Category Archives: Sonata

Sonata Hybrid’s Price Lower Than Camry, Accord

Sonata Hybrid’s Price

Hyundai redesigned the Sonata Hybrid for the 2016 model year, and there’s even better news (it’s about the price). Despite the redesign, the base Sonata Hybrid’s price will remain the same as the 2015 model. In all, this comes out to $26,825, which includes the $825 destination charge.

That leaves the Toyota Camry Hybrid, starting at $27,615 and the Honda Accord Hybrid, $30,125, looking overpriced.

A two-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor power the 2016 Sonata Hybrid. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the hybrid powertrain comes in at 193 hp. The base Sonata Hybrid comes in at an EPA-estimated 39 city/43 highway mpg. That’s better than the EPA-estimated 36 city/40 highway mpg of the 2015 model.

Better yet, an all-new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon this fall. With a 24 mile range on electricity alone, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid beats the plug-in Ford Fusion Energi by five miles.

While pricing for the Sonata Plug-in hasn’t been announced just yet, keep your ears open for news soon. We here at Southtowne Hyundai are excited to see more fuel efficient cars starting at low prices!

New Hyundai Sonata is First Car to Feature Android Auto System

Last year, at Google I/O 2014, we first heard about a project called “Android Auto,” a system that allows your smartphone to run on your in-vehicle touchscreen in a perfectly compatible form. The system brings features like Google Maps, Google Now, Google voice search, and text-by-voice functionality to your vehicle. Plus, you’ll have tons of music and messaging apps literally right at your fingertips.

And we have exciting news here at SouthTowne Hyundai—the new Hyundai Sonata has been hand-picked as the first vehicle to receive this cool new system. The Android Auto system has been on the market since March, but Hyundai is now the first automaker to offer the system on one of their vehicles.

If you already have the “2015 Sonata with Navigation” model, just drop back by here at SouthTowne and we can hook you up with the software update you’ll need to install Android Auto on your car. You’ll also need to have Android 5.0 or higher to make sure the software is compatible both with your phone and with your Sonata. Come see us for more information and to let us answer all your questions!

Big 3-0: Hyundai Sonata’s Birthday

Hyundai Sonata’s Birthday

The Hyundai Sonata, one of the automaker’s most recognizable cars on the road today, hit a huge milestone this year with the vehicle’s 30th birthday. The Sonata has seen seven generations hit roadways, selling over 7.3 million units, but it hasn’t always been the competitor we’ve seen more recently. When it was first introduced in 1985, the Sonata wasn’t anything compared to Detroit models.

The first-generation Sonata was as plain as could be–rear wheel drive and beige. The second generation, introduced just three years later, made some improvements, but nothing major–just the addition of a front-wheel drivetrain. Hyundai continued these changes until it hit a winning formula in the fifth generation.

The fifth generation Sonata received praise from both critics and customers. As a result, the 2004 model was set up to compete on United States soil, with everything it needed under the hood. However, the Sonata was still missing something–an attention-grabbing design.

In 2009, the sixth-generation Sonata hit markets with a new Fluidic Sculpture design, one that caught the attention of passersby like never before.

Last year, the seventh-generation Sonata debuted at the New York Auto Show. Under the hood was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. There was also a hybrid variant with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine attached to six-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor.

The Hyundai Sonata’s birthday is a big one – how often does a car celebrate three decades on the market?

We at SouthTowne Hyundai are proud of what the Sonata’s become and are looking optimistically toward the future of the model!

New Hyundai Sonata Eco Maxes Out Gas-Powered Efficiency

New Hyundai Sonata Eco

As that old, violent saying goes—there’s more than one way to skin a cat. However, when you apply that saying to the world of green automobile technology, it’s a much sunnier sentiment, if you think about it. As Hyundai has demonstrated with the new Hyundai Sonata Eco, you don’t have to fill your vehicle with all kinds of electric or hydrogen-powered parts to get awesome fuel ratings and help save the environment.

While the normal Hyundai Sonata comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Eco model comes with a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Eco pairs that engine with a special seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to give drivers great torque and control over their driving experience. Thanks to this powertrain and stop/start technology, the Eco model gets 38 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city.

The Eco model makes the Hyundai Sonata even more exciting and competitive in the mid-size market today. The Sonata, in whatever model or trim you opt for, also sports an awesome exterior style and a comfortable and roomy interior. Come see us here at SouthTowne Hyundai to learn more about the Sonata and the rest of the lineup today.