Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nuts And Bolts: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Bottom line: Anyone looking for a well-made, reliable, well-equipped, fuel-efficient midsize family sedan should seriously consider the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited.

Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all three, with one caveat: The battery pack and permanent magnet motor add noticeable poundage. You feel that weight in curves.

Head-turning quotient: I thought I would miss Hyundai’s departure from fluidic sculpture exterior styling. I don’t. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited especially with light blue “seaport mist” exterior paint, presents a nice package.
Body/layout: The Sonata Hybrid Limited, redesigned for 2016, is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive four-door sedan with a combined gasoline/electric drivetrain.
Power system: The gasoline/electric power system delivers a combined 193 horsepower. The system includes a direct-injection 2-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with a 270-volt lithium-polymer battery pack. Power to front wheels is transmitted via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Capacities: Seating is for five people. Cargo capacity with all seats in place is 13.3 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 15.9 gallons of gasoline (regular grade works fine).

Mileage: It is remarkable for a midsize sedan. I got 39 miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the highway.

Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; stability and traction control; dusk-sensing headlamps; remote anti-theft alarm system; alarm notification; and front and rear air bags.

Suggested advanced electronic safety package: Get the “ultimate package” with forward collision and lane-departure warning. It will cost $4,500, but could save much more than that.

Pricing: The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited starts at $30,100, with an estimated dealer’s invoice price of $28,000. Add $4,500 for the advanced electronic safety package . . . and nearly $300 for other ancillary items . . . and an $825 inland factory-to-dealer shipment charge. Price as tested is $35,765. Estimated dealer’s price as tested is $32,500.


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