2011 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID

The 2011 Sonata Hybrid is Hyundai’s first hybrid in the U.S. market. Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive is the first and only system using lithium polymer battery technology — leapfrogging competitive in-market nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion applications.
Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive is a proprietary parallel hybrid drive system that runs on the already fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Theta II engine (169 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm) mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor for maximum fuel economy.
Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive uses the company’s proprietary 6-speed automatic transmission rather than a conventional hybrid’s CVT. Hyundai’s strategy involves an adaptation of the modular 6-speed transmission, replacing the torque converter with an electric motor and high-efficiency oil pump. This technique uses a traditional step-shift 6-speed transmission rather than a CVT to provide a more traditional shift feel that is preferred by customers and sometimes artificially replicated in CVT applications.
The 2011 Sonata Hybrid offers drivers a way to be more engaged in fuel-efficient driving. The Hybrid Technology Display is featured on a 4.2-inch LCD screen located between the odometer and tachometer, or is visible on the optional 7-inch navigation screen. It features the following information: Driving mode; Energy flow within the vehicle; Engine and motor movement; Fuel level; Battery power levels and charge status; Electric vehicle mode indicator; and average and instant mpg.
Base model estimated mpg: 37/39
Estimated starting price: $25,795
Compiled by Motor Matters

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