Like many hybrids, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan is only offered with one trim. The good part of that is that the trim comes with plenty of standard features. It begins with alloy wheels, headlights that work automatically, LED running lights, fog lights and mirrors that are heated. There is also a keyless entry and ignition system with this vehicle. Inside the cabin there is climate control, a powered driver seat, cruise control and a steering wheel that both tilts and telescopes.
The electronics on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan are impressive as well. Buyers will get Bluetooth, the BlueLink system offered by Hyundai and a sound system that offers six speakers, CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface. This vehicle also comes with the option to add two feature packages. The first is the Leather Package and it will start with leather upholstery and add in heated seats, a steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in leather and a mirror that automatically dims. Adding in the Ultimate Package will include not only the standard features and Leather Package, but also an increase in wheel size, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system with touchscreen interface and a camera in the rear. The audio system is enhanced as well as it upgrades to an Infinity system with nine speakers and HD radio.
The safety features of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan are on par with other vehicles on the market today. This car includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front head restraints and airbags on the front side and full side curtain. Hyundai also offers an emergency communication system called BlueLink and it comes standard with this hybrid model.
Overall the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan is not a bad vehicle. It holds a lot of promise for those wanting a stylish and comfortable hybrid. Where it falls short is on ride quality at low speeds and in city driving. Drivers and passengers will notice that the smooth ride they are accustomed to and looking for goes away under these circumstances. Buyers who do not typically drive the vehicle at low speeds will be more than satisfied with this option. Those who do will have to decide if a rough ride quality is worth the benefits that the Sonata Hybrid offer.