The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid first debuted for the 2011 model year. This hybrid version of Hyundai’s midsize car offers impressive fuel economy and a roomy interior that’s packed with standard features.
2016 to Present: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year. It shares many of the same attributes as the non-hybrid Sonata, including attractive styling, a spacious cabin and a wide range of standard and optional features.
The Sonata Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce 193 horsepower combined. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The 2016 model earns up to an EPA-estimated 40/44 mpg city/highway. That’s comparable to what competitors like the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid get, though models like the Honda Accord Hybrid use a bit less fuel.
Hyundai offers the Sonata Hybrid in SE and Limited trims. Standard features are competitive for the class, and include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key with push-button start, a hands-free trunk opener, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, satellite radio, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system and a touch-screen audio system.
The Sonata Hybrid offers seating for five and 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for a hybrid midsize car. Cloth upholstery is standard, while the upmarket Limited model adds leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.
A rearview camera is standard on all Sonata Hybrid models, while optional driver assistance features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.
Earlier Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Models
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was first introduced as a 2011 model. It features a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a total of 206 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard on all Sonata Hybrid models.
The first-generation Sonata Hybrid offers standard features that include proximity key with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. Available features include a rearview camera, a navigation system with a touch-screen display, an upgraded audio system, leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats.
For the 2012 model year, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system was added to the Sonata Hybrid’s list of standard features, while heated seats and leather upholstery were grouped into a new option package.
The introduction of a smaller battery gave the 2013 Sonata Hybrid a bit more trunk space, and fuel economy estimates also improved thanks to an updated electric motor. A new Limited trim was also introduced for the 2013 model year, which adds items like upgraded wheels and navigation to the Sonata Hybrid’s list of standard features. More standard equipment was added for 2014, as all models gained a rearview camera, HD Radio and a touch-screen audio system. With a redesign pending for the 2016 model year, the 2015 Sonata Hybrid carried over with no major changes.