Although the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid made its first official appearance last month in Korea, its debut in North America was not until the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Here attendees got to see the new and improved 2016 hybrid model as well as learn about both the hybrid and the new option, a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.
While last year’s Sonata Hybrid ran on a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an Atkinson cycle, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid runs on a 2-liter 4-cylinder with direct injection. This engine works together with an updated version of the 6-speed automatic found in the older model as well as the integrated electric motor. The electric motor gets 151 pound-feet of torque and 38 kilowatts (the equivalent of 50 horsepower), and the gas engine produces 140 pound-feet and 154 horsepower. According to Hyundai, the combined power sources generate 193 horsepower. The battery pack has changed for 2016, now featuring a 1.62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack that improves cargo space with its location under the floor.
If you are interested in the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, it runs on the same gas engine as the Hybrid, but features a 9.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack. This gives it a 22-mile range when running only on electricity. Because of the extra power in the Plug-In Hybrid’s electric motor, its combined horsepower is 202.
Hybrids always feature impressive fuel economy, and the 2016 Sonata Hybrid is no exception. Hyundai expects it to get 39 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 42 mpg. When relying on the gas engine, Hyundai predicts the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid will get 40 mpg combined (38 city and 43 highway) and 93 MPGe when relying entirely on the electric engine. It should take 5 hours to charge with standard 120-volt outlets and 2.5 hours in a 240-volt source (Level 2).
Expect the 2016 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid to look very similar to the non-hybrid Sonata, with slight aerodynamic changes that the untrained eye will not notice. The instrument cluster has also been updated, and those with the Plug-In Hybrid can get a Blue Link app for convenience while charging.
To find out when you will have the chance to take the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for a test drive, visit Thornton Road Hyundai in Atlanta, Georgia.