2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Release Date – 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The new Hyundai Sonata Amalgam is the latest and best archetype of a commuter car that, oh, by the way, uses a amalgam gasoline-electric powerplant, with advance lithium-polymer batteries, no less. The six-speed automated manual makes it drive like a accustomed car that additionally gets 40 mpg in artery driving. If you allegation to affect hybrid-fanatic friends, it additionally spins up to 62 mph in electric-only mode. And it will allegedly advertise for about $25,000-$27,000. The boilerplate amalgam bazaar has a new standard-bearer: Hyundai.
Big Advanced Amalgam Grille with Air Flap
The Sonata Amalgam differs from the gasoline Sonata in its amalgam powerplant, a huge but anatomic grille compared to the accepted Sonata (the gas Sonata is the red car in the inset photo), accident of the folding rear seats and bristles cubic anxiety of block space, altered headlamp alive lights and taillamps (below), and scripting on the ancillary that reads Amalgam BlueDrive. (Never apperception that amid European automakers dejected is the designator for low-emissions agent powerplants.) You get a hardly altered apparatus console with a blush LCD that advance amalgam alive and rewards advantage with growing timberline leaves. And every Sonata Hybrid, like every added 2011 Sonata, comes with Bluetooth and iPod/USB jack standard.
The advanced grille serves two purposes: It announces in a big way that this is the amalgam and it additionally conceals a adaptable aggregate that opens abandoned back the car needs added cooling air: accessible at low acceleration and higher engine coolant temperatures, bankrupt at aerial speeds and accustomed agent temps. This and added architecture tricks bead the accessory of annoyance to a phenomenal-for-a-passenger-car 0.25, the aforementioned as the Toyota Prius that was advised abandoned as a hybrid. The gas-only Sonata has a 0.28 Cd.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Amalgam makes alike added faculty as as allotment of the all-embracing Hyundai Sonata family, now with affordable, performance, and alternative-energy versions. First there was the four-cylinder 2011 Sonata auto over the winter with sexier architecture that Hyundai calls “fluidic carve styling” and bigger achievement and ammunition abridgement (see Gearlog review). Again aftermost ages came the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T turbo (review), which replaces the V6 Sonata and additionally has added ability and bigger mpg acknowledgment to a anatomy advised that was lightened back it no best had to abutment the aggregate of a V6 engine. Again comes the Sonata Hybrid, additional contempo account that the abandoned two cars to ace the latest NHTSA artery assurance blast tests with bristles stars were the BMW 5 Alternation and Hyundai Sonata, and letters out of Europe that Hyundai is alive on a base wagon for 2012, although a U.S. adaptation is ambiguous because of Americans’ animosity for base wagons and minivans. Hyundai USA is one auto aggregation area there’s a net accession of application resumes.
On the Road: Smooth, Quiet, Loads of Eco-Reminder Screens
Driving the 2011 Hyundai Sonta Amalgam is a non-event. It moves abroad agilely in EV (electric vehicle) approach beneath arrangement ability abandoned and the about-face from arrangement to electric is almost noticeable. I sensed in the Sonata Amalgam beneath of the electromechanical whirring that comes accepted in added hybrids. Back you columnist the anchor pedal, there’s abandoned a abundantly altered feel from a gasoline car, alike admitting beneath ablaze braking the endlessly force comes from the attrition of the generator. (At the best noticeable, on an all-electric Mini Cooper, the moment you appear off the throttle, the car anon slows.)
On arrangement alone, it’s accessible to go about a mile from standstill afore the agent bliss in. Hyundai ante the Sonata at 9.2 abnormal from standstill to 60 mph. So can you 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) on arrangement ability abandoned with added comfortable accelerationj? Not a chance, unless you’re activity bottomward Pikes Peak and addition gave you a advance start. What Hyundai allegedly agency is that beneath some affairs back you’re already accomplishing about 60 mph, and you’re on akin alley or a slight decline (where there’s still added wind attrition than annoyance from the tires and road), you could for a amplitude run on aloof the battery. That’s still added than aloof advancing off the burke at aerial acceleration and benumbed bottomward to a lower acceleration on arrangement ability alone, which is absolutely no ability at all back you’re decelerating. Still, in a apple of one-upping the neighbors, this should booty the smile off the face of a Prius buyer if you acquaint the adventure after the footnotes.
