Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Named Top Fuel Efficient Vehicle Under $25k by KBB

 

For years, Hyundai has been a leader in building fuel efficient vehicles that are affordable and built-to-last. Hyundai's commitment to those principles was recently recognized by Kelley Blue Book.

KBB.com released its annual list of the “10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $25,000,” and the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was one of the top choices. Kelley Blue Book editors named the Sonata Hybrid the No. 9 overall pick, based on overall fuel economy and long-lasting value.

 

So what made the Sonata Hybrid stand out?

 

For one, the Sonata Hybrid remains one of the best overall values in the class. Not only does the Sonata Hybrid start around $25,000, it also comes with some key benefits. For instance, the 2015 Sonata is offered with an exclusive Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty –that’s a benefit unique to the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Other manufacturers only offer limited warranties for their hybrid batteries – their warranties eventually run out. Hyundai, on the other hand, has paved new ground with the lifetime warranty.

 

Of course, the non-plugin Hyundai Sonata was also highly ranked for its fuel efficiency. The Sonata receives an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway, including 38 MPG city/highway. Compared to the competition, that's one of the leading highway MPG ratings in the mid-sized sedan class. Plus, the Sonata doesn't sacrifice horsepower. With a 2.4-liter, 159-horsepower four-cylinder the Sonata is equipped with one of the most powerful engines among the top 10 in the survey.

How the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Stacks Up Against the Competition

When looking at the competition in the KBB.com survey, the 2015 Sonata stands out as one of the most stylish vehicles. First, the Sonata is more spacious than other hybrid vehicles. Whereas other sub-$25,000 hybrids require a smaller body to achieve max fuel economy, like hatchback options from Ford and Mitsubishi, the Sonata is roomier and has five full seats. That means you can expect great MPG from the 2015 Sonata, without feeling cramped.

 

Plus, for a $25,000 car, the Sonata is loaded with serious technology and comfort features. Included are a standard LCD touchscreen display with a back-up camera and HD Radio. Plus, the Sonata is equipped with heated front seats and a smart keyless entry system. All of those options are generally a rarity in sub-$25,000 vehicles, but in the 2015 Sonata Hybrid, they come standard.

Additionally, the Sonata Hybrid is powered by some innovative performance technology. The sedan features a 2.4-liter Theta II Atkinson 4-cylinder. The standard engine receives 159-horsepower, but the hybrid battery adds 47 horsepower for a net 199 horsepower. That net horsepower was one of the best in the KBB.com survey, and for drivers, that equates to more power behind the wheel. Often, it’s easy to notice you’re driving a hybrid – there isn’t much power under the pedal. But with the Sonata, that’s not the case. Finally, the Sonata is capable of driving completely in all-electric mode, which adds to overall fuel economy.

Next-Gen Hyundai Sonata on the Way

Unsurprisingly, Hyundai is continuing to push the boundaries of hybrid technology. This award is just one example of that, but there are plenty more. For instance, Hyundai also recently introduced the 2016 Sonata Hybrid. The 2016 model continues the trend, and it will likely again be named one of the top performing affordable hybrids.

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is similar to the 2015, but will feature an updated front fascia and slightly improved fuel economy. In addition, the new Sonata will feature a smaller engine, but a more powerful hybrid battery, which will help boost economy up to 44 MPG. The updated 2016 Sonata will become available later this year. Drop by Lake Norman Hyundai to test drive one today, or call us at 888-665-3513.

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