2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV Priced From $34,600

NOV 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 41

2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Hyundai announced pricing for the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S., which is arriving at select dealerships now.

Base version will cost $34,600. After deducting the $4,919 federal tax credit and adding in the $835 freight charge, the price is $30,516.

The $34,600 price (+dst) is a touch higher than we had hoped for the Sonata PHEV (~$32,000); meaning the Hyundai is also priced a bit above the 2016 Volt at $33,995 while offer about half the all-electric range, but the Sonata PHEV is a also class above the Volt – firmly in the mid-size segment, so it should still be received fairly well by the American public.

The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is rated for up to 27 miles (43.5 km) of real-world/EPA electric range via the 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. Total range is 600 miles, while combined MPGe comes in at 59.

Hyundai offers a more equipped Limited edition of the car for a $4,000 premium.

2016 Sonata Plug-in HybridMSRPNet MSRP w/ Federal Tax Incentive*
Sonata Plug-in Hybrid$34,600$29,681
Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited$38,600$33,681
Eligible for a *$4,919 federal tax credit based on class-leading 9.8 kWh battery capacity

Additional local incentives also may be available depending on the state of residency

MSRP does not include freight charges of $835.

2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Highlights

  • Industry-leading 0.24 coefficient of drag, tied with the Tesla Model S
  • Class-leading battery system capacity at 9.8 kWh, qualifies for the highest federal tax benefit for midsize PHEV sedans
  • Class-leading EPA estimated 40 mpg combined in charge sustaining mode (Hybrid operation)
  • Level-Two 240V charges in less than 3 hours
  • Total driving range up to 600 miles
Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Production of Sonata Plug-in Hybrid takes place at the Asan, South Korea plant.

Sales should soon begin in the selected states listed below – Hyundai has promised delivers by the end of this year:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

The Sonata PHEV will be sold nationwide, but dealers in most states will not have stock on hand.  The plug-in Sonata can still be specially ordered at dealerships in those states.

Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America said:

“The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for Hyundai and gives drivers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a conventional gasoline engine for long trips or vacations with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting. The flexibility of this alternative powertrain delivers efficient hybrid operation and eliminates any concerns for range anxiety, while providing an impressive total driving range capable of 600 miles.”

Here is the EPA’s breakdown of what the Sonata PHEV can do (and how it compares to other PHEV offerings):

Hyundai Sonata PHEV Gets Electric Range Rating Of 0 To 27 Miles

Hyundai Sonata PHEV Gets Electric Range Rating Of 0 To 27 Miles

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Let’s check the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid description:

“The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid offers the efficiency of an alternative powertrain with a unique aerodynamic exterior design, best-in-class total interior volume, premium features and advanced safety technology all at an excellent value.”

“Sonata Plug-in Hybrid’s 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery system is roughly five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery, and helps it achieve a class-leading 99 MPGe combined in charge-depleting electric vehicle (EV) mode. The larger battery system can be charged via an external electric power source using either a Level-One 120V power outlet in less than nine hours or a Level-Two 240V charging station in under three hours.

A 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine coupled with a 50kW electric motor allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted. Sonata PHEV’s Nu engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque and the total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The power output from the electric motor (50 kW) is 32 percent more powerful than the electric motor applied on the Sonata Hybrid (38 kW) and allows for EV operation at higher engine load and speeds.

The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid pricing starts at $34,600 for a well-equipped model and offers more standard equipment than competitive segment vehicles, including 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels, hands-free Smart Trunk, Dimension® premium audio system, 8-inch touchscreen navigation and Blind Spot Detection System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.”

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

“Hyundai engineers implemented many active safety technologies for the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to assist drivers and help prevent accidents. Advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam Assist and rear parking sensors are equipped on the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited. Additional convenient technology one would expect in a luxury vehicle is available on this incredibly efficient mid-size hybrid sedan such as electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, driver memory seat, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, power front seats with 4-way adjustable driver lumbar and Smart Cruise Control featuring full stop capability.

Owners can manage and monitor the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle remotely via an exclusive Blue Link® smartphone app that includes a three-year complimentary trial to Blue Link Connected Care with Charge Management. With the app, owners are given vehicle charging options they can select while in the car, but users can also manage them remotely via smartphone. For example, users have the option to manage the car’s charging schedule by setting a specific date and time to take advantage of off-peak electric rates.”

