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Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid set to arrive in showrooms

by Justin King

The sedan arrives this week, carrying a $34,600 price tag and with a 27-mile EPA-certified electric range.

Hyundai has announced pricing details for its Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, set to arrive in showrooms this week.

The sedan carries a $34,600 base price, though Hyundai points out that its 9.8-kWh battery qualifies for a $4,919 federal tax credit -- bringing the ownership cost down to just below $30,000.

Stepping up to the Limited package brings the price up to $38,600 (before tax credit). The top trim level adds forward collision and lane departure warning, parking sensors, high-beam assist and upgraded seats, among other enhancements.

Drivers can expect to travel for 27 miles on electricity alone, according to the official EPA estimate. The figure is better than Ford's plug-in hybrid Fusion and C-Max, or the Audi A3 e-tron, but below the Chevrolet Volt.

Once the battery is exhausted and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder GDI engine kicks in, the plug-in Sonata is rated at 40 mpg combined. The gasoline engine delivers up to 154 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, bumping up to 202 ponies when working in unison with the electric motor.

Early adopters will need to find a Hyundai showroom in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island or Vermont.

Image by Mark Elias.