Some automakers are giving up on acceptable sedans. Hyundai is acceleration down.
Even aback this Korean cast was focused on rolling out its ample and amazing Palisade SUV, it didn’t cut aback on convalescent sedans such as the new-generation Sonata.
The tactic flies in the face of competitors that are ascent aback their car development to focus on added assisting trucks and SUVs, and it’s affidavit that the aforementioned architect can body cars and crossovers appropriately well—if they accept the charge to do so.
The aboriginal time I collection this new Sonata a few months ago, I could faculty that charge in the groundbreaking appearance and arduous composure it apparent over the road.
This week, I’m alive a adaptation that is, depending on what you’re attractive for, potentially alike better: the Sonata Hybrid.
Priced almost $2,000 added than the gasoline-only Sonata Limited car I collection before, this week’s tester came with best of the aforementioned appearance but badly bigger gas breadth ratings: 45 mpg in burghal alive and 51 on the highway.
That artery amount is a whopping 42% college than the turbo version’s 36 mpg.
The Hyundai Sonata has a beginning attending for the new bearing that launched this year. The amalgam adaptation includes aerodynamic refinements to advice it get bigger gas mileage.
Part of that absorbing ammunition abridgement is because a 39-kW electric motor helps addition it along, answerable up by braking and a solar console in the car’s roof. But it’s additionally because of a continued account of anxious engineering touches to advice it bake beneath gas.
It has alive air flaps in the grille, admixture auto shaped to be aerodynamic, covers and deflectors that bland the air breeze beneath the car and a bonanza lip to accomplish it added glace at speed.
If you appetite the best gas mileage, the Blue trim akin boosts it alike more. It’s rated for 50 mpg in the burghal and 54 on the highway. That aftermost cardinal bests its two arch competitors, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry hybrids.
Aside from the fuel-sipping drivetrain, I was amorous with the aforementioned avant-garde affection set and comfortable alive feel as in the gasoline tester.
The Sonata doesn’t pretend to be a achievement car. It’s a soft-riding, relaxing, zen-like auto to drive, and the amalgam drivetrain plays to those strengths. It accelerates with a buttery smoothness, and admitting authoritative aloof 192 horsepower, feels analytic quick beneath abounding throttle.
Soundproof glass, bigger carpeting and added complete assimilation abstracts accomplish the new Sonata a peaceful abode to absorb time on the road.
I noticed two things that could be improved.
One, the brakes feel bad-tempered at times, a accepted botheration with amalgam cars that use the braking arrangement to recharge the battery. It can be difficult to attune the anchor burden and appear to a altogether bland stop.
Two, oddly, you can’t get one of the best different appearance of the new Sonata on the Amalgam version: Hyundai’s Smart Park alien parking system, which lets you ascendancy the car by alien ascendancy while continuing alfresco it. The actuality that the best high-tech Sonata is missing its best high-tech advantage is bizarre.
Pricing starts at $27,750 for the Blue trim, which is the best efficient. The added awful able SEL starts at $29,900, while the luxury-oriented Limited is priced from $35,300.