Last winter Hyundai introduced its new Sonata Hybrid. It boasts of 686 miles of driving range with an EPA estimated 52 mpg combined fuel economy rating. Here’s what I think really stands out about the newest hybrid version:
2020 Sonata Hybrid
The 2021 Hybrid has unique exterior styling with a 0.24 drag coefficient. This is thanks to management of airflow over and under the car body, using center floor and rear undercovers, a cross-hole grille with active air flaps, a rear spoiler, and aerodynamic alloy wheels.
Sonata Hybrid Solar Roof
Hyundai introduced its innovative Solar Roof System on the Sonata Hybrid. This system recharges the hybrid battery while preventing unnecessary battery discharge when the car is turned off. After 6 hours of charging, the solar roof can increase the driving range by a couple of miles.
Remote Smart Parking Assist
With Sonata’s Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) feature you are able to maneuver the car into and out of tight parking spaces without having to use the steering wheel. You can step outside the car if the space is too tight to open the car door once it is in place. Just hit a button before you exit the car to engage the parking assist. You then control the parking function by using the forward and reverse buttons on the key fob.
The Sonata Hybrid features a number of comfort and convenience features. These include standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, Text-to-Speech via Bluetooth®, Qi high-speed wireless smartphone charging pad with cooling fan, an electric parking brake, Hands-free Smart Trunk, and heated/ventilated front seats. The top-of-the-line audio and navigation display is a 10.25-inch touchscreen monitor with split screens and cloud-based speech recognition powered by Blue Link. The cluster supervision display is a full 12.3 inches.
Hyundai SmartSense Package
The 2021 Sonata is equipped with the Hyundai SmartSense safety and driving assist technology package. This includes an array features that are engineered to alert and help you in various driving situations. Other ADAS systems can help the driver perform certain tasks using the car’s 3 radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and 5 cameras. These features include:
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
- Highway Driving Assist (optional)