2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug‑In Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Standard backup camera
  • Fuel economy
  • Electric-only operation
  • Quiet ride

The Bad

  • Responsiveness in Eco mode
  • Regenerative braking feel
  • Price premium over regular Sonata

Notable Features of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

  • Plug-in hybrid sedan
  • EPA-estimated electric-only range of up to 27 miles
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity standard
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system standard
  • Forward collision warning available

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Overview

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Vehicle Overview

What it is: New last year, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is Hyundai's first plug-in model and has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of up to 27 miles before the car switches to gas-electric operation.

The electric motor is more powerful than the Sonata Hybrid's and the battery pack is roughly five times larger. It can recharge in less than three hours on 240-volt service and less than nine hours using a regular household outlet. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is distributed in select states including California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

What's Special

  • 50-kilowatt electric motor
  • 9.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • Charge port on driver-side front fender
  • Manage vehicle charging, climate control with smartphone app
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Here's Info on the Sonata Hybrid:
What it is: Hyundai redesigned its Sonata mid-size sedan for 2015 and it was joined by a Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid — Hyundai's first plug-in last year. The hybrid models wear unique wheels and front and rear styling, including a larger grille and different headlights, taillights and bumpers. Competitors include hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
New for 2017
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity and a 7-inch ...

Vehicle Overview

What it is: New last year, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is Hyundai's first plug-in model and has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of up to 27 miles before the car switches to gas-electric operation.

The electric motor is more powerful than the Sonata Hybrid's and the battery pack is roughly five times larger. It can recharge in less than three hours on 240-volt service and less than nine hours using a regular household outlet. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is distributed in select states including California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

What's Special

  • 50-kilowatt electric motor
  • 9.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • Charge port on driver-side front fender
  • Manage vehicle charging, climate control with smartphone app
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Here's Info on the Sonata Hybrid:
What it is: Hyundai redesigned its Sonata mid-size sedan for 2015 and it was joined by a Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid — Hyundai's first plug-in last year. The hybrid models wear unique wheels and front and rear styling, including a larger grille and different headlights, taillights and bumpers. Competitors include hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
New for 2017
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity and a 7-inch touchscreen are now standard. The systems mirror select smartphone apps on the car's dashboard screen. HD Radio and the latest version of Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system are also included.
Significant Standard Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with integrated 38-kW electric motor
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • Total system output of 193 horsepower
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch touchscreen 
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Hands-free trunk opening
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Overall nice car

by Franh from Thousand Oaks, CA on May 26, 2018

Nice car. Above my price range at this time. It handled nice, comfortable, and good performance. Nice exterior design. Nice interior design, good layout and roomy Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car!

by CCard68 on May 4, 2018

This car met all of my needs. Comfortable! Tons of trunk space. I love the options which include apple play and smart trunk. And besides all of the that I average over 40 miles per gallon! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid has not been tested.

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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