Highlights of Charge Management Services:

  • Time left until fully charged
  • Start or stop charging
  • Set up charging schedule with days of the week and time
  • Existing battery level
  • Real-time electric and fuel range
  • Vehicle diagnostics/status

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They say “qualifies for the highest federal tax benefit for midsize PHEV sedans”

Notice they don’t say “highest possible”.

So $2500 less than the Chevrolet Volt gets (7500-5000). Rule is still something like this I think: credit of $2,500, plus $417 for a vehicle that has a battery with at least 5 kWh of capacity, and then an additional $417 for each additional kWh up to $7,500. — https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Plug-In-Electric-Vehicle-Credit-IRC-30-and-IRC-30D

Since the battery pack costs less than the tax credit not maxing it out isn’t very smart and leaves it at a competitive disadvantage.
As increasing EV motor power and decreasing gas motor size would help even more.
Their FCV has crashed and burned so they need something to replace it anyway.

Do you think it was a coincidence the original Volt, was exactly at the right kWh, to get the maximum credit? I would say its time to increase the steps, maybe $417 for 1.2kWh after the first 6?

Is that 27 electric miles the EPA rating, or some other group?

I’m guessing the rear seat room is more than the Volt, but not being a hatch kinda sux. Hatches have so much more versatility.

Did they list what the top EV speed is?

That is actual EPA (will add in a linkie up to our article on it…and the EPA internal breakdown)

Interestingly, and possible the only time this has ever happened, early estimates were lower – and TWICE were bumped higher.

Pretty sure this had to do with the cd being so low, and Hyundai not being entirely sure how significantly this effects AER.

Well, given the hot water that Hyundai got in for fudging their EPA MPG numbers, I guess they have to be cautious and not overstate them.

I wonder what a lease will go for. Might hold me over until Tesla or Leaf arrive with their midpriced cars (200+miles)

What is the cargo volume?

Didn’t see it on Hyundai’s page for it but Car & Driver says 9.9 cubic feet.


“The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is rated for 27 miles” is incorrect; it should say 0 to 27 miles.
The electric motor is 50kW, which is less than the PiP & a lot less than the Volt.
With only 50k in a mid-sized sedan, the gasoline engine is likely to to start up during acceleration. Mainstream Hyundai customers might not mind if they can drive most of their commute charging at home & at work.

It will be interesting to see if how sales of the Sonata PHEV compare with the Volt EREV. Will the 5 seat mid size Sonata with 0-27 miles electric range win more customers than the 4.5 seat compact Volt coupe hatchback with 53 miles?

Also, with no 2016 PiP, will Hyundai win over existing Prius owners?

Hyundai has an uphill battle to build up their hybrid brand though and with a higher price than the PiP and also the Volt (both before and after the credit), I’m not sure they will win that battle.

Sort of. Keep in mind that even though the PIP has a larger drive motor, the PiP is limited by the battery and power electronics to less, I think somewhere around 35kw from the battery. So if this car could deliver the entire 50kw it probably wouldn’t be too bad around town, but you could forget driving EV on the highway.

Old Volt was 111kw. Astute to point out PIP battery limits, but with 30-50kw it will likely never go the 27 miles, unless the midsize’s driver is on some kind of mission. Hyundai has also been in trouble w/EPA, for efficiency stats, in the recent past.

50 kW is more than ample for highway cruising. This car needs about 15kw at 60 mph flat. It needs the ICE for 90 flat, steep highway grades and high speed acceleration (e.g. short highway on ramp)

“50 kW is more than ample for highway cruising”

With a 8kWh usable battery, you are lucky to get 10 minutes out of the battery under load.

Keep in mind that the Hyundai Sonata PHEV has a more traditional 6 speed automatic transmission. I don’t know exactly how the motor is linked, but if it drives the wheels through the transmission, then the transmission will be able to keep the motor in its optimum torque band.

As for which will sell better? My money is on the Hyundai. At least in the PEV states. A friend got a C-Max Energi and when I asked him why he got that over the Volt he said it was because the C-Max was a five seater. I suspect that even the “hump” in the gen. 2 Volt will be a deal breaker for many.

