There’s a Hyundai Hybrid for Everyone
Making that leap into electric vehicles isn’t for everyone. Many of them come with limitations – cost, charging efforts, range, storage space, convenience. But plenty of drivers are still looking for a vehicle with great fuel economy that reduces environmental impact and cost over the life of a vehicle.
That’s where hybrids come in! Combining the efficiency of electric vehicles, and often utilizing electric motors for superior acceleration, while providing the range and utilitarianism of traditional gas-powered vehicles, they are a great match for many drivers. Few car makers offer a range quite like Hyundai does. They are growing their offerings year in and year out. This is part of their pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across their entire range by 2045.
There’s a Hyundai hybrid for everyone – so which Hyundai hybrid is the right fit for you?
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
The Tucson has been Hyundai’s best-selling model for the past few years… so if everyone is buying it, why not give the people the option for improved fuel economy?
Brand new for the 2022 model year, the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid has everything that has made it one of the best-selling compact SUVs. The high-quality, roomy interior seats up to five and has 38.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats for storage, expandable up to 74.5 cubes. It has the same composed handling and grippy all-wheel drive system as the traditional Tucson. The Hybrid also has the extensive standard safety features as the normal Tucson, including the innovative Safe Exit Assist.
Adding hybrid power is the cherry on top. In the base, highly-economic Blue trim the 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder hybrid engine manages 38 MPG combined, with 38 city and 38 highway MPG. The added weight from additional features in the higher trims drops this to 37 city and 36 highway MPG.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
The top ranked Hybrid and Electric SUV by U.S. News and World Report, the Tucson’s bigger sibling was the first of the Hyundai SUVs to be a hybrid, and it continues to be a leader in the segment.
There are plenty of similarities between the Tucson and the Santa Fe. In some, the Tucson even has come out ahead – while the Santa Fe is near the top of the class with 36.4 cubic feet of room behind the second row of seats and 72.1 cubes with them stowed, that doesn’t quite keep pace with the Tucson. However, the Santa Fe has some of the roomiest seats on the market, with even the rear seats offering 41 inches of legroom. There are some front seats that don’t even offer that!
Despite the added size and legroom, the Santa Fe Hybrid still provides excellent fuel economy. The hybrid powertrain features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combined churn out 226 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of almost-instantaneous torque. This provides 36 MPG city and 31 MPG highway in the base Blue trim, dropping to 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway in the upper trim levels with added features. It provides a smooth transition from hybrid to gas-only propulsion during acceleration, and features standard all-wheel drive and strong brakes for the ability to tackle rough roads and poor weather conditions with ease.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The winner of the 2021 North American Car of the Year™, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid has had an amazing debut! Based on the ever-popular Elantra platform, which was redesigned for 2021, the Elantra Hybrid balances affordability, economy, and quality like no other hybrid sedan.
Seating for five is well-cushioned and spacious, with cloth standard and leather optional. Heated front seats are available, as are ventilated front seats. Like most Hyundai Hybrids, every version of the Elantra Hybrid features an array of tech and safety features, with highlights including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision avoidance assist, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a driver attention monitor, a rearview camera, and safe exit warning.
At the heart of the Elantra Hybrid is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine combined with an electric motor and lithium-ion polymer battery. While the 139 horsepower isn’t particularly impressive, it is fine for highway cruising. The 195 lb-ft of torque, however, is quite impressive, and provides for rapid acceleration from a standing stop, besting many in its class. Most importantly, what the Elantra Hybrid does well is provide 54 MPG combined – beating even the hybrid stalwarts in the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, vehicles that can only get 52 MPG combined. Beating the segment standards in your first year? That’s tough to do, but the Elantra has done it in style.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
While the Elantra Hybrid is new, the Sonata Hybrid has been a mainstay in the Hyundai lineup for years now – the 2021 Sonata Hybrid marks a full decade on the road. It has stuck around for so long by being an affordable entry point for many hybrid-curious drivers, while not holding back on comfort and features.
The 2021 Sonata Hybrid features and interesting powertrain. Unlike many hybrids, it uses a six-speed automatic instead of a continuously variable transmission. You’ll notice the shifts. The engine itself is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that, paired with an electric motor, puts out 192 horsepower and offers immediate acceleration. At the same time, it provides 50 MPG city and 54 MPG highway in the Blue trim, while getting 45 MPG city and 51 MPG highway in the upper trim levels.
Along with the usual features found in the other hybrids – the trim lines are almost piece-for-piece identical to those of the Elantra – the Sonata has some things up its sleeves. One of the Sonata’s unique party tricks is an available solar roof panel that can generate extra power for the battery above and beyond the regenerative braking – Hyundai estimates it will add an extra 700 miles every year. The Sonata also goes above and beyond in the interior quality department, and if you opt for the top-of-the-line Limited trim you may even wonder if you have stepped into a luxury sedan.
The 2021 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid
Unique in the Hyundai Hybrid line-up, the Ioniq is not a hybridization of an existing model. Instead, the Ioniq was built from the ground up to be a hybrid or electric-only vehicle. This compact hatchback is the fuel economy leader in the Hyundai line-up, with the base Blue trim achieving 58 MPG around town and 60 MPG on the highway. Higher trim levels drop to 54 MPG city and 56 MPG highway. Either way, you’re getting nearly the best fuel economy of any hybrid vehicle in the marketplace today – the only way you’ll do much better is with PHEVs or pure electric vehicles.
Unlike hybrids in the past, you don’t have to deal with drastically reduced interior room or spartan cabins to get that incredible economy. An 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPLay and Android Auto can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit, and offers intuitive simplicity. The unique interior features environmentally-friendly materials, including some made from sugar cane and volcanic rock. It’s a spacious interior, and the 26.5 cubic feet of storage space means it has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class as well!
The Hyundai family of hybrid vehicles has developed into a juggernaut, and makes Hyundai one of the most successful hybrid car makers today! While some companies stick to limited models, Hyundai has made a concerted effort to ensure there truly is a hybrid for everyone, whether you need a durable people-moving SUV or a tight-fisted compact car. So which one fits your needs the best? Check them out in person today!
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