2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets More MPG, Costs $200 Less

Hyundai has just released pricing and details for its 2013 Sonata midsize sedan, giving the car a larger lithium-polymer battery pack for added mpg, and lopping $200 of its price tag compared to the 2012 model. 

The fuel efficiency bump brings the combined mpg of the Sonata Hybrid up to 38, while highway and city driving are rated at 40 (again) and 36 respectively. The new numbers come courtesy of a larger 10.5 kW hybrid starter generator, a higher output electric motor, and a new 47 kW lithium polymer battery pack. Combined with the Sonata’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the total output of the car is 206 hp, which runs through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Maximizing all-electric driving is another improved feature of the Sonata, which uses new driving pattern detection and engine on/off logic to use less fuel overall. The Sonata Hybrid can be operated at speeds up to 75 mph in all-electric mode, when the gas motor will decouple from the transmission thanks to a clutch, also helping to improve fuel mileage.

Look for similar upgrades to make their way under the hood of the Sonata’s sister car, the Kia Optima, for the 2014 model year.

Despite the larger battery pack, Hyundai maintains its lifetime hybrid battery warranty. If the battery in Sonata Hybrid ever needs replacing, Hyundai will provide a new one at no cost to the consumer.

The Sonata Hybrid is offered in two trims levels, starting at $25,650 for the base trim and going up $30,550 for the Limited trim. The base trim includes 16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels, LED lights, 4.2-inch color display, chrome accents and more. Buyers of the top limited trim will be treated to 17-inch eco-spoke alloy wheels, leather wrapped seats and steering wheel, backup camera, heated front and rear seats among others.

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