Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sports $25,795 Tag

Hyundai’s new Sonata Hybrid will hit the market in January with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,795, making it a less expensive buy than its family-sedan brethren the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($26,575) or the Ford Fusion Hybrid ($28,240).

In a press release announcing the pricing, Hyundai touted the 2011 Sonata Hybrid’s fuel economy, saying it delivered a “segment-leading 40-mpg highway rating.”  If that’s the case, Hyundai must put the Sonata in a different category than the Environmental Protection Agency. According the EPA it’s a family sedan, just like the Fusion, which checks in with 36 MPG on the highway. [Editor’s Note: Fusion mileage is actually 36 MPG highway and 41 MPG city. The wrong numbers were reported earlier.]

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

image via Hyundai

And what of the Prius? It beats the Sonata by a hefty margin on both price and fuel economy. But  the Hyundai spinmeisters might be excused for not making that comparison, say the bloggers at KickingTires who follow this sort of thing carefully: “The Toyota Prius technically is a midsize vehicle, according to the EPA — and it’s cheaper and more fuel efficient than the Sonata Hybrid at 50 mpg combined and $21,650 — but that vehicle is smaller nonetheless.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.


  • Reply December 24, 2010


    It looks aggresive,outrageous,perfect,passionable,stylish and it is simply cool.

  • Reply January 4, 2011


    The author is simply clueless. He wrote,
    “According the EPA it’s a family sedan, just like the Fusion, which checks in with 41 MPG on the highway.”

    Everyone and their mother know that Fusion does 41 MPG on ‘CITY” not highway.

    Click the link and see it for your self. This is the whole point of Sonata Hybrid that it does better in highway then city while all other hybrids on the market does opposite.

  • Reply January 6, 2011

    j. tundis

    sonata hybrid is outstanding looking car,but i’m waiting for awd hybrid.

  • Most of the hybrid models are my choice due to the presence of too high facilities and here in your post Sonata is looking too cool model. Its fuel capacity is very attractive.

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