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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
I just bought a lease return 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. I prefer cloth so I was glad to find this a basic package car. I love it. Averaging 33 mpg where as my Jetta got 20 in town. Such a quiet car and have had it up to 72 mph on the interstate in electric mode. So far, it rocks!
IPod/Pad plug/Overall cockpit/Lighting and body style of the car overall.
Nothing major to report. There are so many options for lights and such that its a bit confusing.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
I like my Sonata but to give an honest sober review I have to start off saying it is not as billed on the showroom floor. Sticker mentioned 37 MPG city when I bought it. I live in an area that gets well over 100 degrees in the summer and bought the car in June 2011. This meant I used the A/C quite a bit. Right out the door with the A/C on and learning the feel of driving for economy I was getting about 25 mpg in the city month or so. I did find however that with no climate control (or only turning it on when at cruising speed) and feathered driving I could get the 37 mpg after a while. Any AC from dead stops and that dropped to 32. Hyundai learned of the MPG issue and issued a software change that was intended to fix it. On a routine service I had them update the S/W and Hyundai sent me a $50 gift card for my trouble. I thought that was a good gesture, particularly since it did nothing to delay the normal service anyway. After the S/W update the best MPG I can get is about 32 but on the bright side, it wasnt effected by the climate control as badly. I recently took it in for another service and the repair order mentions another S/W adjustment and now I havent been able to maintain an MPG above 29 Two software updates, two declines in gas mileage. Havent had it back long enough to determine all the impacts of the change. I might ask to see if they can set it back to original factory defaults. Additionally, I have also experienced the problem mentioned in a couple of the below posts with the lurching. When it was new, when stopped at red lights, if the gas engine clicked on at the stop, the car would lurch in a way that on a couple occasions, I looked into my rear view to see if I was rear ended. Also, once when accelerating to pass a vehicle on the freeway, when I pressed the accelerator, the car actually momentarily slowed rather than increase speed immediately. Again, this was at a point when it was running on EV mode and the accelerator caused it to shift to gas engine and the transition was not smooth and responsive, and potentially dangerous as noted in below posts. That only happened once and I dont know if one of the S/W changes addressed it but Hyundai does need to acknowledge that issue. That all being said, it sounds like a negative review and maybe it is but, at the end of the day, I do like my Sonata. It is comfortable for me, has a reasonably smooth ride and I knew when I bought it that this was the 1st model year of the Hybrid and I expected it as such to be working out some issues. Im sure the 2013 and beyond will have addresses much of these issues and become more refined. With the differences in the software I have had, I can see why these reviews are all over the map. I suppose if I were to be honest to someone looking for a Sonata, I would tell them to look at the regular gas model first as really, the title Hybrid in the 2011 is really just a novelty rather than a benefit and Hyundai is making good somewhat with gas cards for the mileage discrepancy.
Like the Blue package and well equipped with bells and whistles for the price. I get gas about once a month now as opposed to 2 times with my Charger RT.
Pretty much spelled out in the review. I would however, move the emergency flasher button further from the power button.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
My family has 2 Sonata hybrid sedans because they are safe and fun to drive, get good fuel economy, handle well including braking and transition from EV to gas motor engaged. The car has excellent power when it is needed because the electric motor can supplement the gas engine. The Sonata hybrid has the most interior room of any hybrid sedan that cost less than $40,000. I read the negative reviews from some and do not agree with them. The car's equipment, such as the excellent Bluetooth hand's free phone use, all work well. The car's ride is very smooth and quiet. In contrast to comment - the electric engine operates only at low speed, I found that the car will go into EV mode at 60+mph
interior room Bluetooth for phone use proximity sensening system for entry push button ignition extremely comfortable seating - I am a big guy - tall and stocky - and the driver seat is incredibly comfortable especially the head rest.
An option to purchase a rearview camera without having to get the entire navigation package. You can get an after-market rearview camera.
I was very disappointed with the Sonata Hybrid. They advertise 40 mph highway, but I get about 32; the internal computer says I get about 35, though. When I asked about the discrepancy between my actual fuel consumption and the sumputer's estimate, the dearship told me the computer was more accurate than the actual (not sure how that's possible). The interior is also very constrictive and not comfortable for anyone over 6' for anything more than about 30 minutes. The electric motor is very weak, only operating up until about 10 mph, and only kicking in after that during coasting. The accelerator is also very unresponsive, sometimes taking up to two seconds to kick in.
More leg room in the driver's side well, additional telescopic distance for the steering wheel, have the electric motor operate up to at least 35 mph and provide some assist during cruise for speeds above 60 mph.
