While I like the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, I have to admit, it’s not the best hybrid I’ve ever driven. In a hybrid, I would typically expect to get better fuel economy numbers in the city. But that’s not the case with the Sonata Hybrid. EPA estimates 40 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg in the city. I averaged 36.8 mpg in combined driving during my test week.
I’m always a fan of what Hyundai puts out, and the Sonata is no exception. This is a beautifully styled car that has a pretty smooth ride. Combined output for the 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine and electric motor is 199 horsepower, which is perfect for a car of this size. It’s zippy when you need it and efficient when you don’t.
Cargo volume is decent in the Sonata Hybrid, but it loses about 4 cubic-feet over the gasoline model due to the hybrid components in the boot. There is still plenty of space for Ciminillos, roller boards, back packs, etc., which makes this a feasible family car for road trips and carpool.
Base price: $25,650
Cargo volume: 12.1 cubic-feet