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Decent Fuel Economy, Better Looks, Solid Value

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With Autoline Detroit's John McElroy

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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.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cross Country Blue Drive – Click above for image gallery

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cross Country Blue Drive – Click above for image gallery

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cross Country Blue Drive – Click above for image gallery

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

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

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

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

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Green Car of the Year finalists – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Green Car of the Year finalists – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Hyundai Aims To Lead The Mid-size Hybrid Pack

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Hyundai Aims To Lead The Mid-size Hybrid Pack

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

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The motor generates 30 kilowatts (40.2 horsepower) and 151 pound-feet of torque and handles drive and regenerative braking duties. That's well short of the 106 hp of the Ford Fusion motor and the 141 hp of the Toyota Camry motor. Nevertheless, Hyundai claims the Sonata can operate in EV mode at up to 62 mph. We'd guess that actually means the Sonata can shut down the engine and cruise on electricity at high speeds but can't actually accelerate to that speed on battery power, but we're looking in

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

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive – Click above to enlarge

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