ 0 rpm   • Maksimum Sistem Gc 193.0 PS   Sonata Hybrid Performans   • G-Kilo Oran 97.17 PS/g 71.47 kW/g 95.84 bhp/ton 0.04 bhp/lb   • Kilo-G Oran 13.99 kg/kW 23.37 lb/bhp   Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Yakt Tketimi zellikleri   • Yakt Tketimi 40/44/42 US MPG EPA ehir i/ehir D/Ortalama   • lt/100 km 5.9/5.3/5.6 l/100km ehir i/ehir D/Ortalama   • km bana litre 17.0/18.7/17.9 km/l ehir i/ehir D/Ortalama   • UK MPG(Galon bana mil) 48.0/52.8/50.4 UK MPG ehir i/ehir D/Ortalama   • US MPG(Galon bana mil) 40.0/44.0/42.0 US MPG ehir i/ehir D/Ortalama   Sonata Hybrid ase   • Motor Pozisyonu n   • Motor Dzeni Enine   • eki Sistemi nden ekili   • Direksiyon Sistemi Kremayerli PAS   • Direksiyon Tur Says 2.780   • n Tekerlek Boyutu 6J x 16   • Arka Tekerlek Boyutu 6J x 16   • n Tekerlekler P205/65 R 16   • Arka Tekerlekler P205/65 R 16   • Frenler n/Arka VeDi/VeDi-S-ABS   • n Fren ap 305 mm   • Arka Fren ap 284 mm   • anzman 6 Vites Ototmatik   • Son Dili Oran 0.77   • Son Dili Oran 3.32   Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Genel zellikleri   • RAC Snf 16.3   Sonata Hybrid Aerodinamik   • Srtnme Katsays 0.24   Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Benzer Aralar :   • Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2 lt 150 ps (2016)     • Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium 2 lt 150 ps (2016)     • Subaru Impreza 2.0i CVT 2 lt 150 ps (2016)     • Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited 2 lt 150 ps (2016)     • Volvo S60 T3 2 lt 152 ps (2016)     • Ford Focus S 2.0 Ti-VCT 2 lt 162 ps (2016)     • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited 2 lt 154 ps (2016)     • Ford Focus S 2.0 Ti-VCT PowerShift 2 lt 162 ps (2016)     • Ford Focus Titanium 2.0 Ti-VCT Sedan 2 lt 162 ps (2016)     • Ford Focus SE 2.0 Ti-VCT Sedan 2 lt 162 ps (2016)     • Samsung SM6 2.0 GDe 2 lt 150 ps (2016)     • Kia Optima 2.0 CVVL 2 lt 163 ps (2016)     • Kia Optima 2.0 CVVL Automatic 2 lt 163 ps (2016)     • Honda Civic LX CVT 2 lt 160 ps (2016)     • Honda Civic EX 2 lt 160 ps (2016)     • Honda Civic LX 2 lt 160 ps (2016)     • Honda Accord Hybrid 2 lt 143 ps (2016)     • Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L 2 lt 143 ps (2016)     • Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2 lt 143 ps (2016)     • Hawtai B21 2.0 2 lt 145 ps (2016)

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (2011) - pictures, information & specs

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

As global automakers work out implementation timing for new fuel-efficient powertrain technologies such as gasoline direct-injection (GDI), twin-scroll turbochargers, and full-hybrid powertrains, Hyundai announced that the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the first vehicle in the industry to offer all three technologies with the new Sonata 2.0T (turbo) and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid joining the hot-selling GDI-equipped Sonata in Hyundai showrooms in late 2010.

At the 2010 New York auto show, Hyundai unveiled its 2011 Sonata Hybrid, changing the game in hybrids with unique approaches in hybrid powertrain design, battery technology and vehicle appearance. The Sonata Hybrid is Hyundai's first hybrid in the U.S. market.

