Hyundai’s Sonata Plug-In Hybrid offers the best of a hybrid and an electric vehicle to those in the market for a midsize sedan. The class-leading 27 mile full-electric range is perfect for most daily uses, and the battery can recharged in as little as two hours. The hybrid drive dispels the range anxiety common to EVs, and will carry the Sonata as far as 590 miles between fill-ups.
The battery is about five times bigger than the one used in the standard Sonata Hybrid’s. Charging can be managed by Hyundai’s Blue Link app. For example, the car can be scheduled to recharge when electricity rates are lowest, or on days when the car isn’t in use. The electric motor is also larger to allow the higher loads and motor speeds needed for EV operation.
While not blindingly fast, the Plug-In Hybrid has the excellent torque response of most electric vehicles and performs well at freeway speeds.
The slightly higher purchase price can be offset by the federal $4,919 electric vehicle tax credit. To sweeten the pot, the Plug-In Hybrid may be eligible for HOV-lane access in certain states.