Hyundai introduced the redesigned 2016 Sonata Hybrid this spring and has recently announced pricing. A base Sonata Hybrid starts at $26,825, including $825 for destination, which is the same price as the 2015 model.
At that price, the Sonata Hybrid costs less than rivals such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,615) and Honda Accord Hybrid ($30,125). The Ford Fusion Hybrid undercuts the Sonata Hybrid with a starting price of $26,060.
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid isn't quite as fuel-efficient as its peers. At an EPA-estimated 39/43 mpg city/highway, the base Sonata Hybrid gets comparable combined fuel economy to the Camry Hybrid (43/39 mpg) but uses more fuel than the Fusion Hybrid (44/41 mpg) and Accord Hybrid (50/45 mpg). The new Sonata Hybrid is more efficient than the outgoing model, which earned an EPA estimate of 36/40 mpg.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid powertrain makes a total of 193 horsepower.
Standard features in the 2016 Sonata Hybrid include a USB port, satellite radio, a touch-screen audio system, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The Sonata Hybrid is available with features like blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a hands-free trunk opener, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto smartphone integration and navigation with an 8-inch touch screen. Other available features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and ventilated front seats.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid goes on sale this summer. An all-new 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will hit dealers in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont this fall. According to Hyundai, the Sonata Plug-in can travel up to 24 miles solely on electricity and averages 93 mpg-equivalent combined. When the gas engine kicks in, Hyundai says the Sonata Plug-in returns 40 mpg combined city/highway. By comparison, the plug-in Ford Fusion Energi can travel 19 miles on electricity alone. Pricing for the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid hasn't been announced yet.
The 2015 Sonata Hybrid ranks 16th out of 18 cars in our affordable midsize car rankings. However, the non-hybrid 2015 Sonata, which the 2016 Sonata Hybrid is based on, ranks 7th. How do you think the redesigned Sonata Hybrid will stack up?
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