"The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the new kid on the block, but it's not a follower," says John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "Its full parallel hybrid configuration and breakthough lithium polymer batteries offer a new take on traditional hybrid design, while its unique design sets it apart from the mid-size hybrid pack."

The Hyundai-developed Hybrid Blue Drive architecture is a full parallel hybrid drive system, which can operate on an electric motor, gasoline internal combustion engine, and a combination of the two depending on driving conditions and driver demands. Hyundai's proprietary full parallel architecture differs from the power split technology used by most competitors, allowing significant efficiency advantages at higher speeds. Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive is the first and only system using lithium polymer battery technology - leapfrogging competitive in-market nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion applications. Lithium polymer offers the benefits of lithium-ion, a technology used in laptops and cell phones, but adds robustness, power-density and package flexibility, making it ideal for automotive applications. Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive also is unique in its use of the company's own highly efficient, compact new 6-speed transmission, modified with hybrid starter-generator, electric motor, and low-friction oil pump, which together allow the elimination of the traditional torque converter.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive is a new addition to a full suite of eco-focused products and technologies that Hyundai offers in its goal to be the auto industry's global eco-leader. According to the EPA, Hyundai has led the U.S. industry in fuel economy for 2008 and 2009, and is currently the only automaker with average fleet fuel economy of more than 30 miles per gallon.

"Hyundai applies advanced technologies to vehicles to provide the best solutions for the everyday driver," said Krafcik. "Unlike traditional hybrids that trade off highway fuel economy for higher city ratings, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delivers best-in-class highway fuel economy, while still delivering about a 40 percent improvement in city fuel economy compared to a Sonata equipped with the Theta II GDI engine. We think this is a better balanced approach for the majority of car buyers."


Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's projected best-in-class highway fuel economy of 39 mpg offers significant benefit to hybrid owners with highway commutes, while also offering outstanding city fuel economy of 37 mpg. Government studies have shown that the typical U.S. driver operates in a highway mode 57 percent of the time. Hyundai's approach to deliver class-leading fuel economy in highway mode provides a unique solution in the mid-size sedan hybrid market, and differentiates Hyundai Sonata Hybrid from the likes of Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delivers typical hybrid fuel economy gains in the city like its competitors, but also gives owners outstanding fuel economy on the highway, where these competitors fall short.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delivers class-leading electric-vehicle operation at steady-state speeds of up to 62 miles per hour. Gasoline engine engagement depends on state of charge, acceleration and vehicle speed. Its two propulsion units develop a total output of 209 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, exceeding all mid-size competitors, and 195 lb-ft of torque. The weight-efficient architecture of the new Sonata platform, combined with the lightweight lithium polymer battery pack, make the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid the lightest vehicle in the segment, at just 3,457 pounds, 263 pounds lighter than the Fusion Hybrid. Combined with Sonata's best-in-class horsepower rating, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a significant advantage in power-to-weight ratio, a key enabler of both performance and efficiency.

Hyundai's proprietary parallel hybrid drive system is the heart of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The competition uses a power split system with a planetary-geared Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This is where the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gains a key advantage. Competing hybrid models use electric motors that have to power a planetary gear set. By utilizing a full parallel drive system, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid uses the power from the electric motor more efficiently to directly control the vehicle, allowing it to be operated at much higher speeds than the competition in EV-only mode. This technology is also a key enabler of Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's best-in-class highway fuel economy.


Hyundai's Hybrid Blue Drive is a proprietary parallel hybrid drive system that runs on the already fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Theta II engine (169 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm) mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor for maximum fuel economy. Hyundai's Hybrid Blue Drive has an all-electric mode and a parallel drive mode. This means the wheels are turned by power coming directly from the gasoline engine, or the electric motor, or both together, as conditions demand. This parallel hybrid drive architecture will serve as the foundation for future hybrid drive vehicles to be developed by Hyundai.

