Although it will still cost you more than an Accord Hybrid.
Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February this year, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been the subject of market speculation for several months, with the stylish and highly efficient model's pricing shrouded in mystery. At last, Hyundai has announced the official pricing for the new model.
Delivering impressive fuel economy figures of 50/54/52 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles in its most efficient trim, the Blue, the mid-size sedan is a strong contender to the Toyota Camry Hybrid. However, with a starting MSRP of just $27,750, the Sonata has a slight edge over the price Camry, which starts at $28,430, while the Honda Accord Hybrid is cheaper than both at $25,620.
For your money, you get a mid-size sedan with a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor that develops a combined 192 horsepower, less than rivals like the Camry or Accord, which get 208 hp and 212 hp, respectively. But what really sets the new Sonata apart is the innovative Solar Roof technology. Not just unique in appearance, the roof actually improves the sedan's fuel economy by adding an extra two miles to its daily range, thanks to 205-watt charging capability.
Hyundai has optimized the placement of the battery to maximize trunk and passenger space. This adds 2.5 cubic feet of cargo space over the previous model and allows the Sonata Hybrid to boast claimed best-in-class head- and legroom for front passengers, but the rear head- and legroom still lacks compared to the competition.
Hyundai makes up for this oversight by equipping the Sonata Hybrid with an impressive suite of safety features incorporated in the latest iteration of the SmartSense suite. Standard, even on the base Blue trim, is forward collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Add to this the sedan's impressive infotainment suite, with an available 10.25-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Blue Link, and the asking price for the base model of $27,750 is a pretty good deal.
You'll have to be willing to spend a little more to get everything the Sonata Hybrid has to offer, though. The mid-tier SEL keeps things under $30k at a price of $29,900, but the top-of-the-range Limited trim asks a hefty $35,300 investment, excluding Hyundai's $975 freight charges.