2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Yes…good lookin’…35-40 MPG…pretty much every option that you would ever want…all for just a hair over $30,000. What’s not to like?
Yes…Hyundai covers a lot of bases with it’s Sonata Hybrid….without putting you in the penalty box.
Plus you’ve got more horsepower than in a standard Sonata…206 connected to a 6-speed automatic.
And if you spring for an additional $5,500, you’re riding on 17-inch alloys, sitting on heated leather, with a huge dual-panel sunroof over your head…with nav and backup cam + premium audio with HD Sirrus and solar control windows. Whew!
Odds are that you can go out on a first date in a Sonata Hybrid…and while the valet may not park you right in front…your date will see you as good, solid “family” material.
The Sonata Hybrid starts at $25,850…ours totaled $31,485 with pretty much every option available.
So…who’s their competition? The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Totota Camary Hybrid are probably the top two. The Sonata, however, comes with a “next-generation” l;ithium polymer battery, which is thinner and lighter than current hybrid batteries…resulting in better performance and increased trunk space.
The Sonata Hybrid’s other competition comes from the “regular” Sonata…which is rated at an excellent 24-35 MPG, vs the Hybrid’s 35-40…for thousands less….but without the distinctive look or the higher performance.
It all depends upon how green you are…and where you think the price of gas is headed.