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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 2023 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.

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 4

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $35,550
Price as Tested: $36,790

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 [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:

Overall Observations

The midsize Sonata Hybrid, now in its seventh generation, has been around seemingly forever (actually only since 2011 as a hybrid). It’s a fixture in the midsize sedan category, alongside its perennial rivals, the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Sonata Hybrid has a lot going for it. Possibly its strongest quality is a smooth, comfortable ride accompanied by seamless gaselectric drivetrain transitions. The Sonata also gets excellent marks for fuel efficiency - 47 mpg in combined city/highway driving for our top-trim Limited test vehicle (and 52 mpg for the base Blue trim). It also delivers good value based on its numerous standard features, such as a large infotainment display, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and advanced driver-safety systems - e.g., an active intervention element in its blind-spot warning feature, which automatically steers the car back into its lane if the driver tries to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle’s blind spot. Unfortunately, the Sonata Hybrid lacks refinement in several key areas. The interior has an excess of piano-black plastic on the instrument panel and center console, creating a cut-rate ambience. Also, the brakes are grabby, the throttle is touchy, and the steering has an artificially light feel. Rear visibility is hampered by a high rear deck, and the exterior design—a mélange of sharp angles and crease - is polarizing. And the hands-free trunk opener of our test vehicle didn't function well.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Good value, lots of standard features
  • • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • • Solid mpg ratings
  • • Seamless hybrid drivetrain transitions

Weak Points

  • • Cheap-looking interior fit and finish
  • • Touchy brake and throttle response
  • • Restricted rear visibility because of high rear deck
  • • Polarizing exterior design

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
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 I4 GDI Hybrid
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 150 @ 6,000
Electric motor horsepower: 51
Combined system horsepower: 192

Test Data

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Handling: 6.62
Quality and Drivability: 6.94

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