Hyundai Drops Pricing on New Sonata Hybrid, Starts from $26,545

Hyundai's all-new 2011 Sonata Hybrid sedan will carry a starting price of $25,795 plus a $750 fee for freight charges for a total of $26,545 when it arrives in the firm's dealerships in early January. The most fuel efficient version of the South Korean maker's mid-size sedan will comes in just two flavors, with the next version being the tech-feature-packed Premium model priced at $30,795, or $31,545 if you add the freight charge.

Both variants deliver 40-mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in the city, with a 37 mpg combined rating from the EPA. Hyundai's first hybrid in the States features a proprietary parallel hybrid drive system, which utilizes a 169HP 2.4-liter Theta II (operating on an Atkinson Cycle) linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission, a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor and a lithium polymer batteries.

Its two propulsion units produce a combined output of 209 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and 195 lb-ft of torque.

"[The] Sonata Hybrid offers something new to the mid-size sedan segment, with its segment-leading 40-mpg highway fuel economy rating, differentiated appearance, and incredible value," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. "Like the 2.4L direct-injected Sonata and the 2.0L Sonata Turbo launched earlier this year, Sonata Hybrid demonstrates Hyundai's unique approach melding innovative technologies and emotional design into products more and more people want to put in their driveways."

Both versions of the Sonata Hybrid come equipped with LED lights, audio system, power windows, locks and mirrors, and alloy wheels as standard. For more details on each models features check out the list below.


  • 2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine
  • Hybrid starter-generator (HSG)
  • Permanent magnet high-power density motor
  • 270V lithium polymer battery
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic stability control with traction control system
  • ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Front active head restraints
  • Front, front seat side and curtain airbags
  • 16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
  • Headlight LED accents
  • LED taillights
  • Front fog lights
  • Side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators
  • Unique, tinted chrome front grille
  • Bodyside molding tinted chrome inserts
  • Chrome window belt-line moldings
  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Proximity entry with push-button start
  • Remote keyless entry, alarm and immobilizer
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster (Supervision)
  • 4.2-inch TFT multi-function trip computer with hybrid technology display
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • Floor console mounted rear vents
  • Power driver seat with lumbar support
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Leatherette interior door panel inserts
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • Metalgrain interior accents
  • AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB & Aux input jacks
  • Power windows, locks, heated mirrors
  • Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer
  • Automatic light control
  • Solar control glass


  • Panoramic sunroof with tilt & slide
  • 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels with unique finish
  • Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Rear backup camera
  • Infinity premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier (400-watt)
  • HD Radio Technology with multicasting
  • Leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and rear seat bottom cushions
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
  • Auto-dimming mirror / HomeLink / compass
  • Premium door sill plates
  • Glossy black door surround and outside mirror housing