If you're in the market for a fuel-efficient sedan and simply can't make due with a thrifty compact, then the 2012 Hyundai Sonata may be a good alternative. With its comfortable interior, long list of standard features and above-average fuel-efficiency, the Sonata makes a great choice for fuel-conscious families. Keep reading to review mileage, pricing and specifications for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata.
Styling: 2012 Hyundai Sonata
Last year's Sonata redesign brought a much more competitive vehicle to the midsize sedan market. With not too much changing for 2012, many have come to agree that the Sonata offers a better all-around package when compared to old favorites like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. This viewpoint all starts with the vehicle's exterior, which car shoppers may find more striking and dynamic when compared to the appearance of top competitors.
Inside, the Sonata boasts one of the roomiest interiors in its class. Four full-sized adults will have no problem feeling at home in the vehicle (although, headroom may be a bit lacking for taller individuals), and a trunk size of 16.4 cubic feet makes it a good midsize option for hauling.
Performance: 2012 Hyundai Sonata
The base Hyundai Sonata comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 198 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. These numbers are above average for the vehicle's class (as an example, the Honda Accord starts with 177 horsepower). Despite this spirited engine, the Sonata also manages to be superbly fuel-efficient. The EPA suggests an average of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway (28 mpg combined).
If you feel the need for a bit more speed, a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is also available that delivers 274 hp. Surprisingly, very few mpgs are lost with the upgrade (22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway).
Environmentally conscious shoppers may also want to take a look at the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This green machine promises 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
Safety: 2012 Hyundai Sonata
The standard Hyundai Sonata comes well-equipped with antilock brakes, front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints and BlueLink technology (similar to GM's OnStar). In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Hyundai Sonata earned a best-possible rating of "Good" in all categories tested.
Pricing and Features: 2012 Hyundai Sonata
Initial asking price for the 2012 Sonata is set at $19,795. This MSRP is very competitive, especially when you consider the list of available standard features. All Sonata models come equipped with keyless entry, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, heated mirrors, Bluetooth, 60/40 split rear seat, six speaker stereo, steering-wheel mounted controls, CD player, satellite radio, iPod interface and auxiliary input.
The Sonata SE comes with a variety of performance upgrades, including 18-inch wheels, performance tires, sport-tuned suspension, fog lights, keyless ignition and leather seats. The luxurious Hyundai Sonata Limited offers a softer suspension, leather seats, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. Top-of-the-line 2012 Sonata models start around $26,445.