Hyundai has received numerous recognitions for being one of the greenest brands in the automotive industry. That’s a reputation that extends from the manufacturing plants all the way through the life cycle of each vehicle. Best-sellers like the Hyundai Sonata and Tucson will carry you a long way on their stellar EPA ratings, but some of you are probably wondering: what’s the greenest of the green?
The answer is Hyundai’s first plug-in vehicle, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid. Let’s take a moment to examine sustainable driving in action.
2016 Sonata Hybrid Goes the Distance without Sacrificing Performance
A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) is the next step forward from first-generation hybrid cars. Like older hybrids, they combine power from a gasoline engine and an electric motor to extend a vehicle’s range and fuel economy. The difference is a PHEV features a high-capacity battery that can be recharged, allowing for greater efficiency and even the option to power the vehicle on electric power alone.
The Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain is made up of:
- a 50-kw electric motor
- a 2.0L 4-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine
- a Lithium polymer battery
In practice, these systems work together seamlessly, delivering efficient power from both the engine and the motor as needed. The driver can manually engage Electric Vehicle (EV) mode to save gas, or they can select ECO mode for an even greater emphasis on maximum fuel economy. In either case, the range on the Sonata Hybrid is unprecedented for a Hyundai vehicle. With this car, you can expect:
- 27 miles of all-electric range
- 600 miles of combined electric and gasoline range
- 40 mpg combined as estimated by the EPA
Perhaps the best part of the Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain is that you aren’t sacrificing the fun factor. The hybrid system outputs a combined 202 horsepower, and added electric torque makes this car swift and agile. Don’t feel blue about going green. The joy of driving still comes standard in a Hyundai.
Test Drive a 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in Wilmington and See What’s Inside
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid not only delivers efficiency and performance, but also the comforts and features you’ve come to expect from Hyundai. Smarter and more spacious than other cars in its class, this is a hybrid you will want to see for yourself.
Our sales associates at Parkway Hyundai in Wilmington, North Carolina, would be more than happy to help you arrange a test drive in this car or any other vehicle in our inventory that strikes your fancy. We’re excited to help customers from as close as Jacksonville, so call or visit our showroom today to get started.