The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid? Some folks may have been wondering if such an animal would ever be spotted in the wild. After all, despite a relatively successful year in 2012, when the Sonata Hybrid delivered 20,754 units and outsold both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid, the next-gen models of that latter pair had opened up fairly large fuel-efficiency leads on Hyundai’s high-efficiency midsizer—which wasn’t even mentioned during the launch of the traditionally powered 2013 Sonata.
But clearly the automaker wasn’t ready to walk away from its investment in advanced lithium-polymer battery technology—nor the lifetime warranty it offers on said feature—since it recently announced the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid would soon go on sale with significantly improved driving manners, slightly boosted EPA grades, and an MSRP of $25,650. Needless to say, with that $200 reduction as compared to the 2012 model, the Hyundai will remain the most affordable midsize hybrid sedan in the country.