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2016 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature unique exterior styling elements from the gasoline model with a blend of aerodynamic form and function.


2016 Sonata Hybrid (HEV)
  • An enhanced hybrid powertrain packing a revised transmission, more powerful electric motor and larger lithium-polymer battery for improved fuel efficiency compared to the 2015 model
    • A 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring a more powerful 38 kW electric motor and clutch
    • The 1.62 kWh lithium-polymer battery represents a 13 percent improvement in battery pack capacity and sits under the trunk floor allowing for a flat trunk floor and available 60/40 split-folding rear seat best-in-class cargo volume of 13.3 cu. ft. and best-in-class passenger volume of 106.1 cu. ft.
2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
PHEV due to be Wholesale released to dealers in Fall 2015
  • Sonata Plug-In Hybrid has the largest battery system capacity amongst midsize sedans, resulting in class-leading all-electric range (AER)
    • Lithium Polymer Battery technology power output: Plug-In Hybrid = 68 kW
    • Plug-In Hybrid battery system capacity of 9.8 kWh is used to calculate consumers' Federal Tax
  • Credit incentive
    • Sonata Plug-In Hybrid can be charged using 120V power grid 120V (Level 1) under 9 hours 240V (Level 2) under 3 hours
  • Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) will be sold in 10 ZEV States: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont


The next generation Sonata Hybrid was released in June 2015, with a net system output of 193 horsepower and 44 highway MPG. It will be followed by the all-new Plug-in Hybrid variant (shown below) coming in the Fall 2015 with an estimated 93 MPGe and class-leading 24 mile All-Electric Range (AER)

PHEV model shown

Located on Driver's side front fenders

Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) will be
sold in 10 ZEV States:
CA, CT, ME, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OR, RI, and VT

Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid exterior styling differentiation from the gasoline model:
  • Unique front fascia (front bumper and grille)
  • Larger front grille design
  • Unique headlight graphics
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Chrome side sill moldings
  • Special 16 and 17-inch eco-spoke alloy wheels (reduces coefficient of drag)
  • New aerodynamic rear bumper design
  • Unique LED taillight designs
  • Standard rear lip spoiler
  • Lower valence w/hidden exhaust
  • Blue font Sonata and Hybrid emblems on trunk lid
  • Blue drive badge on front fenders
  • Plug-in charge port (Plug-In Hybrid only)
  • Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) - Audible alert sound during low-speed electric vehicle operation for pedestrian safety (under 18 MPH)
    • Transmits an artificial engine noise when activated or when the vehicle is operating in silent EV-only mode
    • Enhances safety to pedestrians, alerting them of vehicle approaching

 HEV model shown


Interior - Hybrid model visual differentiation:

  • 4.2-inch color LCD multi-info display to display additional hybrid system operation data
  • Auxiliary input jacks, iPod/USB ports, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition
  • 8.0-inch navigation system, HD radio, Infinity premium audio system with BlueLink® telematics
  • Hands-free Smart Trunk
  • Driver memory seat
  • Rear window sunshades
  • Heated steering wheel
  • LED interior lights
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Smart Cruise Control

Blue Link™ Telematics System

What is Blue Link?  Blue Link is Hyundai’s innovative telematics solution that combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package. It works to both help simplify Hyundai owners’ lives and reduce distracted driving.

What does Blue Link Offer?  Blue Link offers 25 features in three packages, which provide customers a multitude of telematics services for their vehicle. You can learn more about Blue Link on www.HyundaiBlueLink.com.

