Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Both the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid come in both base SE and Limited trims. All trims come with the same 2.0L 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor powered by a lithium polymer battery. In the Hybrid, this combination is good for 193 horsepower. The system does an impressive job optimizing for fuel economy, and is rated up to 40 mpg in the city.

The Plug-in Hybrid's system has a more powerful motor and battery, so total system output comes in a bit higher at 202 horsepower. The battery, once charged is good for 27 miles on electric power alone. Once that charge is expended, the vehicle can recharge the battery itself through regenerative braking and engine output, a rarity in the plug-in hybrid world. Charging the battery at home using 240 volts takes as little as 3 hours.

The Hybrid SE models are well-equipped and start at $26,000. Hybrid Limited starts at $30,100. The Plug-in Hybrid does carry a premium price for the technology. SE models start at $34,600 and Limiteds begin at $36,698. Many localities offer tax incentives that can bring that price down.

The Hybrid SE model comes with alloy wheels, heated power mirrors and LED brakelights. Inside there's premium fabric upholstery, a 6-speaker MP3-capable audio system with a 5-inch touchscreen interface, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, power door locks and windows and cruise control. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are both standard. Metal and chrome interior accents give the cockpit a premium feel. Standard safety features include front, first and second-row curtain and drive's knee airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a backup camera.

Upgrade to the Limited trim and the wheels become 17-inch alloys, the wipers become speed-sensitive automatic, the headlamps are HID, and the seats are now leather-wrapped, heated and ventilated. The interior gets woodgrain accents. Safety features in the Hybrid Limited include blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.

The Plug-in Hybrid SE comes even better equipped, and includes power-adjustable heated front seats, cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist, and a premium audio system.

The Plug-in Hybrid Limited comes with an Infinity audio system, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure and front collision warnings, features that are optional on the Hybrid model.

Editors' Review

How do you take a good-looking, practical, value-oriented family sedan and make it even better? You dial up the fuel economy. That's just what we have here in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It takes the new Sonata, which we already know and love, slaps in a tech-forward hybrid powertrain and then caps it off with a fancy, solar roof.

The result? An impressive EPA fuel economy rating of 54 miles per gallon on the highway for the Blue trim, up 18 mpg from the sedan, all without any real negative repercussions -- except for the $4,000 upcharge, of course.

Visually, little has changed from the standard 2020 Sonata sedan and in my book that's a good thing. I appreciate that the chrome line running from each headlight all the way back past the rear doors will not be for everyone, but I'm a big fan of the car's distinctive looks.

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The Good ~ Compelling looks ~ Great array of safety tech standard ~ Strong fuel economy

The Bad ~ Those great looks are divisive ~ Solar roof only on Limited

The Bottom Line Hyundai's latest Sonata Hybrid is a winner.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 9

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