Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is not the first midsize hybrid sedan on the market, but it is the first hybrid made by Hyundai, a Korean automaker. The $25,850 Sonata Hybrid gets excellent marks for its high fuel economy, lengthy car warranty and respectable looking, comfortable interior space. However, the vehicle has some quirks that need worked out before it can be given a glowing recommendation.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers many of the same features as the favorable, non-hybrid version of the vehicle, which make it a particularly popular choice with Hyundai fans. The best features of this vehicle include:

  • equipped with BlueLink (Hyundai’s emergency communication system)
  • automatic transmission
  • stability and traction control
  • bluetooth and iPod input
  • satellite radio
  • lifetime warranty
  • cloth upholstery
  • optional navigation system

An optional Leather package is also available for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This optional package includes the following upgrades:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front and rear seats
  • auto-dimming rearview mirror

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Powertrain, Performance

This hybrid vehicle comes with a 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine. Unlike most hybrids in its class, the Sonata Hybrid does not use a nickel-metal hydride battery. Instead, it uses a lithium polymer battery. The vehicle also accelerated from 0 to 67 mph in 8.7 seconds during government tests. The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also produces 206 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. However, the hybrid’s EPA gas mileage of 35 city/40 highway are thought to be exaggerated by a few miles per gallon, and not achievable under most conditions.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Safety Features

While the 2012 Sonata Hybrid has been riddled with criticism because of its unrefined engine, it boasts top quality safety scores in its class. In government tests, the Sonata Hybrid scored 5 out of 5 stars in side and frontal crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave this hybrid sedan a “good” rating, which is perfect for a hybrid. The vehicle also features side/curtain airbags for added protection.

The Sonata Hybrid in Conclusion

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid lurches at slow speeds. Also at low speeds, the braking can be considered clumsy and unpredictable. However, with a lifetime warranty and impressive fuel economy, it is an outstanding choice as an entry level hybrid vehicle.

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  • MPG: 40
  • Body Type: Sedan
  • Model Year: 2012
  • Engine Size: 2.4L
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Gas