2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has Larger Battery; $200 Cheaper
Yesterday, Hyundai Motor America announced the pricing for the 2013 Sonata Hybrid. The updated Sonata Hybrid achieves better fuel economy, and at $25,650, costs $200 less than the 2012 Sonata Hybrid. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited has been priced at $30,650, and both models offer an industry-exclusive Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty for the 2013 edition. Operating in all-electric mode more often, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid increases its fuel efficiency. With an advanced version of the Hybrid Blue Drive architecture, it can stay in all-electric mode for longer periods of time. A more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery pack and hybrid operating strategy helps to optimize electric-only driving. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a clutch to decouple the gasoline engine from the drivetrain, and when in pure electric drive, it can drive up to 75 miles per hour. When paired with a 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine that generates 206 horsepower, the new Sonata Hybrid increases the amount of available electrical drive power, meaning fewer fill ups. With the ability to drive in electric-only mode, fuel efficiency increases with the help of the 35 kW electric motor and new, more powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery pack. With more battery energy, the gasoline engine can operate with optimum efficiency, saving on fuel and allows for greater flexibility when in use. The new battery pack featured in the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is more powerful than the last, and it is also denser. However, it weighs less and takes up less room than the previous pack. It has gone from 92.4 pounds to 87.8 pounds, increasing the trunk volume to 12.1 cubic feet. This new pack enables better kinetic energy recovery from braking, helping to propel the vehicle when needed. Source: Hyundai
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