Friday, September 27, 2013

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: It's Worth a Look

If you're looking to save fuel, but still want a midsize sedan, you may wish to check out the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
The Korean automaker retooled the hybrid's drivetrain a bit, which has improved its fuel economy. The Sonata Hybrid is now rated at an impressive 36 mpg city, 40 highway.
The car is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a 35-kilowatt electric motor, with the pairing creating 206 horsepower. That's more output than the gas-only Sonata.
Hyundai says it added a higher-capacity generator, a hybrid battery pack with more power and that it adjusted the tuning on the hybrid system. Hyundai's engineers also were able to make the battery pack smaller and lighter, which gives back a little space in the trunk. However, that trunk is still a bit cramped.
As for interior room, it's not bad. Front seat passsengers have good head- and leg- room, and back seat riders don't fare too poorly either.
The interior features are good; fit and finish and material quality are fine.
 On the outside, there are a few design elements that are different from the gas-only Sonata, such as headlights and taillights, side sills and a large front air dam.
The Sonata Hybrid has standard features that include the BlueLink communications system, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
Options include push-button start, heated leather seats in front and rear and simulated wood trim.
The Sonata Hybrid starts at around $26,000 and ranges to around $31,000.
For a good, fuel-fficient midsize sedan, the Sonata Hybrid is worth a look.

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