Hyundai Sonata PHEV Compared To Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord Plug -In Hybrid



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Hyundai recently released a few graphics comparing its Sonata Plug-In Hybrid to the Fusion Energi and the just-cancelled Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid.

It’s rather obvious from the various graphics that the Sonata PHEV competes well with the two other plug-ins.  (Do people even recall that the Honda Accord is available as a PHEV?)

Although not an official EPA number yet, Hyundai lists the Sonata PHEV’s all-electric range at 24 miles, 3 more than the Fusion Energi (technically now 5 more after a recent revision lower) and 11 better than the plug-in Accord.

In most of the electric metrics, especially battery capacity, the Sonata PHEV tops the two other plug-ins.  It’s interesting to see how well packaged that battery is too. Just take a look at the cargo volume and trunk appearance below.


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The only critical mistake Hyundai has made with the Sonata PHEV is equipping it with only a 3.3 kW on-board charger.


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We don’t yet know pricing for the plug-in Hyundai, but we suspect it’ll undercut the Fusion Energi slightly.  So, maybe in the low $30,000 range.

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20 responses to "Hyundai Sonata PHEV Compared To Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord Plug -In Hybrid"
  1. ELROY says:

    Yes its amazing the one good thing about the Accord is its one hour L2 charging time. 3.6 charging is pretty useless in the public.

  2. Car Guy says:

    Someone should point out to them that the all electric top speed of the Fusion energi is 85 mph not 80 mph. That is a 10 mpg difference.

  3. CT200H says:

    the ideal setup for many will be a PHEV with decent ev range (at least 25-30 miles ) great styling ( forget its an ev good looks ) (no stupid wheels ) and decent mpg on gas in hybrid mode. Plus and this is a big one wireless charging so the wife can just park it in the garage and when she jumps in to go to the store 2 hours later its recharged.

    1. Unplugged says:

      That extra 10 seconds to plug in the car might inconvenience the wifey.

  4. Ambulator says:

    The Sonata needs more power in the electric motor. What’s its 0 to 60 time in all electric mode – 30 seconds?

  5. Spider-Dan says:

    The Sonata’s electric motor is pitifully underpowered. It’s less than half as powerful as the motor in the Accord PHEV.

    1. Mike I says:

      True, but the Sonata has the benefit of going through the 6 speed transmission while the Accord traction motor has a fixed ratio to the wheels. It would be interesting to see the difference in 0-30 and 0-45 in all electric mode in both cars. Then again, maybe it’s moot since the Accord PHEV is discontinued.

      1. finecadmin says:

        Benefit… or drawback that the Sonata needs 6 speeds, while the Accord has a transmission that takes advantage of massive, broad electric torque?

        Transmissions won’t disappear any time soon, but they should be getting simpler with electrification, not worse.

  6. Nix says:

    I’m bummed to see they put part of the battery behind the rear seat, eliminating the ability to have 60/40 fold down rear seats.

    1. See Through says:

      Good point! This will be a deal breaker for me. I have carried all sort of things ( 10′ PVC pipes, 24 ft extension ladders, fence pickets, fruit trees, furniture boxes and so on) with the rear seats folded down in my Hyundai ICE.
      Hopefully, the back seats can still be folded down, even if not perfectly.

  7. philip d says:

    The 2016 Volt should be compared as well. Similar in price to the Sonata and Fusion and cheaper than the Accord. Cheaper than all 3 if you take the federal tax incentive.

    Better performance than all three in EV mode.

    With 50 miles of all electric range it has over double the EV range of the Sonata.

    It Volt has more cargo capacity with seats up than all three and double the cargo capacity of the others with its seats down since the other three don’t have that capability as sedans.

    1. philip d says:

      Forgot that the Volt also gets better mpg in cs mode than the Sonata and Fusion.

    2. Brian Swanson says:

      I question as to the volt belonging in here. Yes the 2016 has 5 seats but it would be much more crowded in the back seat than any of the vehicles listed here. ( I would almost classify the volt as compact and these as mid-sized )

    3. Speculawyer says:

      The Volt wins on most of the specs but it is a smaller car.

      1. philip d says:

        I guess smaller in passenger volume but certainly not in cargo volume. The PHEVs are classified as midsized but their cargo space is certainly classified as subcompact. I guess it depends on your priorities.

  8. Mike I says:

    It would also be interesting to see the kW power that can be taken from the battery of each of the cars. The Accord must run the ICE with its attached motor/generator in order to give full power to the traction motor.

  9. See Through says:

    Accord hybrid looks impressive compared to the others. 6.6 kw charging is pretty good for a quick recharge. Wonder why Honda didn’t try selling more of those, instead of just buying ZEV credits from Tesla.

  10. Bloggin says:

    I see that Hyundai added more power gasoline engine to accommodate for the tiny 67 hp electric motor. Which has got to be a dog driving in EV mode. I am sure the larger battery helps not only with EV range, but with blended power to increase mpg.

    Accord seems to offer the best option, except for the unacceptable low 13 EV miles. What’s the point in that? Now I see why they discontinued to restart the program.

    Fusion offers good ICE power, good electric power, but just needs a larger battery for longer range and improved blended mpg, 6.6 onboard charger for quicker workplace charging, and next gen needs to hide that battery under the back seats.

  11. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I think the Sonata PHEV will be more “blended” or “weak” PHEV than others based on its weak EV motor.

  12. Rex Wilson says:

    Sonata-Plugin’s specs look fantastic. Only thing remaining unknown is the price. They cannot price it above Volt-2 which is at 34K. Even at a price of 34K, Sonata-Plugin will be a good buy.

    BTW, Accord-Plugin is phased out by MY-2015.