If you thought Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty wasn’t good enough, the automaker is attempting to up its game by offering a lifetime battery guarantee on all 2012 Sonata Hybrids.
Powering the fuel-sipping Sonata is Hyundai’s Blue Drive hybrid drivetrain, which underwent “minimal degradation” after clocking in more than 300,000 miles during testing, the automaker claims. Hyundai is confident in its lithium polymer battery technology, but should the Sonata Hybrid’s battery ever fail, the automaker promises to replace it and cover the recycling cost of the old battery for free.
Hyundai’s lithium polymer technology uses a polymer gel, which reportedly makes them safer, more robust, and easier to cool than wet cell nickel metal hydride and Li-ion batteries. They’re also lighter weight and have a simpler design, along with easier packaging.
If you were thinking the newest addition to Hyundai Assurance sounds too good to be true, you are right. The catch? The warranty is only valid to the original owner and is non-transferable, Lori Scholz, Hyundai public relations manager, tells us.