• Jun 30th 2010 at 10:57AM
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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

In case you missed it, Hyundai gave us a ballpark price for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. As Hyundai said, expect the hybrid Sonata to start in the mid-$20K neighborhood. Now, considering that the Sonata is a whole lot of car, the mid-$20K price is quite remarkable, but the deal will be even sweeter for a limited-time only. When Hyundai launches the Sonata Hybrid this fall (October or November), it will immediately qualify for a deep discount courtesy of the Feds. How much the Sonata Hybrid qualifies for is still up in the air due to MPG ratings, but it will almost certainly be substantial enough to drop the base price below the Toyota Prius, which unfortunately no longer qualifies for any help.

If all goes as planned, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will qualify for a $3,400 tax credit, bringing the grand total expense down into the low-$20K region, an area where few hybrids linger. This exceptionally low price will only be available until the federal hybrid tax credit expires in December 2010 or until Hyundai reaches the 60,000 hybrid vehicle cut-off limit. Stepping into a full-size hybrid vehicle for less than $22,000 is possible, but only if you act fast.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      ABG reported 37 city/39 highway, Green Car Reports now "Hyundai expects the Sonata Hybrid to check in at 36/40 mpg." Either is a nice jump from the 24/35 of the manual version and competitive with the 41/36 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

      The 30kW electric motor is weak, yet it can power the car at 62 mph and gets fine mpg. Hyundai's original press release http://green.autoblog.com/2010/03/31/hyundai-sonata-hybrid-new-york-2010 claimed this is because it *doesn't* use an e-CVT:

      "Hyundai's proprietary parallel hybrid drive system is the heart of the Sonata Hybrid. The competition uses a power split system with a planetary-geared Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This is where the Sonata Hybrid gains a key advantage. Competing hybrid models use electric motors that have to power a planetary gear set. By utilizing a full parallel drive system, Sonata Hybrid uses the power from the electric motor more efficiently to directly control the vehicle, allowing it to be operated at much higher speeds than the competition in EV-only mode. This technology is also a key enabler of Sonata Hybrid's best-in-class highway fuel economy. "
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, what a steal!
      • 8 Months Ago
      The vehicle has the exact opposite effect on me. I like the design of it and hate the way wagons in general look, especially the leaf.
      • 8 Months Ago
      jebus that is a hideous car.
      • 8 Months Ago
      not green
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