Our #SonataPHEV was named to @WardsAuto's 10 Best Engines, a first for plug-in hybrids!http://www.hyundainews.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/44609/2016-hyundai-sonata-plug-in-hybrids-advanced-powertrain-named-to-wards-10-best-engines-list …
Now in its 22nd year, Ward's 10 Best Engines is known for helping define industry engine standards, so it was exciting to learn that the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle was included on this year's list. Notable is the fact that this is the first time a PHEV powertrain has made the list.
Hyundai's PHEV Sonata is motivated by a 154-horsepower 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine. It is unique in that it uses a six-speed auto transmission with a 50kW electric motor, instead of the more common torque converter.
“For Hyundai’s first entry into the plug-in hybrid segment, Hyundai engineers did an impeccable job blending fuel efficiency with refinement and daily usability,” said Drew Winter, editor-in-chief, WardsAuto World magazine. “Transitions between all-electric and hybrid modes are completely seamless, something that drivers will undoubtedly appreciate on long journeys, and the six-speed automatic transmission gives drivers a greater sense of connection, compared with other hybrids in the segment.”
The achievement is perhaps most notable because this is the first time a PHEV powertrain has made the list.