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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 4

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $35,300
Price as Tested: $36,450

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 13.2
EPA City mpg45
EPA Highway mpg51
EPA Combined mpg47
with specific headlights

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, redesigned for 2020 and now in its seventh iteration, stands out in a crowd. Its bold styling may be a bit polarizing, but there’s no arguing it’s a head-turner, especially with its unique solar-panel roof. The Sonata Hybrid’s 192-hp gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain delivers impressive EPA fuel-economy numbers—an excellent 47 mpg in combined driving. Acceleration is sufficient, although shifts from the transmission can feel a bit harsh under load. On the road, the suspension provides a smooth ride. Handling feels confident, though no one will mistake the Sonata for a sports sedan. The Sonata’s cabin features an attractive design, although it can feel a bit snug compared to similarly sized sedans. That’s especially true in the rear, where a lack of headroom can be an issue for taller passengers. Also, it would be nice to have actual knobs and buttons to manage the infotainment system. Overall, however, the Sonata Hybrid’s pluses far outweigh its minuses, and it stands out as a good value in a midsize sedan
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Good overall value
  • Good everydayhandling and ridequality
  • Good fuel-economyratings and overallrange
  • Attractive interior styling

Weak Points

  • Harsh transmission shiftsduring acceleration
  • Smaller-than-expectedinterior room for amidsize sedan
  • Lack of physicalknobs and buttons forinfotainment controls

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3460.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 192.9 / 73.2 / 56.9
Wheelbase (in): 111.8
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy A/S
Front and rear tire size: 215/55 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 150 @ 6000
Electric motor horsepower: 51
Combined system horsepower: 192

Test Data

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