Drive Notes: 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (2024)

Published: June 27th, 2024

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Today I bring you notes on a slick road-trip ready hybrid sedan. The 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited recently graced my "driveway" (read: parking spot in large multi-car parking garage) and I was genuinely sad to see it go.

Mostly because it seemed like, with one major exception that we'll get to, the Sonata Hybrid seemed road-trip ready.

It's also a smooth and silky commuter car, to boot.

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Before we get to the pros and cons, here are the specs. This hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for 192 system horsepower. It's front-wheel drive and uses a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing was $37,200 with the only option being carpeted floor mats. With that and the D and D fees, the as-tested price was $38,560.

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Pros

  • This is one of the quietest, smoothest non-luxury sedans I've driven in a while. It felt Lexus-like. There was a time, not long ago, that I never thought I'd say something like that about a Hyundai or Kia, but lately I've been thinking that more and more about cars from both brands.
  • The ride is supple.
  • Hyundai and Kia's infotainment system remains one of the better ones in the business.
  • Interior storage is thoughtfully laid out. There's a nice slot next to the wireless device charger for miscellaneous item storage -- my sunglasses fit perfectly -- as well as key-holding slot ahead of the cupholders.
  • Cornering seems flat and smooth.
  • Thanks to the hybrid setup, the overall fuel range was more than 550 miles. A bladder-buster, for sure.
  • Despite a sloping roofline, there was decent rear-seat headroom for a six-foot-one adult. Those taller might not feel so comfortable.
  • The interior materials look and feel upscale.
  • Trunk space is generous.
  • Generally the gas-to-electric transitions were smooth.
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Cons

  • Here's the big one -- the driver's seat wouldn't go low enough. I realize this won't bother everyone, but I felt too upright to be truly comfortable. I managed to settle in OK for longer wheel stints, but for this car to truly be a great road-tripper, or even great commuter, the seat needs to be able to go a bit lower to accommodate taller drivers.
  • The steering felt a bit overboosted and almost too heavy at times, though it was dialed in nicely at other times.
  • I still don't love the column shifter that we're seeing across the Hyundai and Kia lines.
  • Hyundai's key fobs are now a bit too large to carry easily in a pocket.
  • The plastic around the window switches smudged with fingerprints too easily.
  • While I enjoyed driving this Sonata, it's not nearly as sporty as the Honda Accord Hybrid or even the last Camry I drove. That won't matter to everyone, but if you prioritize sportiness, this wouldn't be your first choice. The Sonata Hybrid is setup for commuting comfort and long freeway drives.
  • The styling is polarizing -- it's sleek and better looking than some past Sonatas, but the company has always struggled to come up with a design for this car that has consensus approval -- except for the "fluidic sculpture" Sonatas, which still look great.
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If I were shopping for a mainstream, mid-size sedan with an eye towards saving fuel via a hybrid powertrain, the Sonata's appeal would lie in its smoothness. In a vacuum, it's a very good option and if I did road trips often I'd be looking hard at this one. Not necessarily only because of range -- the Accord and Camry hybrids have similar ranges -- but because it offers a silky ride and quiet cabin.

That said, the Accord Hybrid is sportier and similarly priced. It's been a while since I've driven a Camry Hybrid but I seem to remember that car also being a bit more dynamically engaging and the price of entry on the Toyota is cheaper, even for the top trims.

For the enthusiast, the Accord trumps the Toyota and the Hyundai, and the Camry also may win out over the Sonata. That said, if comfort matters more than sport to you, or long stints at the wheel are the norm for you, this Hyundai won't disappoint.

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Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (2024)

FAQs

What is the blue drive button on a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid? ›

Eco-Friendly Innovation

Blue Drive is an initiative from Hyundai focused on increasing fuel economy, lowering greenhouse emissions, all while maximizing vehicle range and reliability.

How many miles per gallon does a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited get? ›

SONATA Hybrid Limited: 44 City/51 Hwy/47 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only.

Is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a reliable car? ›

Quality and Reliability 81.0/100

The 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a predicted reliability score of 81 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

What is the most common problem with Hyundai Sonata? ›

A list of some of the most common issues Sonata owners have to deal with.
  • ZF-TRW Crash Sensor Defect. ...
  • ABS Fire. ...
  • Rodents Chew Hyundai's Soy Wiring. ...
  • Seat Belts Detatch During Crash. ...
  • Blue Link Standard Feature? ...
  • Hyundai Theta II Engine Knocking, Seizing, and Sludge. ...
  • Panoramic Sunroof Explodes. ...
  • Hyundai's Self-Peeling Paint.

What are the drive modes on Hyundai Sonata Hybrid? ›

Drive Modes Explained

Let's start by exploring the three available drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Snow. Each mode is tailored to optimize the vehicle's performance in specific driving situations. Normal mode serves as the default setting and is well-suited for everyday driving.

How long will a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid last? ›

When it comes to longevity, the Sonata is estimated to last 200,000 to 250,000 miles or 13 to 17 years with regular maintenance.

Which is better Honda Accord hybrid or Hyundai Sonata Hybrid? ›

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The Verdict: The Accord offers greater responsiveness and a broader slate of standard features for comfort and confidence on the road. It's the Honda for the win!

How many miles can a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid go on a full tank? ›

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has an estimated combined driving range of 686 miles of driving on a single full tank of gas.

Why is Hyundai discontinuing the Sonata? ›

In 2022, Korean outlet Chosun, reported a source inside Hyundai claiming the company at the time wasn't working on a next-generation Sonata. Sources told Chosun that it's an open secret in the company that the Sonata will be discontinued as Hyundai makes room on its production lines for its electric vehicles.

What are the disadvantages of Hyundai cars? ›

While Hyundai cars are reliable and durable, their maintenance costs can be higher than other brands. This is partly because Hyundai uses specialized parts and technology in their vehicles, which can be more expensive to repair or replace. Compared to other brands, Hyundai cars may not hold their value as well.

What does Hyundai Blue Drive mean? ›

BlueDrive is the philosophy of Hyundai Motor, but what exactly does this philosophy entail? Quite simply, it is the company's ambition to lead the pollution-free mobility era by improving fuel efficiency and seeking new energy possibilities.

What does the Hyundai Bluelink button do? ›

Customers can press the Blue Link button and say “Roadside Assistance” to speak to an agent for Roadside Assistance. A trained Blue Link operator will come on the line and ask about the nature of the situation, then dispatch the appropriate roadside assistance to the scene.

What is hybrid blue drive? ›

Blue Drive refers to cars which are powered by fuel-saving, emissions-reducing powertrains. Blue Drive also describes the innovative powertrains which cut fuel consumption and emissions.

What is blue drive on a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid? ›

The new Blue Drive system delivers better fuel efficiency by increasing the overall available electric drive power to allow more miles between fill ups. As in previous Sonata Hybrids, the new version uses a clutch to decouple the gasoline engine from the drivetrain.

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