2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Lots of Hybrid for Not Too Much Bread. Limited edition hybrid sedan.

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hybrid Cars and GAYOT's Top 10 Family Sedans

A smooth-driving, upmarket hybrid sedan, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid Limited puts to rest any doubts about whether Hyundai can make a competitive compact car. Roomier and more mature than the previous generation Sonata, this version rides on a stiff, solid-feeling chassis that isolates occupants from road and wind noise.

The hybrid powertrain uses a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine in parallel with a 51-horsepower electric motor to drive the front wheels. A plug-in hybrid version is also available using the same motor but with an enlarged battery pack to facilitate longer periods of electric driving. The switch from electric to gas power is almost seamless, and both motors are very quiet from the driver's seat. Steering feel from the electric power steering unit, which was a little numb in the previous generation, has been sharpened and now gives a better impression of what's going on at the front tires. We enjoyed driving our blue pearl 2016 Hyundai Sonata hybrid in most driving situations and regular driving mode.

The 2016 Sonata Hybrid Limited is rated an impressive 39 MPG city, 43 highway by the EPA. Acceleration off the line is brisk for a hybrid, and you can keep up with traffic on most city and neighborhood streets without using the gas engine much except to charge the battery. Zero to 60 mph should happen in the low 8-second range, on a par with rivals from Honda, Chevrolet and Toyota. Loaded with the 'Ultimate' $4,500 package, our tester peaked at just above $35,000 but would make a lot of the competition jealous. We appreciated the panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide, forward collision warning, smart cruise control and a 400-watt Infinity sound system with subwoofer, to mention a few.

If you’re looking for a refined, spacious hybrid sedan with lots of available features for the money, the Sonata is very alluring with premium amenities like heated and cooled seats, full leather interior and Hyundai’s excellent BlueLink telematics system. Plus, the battery and powertrain are covered by a 10-year/ 100,000-mile warranty. With a range of 650 miles, you are ready for a family road trip or certainly lots of weekly routines.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile hybrid system components warranty, lifetime hybrid battery warranty, 7-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $30,100

As Tested: $30,100

  • 39 / 43 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.1 sec
  • 0-60
  • 193 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 125 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter gasoline direct inject 4-cylinder hybrid engine
  • Horsepower: 193 hp
  • Torque: 140 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with shiftronic
  • Curb Weight: 3,560 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 110.4 in
  • Length: 191.1 in
  • Width: 73.4 in
  • Height: 57.9 in
  • Turning circle: 35.6 ft
  • Brakes: Power 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Suspension: Front suspension: MacPherson Strut with coil springs, Rear suspension: Independent multi-link design
  • Traction: Electronic Stability Control, Standard Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 0-60 mph: 8.1 sec
  • Top Speed: 125 mph
  • EPA City: 39 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 43 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 41 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Rearview camera, Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Multistage airbags

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