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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review – Who said hybrids have to look ugly?

Tuesday July 5th, 2011 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: AKramer

Sonata Hybrid or Optima Hybrid?

With its attractive looks, seamless performance, and excellent value, the Sonata Hybrid will no doubt compete well against competitors like the Camry Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid. The most intense competition, however, might very well come from its sister car, the Kia Optima Hybrid. The two cars share the same chassis and powertrain, but the Optima Hybrid features a completely different exterior and interior design.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Having recently driven the new Optima Hybrid, we can verify that the two cars are very similar in terms of how they drive. The Sonata Hybrid is priced a few hundred dollars less, starting at $25,795, but for most customers pricing will be similar enough to not make a difference.

That leaves the interior/exterior design aesthetics, which is a very subjective decision. This author prefers the Optima and its linear, muscular design, but when asked to compare, many others preferred the Sonata and its more swoopy, fluid design. Either way you choose, it’s nice to see several compelling new entries in the mid-size hybrid sedan segment.

BUILD INTERIOR PERFORMANCE HANDLING STYLING VALUE OVERALL
RATING 4.5 4.25 4.0 3.75 4.5 4.5 4.25 / B+

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