In the Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive system, the Theta II with multi-port fuel injection (MPI) operates on an Atkinson Cycle. Atkinson Cycle is a type of internal combustion engine strategy designed to dramatically increase fuel efficiency through changes in compression and power strokes in the four stroke engine. It is typically only used in hybrid systems where the high-torque electric motor boosts low-end power, which is traded off for internal combustion engine efficiency. By combining the electric motor and the Atkinson Cycle engine, the Hybrid Blue Drive system delivers best-in-class highway hybrid efficiency.

To further improve fuel economy, all of the Theta II major driveline and cooling system components have been optimized to reduce friction, while the crankcase has been filled with low friction oil. Hybrid Power Control (HPC) management software automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, cutting emissions to zero. When pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal, the Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) automatically restarts the engine. This control strategy assures that maximum efficiency is achieved during gentle acceleration and greater power is immediately available during full acceleration. During deceleration, braking regeneration comes into play. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also features "smart brake" technology in which braking input over-rides accelerator pedal input.

The high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine also features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and newly developed engine components to reduce friction. This optimized Theta II engine achieves 10 percent better fuel consumption over a conventional Theta II engine.

Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive uses the company's proprietary 6-speed automatic transmission rather than a conventional hybrid's CVT. Hyundai's strategy involves an adaptation of the modular 6-speed transmission, replacing the torque converter with an electric motor and high-efficiency oil pump. This technique uses a traditional step-shift 6-speed transmission rather than a CVT to provide a more traditional shift feel that is preferred by customers and sometimes artificially replicated in CVT applications. This saves on cost, making the Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive system a better value. It is a more robust and elegantly simple solution to a complicated engineering challenge.

Fuel efficiency improvements are evident throughout Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. For example, the top three gear ratios in the transmission have been extended to ensure the engine runs at lower RPMs, the electric motor-assisted steering system reduces demands on the engine, and low resistance tires further optimize fuel economy.

Hybrid Blue Drive is made up of the following major components:

  • An efficient 30kW electric motor delivering 151 lb-ft of torque
  • A regenerative braking system
  • An integrated starter generator that enables the engine to turn off at stops and restart automatically under acceleration
  • A breakthrough lithium polymer battery package, with 5.3 Ah of capacity at 270 volts
  • A fuel-efficient Theta II 2.4-liter engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with an improved efficiency electric oil pump
  • Weight-efficient architecture coupled with a low drag coefficient (.25 Cd target)
  • Electric air conditioning compressor
  • Hybrid power control unit


Sonata's hybrid system stores its electrical charge in a 270V lithium polymer rechargeable battery (5.3Ah/270V) that surpasses existing nickel-metal hydride and pending lithium-ion applications. Lithium polymer batteries are more durable and space-efficient than other hybrid batteries. They are also more weight-efficient. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's battery pack weighs just 95.9 pounds versus the Camry Hybrid's 123.9 pounds. The compact battery pack resides in the forward portion of the trunk to maximize cargo space.

Lithium Polymer Batteries vs. Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries

Compared with nickel-metal hydride batteries, lithium polymer batteries deliver the same power with 20-30 percent less weight, 40 percent less volume and 10 percent greater efficiency over the nickel-metal hydride batteries found in today's hybrids. Lithium polymer batteries offer 1.7 times more energy density than nickel-metal hydride batteries, allowing Hyundai engineers to devote less space and weight to the battery pack. Lithium polymer batteries hold their charge 1.25 times longer. Lithium polymer batteries also are more resistant to changes in temperature, which improves cycle life. Additionally, lithium polymer's self-discharge rate is less than a third of a nickel-metal hydride battery.

Lithium Polymer Batteries vs. Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-polymer has significant advantages over lithium-ion, including higher energy density and lower manufacturing costs. Lithium polymer is more resistant to physical damage and can handle more charge-discharge cycles before storage capacity begins to degrade. Lithium polymer technology also offers significant advantages in thermal robustness and safety.

