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    2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Features A Solar Roof

      ..Expected to return 52 MPG Combined for the Blue trim level..


    The next step in Hyundai's Sonata offensive launched today at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2020 Sonata Hybrid features a 2.0L four-cylinder paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 192 horsepower. This is paired with a six-speed automatic which comes with new shift programming to improve the speed and smoothness of gear changes. Hyundai touts the Sonata Hybrid will return 50 City/54 Highway/52 Combined, but that is for the efficiency Blue model. Other models will return 45/51/47 on the EPA cycle.

    One interesting feature for the Sonata Hybrid is an optional solar panel roof that can extend the electric driving range by up to two miles (provided the panel is exposed to sunlight for six hours). The panel can also keep the various batteries around the vehicle charged.

    No word on pricing, but the 2020 Sonata Hybrid goes on sale later this spring.

    Source: Hyundai
    Press Release is on Page 2


    New 2020 Segment-Busting Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Makes North American Debut at Chicago Auto Show

    2020 Sonata Hybrid Highlights
    Best-in-class highway fuel economy on Blue trim level
    Class-leading combined fuel economy on Blue trim level
    EPA estimated 52 mpg combined fuel economy rating and 686 miles of driving range on Blue trim level
    Solar Roof System can increase driving range – think of it as up to 700 “free” miles per year
    Hyundai Digital Key technology (optional)
    The top front-seat leg and headroom in the segment
    Unique eco-friendly design cues improve aerodynamics
    Active Shift Control technology makes shifts 30% faster and smoother

    CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2020 – Today at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its new 2020 Sonata Hybrid, boasting 686 miles of driving range and an EPA estimated 52 mpg combined fuel economy rating on the Blue trim. This is the first time the Sonata Hybrid has been shown in North America. The 2020 Sonata Hybrid is also equipped with the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC)  technology and a Solar Roof System (SRS), which increase driving range. The new Sonata Hybrid goes on sale this spring and is built in Asan, Korea. 

    Overview
    The 2020 Sonata Hybrid’s exclusive styling has a slippery 0.24 drag coefficient, thanks to a unique cross-hole grille with active air flaps, a rear spoiler and aerodynamic alloy wheels. Hyundai Motor’s Solar Roof System makes its debut on the Sonata Hybrid. This system recharges the hybrid battery while preventing unnecessary battery discharge when the car is off. SRS can increase the driving range by a couple of miles after 6 hours of charging. Engineers also applied Active Shift Control technology to control the electric motor, aligning it with the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission, reducing gear-shifting times by 30%. This synchronization not only improves the Sonata Hybrid’s acceleration and fuel economy but also improves the durability of the transmission by minimizing friction during shifts.

    The Sonata Hybrid is equipped with a Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine and a 6-speed hybrid automatic transmission. The engine’s power output is 150 horsepower and 139 lb.-ft. of torque. The car’s electric motor delivers power output of 39 kW (51 HP) and maximum torque of 151 lb.-ft. of torque. Combined system power output is 192 horsepower and EPA estimated fuel economy numbers are 50 city, 54 highway and 52 combined for the Blue trim.

    Mechanical Specifications

    2020 Sonata

    Hybrid

    2020 Camry

    Hybrid

    2020 Accord Hybrid

    Gasoline Engine

    Size

    2.0L I4 GDI

    2.5L I4 GDI

    2.0L I4 GDI

    HP/Torque (lb.-ft.)

    150 / 139

    176 / 163

    143 / 129

    Electric

    Motor

    kW (HP)

    39 kW

    (51 HP)

    88 kW

    (118 HP)

    135 kW

    (181 HP)

    Voltage

    270V

    259V

    N/A

    Net Horsepower

    192 HP

    208 HP

    212 HP

    Fuel Economy

    (city/hwy./comb.)

    EPA estimates

    50/54/52 – Blue       

    45/51/47 – SEL, Limited

    51/53/52 – LE        

    44/47/46 – SE, XLE

    48/47/48 – Hybrid


     

    Solar Roof System
    Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s solar-panel roof directly charges the 12-volt and hybrid batteries and outputs 205 watts of electricity. This system has several benefits:

    • Mileage increases by about 2 miles per day
    • Helps prevent battery discharge from infotainment or HVAC systems when the car is off
    • Unique design cue

    Active Shift Control Technology
    ASC technology optimizes transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second and precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed for faster shift times. ASC applies new control logic software to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU), which aligns the electric motor with the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission to reduce gear shifts by 30%. The technology also delivers smoother gear changes and quicker shift times.

