Kelley Blue Book, the gold standard when it comes to car valuation, has recognized the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for what it really is: A Bad Mamma Jamma. There are more than a few reasons that it was voted in as one of its “Top 10 Most Fuel-efficient Cars Under $25,000.” If hybrid cars still seem to exist in some dark, strange corner of the universe along with robot pool cleaners and watch phones, worry not. It’s not your fault. Allow me to shed some light on what makes Hyundai’s most recent hybrid offering worth caring about.
Let’s face it. The main reason why you’re even considering a hybrid vehicle is to cut down on your gasoline usage. Whether you’re doing it to save yourself money or to save the planet, only good things can come out of making the switch. You may be thinking, “All I do is drive around Nicholasville, and sometimes go out of town, is this car really going to make a difference on how much I spend on gas?” How much are we really talking about when it comes to the 2015 Sonata Hybrid mileage?
36 City/40 Highway
Wow, 40 MPG highway? With that kind of fuel efficiency, you can make a day trip from Nicholasville to Nashville on one tank of gas, with a full enough tank to get you to work the next day. Regardless of your commute, you’ll see the difference right away.
According to fueleconomy.gov, there are two major functions of a hybrid system. This brings us to our next point about the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid engine.
If it sounds like the instantaneous healing power of Marvel superhero Wolverine, that’s because it is like that. Sort of. According to Hyundai, the electric motor applies resistance to the drivetrain causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is then stored for later use.
Electric Motor Drive/Assist
The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions where traditional engines are least efficient.
Six-Speed Automatic With SHIFTRONIC
Automatic when you need it, manual when you want it. The Sonata Hybrid transmission gives drivers the best of both worlds. The newest hybrid offering from Hyundai might be easy on your wallet, but it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice power. Even though this car runs on two energy sources, it’s really no different to drive than a traditional vehicle. In fact, since the engine and motor combine for 199 horsepower, just slightly less than the traditional Sonata Sport 2.0T.
Exceptional gas mileage and power? Yes, please. Kelley Blue Book’s recognition of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata as a “Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Car Under $25,000″ is no joke. If you’re looking for expert advice on hybrid vehicles, then give the auto professionals down at your Glenn Hyundai store in Nicholasville a ring. As the most tenured and trusted Hyundai dealership in greater Lexington, they’ll help you to understand all of this new-fangled hybrid technology.