Hyundaiís first plug-in vehicle is not a pet project or a limited-run experiment; itís a fully fleshed out evolution of the traditional hybrid Sonata that offers an eye-popping 600 miles of range.
And while the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
is still based on Hyundaiís tried-and-true mid-sized sedan and not built from the ground up like the Volt and Prius, the Korean automaker still manages to make its green vehicle stand out.
Getting the basics out of the way, the Sonata Plug-inHybrid
looks nearly identical to its non-plug-in counterpart. There are a few updated badges, slightly revised bumpers and lights, chrome side sills and, of course, a charge port on the driverís side front fender. Thereís also a unique alloy wheel design, and plug-in Hybrids are available in four exclusive colors: Pewter Gray Metallic, Diamond White Pearl, Eclipse Black
and Seaport Mist.
The interior also gets Plug-in specific updates, including a new gauge cluster that helps drivers indicate the batteryís state of charge. Thereís a blue pearl leather interior option that features contrasting stitching, too.