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Survey of First Drive Impressions of Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

We’ve known the specs for the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid for some time. But last week was the first opportunity for the automotive press to take the latest plug-in hybrid for a spin. So, we combed through the first drive-time reactions to create a survey of the Sonata PHEV experiences on the road. Before we get started, let us remind you that this is Hyundai’s first plug-in electric vehicle for the U.S. market. For its inaugural effort, Hyundai equipped the Sonata with a 9.8 kilowatt-hour battery—a jump up from other mid-size sedan plugin hybrids. The Accord uses a 6.7-kWh unit, and Fusion Energi carries a 7.6-kWh pack. The Sonata’s larger pack will mean a longer all-electric range of about 22 miles, compared to about 13 and 19 respectively for Honda and Ford. Efficiency when running on gasoline, after the battery is depleted, is expected around 40 miles to the gallon. ...

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