NEW FOR 2013:
– Limited trim added.
– Improved battery packaging increases truck capacity by 40 litres and reduces weight by 2.1 kg.
– More powerful electric motor and greater battery output.
– Improved hybrid system clutch control.
– Recalibrated throttle tuning for improved vehicle response.
– Optimized regenerative braking shift pattern.
– Decreased friction in the compact six-speed automatic transmission.
After being added to the Sonata lineup in 2011 with the newest generation, the Sonata Hybrid receives significant enhancements to its hybrid electric drivetrain, featuring a more powerful electric motor and greater output battery. A new Limited trim has also been added for 2013.
The Sonata comes as a conventional gasoline-powered sedan (covered in a separate entry) or a hybrid-electric vehicle. Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.4-litre Theta II Atkinson-cycle engine working in conjunction with a 8.5 kW Hybrid Starter-Generator, 35 kW electric motor, and 47 kW lithium polymer battery pack. Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, unlike many other hybrids.
Trim levels on the Sonata Hybrid are base and Limited.
Features on the base Sonata Hybrid include 16-inch hybrid design alloy wheels, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control system, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain), active seat headrests, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, air conditioning, power locks, keyless entry, alarm system, cruise control, auxiliary input, USB port, telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, steering wheel audio remote control, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, satellite radio, front headed seats, power heated mirrors, solar control glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, front windshield wiper de-icer, proximity entry with push button start, side repeater mirror, chrome door handles, chrome bodyside insert, dual zone automatic climate control, rear console air ventilation, auto light control, supervision cluster with advanced LCD trip computer, brushed aluminum-design interior accents, LED front positioning lights and taillights, and hybrid design chrome grille.
Limited adds power driver’s seat, driver’s seat lumbar support, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, HomeLink, panoramic sunroof, and 17-inch hybrid design alloy wheels.
Limited with Technology package adds leather seating, heated rear seats, 9-speaker Infinity audio system, navigation, backup camera, and deluxe door scuff.