2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan’s starting price drops to $26,545

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The all-new 2011 Sonata Hybrid is attractive in both looks and performance. To further enhance that attractiveness, Hyundai is dropping the price to take a chunk out of the market share. Hyundai has confirmed that the 2011 Sonata Hybrid will be available at dealerships by early January 2011.

The all-new 2011 Sonata Hybrid sedan will now have a starting price of $25,795 plus a $750 destination charges to give a grand total of $26,545. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid sedan will be available in just two trim levels, with the all-out Premium model that is priced at $30,795 plus a $750 destination charges.

Both models are equipped with a proprietary parallel hybrid drive system, which uses a 169HP 2.4-liter Theta II that is coupled a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor and a lithium polymer batteries. A combined power output of both the engine and electric motor is about 209 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power is shifted through a 6-speed manual transmission. The hybrid engine is U.S. EPA rated at 40 mpg highway and 35 mpg city, and with a combined 37 mpg.

“The Sonata Hybrid offers something new to the mid-size sedan segment, with its segment-leading 40-mpg highway fuel economy rating, differentiated appearance, and incredible value,” said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “Like the 2.4L direct-injected Sonata and the 2.0L Sonata Turbo launched earlier this year, Sonata Hybrid demonstrates Hyundai’s unique approach melding innovative technologies and emotional design into products more and more people want to put in their driveways.”

As for standard equipment, both models of the 2011 Sonata Hybrid come equipped with LED lights, audio system, power windows, locks and mirrors, and alloy wheels.

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SONATA HYBRID KEY FEATURES

* 2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine
* Hybrid starter-generator (HSG)
* Permanent magnet high-power density motor
* 270V lithium polymer battery
* 6-speed automatic transmission
* Electronic stability control with traction control system
* ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
* Front active head restraints
* Front, front seat side and curtain airbags
* 16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
* Headlight LED accents
* LED taillights
* Front fog lights
* Side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators
* Unique, tinted chrome front grille
* Bodyside molding tinted chrome inserts
* Chrome window belt-line moldings
* Chrome exterior door handles
* Proximity entry with push-button start
* Remote keyless entry, alarm and immobilizer
* Electroluminescent instrument cluster (Supervision)
* 4.2-inch TFT multi-function trip computer with hybrid technology display
* Dual automatic temperature control
* Floor console mounted rear vents
* Power driver seat with lumbar support
* Chrome interior door handles
* Leatherette interior door panel inserts
* Tilt & telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
* Metalgrain interior accents
* AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB & Aux input jacks
* Power windows, locks, heated mirrors
* Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer
* Automatic light control
* Solar control glass

SONATA HYBRID PREMIUM PACKAGE ADDS THESE FEATURES

* Panoramic sunroof with tilt & slide
* 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels with unique finish
* Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display
* Rear backup camera
* Infinity premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier (400-watt)
* HD Radio Technology with multicasting
* Leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and rear seat bottom cushions
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
* Auto-dimming mirror / HomeLink / compass
* Premium door sill plates
* Glossy black door surround and outside mirror housing

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