Hyundai unveiled the all-new 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and the redesigned 2016 Sonata Hybrid yesterday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Sonata Hybrid’s redesign follows in the footsteps of the non-hybrid Sonata, which was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year.
The Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard. In a press release, Hyundai says that the Sonata Hybrid is capable of driving at up to 75 mph on electricity alone. Hyundai projects that the Sonata Hybrid will return an EPA-estimated 39/44/42 mpg city/highway/combined. With those estimates, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid gets about the same fuel economy as the current Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid, but falls short of the Honda Accord Hybrid’s 50/45/47 mpg rating.
The all-new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid also has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, but its electric motor and battery pack are bigger than the Sonata Hybrid’s. According to Hyundai, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid can travel up to 22 miles on electricity alone. It can be charged in about five hours on a standard 120-volt household outlet or about 2.5 hours on a 240-volt Level 2 home charging station, Hyundai says.
The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid returns 93 mpg-equivalent (mpg-e) when running on electricity and 38/43/40 mpg city/highway/combined with the gas engine, according to Hyundai. Those estimates best the plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion Energi’s EPA ratings of 88 mpg-e with electricity and 38 mpg combined with the gas engine.
Features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available on both models. No pricing information has been announced yet, but Car and Driver thinks that both models will be competitively priced with their respective hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedan rivals.
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid hits dealerships this summer nationwide. The plug-in model goes on sale late this year, according to Hyundai, and it will only be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Sonata Plug-in Hybrid buyers may be eligible to receive $4,500 or more in federal tax credits, Hyundai says.
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