Hyundai claims it's all in for electrification of its vehicle lineup. The electrified version of its best-selling and award-winning Sonata PHEV, first introduced in 2016, is an example of this. The 5-seat plug-in Sonata mid-size family sedan provides up to 28 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.
The 2019 model comes in two trims: Plug-In Hybrid ($31,900 MSRP) and Plug-In Hybrid Limited ($37,500 MSRP). Both have an MPGe of 99, and a City/Highway Combined of 39.
Hyundai has updated the 2019 Sonata PHEV’ suspension to improve handling and reduce body roll. Total system output (Using the gas engine, electric motor and 270V Lithium-Ion battery combined) is 202 horsepower. The PHEV achieves 60 mph in around 7.7 seconds. If that’s not powerful enough for you, consider the Limited’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, which produces 245 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and uses an 8-speed automatic to produce quick acceleration and climb steep roads efficiently.
Recharging the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid from empty to full takes 8.7 hours from a standard 110-volt outlet, but that decreases to just 2.7 hours with a 220-volt socket. Like most hybrids and plug-in hybrids, the car utilizes regenerative braking during driving to recapture friction as battery energy.
The Plug-In Hybrid trim combines a rear camera, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Monitoring, 17-inch “Eco-Spoke” wheels, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, a hands-free smart trunk, cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear USB charging, satellite radio, and a 7-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Limited trim adds adaptive LED headlights, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, leather upholstery, a 6-way power passenger’s seat, an 8-inch color touchscreen, navigation, Infinity premium audio, and wireless phone charging. Limited safety features include Lane-Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Automatic High-Beam Assist. All 2019 Sonatas boast air conditioning, power windows, heated side mirrors, and a tilt/telescope steering wheel.
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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