The sister companies under Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group offer only one model each – the Kia Optima Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and together accounted for 35,680 sales, a decent uptick over 2012’s 30,838.
These are solidly engineered vehicles, unique with six-speed automatic transmissions instead of the nearly universal CVT-types found in competitors.
Unfortunately, these companies also ran into legal difficulties, and have been under investigation by the U.S. EPA for a number of its mileage claims.
The companies have formally apologized, and settled a reimbursement plan, but aside from the smear on their record, these – like the Fords – remain excellent vehicles.
Driving characteristics, styling, and amenities are within range of direct hybrid competitors, and against normal petrol sedans which do not come close to their actual mpg capabilities.