Something of a "best of both worlds" proposition, a plug-in hybrid offers the ability to travel solely on electricity (like a pure electric vehicle, or EV) for a certain distance while providing the impressive fuel economy and lack of "range anxiety" of a standard hybrid. The Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is exactly that, offering an estimated electric-only range of around 27 miles before it reverts to standard hybrid operation. Beyond what's going on under the hood, the Sonata has earned very high marks from Edmunds for its roomy and comfortable cabin, pleasant driving demeanor, and generous roster of the latest safety and convenience features.
Current Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is a midsize sedan that is available in two trim levels: base and Limited. Even the base trim is very well equipped as it counts keyless entry and ignition, a hands-free trunk opener, heated front seats and a rearview camera among its standard features. The even plusher Limited adds xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control and leather upholstery, among other features.
Under the hood the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine that teams up with an electric motor for a total of 202 horsepower. The power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. This midsize sedan can travel solely under electric power for a total of about 27 miles, while the combined city/highway fuel mileage of the hybrid powerplant is estimated at 39 mpg. Though the latter figure might not match the numbers of more fuel-frugal rivals, it's still impressive for a spacious sedan that provides both respectable performance and plenty of luxury features.
In reviews the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid impressed our editors with its smooth and quiet ride, roomy and well-constructed cabin, user-friendly tech features and pleasant driving dynamics. The one notable criticism: The brakes can feel somewhat grabby, resulting in occasional jerkiness.
Used Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Models
The Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid debuted for 2016 and has had no notable changes to date.