Gasoline–electric hybrids have long been recognizable by their exotic shapes that make them look like earthbound UFOs. The handsome new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid breaks that mold with panache.
For starters, this hybrid version of the Korean automaker’s midsize sedan boasts a remarkably sleek shape. You can pick nits over its details—such as the long chrome strips that run along the top of the front fenders—but the overall styling is a knockout.
Inside is a posh cabin with generous room for four adults and an extensive list of goodies, ranging from wireless-device charging to a 360-degree monitor. Behind the wheel of the top Limited model we drove was an upscale feeling, enhanced by surprisingly good ride and handling qualities and downright eager acceleration, something not all hybrids can claim. The fact that it can accelerate on a dime while returning outstanding EPA fuel economy estimates makes it all the more remarkable.
Put it all together, and you have a hybrid sedan that’s firmly rooted on planet Earth.
- Cool rooftop solar panel option helps recharge batteries.
- Side cameras that display an image when turn signals are activated
- Back seat is best suited to just two passengers.
- Rear visibility could be better.
- Proof that a high-miles-per-gallon hybrid doesn’t have to look like a sci-fi movie prop
- Base Price: $27,750
- As Tested: $36,405
- 45/51 (SEL/Limited models)
- 50/54 (Blue trim level)