Green Driving from Hyundai

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Sonata has had hybrid technology for a few years now.  Hybrid technology was first considered a response to the high rise of fuel prices in the world but as the price at the pump has gone down the sales of hybrid vehicles has also headed in the same direction.  Many companies continue to offer hybrid vehicles in order to continue to be able to be considered green in their efforts and with continued improvements for these cars you can see the benefits of having hybrid cars on the list for any company to offer fantastic hybrid vehicles for you to take advantage.

Hyundai actually has two versions of the Sonata with hybrid technology to offer you, the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid.  The new hybrid system is a parallel one with an engine that is augmented by an electric motor to bring power to the front wheels through the six-speed automatic transmission.  Even though this system is similar to what was in place, all the elements are new.

The gasoline powered part of the hybrid system comes from a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine which replaces the 2.4-liter previous model.  This new engine has an output of 154 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of toque.  The electric motor shows up adding 51 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft.  to the mix which comes in with a total output rating of 193 horsepower, which is more than enough for the Sonata to be powered.

For the plug-in model the setup is basically the same but a larger lithium-polymer batter is available.  This improves the output to 9.8 kWh instead of the 1.6 in the regular hybrid.  This is an increase of thirteen percent over the 2015 model giving you more from the hybrid portion of the car.  This larger battery pack lives in the floor of the trunk which changes the capacity of the trunk by three cubic feet.

Now that we have discussed the power of these two, the most important part, at least it seems that way, of a hybrid vehicle is the overall fuel efficiency offered for the car.  The older model came in at 36 city/40 hwy while the new one comes in at 40 city/44 hwy mpg to give a very nice increase.  The PHEV model actually gives you a full 24 miles of driving on pure electric power before the gasoline engine has to kick in, which does improve the overall efficiency of the car.

Hyundai boasts a few items that other manufacturers do not make.  First of all the warranty of all their models show up at impressive 10 year/100,000 mile warranties that give you the confidence to enjoy the driving of these cars.  For the Sonata and other models, Hyundai installs more equipment for the price than any other manufacturer.  It sounds like you can get a great hybrid car that has the power you need and fuel efficiency you desire with a great warranty and lots of great equipment to enjoy and all this on a car that comes in at a great price to be affordable and highly enjoyable.

Written by Scott Boyd

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