Midsize gasoline-electric hybrids like the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited come with at least two inevitable weaknesses, compared with their conventional versions. They cost more, and the hybrid batteries consume some of the trunk space. When gasoline prices are high, however, hybrids are desirable because of their fuel-economy advantage.
It so happened that we drove a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at a time of declining fuel prices. The Danbury, Conn., gasoline station we patronize gave up 8 cents a gallon, to $2.09, in the course of a few days in early December. In short, if you're inclined to do the math, you'll find hybrid models make less sense today than they did when prices broke the $4 barrier a couple years of ago.