Hyundai has decided to take on major automakers from every continent by offering a fully-developed lineup, and the introduction of a hybrid sedan last year was an important step in that direction. The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid continues to represent the Korean brand's parrying thrust against mid-size family electric options from Toyota and Ford. At the same time, the vehicle stands apart from the gas-only Sonata via a number of different styling cues and a unique driving experience.
Has Hyundai been able to match its rivals when it comes to refinement, efficiency, and practicality? Does the Sonata Hybrid equal its conventionally-powered sibling? Read on to find out.