We’re fans of the Hyundai Sonata, and its steady progress towards premium status. Two more strides in that direction are the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid.

The Hybrid, we’ve seen before. For its second generation, power comes from a smoother 2.0 liter inline 4, and a 38 kW electric motor compactly housed within the 6 speed automatic. Net horsepower is 193, with a 42 MPG Combined estimate.

The Plug-In Hybrid, is new and it’s a first for Hyundai. Same 2.0 liter 4, but a more powerful 50kW electric motor, and a larger battery pack stored in the rear. Total system output is 202 horsepower. Hyundai claims 40 MPG and 93 MPGe combined estimates.

We came away impressed with the hybrid…

 BEN DAVIS: “One of the things I like about the Sonata Hybrid is that it uses a 6 speed automatic transmission, so you get that positive g-force tug every time the gears shift…another thing that’s great is that you have full use of your trunk…it doesn’t differ at all from the gas model, so you have a 60/40 rear fold.”

JOHN DAVIS: And the plug-in, as well…

BEN DAVIS: “Hyundai says you have about a 24 mile range, pure EV…I believe it, I came pretty close…I wasn’t babying it around. I had stereo on, air conditioning, I mean I was comfortable.”

JOHN DAVIS: Hybrid sales are beginning now starting at $26,000, while the plug-in Hybrid hits selected markets this fall should be priced in the low 30s.


  • Engine: 2.0 liter, 38kW / 2.0 liter, 50kW
  • Horsepower: 193 / 202
  • Price: Starting at $26,000 / low 30s for plug-in hybrid