2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

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I only knew a day ahead that a 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited was arriving the next day for me to test drive so I did not have any time to really research the vehicle.  I have test driven several Hyundai before, and had quickly learned that pleasure can come in small packages, not just SUV’s so how would this 4 door hybrid be?

The vehicle arrived at its scheduled time and the color was Seaport Mist which was somewhere between a very pale green and a very light blue, flirting with a tinge of gray.  The interior of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was Blue Pearl, making a grand entrance as it met my eyes!

We had a busy week scheduled so I knew I was going to put the vehicle through the rigors of Pittsburgh roads, side roads, winding, accelerating and highway driving, was it ready for me? Lavishly live a test drive out loud in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited as I put the vehicle through the paces of our active life.

Inside The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

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I am not used to driving a smaller vehicle because I drive a huge SUV that moves me and the kids around from activity to activity and event to event.  I am used to a huge gas tank that takes no less that $50 a week to fill and a car that follows me because there is so much to it, but all that was about to change for the next week as I test drove the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

First I would like to address a few things, we drove all week, and when I say we drove, a typical schedule for me is like this:

Pick up at school x 2 kids in opposite school areas, drop offs at home, allergy appointments, ice hockey practices (back and forth 24+ miles one way), and daily chores from grocery to banking, so I LIVE out of my car.

I drove 6 days and honestly, the ECO took over, charged the battery and my gas was averaging 37 MPG as stated on the screen on the dashboard.  When I went to fill the vehicle, I was on 1/4 tank, my cost in gas to get it back to Full, was only $12, I about fainted from JOY at the gas station, as that is so inexpensive as compared to what I pay for an SUV fill up.

Things To Know 

The engine on this is a Hybrid and the vehicle uses Regular-Unleaded.  The fuel tank holds 15.9 Gallons at its capacity level. It is estimated to get 40-44 MPG both Highway and City, I averaged about 37, up and down hills, windy roads, inconsistent speeds, stops, starts, etc.  The wheels were 17″ Eco-Spoke Alloy Wheels.  Vehicle had aA 270 Volt Lithium Polymer Battery & hybrid starter generator.

The backseat can seat up to 3, however, that is pushing it with teens, so 2 fit comfortably.  This vehicle also had rear seat heaters in it and it had rear window (side window) sun shades which was perfect for shielding the sun from the seats and legs of passengers in the back!

This had the ultimate package for a hybrid so here is what the EXTRAS were if you want to build up the same vehicle (trust me, these make this car even better than it is!) Add on $4500.00

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • High-gloss window surround
  • Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • LED interior lights
  • Infinity® premium audio system (400 watts)
  • 8-inch navigation system
  • HD Radio
  • Carpeted Floor Mats
  •  Cargo Mat
  • Cargo Net
  • All Weather Floor Mats
  • Wheel Locks
  • SiriusXM Travel Link® (complimentary trial)

The final price on the Vehicle I drove was $35,765.00.

Features That I Liked 

My car is rich in features, but no where near as tripped out as the inside of this 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and yet the sticker price on the vehicle was so much less than my car, so I began seeing value already.

I loved that there was a control for driver one and driver 2, it let me drive with the mirrors and seat the way I wanted them and of course when Mr. V got into the car, he was able to drive without having to negate mine.  This is a feature that is available on many cars now, and it made a happier drive time for me in this vehicle. (it’s the small things!)

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Everything was at my fingertips while I was driving, literally, as the steering wheel had all the controls to handle the radio, phone, etc. Perhaps the feature I appreciated most on the steering wheel was the heat.  Pittsburgh is funny in the Spring, because while the mornings and early afternoons may be very chilly outside (42), by the afternoon we might be well into the 70’s, so going from heat to air-conditioning often happens.

I also have to discuss the ability to cool down during the hot days, and I accomplished this through the awesome feature-rich controls and built-in amenities that come with the LIMITED: The seat had a cooling capability and it could be a heated seat, which felt awesome on my back and legs when I was driving depending on which way the temperature decided to go in Pittsburgh.  Also, the sunroof, was the perfection option for not getting to blown apart but allowing fresh air to be present in the vehicle.

Trunk Capacity

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One of my stops one day was to purchase a book case from IKEA, and I was hoping that I could fit it in the car, as I forgot when I was shopping that I did not have my SUV with me! No SUV no problem, the seats just fold right down and providing you have no backseat passengers you can fit the boxes in without any issues.

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When I came to a stop or started the car, the car is so SILENT you don’t even know it is on, other than your dashboard reading out, so this is crazy amazing and something worth mentioning. In fact, there were a few times when I got out of the car and because it was so quiet, I forgot to POWER the vehicle down, so I heard whistles and bells and dings and I opened the car back up and turned the vehicle off.

I will address one thing I was not so fond of, but it really did not affect the performance of the vehicle, it was just something that I have ZERO experience with.  When I was driving I would put it in ECO Mode, so that with each stop, it would charge.

When I called for the car to accelerate from a complete STOP (like at a red light) the vehicle seemed to take about 3 seconds (and yes I was counting) to really start to move.  It was like there was a hesitation on its part to move from charging to accelerating, however, it did go, and it actually got to the speed I wanted.  Never was I in danger, but I also believe that this is what ECO vehicles are like, so it may not even matter that I noticed this.

The vehicle handles the winding roads smoothly, there is no real loud noise inside the passenger cabin, and I love, love, loved the Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.  These are add-on features, but so well worth it.  I understand that the Forward Collision Warning is something that will help with over 20% of the accidents that occur in the USA, so this is great to see that HYUNDAI is already all over it and getting ahead of the curve!

Vehicle was provided for a test drive, as part of the media.  No requests were made for me to write a story or even share my experience. I have chosen to elaborate based on my experience using the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited.