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Hyundai, Volvo Recalls Affect Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Volvo S60 and XC60

Hyundai and Volvo have issued two separate recalls that could affect a total of 17,470 vehicles. The Hyundai recall applies to Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years, and includes 14,728 vehicles. The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says these models do not meet the federal safety standard for “occupant crash protection.” Motor Trend says that the rear center seatbelt can be detached, but that feature is only allowed in vehicles ... continue reading»

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets Lifetime Battery Warranty

Hyundai is covering the lithium-polymer battery pack in its 2012 Sonata Hybrid with a lifetime warranty. The automaker hasn’t said whether or not the lifetime warranty will also cover hybrid-related components, like the hybrid starter generator or power control unit. Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik told Car and Driver that Hyundai can offer this lifetime warranty because the Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain has been tested for more than 300,000 miles and the battery pack’s ... continue reading»

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Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

After a week driving the Chevrolet Volt, I tested the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. I’ve also driven the Kia Optima Hybrid in the past and there’s one thing that’s the same with all three cars – they lack power. To be fair, hybrids are meant to conserve fuel and be more eco-friendly than their gas-only versions, although some luxury hybrids from BMW, Porsche, Lexus and Infiniti are more powerful than their base gas-only counterparts. I didn’t miss the ... continue reading»

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Is Going Green Worth It? Hybrids vs. Conventional Models

It’s a question we get a lot here at U.S. News Cars. Given that hybrids and other green cars often cost more than their gas-only counterparts, does it make financial sense to buy one? The answer depends on which cars you’re comparing. Car Price EPA-Estimated Annual Fuel Costs Better Deal? 2012 Honda Civic Sedan EX $20,505 $1,917 Civic saves $3,545 at dealership; would take over six years to match that in gas savings 2012 ... continue reading»

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