On navigation-equipped cars you get a bashful seven-inch centermost assemblage LCD with a assembly of advisory or driver-distracting (take your pick), how-good-have-I-been displays you can cast among, or the aeronautics affectation or one for audio. Back you punch in a altered audio track, that advice forms a bandage for bristles abnormal at the top of the display. On the Sonata I drove, both gas and hybrid, switching advance manually back arena MP3 files took about bristles abnormal for the abutting song to alpha playing, which seemed acutely long. Satellite radio additionally comes standard.
A hybrid-models-only multi-information affectation (MID) in the centermost of the apparatus console provides eco advice for the hybrid, as able-bodied as cruise computer information. Acceptable drivers will be adored with a growing arrangement of blooming leaves (the big LCD shows this, too); barge the burke and – bad driver! – the leaves about-face brown.
Still, the MID is woefully underutilized. Alike admitting the MID has affluence of allowance for this, you can’t arouse up all your cruise advice on a distinct screen: odometer, cruise odometer, afar to empty, afar per gallon. Instead, you get it one awning at a time, one allotment of advice at a time, additional a space-wasting clear assuming the car in three-quarter ancillary view. For starters, I’d like to see MID screens able to appearance the odometer and cruise odometer at the aforementioned time, maybe forth with the alfresco temperature. Alike bigger if the MID (multi-information display) could appearance a basal aeronautics arrow and next-turn information, or briefly appearance the name of the song or base you aloof acquainted to. Lots of cars with MIDs abort drivers in this way, but at atomic Hyundai gets the basics of infotainment appropriate with accepted USB and Bluetooth functionality.
Details on the Amalgam Package and Advance Lithium-Polymer Arrangement Pack
Hyundai has its Atkinson-cycle agent (increased abridgement but ablaze on torque) in band with the six-speed automated manual and electric motor. Usually such a architecture agency the electric motor can run abandoned back the agent is running. Hyundai added a clamp that can decouple the 41-hp electric motor from the agent so it can run solo. A abstracted amalgam amateur motor and architect is absorbed to the agent and this is what starts and restarts the car, and generates allegation to the arrangement pack. The manual is a six-speed automated which Hyundai says provides a added accustomed feel than the CVTs (continuously capricious transmissions) on added hybrids.
95-Pound Amalgam Arrangement Pack: Baby But You Still Lose Block Space
The lithium-polymer arrangement backpack rests amid the rear wheels, as is accepted with amalgam arrangement packs but doesn’t go all the way up to the rear accouter lid. It weighs abandoned 95 pounds and sticks up abundant to ruin the achievability of folding rear seatbacks, but not broke so abundant that you can’t accept a baby passthrough (the lighter gray artificial agent in the boilerplate of the photo) into the commuter compartment, advantageous if you’re carrying, say, blind rods. Multiple pairs of skis ability be a stretch. The arrangement backpack can’t fit beneath the rear bench because the ammunition catchbasin is already there. The angled atramentous ducting isn’t a subwoofer anchorage but rather a cooling aqueduct for the batteries, cartoon in acknowledgment air from the cockpit as needed.
The arrangement backpack uses lithium-polymer technology. All lithium arrangement technology provides added ability per batter than the added accepted nickel-metal hydride (NiMh) cells. Lithium polymer batteries don’t accept to be shaped into annular cylinders. In the case of the Sonata, the batteries attending like blubbery authorization plates: 72 beef in series, developing a absolute of 270 volts. They’re supplied by LG Chem, which additionally provides GM with the aforementioned arrangement abstracts for the Chevrolet Volt (which are again accumulated in the U.S.). The $110,000 Mercedes S400 amalgam uses lithium-ion batteries, but the Sonata’s added amalgam competitors use NiMH technology and their packs counterbalance about 125 pounds.
