While Hyundai doesn’t believe in diesels much, it is betting that the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be a success for the brand. When 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid made its debut, the Korean automaker said that the sedan should be capable of achieving a fuel-economy of 37/39 mpg (city/highway).
Speaking to AutoblogGreen, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik said that the Sonata Hybrid could hit 40 mpg highway.
“We’re working on final calibration…and the fuel economy estimates could come in a little better than before,” Krafcik said. “We said the Sonata Hybrid will have the highest fuel economy of any mid-size hybrid. We predicted 39 mpg, we may hit 40 mpg.”
In terms of pricing, Krafcik said that the Sonata Hybrid may start around $26,000 and top out at $30,000.
Refresher: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.4L Theta II engine making 169-hp at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to an electric motor that makes an additional 40.2-hp and 151.2 lb-ft of torque. Working together side-by-side, both units develop a total of 209-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can also operate in EV-only mode at speeds of up to 62 mph.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid:
– By: Stephen Calogera