2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

Sonata in E Sharp. An eco-friendly plug-in family sedan.

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Claiming a class-leading 27-mile electric range, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In aims to make its mark in the hotly contested hi-tech family sedan segment. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has already won lots of praise for its much-improved refinement and driving dynamics, along with great real-world economy. So, does the plug-in version justify the added cost? It depends.

With proposals already on the table in some cites for “electric only” zones in downtown areas, having a car with a significant range in EV mode might prove indispensable. However, if your only consideration in shopping for a hybrid is to save money, it goes without saying that the fuel savings on a brand new plug-in hybrid will take a very long time to pay for themselves.

With a larger battery pack and a slightly more powerful electric motor, the Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid accelerates with a little more verve than its non plug-in sibling: 0-60 comes up in about 8 seconds flat, quicker than a Ford Fusion Energi or Toyota Prius, but just shy of the times posted by a 2016 Chevy Volt. The Sonata is quieter and offers a smoother ride than any of the competition, however, thanks to its slippery .25 drag coefficient. Plus, its redesigned interior wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury car.

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: $38,500

As Tested: $38,500

  • 6.7 sec
  • 0-60
  • 178 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 133 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter gasoline direct injection 4-cylinder hybrid engine
  • Horsepower: 178 hp
  • Torque: 151 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
  • Curb Weight: 3,643 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 110.4 in
  • Length: 191.1 in
  • Width: 73.4 in
  • Height: 57.9 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with integrated regenerative braking
  • 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: 6.7 sec
  • Top Speed: 133 mph
  • Combined MPG: 40 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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