When the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid goes on sale in December, it will be eligible for a $1,300 federal tax credit – however, the window of opportunity will be limited. The credit will stay in effect until Hyundai sells 60,000 hybrids of any model but the program is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2010 – the Sonata Hybrid goes on sale in December.
The government uses city mileage to determine the credit so the Sonata Hybrid, which is rated at 36/40 mpg (city/highway), will only get a $1,300 federal tax credit. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which is rated at 41/36 mpg, received a $3,400 tax credit.
But the good news for Hyundai is that Ford’s hybrid are no longer eligible for tax credits since they were used up in April 2010. Toyota, the hybrid king, used up its tax credits in 2008.
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. Fuel-economy is rated at 36/40 mpg (city/highway).
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– By: Zain Haq