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

In mid-October, Hyundai announced that its 2011 Sonata Hybrid would be eligible for a $1,300 tax credit. The electrified mid-size sedan was to officially hit the market before the end of the year and the first 60,000 buyers who plopped down some coin for the Sonata Hybrid would've walked away with that juicy credit in their pockets. However, there's a hitch: the Sonata Hybrid has been delayed and its release date pushed back until January, and GreenCarReports.com indicates that that will dash any hopes of receiving the credit, which expires on December 31.

Even so, the Sonata Hybrid still remains one of only a few mid-size hybrid sedans capable of achieving great fuel economy – 36 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg highway – and many of its competitors like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid either no longer qualify for the tax credits or aren't available for purchase. The Sonata Hybrid is a capable car and one of the most compelling new vehicles in the mid-size segment, so missing out on the credit probably won't affect sales dramatically, but its delay will mean that early adopters won't have an extra $1,300 in their couch cushions next year.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      How definite is that MPG? The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is still not listed on http://fueleconomy.gov

      (And its "Cars that don't need gasoline" still says "Sorry, no vehicles meet your specifications." And it still doesn't list the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt. C'mon DoE/EPA, do keep up.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace

        fueleconomy.gov had info for some 2011 ICE cars the moment they received an official EPA rating, whether or not they had appeared in showrooms. I think there's something else going on, perhaps the site has to be updated for plug-in cars to match the new EPA labels. The Tesla Roadster has been out for over a year, yet it still doesn't appear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        jeffzekas

        Tax breaks on brand-new hybrids *are* tax breaks for the rich, from the perspective of the truly poor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, so if Obama and congress can extend tax breaks to the RICH, why can't we extend tax breaks for hybrids?!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They also don't list any Ferraris, or Saleens, or Maybachs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The three cars you speak of aren't even in showrooms yet.

        I think we can let that slide :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Volt would not be listed there anyway since it uses a gasoline engine in hybrid mode that is programmed to periodically use up its fuel even if short trips are the norm.
      • 3 Years Ago
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