Comparison: Camry Hybrid Vs. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
In the world of hybrid cars, there are loads of options. Toyota made the hybrid famous, but other car companies jumped on board and made them famous.
If you want a hybrid but are not wanting a Prius, look at these two comparable cars that offer both a hybrid economy and seat you more comfortably.
I will take a few things into consideration when comparing these two. Fuel economy, price, and battery warranty are the top things people are inquiring about first. While other items can be taken into consideration, these three things are the most important.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Fuel Economy - 51/53 For a sedan, this is an amazing fuel economy combination. Right now, with fuel prices surging, fuel economy is everything. In my opinion, Toyota is smart to offer so many cars in hybrid options. Fuel economy is king, and Camry hybrid reigns that in.
Battery Warranty - Toyota has extended their battery warranty to 10 years 150,000 miles (whatever comes first.) It was previously 8 years 100,000 miles. This extended warranty coverage shows Toyota's dedication to the consumer and to its hybrid technology.
Battery warranty is something that a lot of hybrid owners worry about. It is almost as if they have 'hybrid anxiety' over the battery failing.
Price - Affordable priced and starting at $27,270 (eco model, lowest priced), Camry hybrid is a budget-conscious choice. All that Toyota reliability packed into a low price package makes Camry a wise choice.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Fuel Economy - 50/54 Again for a sedan these are incredible numbers. Hyundai has made vast strides in getting their car dialed in to compete with Camry.
Battery Warranty - 10 years 100,000 miles. Nothing really new here. The warranty you see is pretty much the standard for Hyundai. It is a good warranty though.
Price - $27,750 (blue model, lowest priced) Still a very reasonable price for what you are getting. For a new sedan that gets great MPG, this is a great option for sure.
So, what sedan reigns over the other? Well, really, it is your call. Both Toyota and Hyundai have excellent fuel economy. Your driving style could alter those numbers easily, so either car would be a winner on the MPG front.
The battery warranty does go to Toyota for offering 50,000 more miles of warranty coverage over Hyundai. I will say that it did take Toyota a long time to get there. Still, their dedication to customer satisfaction is showing.
Price point. Again, it is close by a matter of a few hundred dollars. I would say that whatever dealer was offering the better financing option would be the winner here.
Overall I cannot decide without driving one, but I would like to hear back from you. What car do you think should be the winner here based on these three items alone?
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.