2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid | First Impression

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid | First Impression

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid front 3/4 view
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid rear 3/4 view
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid side view
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid front view
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid rear view
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid headlight
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid wheel
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid charging port
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid charging port
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid badge
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid badge
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid engine
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid engine
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid gauges
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid trunk
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The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will have an all-electric range of 27 miles. That will make it the second-highest among US plug-in hybrids, after the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is technically an extended-range plug-in, according to Chevy, but we feel fine comparing the two here. Either way, the Hyundai beats out the 19-mile all-electric range of Ford's two plug-in hybrids and the paltry 11 miles of the Prius Plug In.

The good news is that the Sonata's numbers are a bit better than previously expected. The plug-in hybrid was forecast to be able to go 24 miles on electricity alone. The Sonata PHEV also delivers 202 but, though, as well all know, range drops precipitously if you're shooting to use all of them horses at once. The seventh-generation Sonata body style is also sleeker and delivers better aerodynamics. No word on how much the PHEV will cost yet, but it will go on sale in the US this fall. And while the Sonata PHEV will technically available for Hyundai dealers to stock in all 50 states, if you live outside of California or the nine states that follow its zero-emissions vehicles rules, you will need to special order the vehicle.

Based on the US Department of Energy's Fueleconomy.gov site, the Sonata PHEV's miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating of 99 beats out that of the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max PHEVs but trails the Chevrolet Volt's. Again, the Sonata came in with better numbers than we previously thought, as it was expected to have a 93 MPGe rating. You can read our First Drive of the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid here.

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