- Hybrid version of the popular midsize Sonata
- 36/40 mpg city/highway
- Industry exclusive Lifetime Battery Warranty
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features great fuel economy, lots of standard features, and some security with a Lifetime Battery Warranty.
Gas versions of the Sonata got a complete redesign this year, but the Hybrid is unchanged for 2015 (our best guess is the updates will come for the Hybrid in 2016). The Sonata Hybrid has always been easy to pick out from the gasoline versions with its large, black hexagonal front grille. It is a look that we preferred to the regular Sonata’s front fascia, with slightly more aggression and character. There are also blue logos, hybrid badging, and different headlights and taillights as well. Powered and heated side mirrors are standard, as are LED taillights and daytime running lights up front. 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, while Limited models get larger 17-inch alloys.
Under the hood, the Sonata Hybrid’s drivetrain combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine running on the Atkinson cycle with an electric motor; they team up to produce 199 total horsepower. The battery uses lithium polymer technology which makes it lighter than the old nickel-based batteries, and Hyundai backs it with a Lifetime Battery Warranty that is exclusive to the Korean automaker. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard, instead of a CVT like you’d fine in most hybrids, a difference we prefer since it offers a more familiar driving experience. The Sonata Hybrid can move on battery power alone at speeds of up to 74 mph. Fuel economy figures check in at 36/40 mpg city/highway.
Last year, the Sonata Hybrid added new technology features including new LED dome lights, a touchscreen audio system, HD radio, and a backup camera which are all standard. They join Blue Link telematics, push button start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio on the standard features list, making the Sonata Hybrid one of the most outfitted cars around, especially in this price range. Limited models add a navigation system and leather upholstery.
Standard safety features include six airbags and the requisite electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and traction control. For its performance in crash testing, the Sonata Hybrid received a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA, the highest they offer.