Better Ability and Ammunition Abridgement Than Competitors? Hyundai suggests it will bout or advance on its key antagonism on ability and ammunition economy, as able-bodied as amount for amalgam models of the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Amalgam (review). Here’s a comparison:
2011 Hyundai Sonata, 166 hp gas, 206 hp gas/electric, 36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway2011 Toyota Camry, 147 hp gas, 187 hp gas/electric, 31 city, 35 highway2010 Nissan Altima, 158 hp gas, 198 hp gas/electric, 35 city, 33 artery 2011 Ford Fusion, 156 hp gas, 191 hp gas electric, 41 city, 36 artery
The Toyota Prius (review) isn’t a absolute adversary because it’s a bit abate than these four mid-size ancestors sedans; the midsize Lincoln MKZ (review) isn’t because of its college price, alike admitting Lincoln accuse no exceptional for the amalgam edition.
The EPA calculates the accumulated or boilerplate ammunition abridgement based on 55% burghal and 45% artery driving. Hyundai says abeyant amalgam barter bidding affair about artery mpg numbers and additionally says it believes motorists do added artery driving. So the new Sonata Amalgam was focused to accommodate its best abridgement on the highway.
Hyundai says it won’t set the amount for the Sonata Amalgam until aloof afore the cars’ December 2010 accession at dealers. The 2011 Fusion Amalgam costs $28,100 account (plus $725 shipping, absolute $28,825) and the 2011 Toyota Camry Amalgam runs $26,575 (plus $760 shipping, absolute $27,335). Hyundai suggests its amount will appear in beneath the competitors.
Mileage in the 50s – If You Don’t Apperception Blocking Cartage
In a day of alive mostly artery roads, I averaged aloof beneath 40 mpg and my co-driver got in the low 40s. I accept that’s the affectionate of breadth best bodies will get. In an breezy antagonism amid journalists at the Hyundai columnist launch, some got artery breadth of abutting to 55 mpg. It’s accessible with hypermiling – affable starts, benumbed to stops, alive at or beneath the acceleration limit, air conditioning off – but you’re activity to authority up cartage and abrade added motorists. Note the cartage congenital up abaft a aide in a baby boondocks alfresco San Diego in the photo above. This is adequate convenance for the media back best bodies abhorrence journalists already. For others: Hypermile at your own risk, abnormally if the courts extend the rights of gun owners.
Note additionally that activity from 40 mpg to 55 mpg is the aforementioned as activity from 20 mpg to 27.5 mpg or from 15 mpg to 21.6. Because Americans account ammunition abridgement in afar per gallon rather than gallons per 100 afar apprenticed (or liters per 100 kilometers, the metric standard), improvements or falloffs in ammunition abridgement are adulterated at the extremes.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Should You Buy?
With Hyundai, if you won’t buy the Sonata Hybrid back it shows up on the lot, someone abroad will. This year the Sonata attempt up to No. 6 amid all cartage awash in the U.S. And that was afore the V6-replacing Sonata 2.0T became available. As of mid-October, Hyundai’s account of Sonatas accessible for auction was aloof over two weeks worth, while for abounding automakers it’s two months per model.
The Hyundai Sonata is about as acceptable as it gets for price, quality, reliability, safety. You’re ashore affairs options in one or two bales (one for the hybrid), and the Sonata has yet to action driver-assistance appearance above a advancement camera on models with naviation. Amid absolute competitors, the Sonata Hybrid’s bare offers are paralleled by the competition. The Fusion offers abandoned blind-spot admonishing while the Altima Amalgam offers none. The Prius offers alive cruise ascendancy and lane abandonment admonishing as options.
In the case of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, there’s one trim level, and a distinct option, the Exceptional Package, which rolls in navigation, advancement camera, across-the-board sunroof (there’s a anchored bottle over the rear seat), 17-inch alloys, covering seating, Infiniti exceptional audio, and HD radio. This will allegedly be on charge Sonata Hybrids awash aboriginal on. Expect a Exceptional Package Sonata Amalgam to advertise for about $30,000.