Hyundai received numerous complaints about a lack of safety and infotainment system inside their vehicle. So as one would expect, this was Hyundai's main focus while designing the 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai gave enthusiasts what they wanted by making standard on all Sonatas Blue Link, an OnStar-like technology that includes a safety, service, and infotainment system. Blue Link gives up-to-the-minute traffic information, links to emergency and roadside assistance services, and helps you locate your Sonata if you can't find it.
The Sonata's base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has been recalibrated this year, making it more fuel efficient. It now receives 24/35 mpg city/highway, placing this sedan at the very top of the midsize sedan segment for fuel economy. The 2.0T Sonata also gets an mpg boost, at 34 mpg highway compared to 33 for the 2011 model.
The Sonata has a high-strength steel body structure and six airbags. Only in its second year on the market, the Sonata has already become one of the top sellers in the midsize sedan segment with the base, turbo, and hybrid models.
Body Style: Sedan
Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.4L I-4, 2.4L I-4 + electric
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: GLS, SE, Limited, 2.0T, Hybrid
The 2012 Sonata has a variety of new features. Blue Link has been added to all Sonata models. The three-piece panoramic sunroof is now standard on the Sonata Limited. Other major additions include a new seven-inch touch screen navigation system with HD radio technology, and a rear backup camera is now available on the SE with the sunroof and navigation package. Fuel economy has improved for the regular Sonata and turbo model.
The 2012 Sonata is long and low, using Hyundai's "Fluid Sculpture" design. Running the length of this vehicle is a Hyundai signature chrome accent from the back of the rear side window to the top edge of the headlights. The front is overtaken by the large chrome grille. Hyundai offers 16-, 17-, and 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.
The Sonata has a classy interior, and a very big one at that. It has a cargo volume of 16.4 cubic feet, and an interior volume of 120.2 cubic feet. The EPA classifies the Sonata as a large vehicle, like the slightly bigger Honda Accord. A new seven-inch touch screen navigation system is available this year.
Performance & Handling
The Sonata has a best-in-class weight-to-power ratio, which results in good performance. It is 25 percent stiffer in torsion and 19 percent stiffer in bending rigidity than the last-generation model, yet it is even lighter at 3199 pounds for a base model. No Sonata has less than 198 horsepower. Enthusiasts might want to consider the 274-horsepower turbo model.
The 2012 Sonata has a high-strength steel body structure and six airbags: dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain. The Sonata also features a state-of-the-art braking system that includes electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
EPA Fuel Economy
2.4 GDI M/T: 24 mpg city/ 35 mpg highway
2.4 GDI A/T: 24 mpg city/ 35 mpg Highway
2.0T A/T: 22 mpg city/ 34 mpg Highway
- Great fuel economy
- Roomy interior
- Great styling
You Won't Like
- Hybrid model's overdone design
- Lack of rear head room
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