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 Hybrid MSRP Net 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

<em>Hyundai Sonata PHEV</em>

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."

<em>Hyundai Sonata PHEV</em>

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