The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid isn't coy about what makes it special ? it is quite obviously the plug-in hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata family sedan. But what does that include, exactly? Well, with a much larger battery than the one in the regular Sonata hybrid, it can travel 27 miles on electricity alone before effectively becoming a regular hybrid and returning 39 mpg combined. It's also capable of being replenished by plugging the car into a wall socket or a dedicated charging station you can install in the garage or find in various spots around town.
Those figures may pale in comparison to what you'd get from some other more dedicated hybrids ? plug-in or otherwise ? but it's important to remember that with the Sonata you're getting a more spacious, family-friendly vehicle. It's considerably quieter and more refined, with a well-made cabin that eschews the typical futuristic design aesthetic typical of advanced green cars. Visually, it doesn't draw attention to its eco-ness, which can be a plus for many. Now, it does have a rather small trunk, but among plug-in hybrid sedans, it's actually among the biggest you can get.
The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor powered by a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 202 hp. Given its 27 miles of estimated range and 39-mpg combined battery-depleted estimate, the EPA indicates the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid will return a 99 miles per gallon equivalent. That compares favorably to other plug-in hybrids.
Two trim levels are available: base and Limited. Even the base car includes alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a hands-free trunklid, keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped wheel, heated front seats, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, an 8-inch touchscreen and satellite radio. The Limited adds high-end items such as xenon headlights, leather, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, adaptive cruise control and additional accident-avoidance tech.
That's a ton of standard equipment, but know that, as a result, the Sonata does have a higher base price than its rivals. It's not quite the budget buy you might expect from a Hyundai, but it's also good enough that you get what you pay for. As such, the 2017 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is a must test-drive for anyone looking for such an eco-friendly car. Let Edmunds help you find the perfect match and a great deal on a new Sonata sedan.
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