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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $27,750, comes in three trim levels

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid arrives on dealership lots with competitive pricing.

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Hyundai has announced that the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will start at $27,750. That's a little more than $4,000 more than starting price of the the non-hybrid Sonata and slightly less than the starting price of the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The Sonata Hybrid comes in three trim levels: Blue, SEL, and Limited. The Blue base model is the most fuel-efficient, achieving a segment-leading EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined and 54 mpg on the highway. With a full tank of gas, it has a 686 miles of driving range.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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The mid-grade Sonata Hybrid SEL is designed to appeal to a broad range of customers while the Sonata Hybrid Limited gives buyers the most premium features, topping out at $35,300.

With the Sonata Hybrid Limited, buyers get the most tech features, including the unique Solar Roof System, which consists of solar-panel that directly charge the 12-volt or hybrid batteries in the car. When fully charged, the output is 205 watts of electricity, increasing mileage by about two miles per day.

Buyers can add Hyundai Digital Key to their Sonata Hybrid Limited. The Digital Key allows drivers to utilize their smartphone as a key to their vehicle. The technology also allows owners to pass off virtual key functionality to up to four others. It works by using Near Field Communication technology, which delivers a high level of security to users.

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Hyundai completely redesigned the Sonata for the 2020 model year. It's tech-forward but also features premium appointments in its cabin, comfortable seats, and a spacious trunk. The car delivers a more engaging drive than before but retains its roomy second-row of seating. Hyundai has given the model the most front leg- and headroom in its segment.

The 2020 Sonata Hybrid will go one sale at U.S. dealerships in June.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

Kia

Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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