Automakers are working overtime to find solutions to tightening fuel and emissions regulations. Hybrids and electric cars are the way forward, but that doesn't mean they have to be stripped-out, funky-looking machines like the ones from yesteryear. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is proof that hybrids have evolved since they first appeared. It's a spacious, modern, and good-looking sedan that also happens to get good fuel-economy figures.
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview
What's New for 2018
The Sonata Hybrid gets the same mid-cycle update that the regular gasoline models received last year. The sedan benefits from interior and exterior upgrades, which include a new grille, a reshaped hood and front bumper, as well as a reworked center console. New safety features, including automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist have been added to the hybrid's lengthy list of standard features, too.
Choosing Your Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2018 Sonata Hybrid is only available with one powertrain. The majority of the grunt comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. The engine gets some assistance from an electric motor that makes 51 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque on its own, as well as a 1.76 kWh battery pack. Combined output for the hybrid system is rated at 193 hp. All of the power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission and the front wheels.
Thanks to the hybrid powertrain, the Sonata Hybrid is capable of getting some great fuel-economy numbers. The vehicle is rated by the EPA to get 40 miles per gallon city, 46 mpg highway, and 42 mpg combined. With a 16-gallon fuel tank, the Sonata Hybrid is capable of traveling roughly 730 miles on a single tank. Say goodbye to stopping every couple of hours on a long road trip.
Besides being able to sip fuel, the Sonata Hybrid also has the latest safety features. The regular Sonata is one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles, and the same rating should carry over for the hybrid model. The mid-size sedan comes with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist, along with brake assist as standard. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and driver attention alert are available on the range-topping trim.
Choosing a Sonata Hybrid that has everything you want is straightforward, as the model is only available in two trims: SE and Limited.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is roughly $4,000 more than the standard Sonata. While that may seem like a large amount of money, its combined rating of 42 mpg is much better than what the most fuel-efficient variant of the non-hybrid Sonata can get (31 mpg). If you're going to be driving a lot, the Sonata Hybrid is worth the extra money. Choosing between the two trims couldn't be simpler — do you want a fully-loaded model or something that doesn't have all of the bells and whistles? Making the jump to the Limited trim is worth it, as it brings a lot more upscale features. The Unlimited Package, though, is a harder sell.