If you want to see something exciting, pay a visit to your local Hyundai dealership.
There is a reason why Hyundai is the fastest growing auto company in the world, and that reason is because they are producing high quality vehicles that folks want to drive — at an affordable price.
And, they back it up with the best warranty in the industry.
The new five-passenger Hyundai Sonata Hybrid mid-size sedan is one in a long list of examples I could provide. But since my test vehicle this week happened to be the new Sonata Hybrid, that’s what this review is going to focus on.
Before we get into the review, let me throw some numbers at you.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is available in two trim levels — the base model is priced at $25,650 and the Sonata Hybrid Limited, priced at $30,550.
Both are powered by a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle I-4 gasoline engine combined with a new higher-output electric motor (powered by a 47 kW lithium polymer battery pack) that generates a net 199 horsepower.
For those unfamiliar with hybrids, the batteries for the electric motor are constantly being recharged by the vehicle’s motion. You don’t plug it in. You just fill the gas tank with regular unleaded gasoline (just like any other vehicle) — only not nearly as often.
Unlike most hybrids, the Sonata Hybrid is capable of operating in electric only mode at speeds of up to 75 mph, and for longer periods of time — all which help save fuel.
Although it has the same performance (in some cases better) as other mid-size sedans equipped with a V-6 engine, the Hyundai Sonata has an EPA fuel economy rating of 36 mpg city, 40 mpg city.
It not only seats five adults, it does so in a very comfortable, quiet cabin that some would even classify as luxurious.
The ride is absolutely exceptional.
Hyundai knocked the Sonata Hybrid out of the park. It is well designed, well built and the powertrain, steering and suspension systems are absolutely spot on.
And then they take the best warranty in the industry and up the ante by offering a lifetime warranty on the hybrid battery system. That’s right, lifetime warranty. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Now let me provide a short list of features that come with the base Sonata Hybrid: six-speed automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control with traction control, active front head restraints, front/front seat side and side curtain airbags, 16-inch wheels, front fog lights, side mirrors with turn indicators, proximity entry with push button start, color trip computer display, dual auto climate control, heated front seats, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise/audio and phone controls, premium audio system, power windows/door locks/mirrors, Bluetooth with phonebook transfer and automatic headlights. And that’s not the whole list.
There’s a lot more features on the Sonata Hybrid Limited.
I shouldn’t have to say it, but for those in the market for a mid-size sedan, the Sonata Hybrid is a must for the test drive list.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.
The Nuts and Bolts
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
5-seat midsize sedan
2.4L I4 (159 hp/154 T) with 35 kW electric motor (47 hp) to produce a net 199 horsepower.
EPA: 36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway
FUEL: Regular unleaded
Electronic stability control with traction control system
BRAKES: ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
WHEELBASE: 110 inches
WIDTH: 72.2 inches
HEIGHT: 57.7 inches
WEIGHT: 3457-3578 lbs.
FUEL TANK: 17.2 gallons
TIRES: 16-, or 17-inch
CARGO: 12.1 cubic feet.
ELECTRIC ONLY OPERATION: Up to 75 mpg