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.