Connected Care Package (1-Year Trial)
  • Automatic Collision Notification
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • Auto Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Notification
  • Service Link
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Recall Advisor
  • Blue Link App (smartphone)
Remote Package (3-month trial)
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Car Finder
  • Remote Start*
  • Alarm Notification
  • Panic Notification
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Valet Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert
Guidance Package (3-month trial)
  • Destination Search powered by Google
  • Point-of-Interest Web Search and Download
  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation**
* Requires Push-button start and either A/T or DCT. Climate Control feature requires fully-automatic temperature control. ** For vehicles without factory-installed navigation

BlueLink Telematics Video Guide         Blue Link consumer website     

Blue Link User's Manual - Navigation   Blue Link User's Manual - Audio

Blue Link Packaging/Content/Fees      Blue Link Options Operations Chart    

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Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has the largest battery system capacity amongst midsize sedans, resulting in class-leading all-electric range (AER)
  • Lithium Polymer Battery Technology
    • Power Output: HEV = 56kW / PHEV = 68kW
    • HEV battery system capacity has improved over 2015:1.43 kWh (2015) — 1.62 kWh (2016)
    • PHEV battery system capacity is used to calculate consumers' Federal Tax Credit incentive
  • Sonata Plug-in Hybrid can be charged using 120V power grid
    • 120V (Level 1) under 9 hours
    • 240V (Level 2) under 3 hours
  • Advantages over Lithium Ion batteries
    • More compact
    • Greater power density
    • Lower vehicle weight
2016 Sonata Hybrid 2015 Camry Hybrid 2015 Accord Hybrid 2016 Fusion Hybrid 2016 Sonata PHEV 2014 Accord PHEV 2016 Fusion Energi
Type Lithium
Nickel Metal
Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium
Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion
Capacity 1.62 N/A 1.3 kWh 1.4 kWh 9.8 kWh 6.7 kWh 7.6 kWh
Charging 120v   <9 hrs 3 hrs 7 hrs
240v <3 hrs 1 hr 2.5 hrs
All Electric Range (AER) 24 mi 13 mi 21 mi

America's Best Warranty — Class-leading among Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid competitors

Warranty Sonata
  Hybrid/PHEV Hybrid Hybrid Plug-in Hybrid/Energi
Bumper-to-Bumper 5-year /
60K mile
3-year /
36K mile
3-year /
36K mile
3-year /
36K mile
Powertrain 10-year /
100K mile
5-year /
60K mile
5-year /
60K mile
5-year /
60K mile
Hybrid-related Components 10-year/
100K mile
8-year /
100K mile
8-year /
100K mile
8-year /
100K mile
Hybrid Battery Warranty Lifetime 8-year /
100K mile
8 year /
100K mile
10-year / 150K mile 8-year /
100K mile
  • Sonata Hybrid-related components:
    • Hybrid battery pack assembly, Hybrid starter generator, Hybrid power control unit, Auto transmission including traction motor
  • Sonata Hybrid Battery Lifetime Warranty:
    • Non-transferable, applies to original owners only
    • Subsequent owners - warranty is limited to 10 years from date of original retail sales or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first

Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid have competitive fuel economy & efficiency 
  • 2.0L GDI Nu II Atkinson Cycle Engine
    • Horsepower: 154HP @ 6,000 rpm
    • Torque 140 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
    • DOHC 16 valve w/Dual Camshaft Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
  • Electric Motor
    • HEV Horsepower: 51 HP (38 kW) @ 1,630 - 3,000 rpm
    • PHEV Horsepower: 67 HP (50kW) @ 2,330 - 3,330 rpm
    • Torque: 151 lb-ft @ 0 - 1,770 rpm
    • Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
  • Hybrid System Performance Combined
    • HEV: 193 net HP @ 6,000 rpm
    • PHEV: 202 net HP @ 6,000 rpm
Mechanical Specifications HYBRID (HEV) PLUG-IN HYBRID (PHEV)
Sonata Hybrid
2015 Camry
Accord Hybrid
2016 Fusion
2016 Sonata PHEV 2014 Accord PHEV 2016 Fusion Energi
Gasoline Engine Size 2.0L I4 GDI 2.5L I4 2.0L I4 GDI 2.0L I4 MPI 2.0L I4 GDI 2.0L I4 GDI 2.0L I4 MPI
HP/Torque (lb-ft) 154/140 156/156 141/122 141/129 154/140 141/122 141/129
Electric Motor kW (HP) 38 kW (51 HP) 105 kW (140 HP) 124 kW (166 HP) 88 kW (118 HP) 50 kW (67 HP) 124 kW (166 HP) 88 kW (118 HP)
Voltage 270V 245V N/A 275V 360V N/A N/A
Net Horsepower 193 HP 200 HP 196 HP 188 HP 202 HP 195 HP 188 HP
Fuel Economy Gas (city/ hwy/comb) 40/44/42 43/39/41-LE
50/45/47 44/41/42 TBD 46
MPGe (elec+gas)   93(Est.) 115 88

Hybrid Additional Features

Regenerative Braking System
Charges the battery during deceleration for and improved 12% over 2015 Sonata Hybrid

Both Sonata Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid have class-leading passenger volume and cargo volume due to the battery system packaging.

