2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid priced from $26,545 in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2010

The hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata will arrive at dealerships next month and will be priced from $26,545, including the $750 destination fee. This Sonata features Hyundai's Direct Hybrid Blue Drive system and it is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-four mated to an electric traction motor. Power is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission.

It boasts a combined output of 206hp and 193 pound-feet of torque, and an all-electric drive speed of up to 62 mph. But it should be noted that the gas-fed engine may have to pulse on and off to assist the electric motor. When it comes to the exterior, the front end was re-sculpted to improve efficiency. As a result, the hybrid sedan offers fuel economy ratings of 36 city/40 highway mpg.

If you have $5000 more to spare, you might want to ask for the Sonata Hybrid's Premium Package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, navigation, an Infinity sound system, rearview camera, glossy black door surround, 17-inch alloy wheels, and leather seats and trim.

The Sonata Hybrid's main rivals include the Ford Fusion Hybrid ($28,990), Nissan Altima Hybrid ($27,530), Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,335), and the Kia Optima Hybrid (no pricing revealed yet).

John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said that the Sonata Hybrid offers the mid-size sedan segment something new with a fresh appearance, a top fuel economy rating of 40-mpg highway, and of course incredible value.

Krafcik further said that the Sonata Hybrid demonstrates the brand’s unique approach when it came to combining innovative technologies with emotional design to products that people would want to buy. This was also the same with the 2.0L Sonata Turbo and direct-injection 2.4L Sonata, both released this year. At the core of this sedan’s Hybrid Blue Drive technology is the lithium polymer battery pack.

Hyundai is considered as the first automaker to incorporate an efficient battery technology to a hybrid vehicle. Aside from its innovative powertrain, the company’s engineering team also addressed all issues that concern vehicle efficiency, including clearly, that of aerodynamics. Like the other 2011 Sonatas, the Sonata hybrid also shared the "Fluidic Sculpture" design language.

Sonata Hybrid though has one thing that sets it apart -- its exterior. The front has been reshaped with the rear fascias now having a deeper air dam. The rocker panels were extended and the drag wheels have been made lower.

All of these resulted in the Sonata hybrid ensuring that the air would flow around its body and face less resistance. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the Sonata Hybrid had the lowest in the auto industry.

This is even lower compared to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at 0.34 and even the 2011 Nissan GT-R with 0.27. The Sonata Hybrid has all the features that help it lower the amount of energy needed to maintain highway speeds.

These included the ability to slip through the air, its low rolling resistance tires, and the Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain that features the engine decoupling. It is no wonder then that the Sonata Hybrid has the best highway fuel efficiency in the mid-size hybrid sedan market.

Press Release

Hyundai Announces Pricing For All-New Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for its all-new Sonata Hybrid, featuring Hybrid Blue Drive technology and lithium-polymer batteries. In keeping with Hyundai’s simplified approach to product packaging, the Sonata Hybrid comes in just two flavors from the factory – the very well-equipped Sonata Hybrid at $25,795, and the incredibly well-equipped, tech-feature-packed Premium version at $30,795. Both deliver a segment-leading 40-mpg highway fuel economy rating, higher than any other mid-size sedan, hybrid or non-hybrid. In city driving, Sonata Hybrid delivers 35 mpg, yielding a 37 mpg combined city/highway rating from the EPA.

Sonata Hybrid is a key part of Hyundai’s industry-leading Blue Drive fuel efficiency strategy, which targets 50-mpg by 2025.
Sonata Hybrid is the third element of the game-changing 2011 Sonata product lineup.
Sonata Hybrid offers a segment-leading 40-mpg highway rating, which fits the driving pattern of most Americans, who drive about 57 percent of their miles in highway driving conditions.
Sonata Hybrid is powered by Hyundai’s all-new Hybrid Blue Drive system, featuring breakthrough lithium-polymer batteries.

“Sonata Hybrid offers something new to the mid-size sedan segment, with its segment-leading 40-mpg highway fuel economy rating, differentiated appearance, and incredible value,” said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “Like the 2.4L direct-injected Sonata and the 2.0L Sonata Turbo launched earlier this year, Sonata Hybrid demonstrates Hyundai’s unique approach melding innovative technologies and emotional design into products more and more people want to put in their driveways.”

The heart of Sonata Hybrid’s breakthrough Hybrid Blue Drive technology is its remarkable lithium polymer battery pack. Hyundai is the first automaker in the world to incorporate this remarkably efficient battery technology into a hybrid vehicle.

Beyond the innovative powertrain, Hyundai's engineering team have addressed all aspects of vehicle efficiency including the most visually obvious one, aerodynamics. The Sonata hybrid shares the same "Fluidic Sculpture" design language with all other 2011 Sonatas but features a unique exterior that sets it apart from its siblings. The combination of re-shaped front and rear fascias with a deeper air dam, extended rocker panels and lower drag wheels allow the air to flow around the body with less resistance. The drag coefficient for the Sonata Hybrid is the lowest in the industry at just 0.25, which is more slippery than most sports cars including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (0.34) and the 2011 Nissan GT-R (0.27).

The ability to easily slip through the air combined with low rolling resistance tires, along with the sophisticated Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain with engine decoupling, significantly reduces the amount of energy required to maintain highway speeds, resulting in the remarkable highway fuel efficiency of the Sonata Hybrid, the best of any mid-size hybrid sedan in the market.

2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine
Hybrid starter-generator (HSG)
Permanent magnet high-power density motor
270V lithium polymer battery
6-speed automatic transmission
Electronic stability control with traction control system
ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
Front active head restraints
Front, front seat side and curtain airbags
16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
Headlight LED accents
LED taillights
Front fog lights
Side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators
Unique, tinted chrome front grille
Bodyside molding tinted chrome inserts
Chrome window belt-line moldings
Chrome exterior door handles
Proximity entry with push-button start
Remote keyless entry, alarm and immobilizer
Electroluminescent instrument cluster (Supervision)
4.2-inch TFT multi-function trip computer with hybrid technology display
Dual automatic temperature control
Floor console mounted rear vents
Power driver seat with lumbar support
Chrome interior door handles
Leatherette interior door panel inserts
Tilt & telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
Metalgrain interior accents
AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB & Aux input jacks
Power windows, locks, heated mirrors
Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer
Automatic light control
Solar control glass

Panoramic sunroof with tilt & slide
17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels with unique finish
Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display
Rear backup camera
Infinity premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier (400-watt)
HD Radio Technology with multicasting
Leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and rear seat bottom cushions
Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
Auto-dimming mirror / HomeLink / compass
Premium door sill plates
Glossy black door surround and outside mirror housing

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