Hertz has just added the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid to its fleet in selected locations. The addition is part of the company’s Green Traveler Collection, a line of hybrid, electric, and “clean diesel” vehicles that offer high fuel efficiency, according to the Hertz website.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid uses the updated styling introduced to the entire Sonata lineup in 2015. The drivetrain has been updated as well. Gone is the 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, replaced by a 2.0-liter direct-injected four. It’s paired with an updated six speed automatic transmission that has an integrated electric motor. Combined output from both sources is 193 horsepower. Hertz says its Sonata Hybrids are rated at 40 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway, which are the numbers the EPA assigns to the SE model.
The cars will be available at many major airports, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco in California. They will also be available at airports in Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, DC. If you’re not near an airport, you can find one at Hertz locations in San Jose, San Diego, Long Beach, Portland, and Denver.
Hyundai is also adding a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid to the lineup for 2016. It uses essentially the same powertrain as the Sonata Hybrid but with a larger, 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for an electric-only range of 22 miles. Power is boosted slightly to 202 hp. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid has not been added to the Hertz rental fleet yet.
Hertz Green Traveler Collection customer can choose from cars like the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius, as well as Chevrolet’s Volt and Cruze diesel. Fuel economy not your style? Spice up your driving by renting a luxury or exotic car through the Hertz Dream Cars program. Choose premium models from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar. Hertz even has the Tesla Model S available, in case you want to try one before you buy one, or simply want to rent one if you can’t buy it.
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