    “The development of the world’s first ASC technology is a remarkable innovation that incorporates precise motor control to an automatic transmission,” said KyoungJoon Chang, Vice President and Head of Powertrain Control System Group of Hyundai Motor Group. “It will not only save fuel but also provide a more fun driving experience for our customers.”

    Independently Developed Control Logic Software Applied to the Electric Motor
    Conventional hybrid vehicles do not have torque converters to improve fuel economy because torque converters lose energy while transferring power to the drive wheels. Although fuel efficient, such a system also requires longer shift times to ensure smoother gear changes.

    ASC technology allows the hybrid’s electric motor to also take control of gear shifts by applying new software logic to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) to mitigate issues with slower shift time. The HCU monitors the rotational speed of transmission with a sensor installed inside the electric motor at 500 times per second to synchronize the rotational speed with that of the gasoline engine.

    The synchronization reduces shift time by 30% from 500 ms to 350 ms. This improves not only the hybrid vehicles’ acceleration performance and fuel economy but also the durability of the transmission, by minimizing friction during gear shifts.

    Aerodynamics
    The Sonata Hybrid slips through air with 0.24 drag coefficient. The low drag coefficient is accomplished by managing airflow over and under the body. Up front, the Sonata Hybrid has active air flaps behind the grille, which close when less engine cooling is needed. A redesigned rear spoiler further improves airflow. To reduce drag under the body Hyundai engineers added several elements:

    • Bumper lip
    • Front- and rear-wheel deflectors
    • Undercovers in the front and back of the engine bay
    • Center floor undercover
    • Rear undercover

    Digital Key
    Continuing to promote the latest advances in technology, the new Sonata Hybrid offers an optional smartphone-based Hyundai Digital Key. Digital Key uses a dedicated mobile app, Near Field Communication (NFC), and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to allow a new Sonata to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key, via a smartphone. Sonata’s Digital Key also allows secure sharing of virtual keys with family and friends.  

    Sonata owners can tailor the different vehicle functions available to each shared virtual key, and can make the key available for only a defined amount of time. The vehicle owner can preset the duration of vehicle use or limit the use to only certain features when loaning the vehicle, and can also revoke keys remotely. For additional convenience, such as using a valet service or visiting a Hyundai dealer, Hyundai Digital Key also works with an NFC card, which will be provided with each vehicle. Each Sonata still comes with traditional keys. Hyundai Digital Key is compatible only with phones using the Android operating system. 

    Hyundai Digital Key utilizes NFC technology, which exhibits a high level of security. The NFC wireless data communication takes place only when the device and the reader are placed several centimeters apart.

    Optimized Hybrid Battery Placement
    By optimizing the placement of the high-voltage hybrid battery, Hyundai engineers were able to increase trunk capacity by 2.5 cubic feet, compared with the 2019 Sonata Hybrid. This placement also helps create best-in-class front headroom and legroom.

    Convenience Technology
    The 2020 Sonata Hybrid features a number of advanced comfort and convenience features including an electric parking brake, Hands-free Smart Trunk, Qi high-speed wireless smartphone charging pad with cooling fan, standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, Text-to-Speech via Bluetooth®, heated and ventilated front seats and split-folding rear seats.   

    The top-of-the-line audio and navigation display is a wide, high-definition, customizable, 10.25-inch touchscreen monitor with split screens and natural language, and cloud-based speech recognition powered by Blue Link, while the cluster supervision display is a full 12.3 inches. The navigation system includes a bird’s-eye view in navigation maps, and drivers get HD Radio traffic flow and incident data without ever paying for a subscription. Dual Bluetooth support is also available, so two devices can be paired at the same time—one for phone calls and one for streaming audio. The navigation system also comes with three years of Blue Link Multimedia/Map updates. Hyundai’s eight-inch display audio user interface, equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is standard on the 2020 Sonata Hybrid. An optional Bose® audio system also delivers an exceptional experience to customers.

