The redesigned 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid made its debut this week and will be up to 10 percent more fuel-efficient than the 2015 Sonata Hybrid. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid will get up to 40/44 mpg city/highway, according to fuel economy estimates from the EPA. All-new for 2016 is the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which is Hyundai's first plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid has a smaller four-cylinder engine than the 2015 Sonata Hybrid, but Hyundai gave it a more powerful electric motor, which results in only a slight decrease in total horsepower over the 2015 model (193 combined hp versus 199 combined hp). The 2016 Sonata Hybrid has a six-speed automatic and more trunk space than the outgoing model thanks to a repositioned battery pack. Because Hyundai moved the battery pack under the trunk floor, the rear seats now fold down, which might come in handy when you need to transport long items, though the folding rear seats are an upgrade.
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The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the newest addition to Hyundai's lineup, and Hyundai expects it to get 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving and 93 mpg-e in electric-only mode. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid can drive 24 miles on electric power and produces 202 total horsepower. You can recharge the battery pack in less than nine hours using a standard outlet or in less than three hours with a 240-volt charging station. You can check the charging status using a Blue Link smartphone app, which also lets you start the car, turn on the heater and lock or unlock the doors remotely.
Standard features in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include a rearview camera, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, satellite radio, a touch-screen audio system and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Optional features include forward collision warning, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, a hands-free trunk opener, rear window sunshades, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated seats, leather seats, navigation, HD Radio, an Infinity audio system, Blue Link telematics, smartphone app integration and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone. The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has similar standard and optional features as the Sonata Hybrid, though some options on the Sonata Hybrid, like the hands-free trunk opener and blind spot detection, are standard on the plug-in model.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid goes on sale this summer and the 2016 plug-in Sonata Hybrid hits dealers in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont this fall. Pricing for both cars hasn't been announced yet. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $26,000.
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