A key difference between traditional lithium ion batteries and Hyundai's lithium polymer battery solution is the overall packaging of the cell - the anode, the cathode, the electrolyte, and the encasement material. Traditional lithium-ion batteries, like those found in laptops, use what's known as the 18650 cell format. In this format, each mass-produced cell is 18 mm. in diameter and 65 mm. tall, which is a bit larger than a "AA" battery. Each of these small metal cylinders is filled with a liquid electrolyte that facilitates the movement of lithium ions across anode and cathode, creating the battery current.

Traditional lithium-ion batteries are easy to handle, withstand mild internal pressures, and have been around in various forms since 1991. That means a manufacturing infrastructure is in place, and economies of scale are reasonably high. However, they do have several disadvantages. For example, their cylindrical shape reduces packaging efficiency and they are surprisingly complicated to manufacture since they have so many small parts. These small parts make them robust to thermal fluctuations and add significant cost and weight to the overall battery system. Cell-to-cell consistency also is extremely critical in a vehicle battery package, since the pack is only as robust as its weakest cell. Traditional lithium-ion batteries have considerable cell-to-cell variation, while Hyundai's lithium polymer batteries deliver outstanding cell-to-cell consistency.

Lithium polymer technology uses a completely different approach. Rather than using a liquid electrolyte, which requires a robust metal casing, lithium polymer batteries use a polymer gel as the electrolyte, which allows the use of a thinner and lighter aluminum-walled encasement, or pouch. Inside each lithium polymer cell, the cathode, separator, and anode are laminated together, enabling much simpler and more reliable manufacturing. This allows the battery pack to be about 20 percent smaller than a lithium-ion battery pack, making it much easier to change the cell footprint to fit the nooks and crannies of available vehicle space.

Hyundai and its battery supplier, LG Chem, have spent hundreds of hours testing the Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive lithium polymer battery system. This testing has proven that Hyundai's lithium polymer technology has greater thermal and mechanical stability than existing systems, meaning better safety and performance.

Another key engineering challenge for Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive has been assuring maintenance-free battery operation over the vehicle's life - at least 10 years, and 150,000 miles - in all weather conditions. Heat is the enemy of battery cycle life. Hyundai's thermal imaging testing shows how much cooler a lithium polymer battery is compared to today's nickel-metal hydride battery or a conventional lithium-ion battery. Consumers will notice these advantages in improved useful life and lower maintenance costs.


Hyundai designers have taken Sonata's fluidic sculpture design language a bit further with Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, making it even more aerodynamic. The goal was a modern, eco-friendly design, with "at-a-glance" differentiation from the non-hybrid Sonata models.

  • Unique exterior design elements
    • Headlights and taillights
    • Aerodynamic bumper fascias
    • Aerodynamic rocker panels
    • Bold hexagonal grille
    • Eco-spoke wheels
    • Air dam and aero side sills
    • Hybrid Blue Drive badging
    • Exclusive hybrid paint color
  • Interior refinements
    • Supervision cluster with eco-display options
    • Unique interior color choice
    • Unique seat patterns

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also offers drivers a way to be more engaged in fuel-efficient driving thanks to Hyundai's Hybrid Technology Display. The Hybrid Technology Display is featured on a 4.2-inch LCD screen located between the odometer and tachometer, or is visible on the optional seven-inch navigation screen. It features the following information:

  • Driving mode
  • Energy flow within the vehicle
  • Engine and motor movement
  • Fuel level
  • Battery power levels and charge status
  • Electric vehicle mode indicator
  • Average and instant mpg

The Hybrid Technology Display's most unique feature is an Eco Level scoring system. The high definition display acknowledges eco-focused driving with eight levels of sky color, ranging from gray to bright blue. It also accumulates points in Total Eco mode over time. An Eco Guide also provides instant fuel economy feedback.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - Overview

The Good

Wholesome mileage numbers, a roomy and welcoming cabin, superb warranty coverage, a spiffy profile, and decent ride and handling characteristics all endow the 2012 Sonata Hybrid.