    SmartSense Safety Technologies
    Sonata features Hyundai’s latest SmartSense advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). A series of sensors and systems, often restricted to luxury cars, combine to potentially warn the driver and may take action in the event of a safety incident. Meanwhile, other ADAS systems can help the driver perform certain tasks using the car’s 3 radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors and 5 cameras. These features include:

    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (standard)
    • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (standard)
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (standard)
    • Lane Keeping Assist (standard)
    • Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (standard)
    • Highway Driving Assist (optional)


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    It seems like a great idea but it just doesn't seem like it is worth whatever it will cost or the additional cost to insure something like that. 

    It would be nice and all to be able to leave your car parked all day and your range goes up but its suuuuuch a negligible amount I can't imagine it would ever pay for itself. 

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    I could see the solar panel useful when parked in a lot like where I used to work in Chandler, AZ...10-12 hrs a day of sunshine in horrific triple digit heat day after day...

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    12 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    I could see the solar panel useful when parked in a lot like where I used to work in Chandler, AZ...10-12 hrs a day of sunshine in horrific triple digit heat day after day...

    There are scenarios in which it would probably work very well, that being one of them, but I don't see enough of that scenario being worth it.

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    Is it just me or does that back remind me of the Honda Civic with the lighting? 🤔

    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    It seems like a great idea but it just doesn't seem like it is worth whatever it will cost or the additional cost to insure something like that. 

    It would be nice and all to be able to leave your car parked all day and your range goes up but its suuuuuch a negligible amount I can't imagine it would ever pay for itself. 

    Really just a marketing bit with the ability to keep a fan going circulating air to have a cooler inside in hot weather climates I think.

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    if it's only like $500, i could see a big take rate for it, but if it's above $1000, only the greeny-weeinies will take it.

     

    this would be good for fleets that aren't used 90+%.. keeping the batteries topped off to lower maintenance needs.... yeah.

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    Awesome MPG, I like the optional solar panel too, that is really cool.  This new Sonata is really impressive, it looks good, has best in class interior and technology, now 52 MPG.  They brought their A game with this car, it is a stand out.

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    3 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

     in Chandler, AZ...10-12 hrs a day of sunshine in horrific triple digit heat day after day...

    Cry baby. It's a dry heat, bet you wish you were here right now! :D

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    2 hours ago, USA-1 said:

    Cry baby. It's a dry heat, bet you wish you were here right now! :D

    Nah.   FTS...

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    4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Nah.   FTS...

    We don't miss you either Bob. 😂

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    1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

    Rob, never ‘Bob’.  I’m the anti-Bob. 

    Oh ok...we don't miss you either Rob. :D

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    17 hours ago, USA-1 said:

    Cry baby. It's a dry heat, bet you wish you were here right now! :D

    Ya can keep the horrible dry heat. I love my rain and snow! :D ⛷️

    14 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

    Rob, never ‘Bob’.  I’m the anti-Bob. 

    Until ya get your legs and arms cut off and then your the Pool Bob! :P 🤣

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    2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Ya can keep the horrible dry heat. I love my rain and snow! :D ⛷️

     

    Have had both in the last 24 hours...freezing rain changing to snow...about 6 inches of snow so far over the ice. About 30 outside.  And it was almost 60 Monday-Tuesday.   More snow in the winter means my trees and yard will be green and healthy, so I don't mind it.  I love the greenery as opposed to dust and beige everything in the desert void..

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    37 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Ya can keep the horrible dry heat. I love my rain and snow! :D ⛷️

    BRRR!! 🥶 Ya can keep the nasty rain and clouds 10 months out of the year (grew up in PNW) I love my warmth and sunshine 325+ days of the year compared to nasty FL humid heat it's a big difference trust me, people like my buddy in FL bitch about the high humidity. Only 2.5 months of high heat here, that's when you travel to San Diego or Del Mar even the PNW in July and August to see family and friends 🏜️:D

    33 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Have had both in the last 24 hours...freezing rain changing to snow...about 6 inches of snow so far over the ice. About 30 outside.  And it was almost 60 Monday-Tuesday.   More snow in the winter means my trees and yard will be green and healthy, so I don't mind it.  I love the greenery as opposed to dust and beige everything in the desert void..

    🥶 No thanks...🥶 " freezing rain changing to snow...about 6 inches of snow so far over the ice. About 30 outside." Yeah sounds awesome LOL!

