Consumer Reviews Summary
78 of 94 (82%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Hyundai Sonata Overview
One of the biggest surprises in 2011, the Hyundai Sonata picks up where it left off in 2012 as a real contender in the crowded midsize market.
Pretty much every carmaker makes some sort of midsize sedan, so the Sonata’s ability to breakthrough last year in terms of style and sales was surprising and welcome. The first thing that you notice about the Sonata is its look, which is a prime example of Hyundai’s “fluidic design” philosophy which features plenty of curves and folds in the hood and fenders.
For 2012, there aren’t many changes to the Sonata as it was redesigned only last year. Hyundai’s new BlueLink telematics system, similar to the OnStar system from GM, is standard on all models. The Limited trim now offers a three-piece panoramic sunroof to let rays in, and a 7-inch touchscreen navigation with HD radio is also available.
Under the hood, the 2012 Sonata keeps the same engine options, starting with a 198-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder which is one of the most powerful base engines to be found in this segment. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or automatic, and a Sonata with this engine will get 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Instead of the V-6 you’d find in most competitors like the Accord and Camry, the Sonata opts for a turbocharged four-cylinder as its more powerful engine. The 274-horsepower engine also produces 269 pounds-feet of torque and opting for less cylinders means that fuel economy numbers remain high – 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the quality of fit and finish is high with soft touch materials abounding. We also particularly like the Sonata’s center console design and its unique climate control setup which. The 2012 Sonata offers plenty of standard features, including Bluetooth® connectivity, the aforementioned BlueLink, auxiliary/USB audio inputs, air conditioning, and steering wheel controls for the audio/Bluetooth/cruise control. Also available are push button start, leather upholstery, the renovated navigation system, and the panoramic sunroof.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the 2012 Sonata is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and got a full five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA.
In short, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata offers great value and gas mileage, as well as impeccable safety ratings which make it a great choice for anyone shopping the midsize segment, whether you need a car for the commute or to take the family around.