It has been the best car that I have ever owned (of 11 cars/minivans). My wife and I enjoy it so much that we bought a 2012 Sonata Hybrid with the leather package so that we can both drive a Sonata hybrid. Safety - This is the highest importance. The car has excellent crash safety ratings. More important is that it handles/maneuvers extremely well. It has a large amount of power to get you out of danger fast: passing, merging into traffic or accelerating rapidly from a stop to avoid a distracted driver who is barreling into an intersection. Shifing at low speed is smooth after initial computer update. MPG - 42+ overall Comfort - spaceous interior I could not be happier with this car.
Standard intelligent Bluetooth that truly provides handsfree phone use. Very comfortable seats - best headrest that I ever experienced Smooth quiet ride - allows adults to arrive from a long trip relaxed and rested and the children can sleep in their carseats. Seats 5 adults or 3 adults and 2 children in car seats or any combination. Climate control is excellent with extra vents for heating or cooling passengers in the back. Overall car control - maneuvering and braking are very controlled. I feel very much in control and safe driving this car. Proximity detection and keyless ignition work very well. The car communicates with different chimes to tell you that you need to do.
I like to think that I that the letter I wrote influenced Hyundai to offer a leather package - so that one can get heated leather seats without having to get the entire navigation package. Now that the 2012 comes with a leather package, I cannot think of anything else to improve.
The car did great except city MPG worst than they say in city.. My wife and I had 2 near accidents because the engine didn't kick in after we pulled out in front of people on highway,,Dealer Crain in Little rock was the worst,, told us nothing then went home and a lot are having these problems and Hyundai doesn't stand by their cars,,unless you can be at the dealership instead of at work getting paid,,We spent 3 trips trying to fix car and another to replace part.. Warranty doesn't mean crap if you are there every 2 weeks..BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!
engine should engage when pulling in front of people wheres the 206 hp not the small electric motor to get you there,we had to stop in the middle of highway put in park wait 10 seconds to restart the computer..Every light was blinking on dash!!! scary ,,my wife was scared to death!!!
I purchased one of the first 2011 models in July 2011. I am VERY satisfied with the car in general including the fuel economy. I recently made a 1,000 mile trip driving 68 mph and averaged 40.2 mpg. Around town I average 37 to 38 mpg. I drive to maximize the fuel economy by accelerating mildly from stops. The only negative is the seat comfort. The seats are hard and the passenger seat sits too low. Seat comfort is very important; so important that Hyundai must improve before I will consider another one. The 2012 models have a lifetime warranty on the drive-train; whereas, the 2011 models have a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. Hyundai should retroactively upgrade 2011's.
fuel economy and styling
I purchased the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid specifically based on the estimated fuel economy. The "average fuel economy" which is displayed by the car says 35 MPG. My calculations at refueling say otherwise (Dividing the miles traveled (trip odometer) by the amount of gallons it took to refill the tank). My first three refills are 32.74 MPG, 33 MPG and 31.26. I expect to get at minimum 35 MPG which is estimated for city driving. My driving is mixed city and highway but I would accept a consistent 35 MPG. No jack rabbit starts or hard braking and I use cruise control. I'll update this review if there is improvement but it seems to be going the other way. One power loss/stutter mid-intersection.
hybrid technology display
Replace the fabric which is used for the "premium cloth seats." They currently stain with plain water.
Do not buy the Sonata Hybrid for its gas mileage. The vehicle will achieve the advertised highway mileage but the city mileage performance is erratic and the idea that it can achieve 35mpg in city driving is absurd. All the dealership can do is plug in their computer and look for error codes. When no error codes show up they tell you the car is performing as designed even if the mpg is only 26. Also do not waste your time contacting Hyundai Motors America customer service. The only response you receive from them is a referral back to the dealership and a list of the reasons that you may be at fault for the low mpg because of poor driving habits. They are a waste of their company's resources.
Do not sell any more of the Sonata Hybrids until the car can meet the advertised city mpg consistently. Hyundai was improving their reputation for quality vehicles until the Hybrid came along. I have a 2011 gas version of the Sonata and it meets the advertised mpg ratings both city and highway. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid simply fails. All the complaints you read from others in this forum about hesitation when starting up are also true.
We've owned this car for seven months now. I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews. My wife and I love this vehicle. We have been been stopped and questioned about the car. Everyone thinks it looks really cool. But that is not all. We have maintained 33-35mpg in local driving...and 35-42mpg on the highway. If you are going up hills, the gas mileage is less. If you have a heavy foot it will be less. However, it is not hard to increase the mileage with some smart driving. I have had the car go into the electric mode for several minutes at 70mph.