    Yeah keep telling people that's what it's like here we don't want anymore!  I won't even post the beautiful pics I have of the NOT "dust and beige everything". That's why everybody and their dog is here right now...best weather in the country :neenerneener:

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    18 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

     

    Yeah keep telling people that's what it's like here we don't want anymore!  I won't even post the beautiful pics I have of the NOT "dust and beige everything". That's why everybody and their dog is here right now...best weather in the country :neenerneener:

    Remember, I lived there 9 years...yes, winter is nice..  May through October it beyond sucks.  Hell on Earth.  Too many triple digit days.  A sea of beige stucco houses in the burbs, ugly, ugly desert shit beyond that, dust and crap and unrelenting heat.   Now up north is nice--I liked Prescott, Jerome, Flagstaff..  I do miss my pool, the January car auctions, and a few restaurants..but that's about it...

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    18 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Remember, I lived there 9 years...yes, winter is nice..  May through October it beyond sucks.  Hell on Earth.  Too many triple digit days.  You can keep it.  FTS.

    Been here since 2011 myself. Nice dip in 78 degree pool out in my backyard then back into nice climate controlled home. Love it!  Mid June to mid Sept. is all of Monsoon season and worst of it, but keep telling people what you think, it's great for population control here. I would never live in the mundane frigid Winters, humid Summers Midwest. FTS as well.

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    3 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

    Been here since 2011 myself. Nice dip in 78 degree pool out in my backyard then back into nice climate controlled home. Love it!  I would never live in the mundane frigid Winters, humid Summers Midwest. FTS as well.

    Whatever floats your boat... I FUCKING HATE THE FUCKING DESERT.  Been there, done that...the damage done...I love greenery and going out to the islands and lakes..  😀

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    8 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Been there, done that...the damage done...I love greenery and going out to the islands and lakes..  :)

    Nice, glad you could get that anger out of your system LOL. Plenty of nice lakes here as well and San Diego/Del Mar is 1 hr. by jet.

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    4 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

    Nice, glad you could get that anger out of your system LOL. Plenty of nice lakes here as well and San Diego/Del Mar is 1 hr. by jet.

    I love San Diego/Del Mar..used to go there 3-4 times a year.  .The lakes here are in green wooded areas...and I have Lake Erie...huge.  The lakes in AZ still have desert ugly around them...

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    Just now, Robert Hall said:

    The lakes in AZ still have desert ugly around them...

    Yep...ugly AZ desert...who knew? 😎

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    Roosevelt Lake AZ

     

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    Haigler Canyon AZ

     

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    Near Young Hwy. AZ

     

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    Camelback Mountain AZ

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    4 hours ago, USA-1 said:

    BRRR!! 🥶 Ya can keep the nasty rain and clouds 10 months out of the year (grew up in PNW) I love my warmth and sunshine 325+ days of the year compared to nasty FL humid heat it's a big difference trust me, people like my buddy in FL bitch about the high humidity. Only 2.5 months of high heat here, that's when you travel to San Diego or Del Mar even the PNW in July and August to see family and friends 🏜️:D

    🥶 No thanks...🥶 " freezing rain changing to snow...about 6 inches of snow so far over the ice. About 30 outside." Yeah sounds awesome LOL!

    Yeah keep telling people that's what it's like here we don't want anymore!  I won't even post the beautiful pics I have of the NOT "dust and beige everything". That's why everybody and their dog is here right now...best weather in the country :neenerneener:

    Keep delusion-ally telling yourself how you love it there. Being born here, the one thing you always do is put 6500K lights in your house so you have sun equal lighting. Never a dull depressed day. Love the drizzle 9 months of the year and the 3 months of summer that is 70-80's, no humidty and sunny. Plus gotta love our summer days of daylight from 4:30am to 11pm. 2 days in one. Work early morning and still enjoy a day of play after work.

    Yup, will keep my hiking, camping, outdoor activities year round. Course love that we have more boats registered here than auto's. After all so many lovely places to boat too and explore.

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    Love my winter views when skiing.

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    Better yet is my office view for working during the week.

