Jan 18

Fun in the Sun with My Sons and a Sonata

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Thank you Drive Shop for delivering yet another great vehicle for me to review, it was great having another Sonata in my life.  I previously had a 2005 Hyundai Sonata that lasted until 2014 with over 185 k miles and I really miss her!


Normally whenever I ask either of my sons if they want to go shopping with me they run in the opposite direction after a quick, “NO”!  However, this time knowing that we would be rolling in a Hyundai Hybrid Sonata Limited they jumped at the chance to hang out with their mother.

Hyundai Hybrid Sonata

Not only was the Hyundai Hybrid Sonata Limited a very roomy vehicle that fit our family of four quite comfortably but the quiet interior made for a pleasant trip to the grocery store as well as down to the shore which is where the mini men and I ended up on sunny Saturday afternoon.

Rehoboth Beach in the winter

Rehoboth Beach in the winter Rehoboth Beach in January

Rehoboth Beach in January

Malik was quite interested in the features under the hood as well; a fully parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) system which provides optimum power, with engine and battery power supply working simultaneously. The Sonata Hybrid switches seamlessly between a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver efficient power.  The engine actually charges the battery so there’s no plug in power cord.

my son was interested in the engine

The Parking Brake Button and Auto Hold were also two other nice features on this vehicle.  You no longer need to “pull up” a parking brake when parking on a slope – just press the button, and you don’t need to keep your foot on the brake at long stop signal or at railroad crossing, just push the Auto Hold button and the car stays in place.  Oh and it also keeps a tight grip on a large 1 litre bottle too!

cup holder grips a 1 litre bottle

According to the specs, the gasoline engine delivers the primary charge energy for the lithium polymer batteries while the regenerative braking system provides supplemental energy.  The engine is 2.0L 4-cylinder that runs on regular gasoline and a  Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) for smooth acceleration and efficient cruising resulting in improved fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 41 Highway MPG.* 

This model included the Ultimate Package for Hybrid Limited with a $35,765 MSRP and included the following features:

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • High-gloss window surround
  • Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • LED interior lights
  • Infinity® premium audio system (400 watts)
  • 8-inch navigation system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Travel Link® (complimentary trial)

The manual sunshades for the rear windows help cut the sun’s glare on passengers sitting in the rear and is perfect for kids and babies in car seats.  The panoramic sunroof brings the sunshine in giving you a better view of what’s outside.  

Five side and curtain airbags surround the driver and passenger including a knee airbag. The Sonata Hybrid’s high voltage battery pack is stored below the trunk floor so there is ample room in the trunk to fit in lots of bags as evidenced by this weekend grocery shopping trip.

spacious trunk in Hyundai Sonata high voltage battery under the trunk floor


I don’t know about you, but as a boomer, when I first heard the term “Hybrid” it took me back to the “Save The Planet” 60s and I thought the Sonata was going to a slow moving, Putt Putt of a car, boy was I wrong.  The Sonata Hybrid not only had me riding in style down 202 and 95 North listening to Real Jazz on SiriusXM Radio but the Lane Departure Warning signals gave me an additional sense of security especially with cars on either side of me during rush hour traffic.

blind side detection

The sound of the turn signals is loud enough so that you don’t forget to turn them off after passing another vehicle.  Doesn’t it drive you crazy being behind a driver who leaves his/her blinkers flashing for miles and never changes lanes?

Hubby especially liked the dual temperature controls because even at home we fight over the thermostat, he is always cold and I am always warm so this made for a comfortable ride for both of us.

Entertainment System in Sonata


The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is definitely a much better and more spacious vehicle than my Bloggy Buggy and I will miss the roomy interior, the Blind Zone Mirror detectors winking as other cars passed; the Hands Free Audio/Bluetooth controls in the steering wheel, the Rear Parking Assist Camera and most especially the Smart Trunk which detected the key in my hand 20-40 inches away then popped the trunk so I could load it up with ease.

Parking Assist in the Sonata  

Which of these features would be of great value to you?

large trunk space in Hyundai Sonata

  Sonata in my life again


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  1. Haralee

    WOW, looks like great features. Great review, I think you sold me, at least to test drive for myself. We have a very steep hill near us and I often , very often worry about rolling into the car behind me and I am pulling on the emergency brake and trying to double foot so that one feature is very appealing to me! Thanks!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, between parking on a hill and parallel parking those are the worse for me. I do hope that you try it out, it’s a great vehicle and I really miss driving her on a daily!

  2. Alisha

    I love that car! Isn’t it amazing how far Hyundai has come in the past few years!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I got my first Hyundai in 2005 and it was a great vehicle, but I do remember when they first came out and they weren’t nearly as nice as they are now.

  3. garym6059

    Wow a car review! That’s is mucho mucho cool.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, it’s a fun review. Thanks for checking it out.

  4. Sheila

    Love the photos lady thanks for sharing. Old man winter has made his debut appearance here in the River City aka RVA the temptures have been in the teens and we had our 1st snow of 2016 on Sunday. We’re batten down the hatches for the winter storm that’s due to hit tomorrow. The governer has already declared a state of emergency for us. Well enjoy the rest of your day lady looking forward to the next post.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, we got some as well last Sunday and like you guys we are going to get hit hard starting Friday night. I am not looking forward to shoveling…man I miss being a kid! Hope you guys stay warm and toasty and safe.

  5. Louida (@MissLouMae)

    Hyundai’s sure have gotten better over the years. This sounds like a really cool car!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, they really have which is why I miss my Sonata! Hope all is well on your side of the world.

      1. Louida (@MissLouMae)

        Yep, all is well here. Keeping warm.

  6. staciesayzso

    I’m surprised at how roomy that car is! Perfect for hanging out and running errands. #productreviewparty

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I was definitely stylin and profilin while running errands.

  7. Suzie Jackson

    Ok wow what a sweet looking car girl. I love the review you did on it! #productreviewparty

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you lovely lady. It definitely was an awesome vehicle which most likely will be my next purchase!

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