2012 Hyundai Sonata: Video Road Test and Review

The Hyundai Sonata is a four door mid size sedan that offers exceptional reliability, fit and finish for an affordable price powered by a range of fuel efficient, green, four cylinder engines; including a hybrid.  The Korean car builder offers the Sonata in six trim levels starting off with the entry level GLS, SE, turbocharged SE 2.0T, Limited, Limited 2.0T and the gas/electric Sonata Hybrid.
 
The base $19,695 Hyundai Sonata GLS is powered by a 2.4 Liter gasoline direct injected four cylinder in either ultra low emission or partially zero emission variants.  The ULEV motor makes 198 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque while the PZEV version is detuned to 190 HP and 179 lb-ft of torque; however both return an estimated 24 MPG in the city and as much as 35 MPG on the highway with a six speed manual as standard equipment and SHIFTRONIC available as an option.  Hyundai also gives the entry level Sonata buyer a six speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo with USB and auxiliary input jacks as well as Bluetooth hands free connectivity, while the GLS rides on a set of 16 inch steel wheels from the factory, 16 inch rims are available as an option.
 
The $23,095 Sonata SE is offered in two flavors, the first being powered by a 2.4 Liter GDI four cylinder ULEV qualifying engine that produces 200 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque being channeled through a SHIFTRONIC six speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and gets an estimated 24 MPG around town and as much as 35 MPG at speed.  The Sonata SE also offers sport tuned steering, proximity key with push button starter, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as well as seats with cloth inserts and a set of stylish 18 inch Hyper Silver alloys.  Optional equipment includes a 7 inch touch screen navigation display, rearview camera, 7 speaker HD radio with external amplifier as well as a power tilt and slide sunroof.  The Sonata SE 2.0T gets a 2.0 Liter turbocharged and direct injected four cylinder that pumps out a total of 274 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 22 MPG in the city and as much as 34 MPG on the highway for $24,645.
 
The Sonata Limited is available with all three power plants as well as leather, 17 inch aluminum alloys, a panoramic tilt and slide sunroof, 7 speaker HD radio with external amplifier or the optional 9 speaker Infiniti unit for $26,345 while the Limited 2.0T gets paddle shifters and a set of 18 inch Hyper Silver alloys for $28,095.  The Sonata Hybrid bundles all these goodies with a uniquely styled exterior and gets up to 40 MPG for $25,795.
 
Similar cars include the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
 
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