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In 2011, Hyundai debuted the Sonata Hybrid, giving buyers a more economical way to get into a well-equipped hybrid vehicle. What outwardly distinguished the Hybrid model from the rest of the Sonata lineup was the blue background on each badge. Under its hood, the Sonata Hybrid carried a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 30 kW electric motor that cranked out a combined 206 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque; output dropped to 199 horsepower in 2013. The engine combined with a six-speed, automatic transmission to deliver 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.