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    Yea can keep your heat hell of sun and skin cancer. I will enjoy the clouds and mountains and beauty of the PNW. Course your always welcome to come visit! :D 

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    2 hours ago, USA-1 said:

    Yep...ugly AZ desert...who knew? 😎

    image.thumb.png.0e3f3dcc471dd6647d5a64dff28a1b4d.png

    Roosevelt Lake AZ

     

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    Haigler Canyon AZ

     

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    Near Young Hwy. AZ

     

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    Camelback Mountain AZ

    Glad you like it there, pretty pics, but still too warm for me. Anything over 60 is bloody hot. If I could do my job from Alaska, I would move there. :D 

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    43 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Keep delusion-ally telling yourself how you love it there. Being born here, the one thing you always do is put 6500K lights in your house so you have sun equal lighting. Never a dull depressed day. Love the drizzle 9 months of the year and the 3 months of summer that is 70-80's, no humidty and sunny.

     

    HA!! Keep delusion-ally telling yourself it's "drizzle" LMAO! Born and raised up there trust me it's RAIN then POURING DOWN RAIN not much else! Sad to have to install artificial lighting to keep you from being depressed in an area of the country with the Highest level of seasonal depression, that being the PNW, then maybe 2 months of Summer, if you're lucky July and August. Remember I grew-up there working on a farm in the constant cold and rain so I know first hand what the weather is like, ALWAYS cold and wet.

    FYI, we had more snow in Northern AZ than the rest of the country in December (look it up) so we have it all here in one State not just rain, snow and ice and no way to get away from it, if I want to go skiing up North or be in the snow I can, but I'm not forced to live in an Arctic hell. :D  Feel free to come defrost anytime, my family still living in OR does often.

    37 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Glad you like it there, pretty pics, but still too warm for me. Anything over 60 is bloody hot. If I could do my job from Alaska, I would move there. :D 

    60 is freezing to me 😂 80 is perfect to each their own. Funny because my aunt and uncle who live on the Kenai Pennisula have a house here in AZ as well to come defrost. My parents still living in Oregon have a home here as well :D

