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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai has announced that its 2011 Sonata Hybrid will be eligible for a full $1,300 tax credit. The electrified mid-size sedan officially goes on sale later this year, and the company says that the first 60,000 buyers will be able to walk away with the juicy credit in their pockets. There is a hitch, though: the program for federal tax credits on hybrid vehicles wraps up on December 31, 2010. All signs point to sales of the Sonata Hybrid kicking off in December, leaving buyers just one very short, expense-laden month to pounce on the tax credit.

Even so, the Sonata Hybrid remains one of only a handful of mid-size hybrid sedans still eligible for the credit. Competitors like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid have all either burnt up their tax credits or are no longer for sale. If you're looking for 36 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg highway plus a little buying assistance from the government, it might be time to get to know your local Hyundai dealer.



[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a huge fan of the over-styled new Sonata, and this is over the top.

      Tacky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Hyundai has some really swoopy looking designs.

      Compared to a Fisker:
      I could buy a Hyundai hybrid for my long drives.
      A Nissan Leaf for my green commuting around town.
      and still have enough dough left over to send my kid to Harvard or Cal Tech for a year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't cost that much money to go to Harvard-the wealthy Ivy League schools all have insanely wealthy donors, so they give a ton of financial aid money to students. It's much more expensive to go to a lower end private college because they don't give much financial aid and they aren't a state school that gets government support. About the only people who pay the full tuition are multi-millionaires.
        Secondly, people who go to good schools come from all kinds of backgrounds and a brand new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid wouldn't even be close to the crummiest car you'd see parents driving. Not to mention being a Hybrid gives it a certain level of acceptance even amongst higher classes anyway-lots of uber rich people drive Priuses and the like so you'd probably fit right in with the Sonata Hybrid even if you're hanging out with the old-money crowd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you really do have the "dough" to send your kids to harvard, you wouldn't be driving a hyundai or a nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The need to rush might be a tad oveblown. A few months later the Kia Optima Hybrid (essentially a rebodied Hyundai Sonata Hybrid) will go on sale, with its own separate tax credit. Some may prefer the new Optima's exterior and interior to the Hyundai's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like I was saying; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
      Take the badges off both cars, and put this one next to the Fisker Karma.

      This one: Looks modern and sleek. The hole in the nose looks like most modern cars. CRZ, Mazda's big grinning mouths, etc. All too big.

      Fisker: Looks like an older design, close to but not quite as attractive as a 1990s Aston Martin or Jag, and skinny. Something that is dated, and turned-down by upper mgmt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they make a wagon or hatch version of this, I'll be all over it in a few years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the future owners take that welfare check and buy a bra to cover that stupid looking front!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's like head gear (braces) on a manta ray.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most advanced and best looking hybrid out there and you get some money on top of that, awesome. Now I wonder what the prices are on it hopefully they don't over charge if not I will be driving one in December..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Marc, don't you get the Hyundai employee discount!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Odd, where are all the normal Hyundai employees paid to do their Viral marketing on blogs?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol.. what's with you and Hyundai?

        Where did Hyundai touch you, sportsbike80?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, that would be awesome I will be needing a replacement for my Honda Pilot soon and that would be great as long as they can keep the mpg up as good as it is now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sportbike, You mean all the magzine that rank it very high, the sales reciepts that rank it high, and the NHTSA that ranked it a 5 star, one of only 2 midsized cars right next to the BMW 5 series. Sorry guy but you are one of the few that think bad about it. So keep whining cause nobody is litening. Wa wa my pussy hurts.
      You must ride a Suzuki you seem like the type.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sportsbike, there just facts that intelligent people use to select a car. Judging by most of your posts why do you hang out in the AutoBlog Green your so anti green vehicles. I think you clicked the wrong link. You were looking for jsut the standard AutoBlog. You didn't answer my question, are you a Suzuki rider? Or maybe just a wannabe since I've never heard of a Sportbike called a Sportsbike.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Marc, Nice to see the Hyundai marketing department has quick accessible list of talking points for you.

        I especially like the one where Hyundai is bragging about being one of two cars tested and receiving the 5 star rating. It will be more interesting to see how many more get that rating as more and more are tested.

        But hey, you marketing guys and Hyundai should ride that pony while you can.
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