The carmaker provides a solid entry to the hybrid market with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Its achievements include being the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class with an EPA rating of 35 mpg highway. The Sonata Hybrid also includes a powertrain developed in-house by Hyundai and includes several technical firsts. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid provides performance and efficiency in one neat package.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas/electric hybrid 6A
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid makes a new entry into the hybrid market.
The words sleek and aerodynamic come to mind when taking a look at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The starburst pattern that illuminates in the taillights isn't the only thing that gets your friends talking. The Sonata Hybrid's lines and chrome accents look visually appealing and add a certain ?cool? factor to its looks. It comes in six colors: Black Onyx Pearl, Blue Sky Metallic, Hyper Silver Metallic, Porcelain White Pearl, Silver Frost Metallic, and Venetian Red Pearl.
Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels (17-inch alloy wheels remain available as an option), heated and folding outside mirrors, and automatic headlights.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's exterior sleekness and futuristic looks carry over to the interior design as well. An eight-way power driver’s seat marks the command center for this midsize family sedan. The vehicle sacrifices only minimal cargo space to accommodate the battery pack. The Sonata comfortably seats four, five if needed. Features include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a trip computer, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system. Available interior color schemes include camel and gray cloth (leather remains optional).
The only option package adds a touchscreen navigation system, a rear-view camera, a sunroof, leather upholstery, and heated front and rear seats. The audio system gets an upgrade to a nine-speaker Infinity system with HD radio.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid contains a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine teamed with an electric motor. The gasoline engine generates 166 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque while the electric brings 40 hp and 151 lb-ft. Together they produce 206 peak horsepower and 193 lb-ft of torque. In performance testing the Sonata Hybrid makes zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds.
Under ideal conditions the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid achieves 60 mph without kicking in the gasoline engine. Handling feels like a breeze under highway conditions, but city driving can be a bit jerky at times. The clutch takes a bit of getting used to for city driving. Overall though, the Sonata Hybrid's transmission shifts as easily as the Sonata GLS does.
Anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, front side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints all comprise standard safety features on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Brake testing finds that the Sonata stops from 60 mph in 126 feet, which falls in the average range for its class.
In government testing for 2011, which has more strenuous requirements for achieving higher ratings, the Sonata Hybrid earn five out of five stars for overall crash protection. Front-impact protection receives four out of five stars and side-impact protection earns five stars. Overall, the Sonata Hybrid earns a rating of ?good? from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 36/40 mpg city/highway
- Fuel efficiency
- Stylish looks
You Won't Like
- Jerky city driving
- Limited headroom in rear seats
Poised to win the category.
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