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      Not much is different from the standard Outlander I drove last year to the PHEV except for the various hybrid badging around the vehicle, and additional fuel filler door on the rear passenger-side fender housing the charging outlets. The hybrid system is comprised of 60kW electric motors mounted on each axle providing 80 horsepower. The motors draw their power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery. A 2.0L inline-four acts as the generator for the battery and can power the wheels in certain situations. Total output stands at 190 hp. The driver has three different drive modes for which the Outlander can operate. EV which makes the Outlander PHEV only run electric power; Battery Save which turns on the engine to power the wheels to save charge; and Battery Charge where the generator charges up the battery. Most of my week, I found myself using Battery Save and Charge when driving on the freeway. Around town, it was left in EV or automatic mode. When the Outlander PHEV is running on electric power only, it provides enough grunt to get out of the way of traffic when leaving a green light. But begin to climb in speed and you realize this isn’t a quick car. Despite the instantaneous torque, the Outlander PHEV does take its time getting up to speed. Some of this can be attributed to the curb weight of 4,222 lbs.  Not helping is when the engine comes on to charge/power the wheels. When the engine is put under a load, it sounds very harsh and under a lot of stress. EPA figures for the Outlander PHEV are 74 MPGe (electric and gas combined) and 25 MPG (gas only combined). My average for the week landed around 35 MPGe, which is well under the EPA figure. But I will cut it a fair amount of slack as it arrived during one of the coldest weeks Michigan experienced. For electric-only range, Mitsubishi claims 22 miles. I saw between 16-18 miles which isn’t bad considering the cold temps. On recharging, Mitsubishi says that the Outlander PHEV takes about 13 hours when plugged into 120V/8A outlet, or 8 hours for a 120V/12V outlet. In my testing with 120V charging, it took about 8 hours to fully charge a depleted battery. The Outlander PHEV feels at home on long stretches of road where it shows off one of its strongest attributes, a smooth ride. On some of the roughest roads in Metro Detroit, the Outlander glided over them like it was nothing. On a winding road, the Outlander PHEV feels slightly out of its depth partly due to very num steering. What is surprising is that the PHEV doesn’t have as much body roll as the standard model when put into a corner. I feel conflicted on the 2020 Outlander PHEV as on the surface, it is a pretty competent crossover with the ability to run on electric power only. But the gas engine needs a bit of NVH work and performance could be slightly better. Also, it has several issues that I talked about in the previous Outlander. The final nail is the price; $43,600 for the top-line GT seen here. Yes, it does qualify for a federal tax credit of almost $6,000 that drops the price to under $38,000. But that still a fair amount of money for what is an old crossover.  If you can find one at a decent price, around $35,000 or less, then I would say take a closer look at it. Otherwise, wait to see Ford and Toyota’s entrants into the PHEV crossover market.  
      Disclaimer: Mitsubishi Provided the Outlander PHEV, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Mitsubishi
      Model: Outlander PHEV
      Trim: GT
      Engine: 60kW Electric Motors (Front and Rear Axles), 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-Valve Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Single Speed Reduction Gearbox (Front & Rear), All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 80 @ 0 (Electric), 117 @ 4,500 (Gas),  190 (Total)
      Torque @ RPM: 101 @ 0 (Front Electric Motor), 144 @ 0 (Rear Electric Motor), 137 @ 4,500 (Gas)
      Fuel Economy: MPGe/Gasoline Combined - 74/25
      Curb Weight: 4,222 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Okazaki, Japan
      Base Price: $41,495
      As Tested Price: $43,600 (Includes $1,095.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      GT Premium Interior Package - $400.00
      Pearl White Paint - $395.00
      Carpeted Floor Mats and Portfolio - $145.00
      Charging Cable Storage Bag - $70.00
    • By William Maley
      The Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hatchback will be no more in the U.S. come the end of June. That's according to a leaked memo posted to Reddit and found by CarBuzz. Sent to "All Southeast Toyota Dealers and General Managers" by Toyota, the memo says the Yaris will "cease production" at the end of June.
      "The Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback will not be available for model year 2021. Model year 2020 will be the last year for Yaris. June 2020 will be the last month of production for the Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback for the US," wrote Christine N. Henley, Toyota North America's Western Communications Manager in the memo.
      Toyota confirmed the memo, and gave Car and Driver this statement;
      "The entry-subcompact segment has new regulations that require additional homologation. Those regulations, coupled with declining sales in the segment, are some of the reasons behind the decision."
      (Author's Note: We're wondering what Toyota means by the statement we bolded here, and we'll update if we get some sort of clarification. -WM).
      The declining sales makes sense as Toyota only moved 21,917 Yaris models in 2019, down 5,293 units when compared to 2018. To give more perspective, the Corolla moved 304,850 units last year.
      So if you're interested an affordable Toyota, we would hurry down to your nearest dealer ASAP.
      Source: CarBuzz, Car and Driver

