Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review



This midsize sedan competes with the Toyota Camry and Kia Optima hybrids, with similar performance and the same fuel economy as the Kia: 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway.

Hyundai seems to have striven for style and spaciousness when designing the Sonata Hybrid, and for the most part, experts seem impressed with this car. Experts from Edmunds like the look of it and point to the roomy back seats in a Sonata Hybrid review. The auto information site praises the car's smooth and nimble performance but notes a tendency to lurch a little when accelerating at low speeds (not uncommon among hybrid cars).

This car couldn't keep up with the Toyota Camry Hybrid in a comparison test by Motor Trend, taking 2.3 seconds longer to get to 60 mph, according to a Sonata Hybrid review. The Motor Trend expert reports that the gasoline engine labors when the car accelerates or attempts to pass on the highway, bogged down by a less powerful electric motor than other comparable hybrids. A review at Hybrid Cars praises the car for its spacious rear seating and many standard features, such as remote keyless entry, dual climate control, iPod jack, and audio controls built into the car's steering wheel. This reviewer echoes the complaint that you can feel a jolt at low speeds when the car switches between electric and gas power. Still, he admires the Sonata's responsive steering and says it's quieter on the road than most hybrids.

Like our other picks, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive car. There's plenty of room for five passengers, with 103.8 cubic feet of passenger space. The fuel efficiency is on par with that of other hybrid sedans, at 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway.

The Sonata's tendency to shudder when switching between electric and gas power at low speeds is a drawback hardly unusual among hybrids. The Sonata Hybrid matches up well with other sedans in terms of roominess and overall performance, but it can't match the fuel efficiency of the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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