Hyundai claims it's all in for electrification of its vehicle lineup. Its electric version of its best-selling and award-winning Sonata is an example of this. The plug-in Sonata family sedan provides up to 27 miles of all-electric power before the 2.0L GDI DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder Atkinson gas engine takes over. Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) allows smooth acceleration and efficient operation. Maximum range including electric and gas is somewhere around 590 miles.
Total system output is 202 hp and the PHEV can achieve 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The pluggable car gets its power from an electric motor/generator that's integrated with a 6-speed automatic that provides 67 horsepower. This combo delivers 99 MPGe and 39 MPG combined. Recharge time ranges from less than three hours (2 hours and 42 minutes) with a 240V charger to less than nine hours using a standard equipped 120V charger. Once the car is plugged in and ready to charge, Hyundai’s Blue Link® app lets drivers schedule charging remotely for a specific date with start and end times to take advantage of low-demand hours and lower rates. Drivers enjoy 3-years standard of Blue Link Remote Charge Access. Sonata Hybrid's regenerative braking system captures the energy created during braking and converts it into electricity to help recharge the lithium-ion polymer batteries.
The 2017 model comes in two trims: Base and Limited. Reviewers say the Base model comes with well-equipped features and is the most popular trim. Edmunds reviewers say: "You'll likely be quite happy with the base model's standard equipment. Highlights include 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a hands-free trunk lid, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone app integration, an 8-inch touchscreen and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
If you are looking for more, though, step up to the Limited. You'll get xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings and an upgraded nine-speaker Infinity sound system. The Limited also comes with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and automatic high-beam headlight control."
The interior is spacious and comfortable, seats are supportive and well-padded, leg, head and shoulder room are expansive and Edmunds calls the backseat "vast." The Sonata PHEV’s automatic 6-speed transmission works with a Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) – an electrical motor – in place of a torque converter. The hybrid sedan has been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. It has been named a Best Car For The Money by U.S. News & World Report, is continually top-rated by Edmunds.com. and has received Wards 10 Best Engines Award.
Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is eligible for California's Green Clean Air Vehicle decals that allow solo drivers access to the HOV (carpool) lanes. The car also qualifies for major cost-reducing government incentives.
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