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Hyundai has been big on hybrids, having offered hybrid-powertrain variants of the midsize Sonata sedan since 2011. Now, for 2016, the South Korean automaker’s first plug-in hybrid joins the lineup. Similar to the 2016 Sonata Hybrid, the new model can be plugged into an electrical outlet, in order to keep the battery as fully charged as possible, thus increasing usable range. The plug-in sedan is offered only in certain states, suggesting that the automaker hopes to satisfy specific state emissions mandates.

What's New for 2016

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is all-new, joining the regular hybrid and conventional gasoline-engine versions of the popular midsize sedan. A larger electric motor than in the regular Hybrid produces 32 percent more power, according to Hyundai, using a battery pack that’s five times the size of the Hybrid’s.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

In the Plug-in Hybrid, a 2-liter four-cylinder engine is coupled to a 50kW electric motor. Working alone, the gas engine produces output of 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Total system output is 202 horsepower, sent to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai claims that the Plug-in Hybrid can travel up to 27 miles on battery power alone. The 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery pack is about five times bigger than the battery used in the regular Sonata Hybrid.

Using a 240-volt Level 2 charger, the battery can be recharged in less than three hours. Charging from a regular 110-volt household outlet (Level 1) takes close to nine hours. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 99 MPGe combined in EV mode, and 40 mpg (city/highway) in charge-sustaining mode.

The Plug-in Hybrid looks very much like the gas and hybrid Sonata models. Subtle design cues distinguish the Plug-in, including a unique grille, a charging port on the left front fender, model-exclusive exterior colors, an Eco-spoke alloy wheel design, chrome side sill moldings, and available (all-new) Blue Pearl leather seats. Inside, the instrument cluster provides additional information about the Plug-in Hybrid’s functions, with a charge indicator atop the dashboard. A Blue Link smartphone app can manage and monitor the Plug-in Hybrid remotely.

Nine airbags are standard, including a new driver’s knee airbag. Also standard are a rearview camera, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist, and an individual tire-pressure display.According to Hyundai, the Plug-in Hybrid will only be available in the following states: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Two trim levels are offered:

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The base model comes with remote keyless entry, a power driver’s seat, LED daytime running lights and taillamps, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tilt/telescopic steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and touchscreen navigation with an 8-inch screen. The electro-luminescent gauge cluster has a 4.2-inch display, and Dimension audio includes a CD player and satellite radio.

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Moving up to Limited level adds a batch of active-safety features, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams. Additional luxury items include leather seating surfaces, ventilated front seats, HID headlights, power passenger seat, driver’s memory, and 400-watt Infinity premium audio.

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Priced at $34,600 (plus destination charge) in base, trim the Plug-in Hybrid is $8,600 higher than Hyundai’s regular Hybrid. As a plug-in vehicle, the plug-in sedan qualifies for federal and state zero-emissions incentives, where applicable. This includes a $2,500 federal tax credit and a battery-capacity credit, as well as local incentives, such as California's $1,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate and single-occupant high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access. Picking a Limited adds $4,000 to the price, but includes some valuable safety features.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 154 HP / 140 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
38 / 41 / 39 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 154 HP / 140 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
38 / 41 / 39 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
106 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
191.1 "
Exterior Width
73.4 "
Exterior Height
57.9 "
Front Headroom
40.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
45.5 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,787 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
17.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
7 Dimension
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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