• Relocation of the battery system to below the cargo floor allows for maximum cargo space with 13.3 cu. ft. cargo capacity

2015 Sonata
2016 Sonata HEV Camry HEV Accord Hybrid Optima HEV Fusion
2016 Sonata PHEV Fusion PHEV Accord PHEV
Passenger Volume 103.8 106.1 102.7 103.2 102.2 102.8 106.1 102.8 103.2
Cargo Volume 12.1 13.3 13.1 12.7 10.8 12.0 9.9 * 8.2 8.6
Total Interior Volume 115.9 119.4 115.8 115.9 113.0 114.8 116.0 111.0 111.8

* 2016 Sonata PHEV has less cargo space than HEV due to a significantly larger battery pack.


2015 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature a high-level of standard safety equipment

Abundant Standard Safety features
  • Seven airbags
    • Front, Front side-impact, Side Air Curtain airbags, and Driver's knee airbag
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Active front head restraints
    • Anti-whiplash system
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioner with force limiters
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) w/individual tire indicator
Increased application of High Strength Steel to 51% for improved rigidity and enhanced safety

For 2016, Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid offers a high-level of standard and available advanced safety equipment and features, not offered by all competitors.

Sonata Safety Features HYBRID (HEV) PLUG-IN HYBRID (PHEV)
2016 Sonata HEV 2015 Camry HEV 2015 Accord HEV 2016 Fusion HEV 2016 Sonata PHEV 2016 Fusion Energi 2014 Accord PHEV
Standard Safety
Total Standard Airbags 7 10 6 8 7 8 6
ESC with Traction Control
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) w/Brake Assist (BA)
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Driver Blind Spot Mirror -- BSD
Available Safety
Blind Spot Detection (BSD) O O O O
Rear Cross-traffic Alert O O -- O O --
Lane Change Assist O -- -- -- -- --
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) O O O O O O
Forward Collision Warning O O O O O O
Automatic High Beam Assist O O -- O O O --
Rear Parking Sensors O -- -- O O O --

Accessory Brochure      eBrochure      Fast Facts       Hybrid Key Selling Points       

Sonata Hybrid FAQ's        Hybrid Maximizing Mileage     

Sonata Hybrid Quick Reference Guide   Hybrid Emissions/Battery Warranty 2012-2016

Plug-In Hybrid Emissions/Battery Warranty 2016


Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid deliver distinctive design, sophisticated driving dynamics and advanced safety technology.

Unique & Distinctive Design

  • Class-leading passenger & cargo volume amongst midsize hybrid sedans
  • Industry-leading coefficient of drag — 0.24 Cd
  • Unique front fascia, headlights and LED taillights
Competitive Power and Fuel Efficiency
  • New 2.0L GDI Hybrid with 193 net HP and 44 highway MPG
  • All-New 2.0L GDI PHEV with 93 MPGe and class-leading 24 mile AER
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC
  • Available Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start capability
  • Standard Blue Link telematics system with Connected Care
  • 4.2-inch color trip computer w/Hybrid Technology Display and color LCD touchscreen audio
Premium Comfort & Convenience
  • Available Panoramic sunroof (HEV only)
  • Standard Hands-free Smart Trunk Open
  • Heated & ventilated front seats with heated rear seats (HEV only)
Advanced Safety
  • Blind Spot Detection w/Rear Cross-traffic Alert & Lane Change Assist
  • Available Lane Departure & Forward Collision Warning
  • Standard rearview camera and 7 airbags
  • LED Daytime running lights
Quality and Reliability backed by American's Best Warranty

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