It’s crazy to think that when the Hyundai Sonata was first produced, “Back to the Future” and “The Breakfast Club” ruled the box office, while Wham! and Madonna topped the Billboard charts. After seven generations of the popular midsize sedan, the Sonata is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and we’ve never been prouder to sell the vehicle at our Chicagoland Hyundai dealership.
More than 7.3 million models of the Hyundai Sonata have been sold globally since its 1985 introduction, and more than 2.3 million models have found homes in the United States since the car debuted in our country as a second-generation model in 1988. The Sonata has been dramatically transformed over the years, evolving from its early angular silhouette to today’s Fluidic Sculpture design language. Technologically, the car played an integral role in the auto industry’s digital revolution of the 1990s and 2000s, and in recent years, it has even welcomed hybrid models to its family.
With all-new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models coming later this year, the Hyundai Sonata is poised for another 30 years of success with its fuel-efficient and sustainable design. Estimated by Hyundai to return up to 44 mpg on the highway when it goes on sale later this spring, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid will save its owners loads of cash during their commute while still offering a total output of 193 horsepower. For drivers who want to leave an even smaller carbon footprint, the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is slated for a manufacturer-estimated 93 MPGe and a class-leading 24-mile all-electric range when it goes on sale as Hyundai’s first-ever plug-in hybrid in late 2015.
Looking to celebrate the Sonata’s 30th anniversary by purchasing a model of your own? Check out our Hyundai Sonata inventory and then head to our Hyundai dealership in Algonquin, IL, for a test-drive!