The Bad

Some differences between advertised and real-world mileage figures, a funky eco-performance display, an unrefined hybrid powertrain, iffy regenerative brakes and a dearth of rear-seat headroom keep the 2012 Sonata Hybrid, a newcomer to the hybrid wars, from true greatness.

The CarGurus View

Yes, Hyundai has some things to iron out in its newfangled hybrid powerplant, and yes, the regenerative braking system needs work, but there’s also a lot to like about the 2012 Sonata Hybrid. Tolerable ride comfort is complemented by competent handling, while impressive gas mileage, a well-wrought cabin, a slick profile and one of the most comprehensive and lengthy warranties in the business combine to give this fine 4-door some hefty appeal. Rivals, however, show a lot to admire as well, so do your homework before signing on the dotted line.

At a Glance

It’s not the most refined hybrid vehicle out there, but the attractively styled 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid represents the second year of the Korean automaker’s dabbling in gas/electric technology. Several firsts come with this recent plunge into the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) pool, including a lighter and marginally smaller lithium-polymer battery replacing the more common nickel-metal hydride battery found in most rivals. Further, the electric motor is located between the 4-cylinder gasoline engine and the transmission for a slightly more efficient output. Altogether, this hybrid system is touted to put out better horsepower and torque, as well as retaining an electric charge longer than most of its competition. Finally, the standard 6-speed automatic transmission lets drivers ease into the hybrid experience a little quicker than do the continuously variable transmissions (CVT) that come standard with most in the class.

Alas, though they try, the folks at Hyundai still have a ways to go in perfecting their hybrid offering. The transition from gas to electric power and back is often less than smooth, according to a number of professional and consumer reviews, while real-time gas mileage, not to mention all-electric acceleration numbers, seldom measure up to advertised figures. Meantime, the regenerative braking system is thought by many to be disconcertingly difficult to get used to. All in all, it appears that the Korean automaker has its work cut out for it, hybrid-wise.

In any case, the Sonata Hybrid is offered in one trim, euphemistically labeled the Base. Available only with front-wheel drive, this midsize sedan retains Hyundai’s “Fluid Sculpture” design scheme, which results in a handsome profile that sets the car apart from virtually all its competitors, indeed, even from its non-hybrid siblings. It also remains a well-equipped family automobile, though trunk space, due to the still-sizeable battery pack, is only 10.7 cubic feet, and the split-folding rear seatbacks, common to the gas-powered Sonata lineup, are deleted in the Hybrid edition. Noteworthy additions to the 2012 trim, meanwhile, include Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment, directions and safety alert technology becoming standard equipment, as well as a new lifetime warranty on all hybrid powertrain components and the addition of an optional Leather Package.

Notable rivals to the sophomore-year Sonata Hybrid include the redesigned and more comfortable Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford’s legendary Fusion Hybrid, with its nifty handling and state-of-the-art tech features. It might be worth a few added tire kicks to check out these worthy competitors before deciding on the Sonata Hybrid.


The unusually configured gas/electric powerplant gracing Hyundai’s 2012 Sonata Hybrid is built around a 166-hp (at 6,000 rpm), variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine that mates with a 40-hp electric motor and 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for a total of 206 hp and 193 lb-ft of torque. With the traditional engine's auto start/stop capability, class-leading estimated mileage numbers are pegged at 34 mpg city/39 highway, but a number of reviewers—and owners—dispute these figures, finding them a bit inflated. Also somewhat fantastic is Hyundai’s claim that the Sonata will accelerate up to 62 mph on electric power alone. Tests by various reviewers showed this claim to be highly suspect.

Be that as it may, a few acceleration tests of the Sonata Hybrid found it scooting from 0-60 in somewhere between 8.7 and 9.0 seconds on combined engine and electric power, which isn’t bad, comparatively speaking. The lighter-weight lithium-polymer battery is thought by many reviewers to contribute to this far-from-pokey acceleration.