The car has a lot of fun and cool features, especially the hybrid readouts. We have the upgraded version with the sunroof, electric seats and navigation system. Originally we were not going to get them, but the day we were looking, that was the only one on the lot in the color we wanted(silver). After all these months, I couldn't imagine not having them! The seats sit great, the sunroof is open all the time, I love the navigation system and the XM Radio has proven to be way more fun than we thought. Get the extra features- they are well thought out and worth every penny.
While I've seen people complain about the shifting between electric and gas, we've only experienced it once on steep hill. After that we learned to "step on the gas" in those situations. Yes, there was a check engine light problem, but Hyundai has since fixed it, and gave us a $50 gift card! We have almost 9,000 miles now, and our gas bill is 1/3rd of what it was with our Ford Explorer. After three years, we will have made up the difference in price between this car and the regular Sonata...and then it really pays off. The car is nearly emission free, looks great, beats the Prius on all levels, and would we buy another - YES!
I have now owned my Sonata Hybrid for just over six months. Like most of the early adopters of this automobile I had the check engine light issues until Hyundai figured out what was happening. Kudos to Hyundai for working diligently to solve the issue and provide us a $50 gift card as compensation for our trouble. Meanwhile, I've enjoyed a mid-sized luxury car ride with penny pinching average fuel economy of 38 mpg over 16,238 miles! Within the first few miles of driving I sense a little hesitation in the transmission but after a few minutes it's fine. I get lots of questions about my Sonata Hybrid and many compliments on the styling. I would not hesitate to purchase another Hyundai!
Smooth and quiet ride, interior fit and finish, fuel economy. My favorite convenience features are the keyless entry and push button start along with the bluetooth, auxiliary, and usb inputs on the sound system.
Leather seating would be a nice improvement to the base model.
Buying this car was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. It has been a huge disappointment. More importantly, it is unsafe and extremely dangerous to drive! The car has completely died on me twice. Once it happened on the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles and the second was on a busy parkway. The car just shuts off, literally STOPS! The "Check Charging System" light comes on and a warning chime sounds. The car does not switch to gas, but just stops running. I have had two near accidents with the car and cannot trust it.
The local dealers do not have technicians qualified to fix the problems with the car, therefore they have to send Hyundai technicians to handle the repair. I have had the car in for repairs nine times in the short time I have owned it. There have been several recalls. I was notified of a recall over a month ago and the part is still not at the dealers. The engine malfunction light comes on constantly and the dealer has now told me to "ignore it".
I dont drive it as much as i would like but the wife loves it.Fuel milage is what we expected.Was recalled once for three repairs,all went well even recieved a $50 gift card from Hyundai for our troubles.Have recieved many compliments also was offered trades with other motorists cars. Car runs great .It only has 4000 miles on it so far but the only issue is the fuel gauge it is not accurate it never read a full tank since we owned it.We put $20 in it and it goes up a few lines,shut it off turn it back on and it goes up another line but otherwise a great car
Heated mirrors,Heated front and rear seats blinkers in the side view mirror Sun roofs
Memory driver seat, heated steering wheel would be nice. and for a car over $30,000 a spare tire , IF you get a flat and your tire is destroyed alot of good a can of inflate a tire will do!!!!!!! Hyundai dropped the ball on a spare tire.
As the former owner of a 2003 Camry XLE, I would not say Hyundai is quite up the the Toyota standard. For example, the the buttons on the steering wheel feel flimsy compared to the Camry. There are times when some buttons have to pushed more than once to activate such as the unlock button on the driver side door. In the case of the Sonata hybrid, my conclusion is that this model was rushed to market and not ready for "prime time". The gas mileage has deteriorated significantly. There have been many service calls (all paid for by Hyundai). So far Hyundai is not standing behind this car as I continue to navigate through their service maze.
I like the unique lighting of the hybrid model, the body styling and construction, blue tooth and iPod connectivity. The seats are comfortable with good lateral support. And I like not having to pull a key or pod out of my pocket to open the doors and start the engine.
The number one needed improvement is consistenridrcy in gas mileage. I am presently getting worse mileage with the hybrid than a colleague is getting with the non-hybrid Sonata. Transition between EV (electric) and gas mode at moderate speed also needs to be improved. There is a very strong feel of surge in this speed range. Hyundai needs to spend a little more money of the feel of its "knob-ology". Buttons feels flimsy compared to Toyota.
From the day of delivery, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been nothing but trouble. In order of occurrence: 1. Sputters an hesitates violently from 0 - 45mph in any and all conditions. (Hyundai dealer and Hyundai Consumer Affairs say): Get used to it, that's how hybrids perform. The salesman never mentioned that the car will perform like it's running out of gas. 2. Intermittent stalling: Car stalls w/o warning in both city and highway traffic. This problem has caused 3 near-miss accidents. (Hyundai response): It didn't stall during a test drive - it's running as expected. 3. Extremely poor mileage: 22 highway/19 city. Hyundai says engine needs break-in. Hyundai does not care!!!
