2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

7 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive
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2013 Hyundai Sonata First Drive

When we drove the Hyundai Sonata in the fall of 2010, it was a pre-production car wasn’t very smooth.

The Sonata Hybrid production car was but far from the standards of the best

Now the Korean carmaker has taken crack at the car, with updates and modifications to the 2013 Sonata Hybrid.

And after a drive out of New York City and up the rolling hills of tony County, we can report that the hybrid from the aggressive carmaker is definitely a better

Its drivetrain is smoother, the transitions power modes are less and overall it’s closer to the among mid-size hybrid the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid.

Unlike the Camry and Fusion, as well as the 2014 Honda Accord the 2013 Sonata Hybrid just a single electric

Its power has been boosted–to a output of 35 kilowatts (47 horsepower) 30 kW (40 hp)–but the layout remains the the motor-generator sits between a four-cylinder engine and a modified of Hyundai’s six-speed automatic

This gives the Sonata the slighly unusual driving of shifting gears, even if running only on the electric

It doesn’t happen often, but we it a couple of times during our Perhaps we’ve driven too cars with electric (if there is such a thing), but it odd to have an electric car shift

In any case, Hyundai says the updates to the 2013 Sonata include:

More powerful motor

More powerful up from 6.4 to 8.0 kilowatts

Repackaged lithium-ion battery, cutting from 96 to 91 lbs and adding 1.4 cubic (or 13 percent) back to trunk

Higher maximum power from battery, now 47 kW (previously 34 kW)

New for both 16- and 17-inch alloy responding to customer feedback

A of almost invisible changes to panels for better aerodynamics–although the drag coefficient did not change

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is by the EPA at 38 mpg combined for the standard model and 37 mpg for the Limited model.

That to a 36-mpg combined rating for the and 2012 models after the EPA for several Hyundai and Kia models of model years were downward, to compensate for what termed errors in testing on the part of the carmaker.

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After its contretemps with the Hyundai seems quite in its fuel-efficiency figures for the 2013 Hybrid.

We’re confident, Hyundai executive John that relative to other we’ll get our EPA numbers.

2013 Sonata Hybrid drive NYC area, April 2013

And how did we do on

Over almost 60 miles of we achieved 34.2 mpg on the first rose a few hundred feet in up to the halfway point–and 36.5 mpg on the way

Another driver in an identical car 33.9 mpg over the first though his hypermiling cohort well over 40 mpg on the return

Those numbers fall within the 10- to 15-percent margin we allow for real-world gas mileage EPA efficiency ratings.

And the car was definitely to drive than the previous

It spent a great deal of in electric mode under load at speeds of 40 to 70 mph, Hyundai has tuned it that on data showing average drivers spending a slightly of their driving miles at speeds.

The handoffs among the engine and the motor were far smother–we noticed them a couple of the only oddity was the transmission in electric mode, as noted

This is still a heavy car hardly lithe on the roads, but the power steering is adequate and the is comfortable.

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