Some reviewers, however, note that the standard 6-speed automatic transmission, when in full automatic mode, has a tendency to get lazy on downshifts and often becomes easily confused in stop and go traffic. In other reviews, the problem is described as a less-than-seamless transition from gas to electric power and back. Finally, a persistent whir and whine also pervades the Sonata Hybrid’s drivetrain performance, according to several reviewers, though most concede that it’s not especially bothersome.

Ride & Handling

Hyundai’s 2012 Sonata Hybrid rides on a 4-wheel independent suspension that sports MacPherson front struts, a multi-link rear end and a stabilizer bar in front and rear. What most reviewers describe as a decently compliant ride is due, in their considered opinion, to the standard 16-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires with which this snappy hybrid is endowed. However, more than a few reviews note a plethora of discomforting rocking and rolling over larger bumps and dips, though they concede that the Hybrid’s ride-worthiness is far more forgiving than the sport-tuned suspension that graces the regularly powered Sonata SE.

Further disagreement is found among reviewers when this hybrid 4-door’s handling capabilities are discussed. Most consider the Sonata Hybrid to more than hold its own through the lazy curves and normal gyrations of the typical commute or errand, while others claim that a distracting numbness in the steering wheel means less road feedback and little driving élan. All reviews, however, note that this 4-door’s unobtrusive profile lends itself well to maneuvering in tight spaces.

Lastly, nearly all reviewers claim a steep—some say impossible—learning curve is necessary to overcome a disturbing shudder and shake when bringing the Sonata Hybrid to a stop. According to these reviews, the regenerative braking system, which assists the I4 in recharging the battery, is quirky even in ordinary stopping duties. Pedal feel is alleged to be occasionally spotty, while vibration and some slight pull are among the more common symptoms of this less-than-confidence-inspiring braking system. It must be noted, however, that tests of this hybrid’s braking prowess found it coming to a stop in an average of 126 feet from 60 mph, which is pretty much average for the class.

Cabin & Comfort

Hyundai has made a name for itself by equipping its vehicles with a veritable cornucopia of standard amenities at a competitive price. Though the 2012 Sonata Hybrid demands a notably higher MSRP than its gas-powered brethren, it nonetheless offers comparatively numerous standard appearance, comfort and convenience features.

Heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, premium cloth upholstery and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat flaunting a power lumbar support are just the beginning of this 4-door’s various charms. A trip computer is bolstered by a separate hybrid powertrain performance display, while a telescoping and tilting steering wheel mounts redundant audio controls as well as cruise controls. Remote power door locks and one-touch power windows are complemented, meanwhile, by dual-zone auto climate control, with the whole shebang embraced by simulated alloy cabin trim pieces. Also standard for 2012 is Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment technology with turn-by-turn directions and integrated Bluetooth hands-free communications, while the delivered audio system remains a 104-watt single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio service, auxiliary iPod interface and a USB connection.

Options in Hyundai’s classy Sonata Hybrid include a new Leather Package with leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a Homelink remote automatic garage door opener.

The Ultimate Package returns for this year and again boasts a power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, hard-drive-based navigation with touchscreen display, upgraded exterior and interior trim pieces, and an Infinity premium audio system flaunting 400 watts and HD radio. Floor mats, cargo organizers and splash guards, meantime, can be delivered as standalone options.

Reviewers, by and large, note the Sonata Hybrid’s cabin to be spacious, comfortable and inviting, with adequately padded interior surfaces and mostly pleasant textures. Controls are simple to operate and logically placed, and the cabin remains reasonably unencumbered by road and wind noise.

The hybrid performance display, however, is unimpressive by competitor’s standards in the opinion of most reviewers, and the simulated alloy accents aim for but miss the upscale ambiance they attempt to portray. Rear-seat room is debated by reviewers, with some according the nether regions at least tolerable roominess and others claiming little headroom for average-size adults.