After 6 months of consistent trouble, and no support from Hyundai, there is nothing I can site as a favorite. Hyundai and their dealers have a racket with their 10 year warranty - what good is an extended warranty if they have no intention of ever fixing anything. The closest they've come to a fix is to promise that their engineers are "working on a fix, be patient." Hyundai denies that my car is stalling and could care less. I hate this car; I hate Hyundai
If you produce a Hybrid that doesn't work, please tell the customer at the time of sale so that he may make an informed decision. History: Toyota rejected the Hybrid algorithm that Hyundai adopted, siting it was unreliable but cheaper to manufacture. Hyundai rolled the dice and the customer is the one paying the price for their poor judgment.
I have had my hybrid sonata 3 months. It has just over 2000 miles on it and has been in for service twice. It has had all the recall fixes. The check engine light goes on and the dealership keeps claiming I am not tightening the gas cap. It also gets 18 mpg based on gas tank fillup. I am terrified of getting rear-ended as the engine sputters out when on curved inclines when you deaccelarate. The engine just cuts out. The closest Hyundai service department is 45 minutes away and they do not provide drop off service or loaner cars. So I have to take a day off of work, or drop the car off the previous evening and pay to rent a car. This is to remedy their errors! A definite lemon.
Seat warmer is the best functioning feature.
We loved our Sonata Hybrid until we pulled out and the engine didn't engage after getting out in the road under battery power,, Hyundai has not called me back when promised and unless they do something to fix situation ,i don't recommended this car maybe 5 years down the road after they have fixed the bugs,,just to Day they issued a new service bulletin on the connector to the computer
Fix the engine computer problem!!
I got my Sonata hybrid in May and was very happy with it. The hesitancy in shifting between electric and gas motor at low speeds did not bother me. I did not appreciate any difficulty with the brakes, which worked well in a couple of emergensy stopping situationa. My mileage was in the 40+ mpG range. I had the first service about a month ago, Hyundai updated the computer hardware and software for free. After the service there was absolutely no hesitancy in shifitng and the MPG increases to 43-48 MPG. I remain very satisfied with this car and feel that it has gotten better.
Bluetooth mileage smooth quiet ride ease of entry and exit comfortable drivers seat The entire electrical system worjs in a natural way
differrent upholestery, heated front seats
love the car and the support from the dealer... except for the gas mileage. I have 5600 miles on it now and I have been getting 27-28 mpg combined with a 60/40 mix of highway/city miles. I try to not hit the gas to much or run the ac to hard. Today I got my computer reprogrammed for the recall that was just issued hopefully this will fix the mpg to what was advertised. I also came home to a letter informing me that hyundai is sending hybrid owners a $50 debit card for the recall inconvenience.
A well designed car outside of the gas mileage.
Improve precision of harder acceleration from a stop. When the gas engine kicks in it can be hard to keep the wheels from spinning if you are trying to pull out fast. fix the fuel mileage problem
My wife and I love this car... Super fun to drive. The mileage the computer was reporting was about 36 average at best. Not bad. After a month and a half the check engine light came on. No problem... My wife took it in and the dealer said they fixed four recalls. (she didn't get a work order from the dealer with the details, a little strange) Now the car averaged 41.5 MPG. I was a little disappointed with the mileage, but that seems to be taken care of. Over all, we love our purchase. Hopefully we don't have a reoccurring check engine light problem. That's precisely why I leased a hybrid. Wait until the technology has become the norm in the market.
Engine light is back on, about the 4th time now that we have taken our Hybrid in for the engine light . It appears every 2 weeks or so. Been told it is due to a Vapor leak sensor that keeps going off, it is adjusted for California emissions standards and they cannot seem to fix this, and the factory does not have an answer. We are on the 6th recall fix, seems the car was released before it's time. Need to research the Lemon laws next and waiting for the class action suite.
Knee room needs improvement
I previously had a Toyota Camry Hybrid that I consistanly got 31 mpg in town. My new Sonata gives me about 22 to 24 mpg. I have had it in 3 times and they always tell me that everything is performing as it should and that I am the only one who has complained. I was also told by a mechanic that I could do just as well with the regular Sonata for les money. I made a terrible mistake in buying this car but for them to tell me that they have not had any complaints is an insult.
