While the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is on its way to posting a fairly impressive first year on the market, it’s going to face much stiffer competition in the 2012 model year—but at least it will do so while enduring just a minor bump in cost. Hyundai essentially held the line on the car’s MSRP, inflicting just $55 worth of price increase to bring its 2012 starting point to $25,850; that’s roughly a .2 percent difference.
Other differences for 2012: Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment and connectivity system will be standard across the Sonata Hybrid lineup, while a new cabin upgrade package debuts as well. For 2011, leather interior accents were only available to customers who stepped up to the vehicle’s “Ultimate Package,” which ultimately added $5,000 to the Sonata Hybrid’s bottom line. The new trim package is down to $1,500 and delivers leather seating surfaces, steering wheel and shift knob; heated front seats and heated rear-seat bottom cushions; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass.