The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award, and is the distinguished best in class selection for 2017. In areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASGʼs annual data-driven Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, the Sonata Hybrid led the competitive class comprised of 106 Full-Size cars for model year 2017. While the Sonata Hybrid has earned a reputation in the market as a top environmental performer with its hybrid capabilities, ASG now acknowledges the Sonata Hybrid as the best all-around value selection, with environmental, social and economic considerations.
When assessing and comparing all 2017 vehicle offerings in head to head comparison, irrespective of class division, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid stood out as one of 20 vehicles to earn a position on ASG’s 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX (Cars). The Index is comprised of the 20 best environmental performing vehicles available to consumers in North America.ASG’s annual study applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. The vehicle that performs highest in any performance area, in a given class, obtains a rating score of 100 in that specific performance area (Economic, Social, Environmental and All-Around Performance). Each vehicle is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle in its class, with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. For example, a rating of 95 translates to a 5% performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle in class.
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2017 BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, and is distinguished among an elite group of five vehicles in...View full product details
The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.
Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.
While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.
One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.