My confidence in this vehicle has just been shot down again...and maybe for good. I've had it in the shop the first month because of a malfunction in the emissions valve. Then today, only 5 months after I got it, the engineer shut down while driving on the freeway. The car wouldn't start back up. I'm thinking twice that I should have gone with a new Lexus instead.
lots of cup holders and spots to stash things.
I purchased the car as in between the super gas miser and luxury car. I just came off a 3000 mile plus trip driving straight through 25 hours each way and the comfort, drive-ability and economy spoke for itself. My passenger also agreed, 25 hours sitting in a car is not easy but certainly attainable in the Sonata and my body is 73 years of age. I averaged 39 to 42 miles per gallon driving 70 MPH with the A/C on. We drove in extremely heavy interstate traffic and the car performed wonderfully. The steering is quicker and tighter than I like it but not a problem. City driving fuel mileage leaves some to be desired, I really do not find it much better than the regular Sonata, about 25 MPG.
I do like the way the controls are laid out, no reaching is required, most everything is within easy reach. The Blue Tooth phone operation worked well and easy to use. The hybrid graphics add to the interest and fun of driving. The A/C system works especially well, generally to cold, sun & heat from the outside did not cause a problem with temperature comfort although the dealer did tint the windows.
Memory seats should be an available option on all cars of today. Multiple drivers are of all sizes and require constant changing of seat position's. The seat controls are not easily accessible and some cannot be used without opening the door. Passenger front seat electronics would also be nice, the manual passenger seat sits way to low, I raised it with shims about two inches and it is still low. The six speed transmission is great but the initial start between electric and gas needs to be worked on, not smooth at all. City fuel consumption needs to be greatly improved.
We bought this car for me since I am on the road more than my husband. The gas mileage is significantly lower than promised. I am so disappointed since that is the major reason we purchased this car. My husband drives it now. We like the back up camera (we bought the top model) and the sun roof is a wow factor...but in the hot Texas sun we haven't really used it except at night. It sits low so big bumps/dips scrap the bottom. We spent more money on this car because the promised gas mileage ( saleman said) I wish I had made a different choice. The dealer has told us tough luck on the 22mpg...we are stuck with it-or take the lost trading it.
Back up camera, exterior looks
Do something to improve the mileage---perhaps a method for the customer to charge the battery when at home. The battery seems to always need charging if driving to and from work and not on longer trips.
Bought the Car in May 2011 and have been very happy with it. I came from an Infiniti G35 and while this car inst nearly as lively or quick as the infiniti, it has a much smoother ride once you get going. I can definitely feel the "lurch" when i start to accelerate but this isn't really a big deal when you get used to it. I have read complaints about the brakes but i haven't noticed any problems yet. I work about 25 miles from home so my daily commute is about 50 miles and I have been averaging 33.5 mpg and can get 36 if i feather the gas. I saw some reviews where people lose mpg when operating the ac but I keep my at 72 (econ) and it doesn't seem to affect my mpg to much.
I had to fill up my infiniti every week (with premium) and now I am down to once every 2 weeks with regular...so that is nice. It has a nice comfortable ride and i love the ipod connection.
Fix the clunky electric-to-gas change at initial acceleration!
I wanted to wait a few months to rate this car and have driven it for 3 months now so still early but here are my findings. Hyundai quoted 35 city and 45 hwy mpg. I haven't done any extensive hwy driving but city is about 25 mpg. I assume that is less than if I bought the standard gas model. I live in the desert of So Cal and since owning this car, I have run the A/C nearly all the time I have driven it. I have noted a better MPG when not using the A/C. There are some quirks, like at a stop light, if the engine kick on to charge the battery while the A/C is on, there is a slight jolt forward. I have looked into my rearview twice to see if I was rear-ended, lol.
It is comfortable, it seems to have enough power for my needs, looks good and packs a number of features usually found in much higher end cars.
I dont want to make this an A/C-centric review but I had another car a couple years ago that developed a musky smell when the A/C condensed water sits after running. In that and I am finding in the case of this car, I need to turn off the A/C for the last few minutes of my trip to insure the A/C is dry when stopping. Enough said on the A/C. Seat comfort is good, instrumentation is adequate but I would like slightly larger displays on the radio/clock/temp etc Overall the ride is smooth with a few slight jolting motions when switching from EV to Gas Combo mode. Also, radio reception is not as good as others, presumably the electronics. Sonata is on the right track but a year or so away.
Bought mine in May 2011, I have given this car every opportunity to be satisfying to me, BUT...It's a PIECE! Will be taking back to my l dealer for the 3rd time tomorrow since "check engine" light is back on AGAIN. Here's whats been wrong so far in 3 LONG months of ownership and 9,000 miles: Gas tank issues, it wont let me put a FULL tank of gas in it you can pump SLOWLY 5 more gallons in it after the pump handle clicks indicating its full. Strip of plastic along entire roof is coming off. Surge/Sluggish/Jerks u back & forth while accelerating(dealer says its normal!) power sunroof stops midway, wont close all way, clunky front suspension noise on drivers side. Wish I had my G35 back!
