MPG

Prius Prime

Electricity (MPGe)

Electric Motor

145 city/121 hwy

Gasoline

1.8 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/53 hwy

Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

Electricity (MPGe)

Electric Motor

99 city/100 hwy

Gasoline

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

37 city/42 hwy

Transmission

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The Prius Prime has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Prius Prime’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s (33.4 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Prius Prime may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.

The Prius Prime is 8.2 inches shorter than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, making the Prius Prime easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Prius Prime uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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The Prius Prime has a much larger cargo volume than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (19.8 vs. 9.9 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Prius Prime’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s useful trunk space.

The Prius Prime’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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The Prius Prime Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Prius Prime’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Prius Prime Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Prius Prime Limited’s Intelligent Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports? recommends both the Toyota Prius Prime and the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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