2013 Sonata Hybrid Design And Fuel Economy Changes
There have been some significant design and fuel economy changes made to the Hyundai Sonata hybrid, but the question remains whether it will be enough to make a dent in a very crowded segment.
Hyundai believes that it is, and has put their money where their mouth is by adding a lighter, more powerful lithium polymer battery that gives 40% more kick, whilst taking up less space.
The company decided to opt for polymer because the lifespan of the material surpasses the 10 year/100,000 norm, allowing them to offer a unique lifetime battery warranty.
The Sonata follows in the footsteps of other popular gas-powered sedans that have made the next step to a hybrid model.
The Sonata has always been a hit for Hyundai and they now see it as the most likely to challenge the likes of the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry hybrids.
As well as the 270-volt battery, the Sonata also comes with a 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine that together produce up to 199 horsepower to propel its six-speed automatic transmission.
The Sonata Hybrid is incredibly spacious inside and has a style that could almost be described as upscale. That premium feel comes from the standard features such as push-button start, Bluetooth technology, dual-zone climate control and satellite radio.
Sonata Hybrid Pricing
There are also a number of options available, including a panoramic sunroof for an additional $1,000.
Other options include leather seats, larger wheels, navigation, 7-inch touch screen, rearview camera and an upgraded Infinity audio package with nine speakers.
The seats are pretty comfortable, although they are lacking a little bit of support in a couple of areas. The dashboard is very nicely laid out and has a modern look that keeps all the important controls close at hand.
2013 Hyundai Hybrid Drivetrain MPG Improvements
This is the third year of production for the Hybrid Sonata, but the engineers at Hyundai have been working hard during that time to improve fuel efficiency.
Current tests show a combined 37 miles per gallon, with 36 and 40 miles per gallon in city and highway, respectively.
The Sonata Hybrid is at its best when cruising on the open road.
The engine noise is incredibly minimal, and one a decent cruising speed has been achieved, the all-electric light begins to display on a more frequent basis.
Once the Sonata hits town, or frequent stop and go traffic, it seamlessly switches between electric and gasoline to deliver the best fuel economy.
All told, the Sonata Hybrid is tremendous value for money, and is tops in the industry when it comes to the magnificent warranty offered by Hyundai.