Panoramic sunroof when it opens and closes properly. Infinity Stereo is not that bad. Bluetooth is nice.
The list is too long.....
These cars are so new and different from anything out there I would only buy if my local Dealer sold Premium versions,which means they are a large volume dealer and their service department has seen a hybrid before,because if they haven't seen one you will probably know more about than he/she does. I took mine,a Blue Premium to the dealer because we are only getting 27.2 to 33.6 mpg,and yes we are hypermiling.Just because yours is getting 40+ mpg,doesn't mean we just fell off the turnip wagon,feel blessed.And I'm talking mpg @ the pump,not what the computer is telling me,color me skeptical.It was also starting up not in EV,but firing the engine,wouldn't go over 20mph in EV,crawling
Beautiful Car,electric steering is awesome,spacoius,well laid out,moonroof is great
should get close to 35mpg A/C sucks too much battery and is too noisy Front end is very low,can't clear cement parking blocks,techs ripped new clear bra Every dealer should have at least 1 person that has worked on one before,and trained extensively
I purchased the 2011 Hybrid Hyundai Sonata 2 months ago and it has been nothing but a headache for me. I have had the car in the shop now almost every weekend since I bought it because of new issues that keep arising. The gas tank is a huge issue, and Hyundai seems to have no idea what is actually going on with it. They have "fixed" it 3 times now and I am still having issues. I am currently getting around 23 miles to the gallon (glad I spent the extra 6 grand to get a hybrid) and I also think I might be leaking fuel as well. (I filled up my car 2 days ago and have driven 100 miles and already have less than a half tank) The computer system in the car looks great, but it cannot even begin to function. The average fuel economy cannot calculate itself at all, it has continuous glitches that keep popping up (which is why my car is currently in the shop) I also just recently received a recall notice on this car a week ago, but it was a "fix" I already had done and it did not fix the issue. In contrast my problems have actually been worse since having this "repair". I think Hyundai had the right idea with this car and I think it is gorgeous, but I also believe they tried to rush the production on this model.
take a look at this model and figure out what is going on. There are many people having these same issues and Hyundai keeps pushing it under the rug.
I have 1000 miles on my new sonata hybrid premium and after three calucated mileage fill ups and driving like GRANDMOTHER and 75 percent of the driving on highway, the best mileage I can obtain is 32.2 mpg. I have called Hyundai and they read a speech about 'driving' easy. The dealer's service manager said, the car is so new, we're not sure of everything yet- drive it till the first oil change and we'll take a look at it. I am being told by other sonata owners, they're getting 35 to 40 mpg, both regular sonatas and hybrids- I feel like I have a lemon and no one is listening!!!! My family doesnt want to ride with me as I am driving so conservatively to try and obtain better mileage!
Appearance - striking lines and contours produced completments from friends and family. Ride - The suspension absorbs bumps and pot holes well while maintaining good control. Braking is in dry and wet conditions is very good without pulling to either side. The regenerative braking system does not compromise function. In one emergency braking situation (deer) the car braked quickly. I missed the deer and did not swerve to either side. Interior - very well appointed with switches where they should be. Bluetooth is great and enables hands free phone use. FueL economy - 40-42 mpg in city and 45+ on the highway. The car will cruise using the electric motor up to about 60 mph. Great car!!!!
Standard Bluetooth enables the driver to keep vision on the road while receiving and making calls, The voice interface enables you to utilize your phonebook to make calls Head, leg, hip and shoulder room are excellent. Excellent to enter and leave the driver's seat and passengers seats Motorized driver seat is extremely comfortable and its controls are intuitive Center display that shows mpg - instantaneous and average is fantastic Center console is well designed Electronic entry system is cool
provide an option for front heated seats without having to buy an expensive nav package - dealer arranged to have heated seats installed.
I am pleased with my Hyundai Sonata hybrid. The car rides well. The suspension absorbs bumps and yet holds the road. The car has good accelerating and excellent dry and wet braking. I did not notice any tendency to pull to either side while driving or braking. Fuel efficiency has been over 40 mpg in city and over 45 on the highway. The controls are arranged logically and within easy reach. Most of the important controls are on or near the steering wheel. The standard version comes with most of the features one needs (I added heated front seats). I particularly like the bluetooth feature which enables full hands free phone use.
