• Feb 7th 2011 at 4:05PM
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In mid-October, Hyundai announced that its 2011 Sonata Hybrid would be eligible for a $1,300 tax credit, and now the online configurator has officially powered up, indicating that orders will likely be accepted soon. With a a low base price of $25,795 (not including $750 in destination charges), the Sonata Hybrid can be loaded with options while still keeping the tab in the low $30s range.

The Sonata Hybrid's standard equipment includes LED headlight accents, fog lights, iPod/USB connectivity, Bluetooth and automatic headlamp control. The optional $5,000 premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation, a rear backup camera, HD radio, leather seats and an Infinity premium sound system.

All Sonata Hybrids boast the ability to achieve up to 35/40 miles per gallon, city/highway. Hit up Hyundai's site to spec a Sonata Hybrid that suits you. Hat tip to Javier!

[Source: Hyundai]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh at 35/40mpg starting at 26k is not much of a green car bargain when you can get a 50/50mpg prius for that price.

      It is too bad the "configurator" only allows you to choose 1 mediocre power-train.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget the Honda Fit Hybrid 90.8/20.6 = 111.4

        Cheaper than the Prius by several grand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you, the other sedans have a similar amount of space.

        Volume ft3 (Passenger/Luggage) = Total
        2011 Hyundai Sonata 104/16 = 120
        2011 Toyota Camry(h) 101/11 = 112
        2011 Ford Fusion(h) 101/16 = 117
        2011 Toyota Prius 94/22 = 126

        At 33mpg the camry hybrid should be withdrawn from the market in disgrace.
        But the prius with a base price of 25k & ample cargo room is the clear winner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meant to compete with the Camry and Fusion I believe... about the same price as those too. 6 less in the city (4 more on the HW) than the Fusion. Fusion is a better car for the money IMO. I thought the Hyundai was going to be more price competitive too... oh well, its a damn nice looking ride though, I will give it that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Camry gets about the same mpg in real world use as the Ford Fusion.

        Check the fueleconomy.gov reports (use the 2010 figures, they are not merged across years by the site). Camry: 36.7mpg. Fusion Hybrid: 38.0mpg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe it will get within one or two mpg of the Prius in anything but stop-and-go driving.

        Check out the cleanMPG blog. He's driven both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the way it looks.
      The more hybrids on the market the better.

      it has a bigger engine than the prius so uses moar gas.
      A plug-in would be nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the pack they are looking at using:
        'SK has assembled three sample PHEV packs and is currently designing a compact 360V, 7.9 kWh pack, targeted at a 20-mile all-electric range PHEV. The PHEV20 pack uses 96 cells and is 65 liters (0.065 cubic meters or 2.3 cubic feet) in volume.'

        • 4 Years Ago
        They say that they could release a plug-in in pretty short order if (when) it gets the go-ahead.
        20 mile electric range.
        It won't be cheap though judging by the hybrid prices.
        • 4 Years Ago
        20 mile electric range would only be about 5 kWh, so just a $3-5K premium would be possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to have more information regarding the hybrid part.

      Is it something like the Prius, the Honda Insight, the GM Dual mode, ...?
        • 4 Years Ago
        'While the battery design clearly represents a step forward, Hyundai engineers suggest that the bigger advancement is its use of a clutch to couple and decouple the engine from the transmission. According to Yang, it's an idea that was discarded in the early years of hybrid development, because of difficulties of engaging and disengaging the clutch fast enough to smoothly blend engine and motor outputs.

        "The most difficult thing to overcome was the clutch engagement system, to engage without any delay or any shocks. Ten or 15 years ago, the technology was not good enough to accurately control the engine and motor with a clutch. At that time it was not possible. That's why Toyota got away from that idea. By using new advanced electronic systems, we made it possible to engage and disengage very quickly at very high engine speeds. We revisited the old idea with new technology to make it possible." The electronics helping to reduce clutch engagement shock take into account fuel flow, spark advance and throttle position, among other things.

        The multi-disc clutch pack sits within the motor and is used to decouple the 2.4-liter engine for idle/stop and electric-drive modes. By allowing higher EV-only speeds, the clutch plays a big part in the Sonata's highway fuel efficiency. With a 17.2-gallon fuel tank, the Sonata Hybrid has a theoretical range of 766 miles. '

        Also battery info , and test drive here:
      • 4 Years Ago
      $32K is a lot of cheddar.

      And it's still ugly in front. They should use a different angle in the picture.

      "iPod/USB connectivity" is standard, but you have to buy the cable? Can I use a standard cable?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that sees something off about this article? It seems like this article has been recycled. It mentions a tax credit of $1,300 as of October 2010.

      I know Congress renewed most of the 'bush era' tax cuts, but not sure if the standard hybrids was a portion that was passed. Anybody know?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I drove a 2011 Ford Fusion last week. It was nice but in my mind, it was overpriced. I am trying to trade-in a 2010 Mustang and the local Ford dealer shot me such a low price that I couln't believe it. Is Ford not backing it's products?

        My other question is: Why aren't the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids available? I talked with a dealer and was told they are not sure when they are coming. They were told December 2010 and it's now mid-February 2011. What is going on?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not impressed by the Sonata Hybrid. I regularly average 43 mpg in my Ford Fusion Hybrid and it has many more features at the base level. As an added bonus, I don't have to deal with shoddy Korean engineering
        • 4 Years Ago
        Korean engineering isn't shoddy.

        Check out cleanMpg blog. He got 53 mpg with the Sonata Hybrid at 65 mph on cruise control.
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