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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/21/2013

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced at $26,445

For the 2013 model year, Hyundai has bumped up the

electric-only capability and fuel efficiency while reducing its price by about 6%. The Sonata Hybrid will start at $26,445, including a $795 destination charge; that's $165 less than last year's starting price with destination. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid Limited trim level will start at $31,345 with destination.

The 2013 Sonata Hybrid improves fuel economy and operates in all-electric mode more often and for longer periods of time, the automaker said. This is achieved with an advanced version of Hyundai's Hybrid Blue Drive architecture, which adds a larger-capacity 10.5 kW generator, an electric motor that boosts output by nearly 17% and a lithium-polymer battery pack that increases output by 38%. These upgrades are paired with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, good for a top electric-only speed of 75 mph, according to Hyundai.

In addition to maximizing electric-only driving, Hyundai says the Sonata Hybrid's improved operating system increases gas mileage using a new driving-pattern detection system and an engine on/off function. The 2013 version gets an EPA-estimated 36/40 mpg city/highway, compared with the 2012 version's 34/39. Moreover, at 87.8 pounds, the new battery pack weighs nearly 5% less than last year's pack and takes up less space in the trunk.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is set to arrive at dealerships within the next two weeks.

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