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2016 SONATA HYBRID DELIVERS ON SEVERAL COUNTS

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
In the automotive world, bigger is always better. In most cases. But the 2016 Hyundai Sonata hybrid takes off in a different direction. The previous 2.4-liter power train has been replaced with a smaller 2.0-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine developing 154 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 140 pounds-feet of torque. When paired with the 38-watt kW (up by 3) electric motor, the car boasts horsepower to 193 @ 6000 rpm. The more powerful 56 kW lithium-polymer battery pack (from former 47 kW) contributes to improvement of gas mileage by at least 10 percent.
The electric motor enables the Sonata to run solely on pure electric mode at speeds up to 75 mph. During regenerative braking, the battery is recharged by the captured energy as the driver brakes or slows down. At stops, the gasoline engine shuts down for fuel savings and zero emissions. For the driver convenience, an analog instrument gauge solely devoted to the hybrid display shows the charge, eco and battery readings. With 106.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, the cabin is comparable to other passenger sedans. And trunk capacity has increased from 12.1 to 13.3 cubic feet of space. Standard amenities include dual a/c, eight-way power driver and four-way front-passenger seats, 60/40 rear seat, wood grain accents, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and chrome door handles.
Base-priced at $26,000 (our Limited edition was $30,100), the Sonata hybrid is even more appealing once you factor in EPA fuel estimates of 39 mpg city and 43 highway (regular Sonata gets just 25/37). And, of course, bold styling, a trait missing in hybrids on the road.

SONATA HYBRID (LIMITED)
Tires: 215/55R17
Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
Length: 191.1 inches
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: motor-driven power steering
Weight: 3,560 pounds
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gallons
Web site: www.hyundaiusa.com

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