Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Owner Reviews (2)
Terrible in the Snow!!!
I love the car except for the fact that it is pretty much useless in snow. Traction on wet roads isn't all that good, but put snow/ice on them and the car is totally useless! Very disappointing. I've had many other vehicles of similar kind and the Sonata is the first one that is truly a terrible car in the winter.
2016 Sonata Hybrid
I have about 8k on it now. It's a great car. I purchased the base model with rebates. It brought the price down to close to a non hybrid sedan. I can get 45-46 MPG in rural around town driving if I'm lite on the pedal and take advantage of pulse and glide techniques. If I drive it normally, I get around 42 MPG in rural traffic. I love how the hybrid battery still kicks in when I'm doing 70 MPH. I also love the ride. My wife says it feels like I'm on a cloud when compared to her SUV. What really sold me is lifetime hybrid battery warranty. it's great reinsurance seeing how a replacement would be well over 2k i.e. like on a Prius. My only pet peeve is the so so audio speakers in the base model. I replaced all four door speakers and installed my own 8" sub woofer in the rear center package tray & installed an amp for it in the trunk. Hyundai has a great website you can pay a small fee and get all the technical information on tackling a job such as this. The end result is a car with a very nice sounding audio system.
Ideal Family Hybrid - Excellent balance of comfort, safety and value
ct00000000125834 2012-06-12 00:04:02
My wife and I now own 2 Sonata hybrids - 2011 with 12,000 miles and 2012 with almost 1,000. We liked the first car so much that we purchased a second. What we like: 1) The Sonata hybrid is an extremely comfortable car. We feel that it offers the most room among hybrids priced under $30,000. The ride is exceedingly smooth and quiet. It is joy to transport children and grandchildren - the little ones easily fall off to sleep and the back seat easily and comfortably holds two grandchildren in car seats and their mother (our daughter). 2) This is a great touring car that is ideal for family trips. We easily and comfortably fit 3 adults and 2 children in car seats along with several days luggage. The trunk is not spaceous, but the available space is sufficient to pack suitcases, toys and such. The car is ****** best on the highway and on country roads. 3) The car has a comforting record of safety. My family is precious to me and we chose to forego a Saturn Aura for the Sonata hybrid so that the precious cargo is transported in a very safe car. The handling is sure and the braking true. The car is very able to avoid sudden dangers such as deer bounding out onto the road. 4) After an update of the computer system for the 2011 model, the transitions between EV and gas engine modes became smooth and the low speed hesitancy that Consumers Reports had focused on was gone. The 2012 started out with smooth transitions without hesitancy. The braking was also improved with a free computer upgrade for the 2011 model. 5) The cars get good gas mileage - better if one attends to gentle acceleration and careful use of cruise control. I got 42+ mpg with careful driving in 2011, my wife who does not attend to her mileage values at all got 38-39 mpg in mixed driving that was primarily city. The 2012 is also getting above 42 mpg in mixed driving. 6) The standard features are excellent. The electronic proximity detection systems is a marvel and the Bluetooth is fantastic.
The Sonata Hybrid remains the best large mid-size hybrid sedan - Pleasure
robertlruff 2012-04-15 12:51:06
Base__4dr_Sedan~*************************~Cleveland~Ohio~City~Average~Daily Commuting~Family~heated seats~Hybrids: Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Malibu, Toyota Camry~The Sonata Hybrid is the roomiest and most comfortable hybrid sedan available. The initial concerns with transition between gas and electric modes and braking were resolved by Hyundai with the initial upgrades to computer system. The 2012 model takes advantage of the updates used to improve the 2011 model and adds several very substantial features: 1) the lithium polymer battery has a lifetime replacement guarentee and 2) the car is connected via bluelink. The latter system has several advantages such as the ability to locate and start or immobilize the car in an emergency situation. Gas Economy - I obtained an overally mileage of 41 mpg in mixed driving. The car is sensitive to weather - bettter mileage in warm weather than in cold and snow. The mpg drops with use of car/seat heating and letting the car warm up when it is cold outside. The best mpg is obtained with gentle acceleration and braking and using cruise control when practical during low speed, stop-go driving. The car will run in EV mode for periods of time at speeds into the mid-60's. I can get close to 50 mpg if I were to drive under cruise control at 50-55 mph. Driving - The transition from EV to gas is smooth and without jolting. The car will start slowly in foward or reverse with no pedal pressure, which makes parking easy. The visibility is good for driving/parking. Excellent control in emergency braking. The car is ****** best driving for extended periods on highways. The seat is supportive and easily adjustable, as is the steering wheel. Space - The seating is comfortable and there are several features that make the ride more comfortable for folks in the back seat. The middle arm rest with cupholders is a nice features when driving two children - each has her own cupholder and both can use the arm rest. Trunk is not large, but the space is useful. I have transported my wife and I, two children in car seats and an adult daughter in comfort along with luggage. Sum-Best hybrid Car~false
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is fun to drive with excellent fuel economy
robertlruff 2011-07-08 23:14:28
I have driven my Sonata Hybrid for a about 1,000 miles. The car is excellent. My impressions/experiences are: Appearance - the striking lines and sleek contours evoked completments from my friends and family. Ride - The ride is very smooth, yet controlled. The car absorbs road bumps, which are aplenty in Cleveland, yet maintains excellent control during avoidance maneuvers. Braking is very sure and controlled - the regenerative braking system does not compromise function. In an emergency braking situation the car braked without pulling to either side and I felt in full control of the car. So far the tires have good gripping and are quiet. Interior - The interior is very well appointed. Controls are where they should be and they are easily accessable. The car is designed to enable the driver to keep an eye on the road at all times. The standard Bluetooth enables the driver to keep vision on the road while receiving and making calls, The voice interface enables you to utilize the phonebook from your phone to conveniently make calls. The head, leg, hip and shoulder room are excellent. Entry access was also excellent - this was particularly important for me because with knees that do not bend well, I need a car to have a large entry profile. The motorized driver seat is extremely comfortable and its controls are intuitive. FueL economy - I am getting 40-42 mpg in city driving and 45+ on the highway. The car will cruise using the electric motor up to about 60 mph, albeit for about a mile or so before engaging the gas engine to run the car and recharge the battery. The instrument display enables one to learn how to drive more economically.