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    • By William Maley
      The Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hatchback will be no more in the U.S. come the end of June. That's according to a leaked memo posted to Reddit and found by CarBuzz. Sent to "All Southeast Toyota Dealers and General Managers" by Toyota, the memo says the Yaris will "cease production" at the end of June.
      "The Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback will not be available for model year 2021. Model year 2020 will be the last year for Yaris. June 2020 will be the last month of production for the Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback for the US," wrote Christine N. Henley, Toyota North America's Western Communications Manager in the memo.
      Toyota confirmed the memo, and gave Car and Driver this statement;
      "The entry-subcompact segment has new regulations that require additional homologation. Those regulations, coupled with declining sales in the segment, are some of the reasons behind the decision."
      (Author's Note: We're wondering what Toyota means by the statement we bolded here, and we'll update if we get some sort of clarification. -WM).
      The declining sales makes sense as Toyota only moved 21,917 Yaris models in 2019, down 5,293 units when compared to 2018. To give more perspective, the Corolla moved 304,850 units last year.
      So if you're interested an affordable Toyota, we would hurry down to your nearest dealer ASAP.
      Source: CarBuzz, Car and Driver
    • By William Maley
      Nearly two years ago, I drove the then all-new Hyundai Kona crossover at a press event. It was a unique looking vehicle that was entering the growing subcompact crossover class. Out of the three Hyundai vehicles I drove, the Kona impressed me most with its performance and value for money. But if there is something I have learned over eight years with reviewing vehicles, is that I can’t take first impressions as final. It has been a long wait, but I finally got my hands on a 2020 Kona Ultimate AWD. Let’s see if my first impression can still hold up.
      The Outer Limits (of Exterior Design)
      You may be forgiven for thinking that the Kona has just arrived in a UFO from Planet Nine due to its shape. But Hyundai knew they needed to make a splash in what is becoming a very competitive class. Designers took some influence from the Jeep Cherokee with a rounded front end and the front lights being separated into daytime lights and headlights. Another design trait is the slit that sits between the grille and hood cutline. Finishing off the look is body cladding running along the lower edge and a bright green paint color only available on the turbo engine models. It may seem like an odd mashup of ideas, but it works surprisingly well.
      A Conventional Interior
      Some will be disappointed that Hyundai didn’t continue the wacky design for the Kona’s interior. But having an interior that is user friendly will always pull ahead of interesting design. That isn’t to say Hyundai hasn’t added some special touches such as vent surrounds and seat stitching matching the exterior color. Hard plastics are used throughout, but they don’t feel hollow or cheap when you run your hand across.
      There is a fair amount of space for those sitting upfront. Comfort is ok for short trips, but I found myself wanting more thigh support on longer trips. In the back, there is a large amount of headroom for most passengers. Legroom is a different story as tall people will find their knees pressed against the front seats. Cargo space is another area where the Kona is lacking. With the rear seats up, the Kona’s cargo area measures 19.2 cubic feet - about 0.1 cubic feet more than the Toyota C-HR. Fold them down and space increases to 45.8. This trails the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Kicks, and Honda HR-V.
      The One To Still Be Beaten (Infotainment-wise)
      The Kona Ultimate comes equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen featuring Hyundai’s infotainment system. This system has consistently been one of my favorites as Hyundai nails the basics - simple interface, blazing-fast performance, and having features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. My only complaint is that the design is starting to look dated when compared to other automakers and their updated infotainment. 
      Turbo Power!
      Two powertrains are available in the Kona. SE, SEL, and SEL Plus use the 2.0L four-cylinder offering 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic. Limited and Ultimate come with the turbocharged 1.6L four producing 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet. This is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front or all-wheel drive is available for either engine.
      Zippy is the word to describe the performance of the turbo engine. The Kona easily accelerates away from a stop and has no issue with passing a slower vehicle. The dual-clutch transmission seems to stumble when leaving a stop, but does get itself together at higher speeds. I also found the transmission is slow to react when your floor the throttle, taking a few milliseconds to downshift.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the 1.6T with AWD are 26 City/29 Highway/27 Combined. My average for the week landed around 26.7 mpg, mostly due to cold weather during the week I had the Kona.
      Woah, This Crossover Handles
      If you wanted a subcompact crossover that handled decently, your choices were either the Mazda CX-3 or Toyota C-HR. The Kona enters the ring as the third choice, and possibly the best. On the backroads, the Kona feels quite agile and has almost no body roll. If I was to nitpick, the steering doesn’t have as much feel as you’ll find in the CX-3. But it feels noticeably better than the C-HR. Ride quality is impressive with most bumps being isolated from passengers sitting inside. Not too much wind and road noise come inside.
      Possibly the Best Subcompact Crossover At the Moment
      Hyundai has a very compelling package in the Kona. There is an excellent performance from the turbocharged engine, impressive driving dynamics, easy to use infotainment system, and a long list of standard equipment. There are some drawbacks with the small cargo area and rear legroom topping the list. If you need the space, a Honda HR-V would be my first pick. The dual-clutch transmission still needs a bit more work to iron out the hesitation issues I experienced. 
      That first impression I had still stands and moves the Kona not only being the best in the class at the moment, but also onto a very rarefied list; a vehicle I would considering buying.
      How I Would Configure A Kona: The only reason I see buying the Ultimate is for the adaptive cruise control as most of the other safety equipment such as blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and forward collision avoidance are available on other models. So if I wanted the Turbo engine, then I would step down to the Limited at $26,100. For those who think that is a tad expensive still should consider the SEL Plus as it comes very well equipped for $23,950. You do sacrifice the turbo engine for the 2.0L four-cylinder which is fine if your planning to drive mostly around town. Add an additional $1,400 for all-wheel drive.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Kona, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Kona
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: 1.6L Turbocharged DOHC 16-Valve GDI Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 175 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 195 @ 1,500 - 4,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 26/29/27
      Curb Weight: 3,276 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea
      Base Price: $29,150
      As Tested Price: $ 30,380 (Includes $1,095.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $135.00

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