1. Push button start 2. Cener display of current and average mpg 3. Appearance 4. Seat comfort 5. Roominess 6. Fuel Economy
standard heated seats option for leather seats without having to buy a total navigation package
We have about 3500 miles on the car and are pleased. Plenty of pickup to get on the highway or pass, excellent fuel economy. We are able to consistently get the advertised mileage but to do so you need to modify how you drive a bit. If we 'hammer it' like we used to do with our V6 Accord the mileage drops. (Average real-world mileage, for us, calculated at fill ups in mixed driving is 36) The interior design is outstanding. It's nice to have a transmission that actually shifts. The Blue-Tooth works great with our smart phones and the i-Pod touch works perfectly as well. No transmissions leaks or steering, or shift problems. The car has more of a luxury feel than a sporty handler for driving.
The 'glass' roof with rear window and front open/tilt sunroof! (no noise for us) The high mileage. The large visual display for the GPS, Radio, i-Pod, fuel economy graphics, and rear view backup camera. 'Fake' engine sound for low speed electric only mode compared to the real sound of the gas motor in idle is quiet and not obnoxious. Comfortable ride. We like the tire pressure monitoring system. The traction control, stability control and the emergency braking assist features give a greater sense of safety. Airbags everywhere! The car is easy to drive.
Provide a spare tire! For the premium package price power adjustable front passenger seat should be included. Coin slots under the center console lid. The manual is inadequate in detail and accuracy. Low air damn in the front can hit higher parking curbs on 'face-in' parking (Use caution). Visibility for lane changes is somewhat limited requiring more caution. Brakes are touchy at first until you get used to them, but they do WORK. Memory feature on driver seat adjustment should be included. The iPod needs a simple plug and play system. When you take out the iPod you have to leave the cable lying around or put it away, unneeded extra step. The control for sun-roof operation is too-touchy.
I have 1600 miles on 2011 Sonata Hybrid and have averaged 31 mpg over mostly highway driving to and from work 90 mile round trip which is 80% highway with light traffic and very few traffic lights. Performance between 20-35 mph is sluggish, and engine clearly overrevs in that range. Bluetooth connection with my Samsung Galaxy Edge Droid does not work. You can establish a temporary connection which I did when I test drove the vehicle, but it does not hold. Streaming audio almost never works due to bluetooth phone issues. Sunroof rattles at highway speed. Front windshield fogs up on outside all the time from bottom to about 12". I prefer my 2004 Prius with 189K miles & 45mpg.
Comfortable ride and nice interior. Nice sound system.
Upgrade the bluetooth system to 2011 world class software standards. I should not have to go back to a 2009 phone to get bluetooth compatability. They advertised this car as being world class high technology. Gas mileage claims are rediculous. I am very soft on the pedal and have attempted to maximize fuel economy with very disappointing results. 31 mpg is nothing to brag about for $31,850 MSRP.
Have almost 2,000 miles on my base Sonata Hybrid and I am impressed with the vehicle. High build quality and great gas mileage. Recent road trip returned 41+ mpg.
Very comfortable seats, build quality, styling, and mpg.
I have one of the first base sonata hybrids sold in central new jersey and still on my first tank of gas with over 600 miles on the car. For $5000K more, I figured I could get my own GPS and I've no use for leather seats (the cloth ones are better looking and there's some cow out there ecstatic that it's still munching grass) or dual moonroofs (I"m 6' 2", so I would rather have more headroom, thanks). I've owned an Insight and Prius and I would never know I was driving a Hybrid--there is no indication in drive feel whatsoever and the body style certainly doesn't scream hybrid (but the nameplate and the head/tail light treatments definitely let others in the know figure it out).
Exterior design--the 3-D tail-lamps and the "dragon eyes" front headlights & chrome; roominess; seat comfort (big difference between hybrid & regular Sonata back seats). The "person" vent control rocks. Easy to use audio & USB. Sound system power & clarity. Good pick-up when needed! Safety: airbags, stability control, tire pressure monitor, and crash test ratings. The car has a luxury feel. The indigo backlit controls easy on the eyes. Ride quality good considering the tires. Very quiet inside. Trunk space w/ lithium battery. Musical tones on start/stop. Smart start/entry. I fit in the backseat easily; my kid loves rear pass-through & vent controls.
My one disappointment is highway gas mileage--I've done even amounts of highway and city & averaging just under 34 mpg and have feather-pedaled most of the way. That's about right for city EPA estimates, but below the highway estimates. I'm guessing it's regular use of AC--controlled by the gas engine--in the middle of a heatwave. Redesign next generation AC controlled by electric motor to boost mileage. I'd also like to have nav. as a separate option rather than a package. The radio reception seems weak at times but won't get me to sign up for XM. USB & ipod jack work well. Larger pass-through & glovebox would be great. Turn signal level doesn't always bounce back in place.
