Intro: Looking for a fuel-efficient family sedan that sacrifices nothing in the way of upscale features and head-turning style? Then the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is just the car for you. With premium amenities and styling that's flat out aggressive for a hybrid, this Sonata is redefining what it means to be green.
That aggressive styling is exemplified by the gaping front grille, 16-inch or available 17-inch eco-spoke alloy wheels, and swooping headlights with LED inserts. There's really no confusing this model with the conventionally-powered Sonata, or any other car for that matter!
Performance: The Sonata Hybrid couples a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor drawing its power from a 270-volt lithium polymer battery. Together they send 166 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Fuel economy for the Sonata Hybrid is 35 miles per gallon city, 40 miles per gallon highway.
Features: Getting into the Sonata Hybrid will have you thinking you're in a luxury sedan. The flowing center stack and multifunction steering wheel, give the Sonata Hybrid a decidedly upscale feel. The steering wheel plays home to controls for the integrated Bluetooth system and 104-watt, 6-speaker stereo.
To get the most out of the Sonata Hybrid, we recommend the Premium Equipment Package. This $5,000 option adds a dual pane sunroof, touch screen navigation system, backup camera, leather seating and an Infinity premium stereo with 400 watt amplifier and HD radio receiver.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and a full array of front and side impact airbags. Another innovative safety feature is the virtual engine sound system that replicates an engine sound when the Sonata Hybrid is in silent electric mode, so as to alert pedestrians of the oncoming vehicle.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is $25,795 in its lone trim.
Warranty: The Sonata Hybrid is backed by a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid with its head-turning looks, impressive features and 40 miles per gallon, goes green while maintaining its place among the world's best family sedans. (2:28)