September 9

Hybrid Car Comparison: 2022 Hyundai Sonata vs Hyundai Elantra

Sedans have rarely been designed to set the world on fire, but Hyundai has changed all that. At Huffines Hyundai McKinney, you can see the striking 2022 Elantra and Sonata sedans with their head-turning styling, luxurious cabins, best-in-class passenger space, and state-of-the-art technology. And with the available hybrid powertrains, you can also get excellent fuel economy. Here’s a comparison of the models to help you decide whether the Elantra Hybrid or Sonata Hybrid is for you.


2022 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai SONATA N Line next to the Han River at sunset by Hyundai Motor Group with license by Unsplash license

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid both represent superb value for money. The Elantra was the winner of the 2022 Best Hybrid and Electric Cars for the Money award, for which the Sonata was also a finalist.

The Elantra Hybrid is a small sedan that comes in Blue and Limited trims with a starting MSRP of: 

  • Blue: $24,100.
  • Limited: $28,600.

You can choose the midsized Sonata Hybrid in Blue, SEL, and Limited trims with a starting MSRP of:

  • Blue: $27,350.
  • SEL: $30,100.
  • Limited: $35,700.

Both models come with three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance to save you even more money. Hyundai also offers America’s best vehicle warranty.

Power and Economy

The Elantra Hybrid pairs a responsive 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 32-kW electric motor and a 240-volt lithium-ion polymer battery for a combined power output of 139 horsepower. A six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission sends power to the front wheels. Going with the Elantra Hybrid Blue gets you an impressive 53 mpg in the city and 56 mpg for highway driving. The Elantra Limited trim gives you up to 49 and 52 mpg, respectively.

Under the Sonata Hybrid’s hood is a powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine matched with a 39-kW electric motor and a 270-volt battery pack to give you a total system output of 192 horsepower. It transfers power to the front wheels with a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic. The Sonata Hybrid Blue will reward you with up to 54 mpg on the highway and 50 mpg around the McKinney city streets, while the other trims return 51 and 45 mpg, respectively. 

Both sedans use more electric power and less gas at lower speeds, which, along with regenerative braking, ensures you get the best gas mileage. Standard Drive Mode Select offers smart, sport, and normal modes, so you can choose the balance of economy and performance that suits your driving style and mood.

The Sonata Hybrid Limited trim offers a solar roof panel that converts the Texas sunshine into additional electric power. This feature can increase your driving range by almost 2 miles per day, or around 700 extra miles a year, courtesy of the sun.

Class-Leading Interior Space

The Elantra Hybrid offers Dallas-Fort Worth drivers best-in-class front headroom, rear legroom, and shoulder room. The larger Sonata Hybrid leads the field in front headroom and legroom. Both models seat five people in opulent comfort.

Elantra Hybrid Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger volume: 99.4 cubic feet.
  • Headroom: 40.6 inches front and 37.3 inches rear.
  • Legroom: 42.3 inches front and 38 inches rear.
  • Shoulder room: 56.5 inches front and 55.6 inches rear.

You also get a spacious trunk that holds 14.2 cubic feet of all your gear.

Sonata Hybrid Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger volume: 104.4 cubic feet.
  • Headroom: 40 inches front and 37.8 inches rear.
  • Legroom: 46.1 inches front and 34.8 inches rear.
  • Shoulder room: 57.9 inches front and 56.1 inches rear.

The Sonata’s trunk holds 16 cubic feet of luggage for your Texas road trips.

Interior Features

In the Elantra Hybrid’s superbly crafted cabin, standard features include proximity key entry, push-button start, premium cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. The Elantra Limited trim adds leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, an integrated memory system, a leather-bound steering wheel and shift knob, and customizable ambient lighting.

The Sonata Hybrid Limited trim offers all of the above and adds a power-adjustable passenger seat, a leatherette-wrapped dashboard, paddle shifters, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED interior lights, and 64-color ambient lighting.


Hyundai’s hybrid sedans are packed with innovative technology features. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free capability with voice recognition, HD radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. 

Stepping up to the Elantra Limited trim gets you wireless device charging, a 10.25-inch touch screen with navigation, wired smartphone integration, dynamic voice recognition, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. It also features a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster.

In the top-of-the-range Sonata Hybrid Limited, you’ll find a surround view monitor, a color head-up display, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system. The 12.3-inch digital instrument display incorporates a blind-spot view monitor that uses cameras in the side mirrors to show a live image of your blind spots.

On both models, the available Hyundai Digital Key allows you to use your compatible smartphone to lock and unlock the doors and start your car’s engine. 

Safety as Standard

You can be confident that Hyundai prioritizes your safety and your passengers’. The Elantra and Sonata received five stars in the 2022 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Overall Safety Ratings. The Elantra Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid equipped with specific headlights are also rated as a 2022 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. 

Both models come standard with the Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver assistance features. These include forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, blind spot, and rear cross-traffic collision mitigation, lane following assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, safe exit alert, and high beam assist. Standard on the Sonata and available for the Elantra is adaptive cruise control with stop and go. 

On higher trims, available features include enhanced forward collision mitigation, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking collision mitigation, and highway driving assist. The Sonata Hybrid Limited trim further adds remote parking assist, which enables you to move your vehicle in and out of tight parking spots at the push of a button without you even being in the car.

To see the stunning 2022 Elantra Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid models, visit our conveniently located Huffines Hyundai McKinney dealership today.


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