Among the more noteworthy standard safety features aboard the 2012 Sonata Hybrid are 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency braking assist, as well as traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Secondary safety equipment includes front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights and Blue Link generated post-crash alerts. Finally, a remote antitheft alarm also remains standard.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives Hyundai’s midsize Sonata Hybrid its best 5-star rating for overall testing, with front crash tests and rollover tests yielding 5 stars and side-impact testing garnering a second-best 4 stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), meanwhile, has this fancy 4-door tabbed as a Top Safety Pick for 2012, despite its second-worst rating of Marginal in small-overlap front impact tests. All other tests in the IIHS itinerary, of course, resulted in its highest score of Good.

What Owners Think

Among the more grating downsides that owners of Hyundai’s 2012 Sonata Hybrid note is a perceived gap between estimated fuel savings and what they actually achieve. Virtually all owners who are frustrated by this discrepancy are quick to point out that frugal driving habits seem not to improve things, though a few admit that perhaps the gas/electric system just needs some getting used to. A number of owners also complain of much shuddering and jerking when transitioning from gas to electric power and back. Opinion is divided, however, on whether this frustrating glitch is due to the transition process itself or to malfunctions in the 6-speed automatic transmission. Finally, several owners complain about the less-than-refined look and feel of the dashboard-mounted hybrid performance display.

On the positive side, more than a couple of Sonata Hybrid owners are happy with their real-world mileage results, citing these fuel savings as adding to this snappy sedan’s overall value. Additionally, this Hyundai’s sleek and up-to-date styling draws kudos from virtually all owners, as do cabin room and comfort. Decent ride comfort and some surprising nimbleness also come in for a fair share of owner praise, with the unusually generous warranty coverage of all hybrid components a much-appreciated bonus.

2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - Overview

2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

While its non-hybrid siblings get a significant makeover, inside and out, for 2014, Hyundai’s fuel-miserly 2014 Sonata Hybrid has, so far, been relegated to carrying its 2013 typecasting into the next model year. But no matter, the green-leaning version of this popular 5-passenger sedan continues to offer all the necessary bells and whistles—not to mention some hefty fuel savings—that made it a hit in its 2011 introductory year.

Available in a pair of trims, the Base and, as of 2013, the top-shelf Limited, this gas-dissing hybrid remains a front-wheel-drive-only (FWD), family-oriented commuter car. One drawback to its overall appeal, however, may be the limited trunk space dictated by the more compact, but nevertheless still hefty lithium polymer battery pack for the electric motor. The Sonata Hybrid can tote up to 12.1 cubic feet of luggage or groceries, as opposed to its non-hybrid brethren’s unimpeded 16.1 cubic feet. Oh, and of course the hybrid version also costs more than its conventional cousins.

In any case, the variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine is expected to once again combine with a 35-kilowatt electric motor for 199 total hp, while 154 lb-ft of torque also returns from last year. All this oomph is managed via the returning 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to the tune of 36 mpg city/40 highway in both Sonata Hybrid trims, though the Limited’s weightier frame drops its mpg average just a notch. Regenerative braking, meanwhile, continues to help recharge the 47-hp electric motor, while auto stop/start technology keeps fuel wastage to a minimum in stop-and-go situations.

Meantime, standard appearance doodads and creature comforts in the 2014 Sonata Hybrid Base should include 16-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, premium cloth upholstery, heated front seats, full power accessories and a 4.2-inch trip computer display. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering are also expected back, as are dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth hands-free communications and a single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio and iPod/USB interface capability.

Again, look for the Limited to once more add 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated rear seats, a navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen and a rear-view camera to the list of standard features. Additionally, this flagship Sonata Hybrid trim boasts a standard Infinity premium audio system with 9 speakers and HD radio, while it once again remains eligible for an available power-opening panoramic sunroof.

Safety-wise, expect the 2014 Sonata Hybrid to boast 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Again, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm should be standard for both trims, as should Hyundai’s BlueLink/Bluetooth-interfaced emergency communications and alert system.

Updated Jan 16, 2014

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