I have about 2200 miles on the car. I have taken the car on a couple three hour highway trips, along with many miles around town. I can get the advertised mileage if it is driven carefully. I find that the highway mileage is a little lower when the cruise control is set. To be fair I was traveling between 70 and 75 during the bulk of the highway trip. I got about 38 to 39 mpg. I find that with the cruise control off I can keep the car in the electric mode longer, and seem to get mileage of over 40 mpg. I must admit however that I have always had a heavy right foot so this is actually very good. My wife has gotten 35+ mpg in town. So far very pleased.
Mileage, body style and comfort.
The 12 volt power ports go dead when the ignition is off. Not good when you are trying to charge a phone while you're not in the car. I have noticed that when cold, the gas engine surges when it takes over for the electric motor. Runs much smoother when it is up to temp. I'm hoping a vist to the dealer will cure this.
I purchased one of the first to sell in Massachusetts, and it has been better than expected. Styling, handling, gas mileage, navigation, roominess, quiet cabin, great value - it has it all. I'm getting around 38 mpg, and I haven't driven on the highway as much as I usually do, where I have seen it get 40 mpg.
Keyless ignition works great. Navigation system is very easy to use, as well as iPod integration, audio sound quality, and the back-up camera. My kids love the back heated seats. And the panorama sunroof is wonderful - when looking to change lanes, it almost feels like a convertible because of all the windows.
Really loved this car the first 2 weeks of owning it. It has everything we were looking for in a affordable, roomy, stylist hybrid. The bluetooth and xm radio standard features work great. Unfortunately after 600 miles we noticed drips on garage floor where vehicle was parked, then engine light came on. Found out it was a tranmission leak. Now we have a rental car for I don't know how long. The dealership has been very accommodating and the corporate office was very reassuring they will correct asap. Great 100,000k warranty, we may be needing it. We hope it is just a fluke, time will tell. We also own high end luxury vehicles too and they are no better. Time to get a bicycle!
Love the body style, interior dash, cool headlights, quiet and comforable ride, gas mileage, bluetooth and xm radio, and price. Most affortable hybrid for what you get and the best warranty around.
Passenger seat needs to be level with driver and have power controls like driver seat. Feels like you are sitting in a hole and can barely see over the doors. More option to choose from instead of standard pkge or premium.
I received the first hybrid Sonata to be sold in New York state. I immediately bonded with this car, it is one of the best vehicles I have driven, given the type. The styling is great and I will be using it to commute on a daily basis. The ride is firm, but also tight, handling is straight on. I traded a 2007 Camry, and it far surpasses that car. The interior fit and finish is superb, with brushed aluminum accents on the door and dash. The car looks like a much more expensive ride, and is styled differently than a regular Sonata. I wanted this car ever since I saw it in Motor trend. Averaging 39.5 mpg at this time, on the road and 35.5 in the city. Amazing car, leaves the Prius in the dust.
Of course MPG, styling, roominess, trunk space. Cost only 1,000 over a regular Sonata.
A spare tire, no spare, they give you a mini compressor and a fix a flat kit-come on!!!
We just have about 350 miles on the car but so far it's great. Plenty of pickup to get on the highway or pass, excellent fuel economy (baby it on the highway, on the flat or slight downhill, and you can hit 50 mpg fairly easily). The interior design is outstanding, nice leather seats, Sound system with Infinity speakers and sub-woofer work nicely. It's nice to have a transmission that actually shifts, and you can shift it in manual mode. BlueTooth works great with our HTC Droid phones and the i-Pod touch works perfectly as well. Nice sound and reception on HD radio stations in the area. The car has more of a luxury feel than a sporty handler for driving.
The 'glass' roof with rear window and front open/tilt sunroof! The high mileage. The large visual display for the GPS, Radio, i-Pod, fuel economy graphics, and rear view backup camera. Seriously cool 3D tail lights. They actually did a good job matching the 'fake' engine sound for low speed electric only mode to the real sound of the gas motor in idle so it's quiet and not obnoxious. Comfortable ride. We like the tire pressure monitoring system. The traction control, stability control and the emergency braking assist features give a greater sense of safety. Airbags everywhere!
This car does not come with a spare tire of any kind. I'm sure it's to save the weight to get the mileage up but a bad idea not to have at least a temporary spare :( A can of stop leak and an air pump is a rather embarrassing substitute. For the premium package price power adjustable front passenger seat should be included. Coin slots under the center console lid would also be nice. The manual is adequate but to get details for instance on what speakers or sound system it has Edmunds.com has more answers, also information as to what i-Pod models work is inaccurately worded...
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