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Hyundai Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid – What’s the Difference?

2022 Hyundai Hybrid Charging

Are you thinking about buying or leasing a cars like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for a more economical Baytown commute, but you’re confused about the differences between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles? Don’t worry.
We’ve put together a detailed Hyundai hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid comparison below to help you research your next Hyundai model.


Differences Between Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

One of the main differences between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles is also the most obvious, given their names – plug-in hybrid vehicles are charged by plugging them into an outlet, while hybrid vehicles are not. This is because plug-in hybrid vehicles have an extra power pack that can run the car solely on electric energy for a short range, also known as the “electric range”. Here are the differences:

  • Plug-in hybrids can run solely on the electric motor for a short range, while the gas engine and electric motor in a hybrid is always running simultaneously.
  • The battery in a hybrid is charged by the gas engine, while the battery in a plug-in hybrid is charged from an outlet or charger.

Hyundai Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid – Fuel Efficiency

Driving either type of vehicle will result in fewer trips to Houston gas stations. But plug-in hybrids generally have better gas mileage when their electric ranges are factored in. We compared some Hyundai hybrid models with their plug-in counterparts below:

Hyundai Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid – Gas Mileage

  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid – 29 MPG
  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid – 80 MPGe
  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid – 36 MPG
  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid – 76 MPGe
  • 2022 IONIQ Hybrid – 60 MPG
  • 2022 IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid – 119 MPGe 

Hyundai Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid – Cost

Plug-in hybrids generally cost a few thousand dollars more than their hybrid counterparts. Though, all the vehicles listed below are priced well within reach of most Pasadena households:

Hyundai Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid – Starting MSRP

  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid – $29,350
  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid – $34,900
  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid – $33,900
  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid – $39,500
  • 2022 IONIQ Hybrid – $23,600
  • 2022 IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid – $26,800

Check Out the Hybrid Vehicles at Baytown Hyundai

We have a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles to choose from, so why not come check out our models today? You can explore the Hyundai Tucson interior or experience another one of our hybrid vehicles. We can even help you trade-in your current vehicle to save on your next vehicle purchase!


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