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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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By Anne French
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)


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This car is the best kept secret! Luxury car with longest electric range in its class. I easily get over 30 miles on a charge. The regenerative electric charging is amazing.


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Great car!!
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By Jeff Bu
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)


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Super-quick and quiet. And with 27 miles of electric-only power, I use zero gas during the week. No "range anxiety" on weekends because the hybrid gas engine kicks in automatically after that.


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Electric driving without range worries
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Oliver Thurman
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)


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I think this is an excellent choice for particular drivers. If your daily driving totals less than 25 miles, then you can go very long periods without ever adding fuel. I have a short commute myself and in five months of ownership I have yet to buy gas. I anticipate ultimately getting about 2000 miles per tank. On longer trips, the gas engine will go on, and then the car functions as a hybrid, getting about 41 m.p.g. No worries about finding a charging station.

A little-noted advantage of all-electric running is the quiet. It's rather like those short periods you get with hybrid drive when the engine temporarily goes off -- except that for a plug-in model that quiet period lasts a long time, until you've used up your 25 miles driving (which are actually 30 on the highway). I like to listen to music as I drive, and the Hyundai sound system (I got the higher-end one) sounds great in the quiet surroundings.

My electric bill is up a little, but not a lot. The electricity is definitely a lot cheaper than the gas would be. However, since gas prices are currently low, I think the most important benefits I'm getting from owning this car come from the quiet, smooth running, plus avoiding the nuisance of filling up. (Plugging the car into a wall socket is very easy and convenient.)

The Limited model that I own is a very modern car by 2016 standards, and I appreciate the various innovations (keyless entry, lane-change warning, satellite navigation, heated/cooled seats etc.) that make the car more comfortable and safe.

There is very comfortable and roomy seating for five, and the trunk is seems adequate to me, even though some of the room is taken up by the battery.

Were I to try to improve this car, I would add a setting that causes the engine to go on only in extreme cases (it occasionally pops on when I'd rather it didn't); I would also add a setting that lets you pick Normal mode driving as the default instead of Economode; the latter is just not peppy enough for me. I would also like some brighter exterior colors to be made available.


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Excellent Car Overall - Big Improvement Over Prev
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By GD
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)


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Now that gas is cheap - under $3 in California (of course it won't last) I wanted to update my Sonata Plug In Review.
First - FINALLY - Hyundai made good on its promise to add Apple Car Play and Android Auto via a very long and painful software update (3 hrs+). They also fixed an annoying problem on the LCD display in EV mode instead of a big giant battery it now splits the screen in 2 with the battery on the right and the EV remaining distance on the left (previously only seen in the instrument cluster display) So, there's that. Also something was fixed with Bluetooth, my Samsung phone now pairs very fast and remembers the last App playing audio and starts automatically but it STILL will not stay in Shuffle mode if you have an ipod or iphone, so everytime the car is started its about 50 clicks to go back to shuffle/random play mode sigh.

So, the Truth is I have only bought 16 gallons of gas in 5,800 miles of driving, I think that speaks for itself.

Even with cheap gas -- I am paying nearly zero to drive all over the place.

Since gas is so cheap, I tried 91 instead of 89 and it made a HUGE difference in the engine's performance. Seriously a big improvement, and I don't know why because Hyundai says do not use 91 so whatever. The gas mode is much more responsive and smooth on 91.
Also, not explained well in the manual, the CHG MODE will recharge the EV battery with 380 volts on the highway in about 30 minutes. The engine is also much more responsive in the mode, but of course there is no hybrid mode working so I only use it on the highway where I can keep a consistent speed.

One other weird thing I have experienced, the ventilated front seats (AC) are not very good or mine are defective. I have tested them in a Dodge Charger V8 and they are way better, more air flow and cooler. Hyundai probably just went with a cheap version.

I STILL MUST complain about the awful Blue Link Mobile App. Why Hyundai??? The app is still slow, slow, slow, doesnt connect much of the time, and it should be free! So I can still see charge info but I cannot start the car -- lol because they want me to pay for it. no way


I have owned this car for one month, and 1,543 miles. I have not bought gas once. The free full tank from the dealer is about 1/2 full, the only time it uses gas is on my way home from work (Toll Road) in Southern California and it switches silently into Hyb mode. But, understand it still has battery left for hybrid mode and its then begins charging the battery. Unfortunately, my Sonata Plug In (Limited) always shows incorrect battery info. For example, 30% battery remaining but only 2 miles of all EV mode available. Hyundai needs to fix this and the "stupid" battery gauge under the speedometer. It has blue and white lines but its so confusing even the Service Manager couldn't figure it out!
Vehicle is really nice, and drives great. HOWEVER -- the BlueLink Mobile App and Service are TERRIBLE! Most of the time the service is "unavailable" or some other useless error message. When it does work it takes 10-15 minutes to reach my car with the App - Unacceptable Hyundai.

I decided to Lease this time because no matter how great a Hyundai vehicle is, their resale value is the worst in the auto game. I know, I had 2 Sonata hybrids and had to pay to get out of them both. The 2015 lost 50% of it value in 10 months!!! So beware - only lease this car so you can give it back at the end.

One additional comment about charging. You would think in Southern CA where Hyundai is headquartered there would be EV charging stations everywhere -- Nope. They are a nightmare to find and when you do, every Tesla is town is plugged-in for hours. Also, the charging stations are not free. There are several different ones Charge + and others that you have to sign up for in advance and get a card to use them. It's really a hassle.
Unlike Nissan, Hyundai will NOT allow you to charge your car at their dealerships - really bad PR Hyundai.

Overall I enjoy the car a lot. But no Apple OR Android App integration means old bluetooth for your phone. And, Hyundai bluetooth is soooo slowwwww to connect to my iPhone and Samsung S7, I usually end up listening to my old iPod I have plugged in. The XM sound quality is horrible, so I wouldn't even bother signing up for a subscription. One other weird thing, the radio keeps playing after turning off the car (can be configured) but the power windows stop working...lol very weird. The car needs a usable Mobile App and to charge faster (9 hrs in my garage on a standard outlet and the cable gets very hot too. Sometimes the fan under the hood kicks on while its charging..hmm)

Lastly, on a new model with all this technology - -why did Hyundai put plain old bulbs in the license plate holder (and the dome lights). I mean that just seems really like an oversight in my view. I replaced them with Sylvania White LEDS from Amazon but I dont think I should have needed to.


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End up buying a hybrid-plugin
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Herman E. of San Jose
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)


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I am presently leasing a Nissan all electric leaf car and my lease is expiring so we started to do research on which car to get to replace the Nissan leaf. My main goal is to have a car to be able to use HOV lanes here in northern California(San Jose). I wanted to get into the higher range(200+mile) electric vehicle such as Tesla, Ford Energi, Chevy Bolt and new Nissan Leaf but all wont be available till next year(forget the Tesla model 3). I started to review all the specs of cars then a friend told me to look on the all-new 2016 Hyundai plugin hybrid, I was glad that I did! was so surprise of the car handling and features, its no difference from driving my BMW and Mercedes E class. interior has more luxury features and room! Ride and comfort is same as a luxury car. Of coarse its not as fast as BMW and Mercedes, but I am not going to race the car and unfair to compare 4 cylinder to six and eight cylinder but and I said but, look on the technology setup, its a hybrid-plugin technology which gives you the torque and speed(202hp) enough to make you happy. Getting 40+ mile to a gallon is just the icing in the cake. People says its still a Hyundai, well go look and compare it yourself. I ended up buying a Hyundai plugin limited and looking forward to enjoy it on HOV lanes. Not to forget the longest warranted car in the automotive industry.


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