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Hybrid mileage and innovative performance in perfect balance.
The Sonata Hybrid is the first non-plug-in hybrid with the next-generation lithium polymer battery technology, the most efficient battery on the market today. It also features a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers a smooth feel, best-in-class 206 net horsepower and 40 MPG highway.
Advanced Battery Technology
Compared to the nickel-metal hydride battery used in competitors' hybrids, the Sonata Hybrid uses a polymer gel as the electrolyte in its battery. This allows for a thinner and lighter casing which translates to more cargo and interior volume. This next-generation battery is capable of delivering the same power with 25% less weight, 40% less volume and 10% more efficiency. It also discharges more slowly to maintain available power up to 1.7 times longer than traditional batteries.
Under The Hood
Hybrid engines are obviously different from standard car engines, and the Sonata Hybrid is different still from other hybrids. Using a fully parallel HEV system provides optimum power, with engine and battery power supply working simultaneously. Additional energy saving comes through the electric engine's Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) function and an all-electric mode up to 74 mph.
Tight-fisted with fuel, generous with performance. Sonata Hybrid's 2.4L DOHC Theta II engine features an Atkinson Cycle for decreased pumping and friction loss?resulting in improved fuel economy.
The engine-speed-sensitive, motor-driven power steering gives you more assistance at lower speeds (for parking) and makes the handling less touchy at higher speeds (on the highway). The turning diameter is a tight 35.8 feet, curb-to-curb. The fully independent suspension, with MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear, includes advanced SACHS® Amplitude Selective Damping shock absorbers for added response and a smooth ride.