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Plug in, turn on, green out: The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (pictures)

With best-in-class all-electric range, one hell of an equipment loadout and some pretty good looks, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In is a serious contender in a small segment.

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Hyundai doesn't just offer a traditional gas-electric hybrid.

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In fact, the 27 miles of range you get from the Sonata Plug-In's battery is best-in-class among mid-size PHEVs.

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Don't expect to get 27 miles when you're blasting along at highway speeds, though.

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The Sonata's PHEV powertrain operates in one of three distinct modes.

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EV mode hustles along silently, with only the battery providing thrust to the wheels.

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Hybrid mode acts more like a traditional gas-electric hybrid, occasionally kicking in the engine to either support or sustain the electric side.

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Charge-sustaining mode focuses on boosting battery life, putting the engine to work adding range as quickly as possible.

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Charge-sustaining mode is best when you are about to get off the highway, so you can jump into EV mode and cruise quietly.

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After a couple hundred miles, most of which were EV-unfriendly highway miles, I averaged 53.0 mpg.

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For buyers without a highway commute, you could regularly cruise about without wasting a drop of gas.

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