• Dec 10th 2010 at 11:31AM
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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.

[Source: GreenCarReports]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      1300 likely isn't enough to fix the ugly face of this thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I keep going back and forth on whether it's better or worse than the regular Sonata front end. I think both of them need serious work. It's a shame too, because most of the car's exterior is quite attractive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        please show me a car at 20k that looks as "elegant and rich" as this one?

        I actually just purchased a new car and NOT a Sonata and paid in this same ballpark. I was seriously considering it, but the dealership experience drove me away from Hyundai.

        I still think this car with the lines, interior fit/finish, rim selection, Side mirrors with turn signals makes this car look much more expensive and polished than ANY other car in this segment.

        Camry - old /outdated and not sharp.
        Accord - too bloated long looking.
        Kazashi - too cartoonish roger rabbit
        Mazda6 - nice but I still prefer the previous generation.
        Altima - umm..they have made strides but it still looks a bit boring
        Malibu - Not even close
        Jetta - crappy engines compared to this.

        Which one of those has better engine selection than Hyundai? Which one of them gets better mpg? Which one of them is cheaper? Which one of them has a longer warranty?

        Lastly, which one of them looks better? Or even took an attempt at standing out? (Kizashi -ugh.. too cartoonish though).

        All manufacturers make concessions. I think that Hyundai has done the best job to date on balancing everything in this price range.

        This isn't a $70,000 car that they can add anything they want. You really have to cut some corners to get a nice car with state of the art technology in their price range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this front end a lot better than the non-hybrid. I still don't know what to make of the non-hybrid's front grille. Hyundai should offer a package on the 2.0T with this look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the compromises in the tax cut extension bill was to extend the hybrid credit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm wonder if the delay is related to the 2.0T models pulling to the left...makes me wonder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jesus why doesn't this car get all the nose-hating rather than the Acura? It's so not well though out. It's like they've just slapped pieces on
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good on the delay. That means more time before I have to see this mess on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      foreign auto manufacturers just keep screwing americans left and right, yet people still salivate over their offerings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought one of the compromises in the tax cut extension bill was to extend the hybrid vehicle credit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and in the process it will be amended by both houses and then reconciled.

        That bill will not pass in current form.

        Many Democrats feel snubbed because they were basically left out of the negotiations for the compromise bill. They plan to dig in their heels because they feel the President rolled over and the bill is not a "compromise" at all.

        The hybrid credit is a likely candidate to be used as a bargaining chip by the democrats to get concessions elsewhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The "compromise bill" was negotiated by the President and Republican leaders. It still has to be passed by both the house and senate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding. I was just pointing out that it won't be disappearing if that bill gets passed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any tax credit for buying a hybrid vehicle is crap--pure Democrat crap.
      That also applies to the Chevy VOLT which nobody would buy for $41K, so must be $7.5K subsidized by "the government" which means those of us who pay taxes.

      Why should we taxpayers subsidize the purchase of somebody else's car?

      Same for "Cash for Clunkers" and similar tax deals that do nothing other than reward a few tax-RECEIVERS while punishing taxPAYERS.

      The real clunkers are Obama and his now lame duck goofy Congress.

      We need REAL tax reform, not silly temporary gimmicks. As for the Hyundai hybrid, it's likely to do well because it'll be a good car that's also affordable...........even without a "tax break."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed. Subsidizing people's house purchase, weatherization, appliance, clunker, hybrid is unconstitutional.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not really a fan of the roofline, way too swoopy and the trunk area looks to stubby. Otherwise nice, but I'd probably still take the Fusion from looks.
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