2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Matt Tierney

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Base price (with destination): $26,515
Price as tested: $26,650

Standard Equipment:
Tire pressure monitoring system
2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine
Permanent magnet high-power density motor
270V lithium polymer battery
Hybrid starter generator
6-speed automatic transmission
Electronic stability control with traction control
16-inch alloy wheels
Fog lights
LED taillights
Automatic headlight control
Proximity key entry with push button start
Power windows/locks/mirrors
Dual automatic climate control
AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers
XM satellite radio
iPod/USB/Auxiliary jacks
Bluetooth system
Premium cloth seats

Options on this vehicle:
Carpeted floor mats -- $100
iPod cable -- $35

Key options not on vehicle:
Premium package -- $5000
Panoramic sunroof
17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
Navigation system
Rear backup camera
Infinity 400-watt sound system
HD radio
Leather seats
Heat front and rear seats
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Auto-dimming interior mirror
Premium door sill plates
Piano black door surround and exterior mirror housing

Fuel economy:
35 / 40 / 37 mpg

2.4L I-4
Horsepower: 166 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 154 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

Electric Motor:
Horsepower: 40 hp
Battery type: 270V lithium polymer battery

Combined horsepower: 206 hp @ 6000 rpm


6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3578 lb

Wheels/tires: 16-inch alloy wheels
P205/65R16 all-season tires

Competitors: Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Volkswagen Passat TDI

4 of 4
Having recently driven a 2012 Sonata SE Turbo, I suspect the handling and braking ills you incurred are due to the taller, skinny tires and the more loose suspension. I found the standard tires worthy of an upgrade. I also suspect an enthusiastic driving style was not to the hybrid's liking! Go Turbo!

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