2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – a quick first look from Autoweek

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2011
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2011
They only got to drive it a little, but Autoweek gave their short experience with the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a thumbs up.  “If you’re shopping for a midsize hybrid sedan, you have to put the Sonata on your short list.

Expected to come out late this fall, pricing for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid hasn’t been announced, but is expected to be in the mid $20’s, depending on trim.  It mates a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder gas engine with a 30 kilowatt electric motor, along with a 6 speed transmission. It can operate on either the gasoline power engine, the electric motor, or both.  The battery is lithium-polymer, which is smaller and lighter than the NiMH batteries used in most hybrids on the road today (include the Pirus). MPG is expected to be 37 mpg in the city, 39 on the highway

The version of the car the Autoweek drove is not the final version – suspension tuning is still being tweaked.  But in the short test drive, Autoweek says that the car felt perfectly fine compared to other midsized sedans, maybe even a “touch livelier” than the competition.

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