I got my wife a 2012 Sonata Hybrid. Great car, but it has an anemic electric motor, which is only useful for parking lots and driveways. I’m not sure trading it in for the PHEV would be any real gain in EV utility…

Why aren’t they advertising flat trunk?? That one of the main advantages over Fusion Energy which is the only competitor.

Yawn. Oh, what did they do that will wow us? Oh, a 5th seat for half the range, more cost, and cheap Hyundai feel. Cool. It probably beats out my old KIA for owner pride. I’ll stick with my 1st gen volt. Love that car. 😉

I would put a Hyundai Sonata at least one class above the Chevy Volt. Especially when you consider the Volt is based on the Cruze econo box

When did you drive the Volt?

Volt is Major leagues where as Sonata PHEV is minors. Some people may find it useful, it may very well be. A PHEV with six speed transmission means, they just thrown things into it rather than build it ground up.

Just guessing, you don’t currently own a Sonata.

I do. A Limited, and although it has the “standard amount of plastic”, it does not “feel cheap”. Not a squeak or rattle in it.

Just sayin’.

But it drives like a crap…

Handling and steering are poor compared with Accord. Totaly numb.

Rides is comforable but doesn’t have good balance in corners…

Yes, it is decent crusier but no where nearly as fun as the new Volt.

Doesn’t a drag coefficient of .24 seem a little too good to be true? It was just a couple years ago breaking .3 was commendable. Tesla had to get rid of door handles, lower the front nose and reduce radiator intake size to get that low.

More and more it seems the auto makers are just lying to us. I guess insane competition and regulatory pressure has driven them (i.e VW) to it, but it doesn’t make it right or any less frustrating. Hyundai already got caught exaggerating their fuel efficiency numbers. Exaggerating drag specs won’t likely get them in trouble, because who is going to check. I’m just getting increasingly frustrated with the ice auto manufacturers.

Doubters can always wait until fueleconomy.gov has customer inputs. That’s where it was obvious the Cmax was having issues with its claimed “46mpg”.

All depends on which tunnel you measure in.

It is probably the same tunnel that measured MB CLA and by the same engineers that did the MPG test on the Kia/Hyundai that EPA found to be “lying”…


27 EV miles and 573 gas miles?

No thanks!!!

flip that around and i’ll buy in a heartbeat !

You would be the only person buying a hybrid with 27 miles of gasoline range.

If you have 573 miles of AER only a fool would buy a Rex with a .8 gallon tank.

The Sonata PHEV is an excellent choice for people that need more interior room than a Volt and at least 200 miles of range but can’t afford a Tesla.

No one will buy a PHEV with 27 gas miles!

How much does a regular sonatana cost?

The Hyundia is a Ford Fusion Energi competitor (as opposed to Volt competitor). The batteries take up trunk space; lost trunk size for the Sonata PHEV vs Sonata hybrid; but better than the Fusion Energi. 10 cubic feet Sonata PHEV vs 8.2 cubic feet for the Fusion Energi.

It has more passenger space but 9.9 cubic feet of trunk space is less than a Volt, and there’s no pass through.

The Forld Fusion Energi is a better offer and a better car for a lesser price. Same with the Hybrid versions of both vehicles. Not enough to unseat the Fusion Energy as the second best PHEV after the Chevy Volt.

Sorry, Hyundai! Keep them in South Korea, and try to sell them to North Korea.

They also come with a lifetime warranty of the hybrid battery. That is world leading and shows a well designed battery system. I’ve also heard and read the Volt battery is like new even after 100, 200K miles because it is cooled and doesn’t use the full 100% capacity. Maybe GM will offer a lifetime warranty next?

We will see how good those Hyundai batteries are… They are air cooled if I am not mistaken. I could be wrong though.

Only time will tell.

Yet again, no love for Pennsylvania.

This is the same car as the KIA Optima, I believe. Pretty nice looking car. Appears MUCH larger than my Volt. For a lot of people, 27 AER miles is fine. I need the Volt’s longer range(wish I had the 2016), but I’d love the increased size of the Hyundai. If battery costs keep dropping, my guess is that the batteries will get larger, giving us more than enough AER.

I assume it doesn’t have electric heater onboard, probably more similar to Prius Plugin than Ford Energi products.

Even less reason to get it.

Being that South Korea along with japan does its very best to buy as few american built cars as it can, i like to return the favor and not buy anything not at least assembled in america. Were still getting dumped on when it come to car imports.