A Look at 2023 Hyundai Hybrid Models
A Look at 2023 Hyundai Hybrid Models
Posted on June 13, 2023
Hyundai is at the forefront of the industry in terms of electrified vehicle development, providing a range of options including more PHEV and hybrid models than any other automaker. Before we delve into the specifics of Hyundai’s hybrid vehicle lineup, let's understand the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Hybrid Powertrain Explained
A hybrid powertrain uses a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor to propel the vehicle, switching between or combining the two, depending on driving conditions. The battery that powers the electric motor is recharged through regenerative braking and by the engine itself. In simple terms, the battery is there to assist the gas engine. It cannot power the vehicle on its own, but it helps with accelerations and engine starts, notably, thus reducing the strain on the gas engine and in the process improving fuel economy.
Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain Explained
In contrast, a plug-in hybrid has a larger battery and can be charged from an external power source, allowing it to operate in pure electric mode for a limited range. Once this battery depletes, the vehicle operates like a regular hybrid. Unlike hybrid vehicles, PHEV vehicles can function on electric power alone, significantly reducing fuel consumption over short distances.
A look at 2023 Hyundai Hybrid and PHEV Models
2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
The 2023 Hyundai Tucson comes with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Both are powered by a Smartstream 1.6L turbocharged engine. The hybrid version outputs a combined 226 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, while PHEV models deliver 261 horsepower.
The Tucson Plug-in Hybrid distinguishes itself with an all-electric driving range of up to 53 km, perfect for short commutes or city driving. On the other hand, the Tucson Hybrid averages just 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres, nearly 3.0 litres less per 100 km than the traditional Tucson.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
The 2023 Santa Fe, like the Tucson, offers both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, featuring the same Smartstream 1.6L turbocharged engine. The powertrain delivers up to 261 combined horsepower in the Santa Fe PHEV, and the same 226 hp in the Santa Fe Hybrid, ensuring a responsive and energetic drive. The plug-in hybrid version also boasts an electric driving range of up to 53 km, providing a compelling blend of efficiency and flexibility. As for the hybrid model, it averages just 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres compared to 10.0 litres per 100 kilometres in Santa Fe models with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine.
Both Tucson and Santa Fe hybrid models offer the same powertrain, and therefore the same benefits. They deliver significantly better fuel economy while PHEV models offer more range than their competitors. On the other hand, they also offer more horsepower than competing gas-only engines, offering better performance in the process as well.
2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The Elantra Hybrid is powered by a Smartstream 1.6L GDI Hybrid engine, producing 139 combined horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. With a combined fuel efficiency of 4.7 L/100km, the Elantra Hybrid offers outstanding efficiency without compromising on performance. It is more efficient than the already impressive Elantra featuring the 2.0-litre four-cylinder, and it offers considerably more torque.
2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Sonata Hybrid features a Smartstream 2.0L GDI Hybrid engine, combined with a 38kW electric motor, resulting in a total output of 192 horsepower. The 6-speed automatic transmission is enhanced with Active Shift Control technology, specifically designed for hybrid vehicles. With a fuel economy of 5.3L in the city, 4.6L on the highway, and 5.0L combined per 100 km, the Sonata Hybrid pairs performance with exceptional fuel efficiency.
With a range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles, Hyundai's 2023 lineup offers numerous options for those looking to reduce fuel consumption without compromising. Discover Hyundai’s 2023 model lineup today.