View Full Version : 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

24 September 2010, 1507
Now I realize that most people here prefer all electric vehicles to hybrids, but the Sonata seems to have a couple of new features for this class of car that I found interesting. The information below comes from the "Drive" advertising supplement in my newspaper today.

In addition to its 169 HP IC motor, it has a 40 HP (30 kW) electric motor which they claim will power this car to 60 mph just on battery power. Plus, the car uses lithium-polymer batteries, instead of the lithium-ion batteries installed in the Leaf and Volt. These batteries are guaranteed by Hyundai to have a 10-year, 150,000-mile life. (That sounds pretty impressive to me considering that it is unlikely that these batteries have been tested for that long in an motor vehicle use.) The 4-door, front wheel drive sedan, uses a 6-speed automatic transmission and is expected to sell for around $26K.