The 2012 Hyundai Sonata is completely redesigned since the previous years. The redesign happened in 2011, but also it added upgrades to the engine performance capacity, a great new interior, and more. It is big enough to be considered a large car by the EPA standards, but it very much feels as if it is a smaller car because of the car’s handling and traction control. Competitive with the Honda Accord, this model is a surprising find for those looking for an affordable car with great options.
The prices for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata include $19,795 for the base model to the most expensive model at $26,445. These prices are the base rates and will increase along with additions of options or packages.
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata comes in trims including: GLS, SE, Limited, 2.0T, and Hybrid.
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS is the standard model. It features 16-inch steel wheels along with a six speaker sound system that has steering wheel mounted controls, an auxiliary jack, iPod/USB audio interface, satellite radio, and a CD player. Also included with the GLS trim types is Bluetooth capabilities, a trip computer, 60/40 split rear fold down seats, heated mirrors, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, keyless entry, and a tilt and telescoping steering column.
The Sonata SE model allows you to get the options which you would pay extra for with the LS model, such as 18-inch alloy wheels, eight way power driver’s seat, and automatic headlights. Also included is a keyless ignition/entry system, leather/cloth upholstery, sport-tuned suspension, dark chrome grille, fog lights, and performance tires. The option for a turbocharged engine allows you to also get paddle shifters. The option to get navigation and sunroof packages provides accessories you would expect in other expensive cars.
The Limited series has all of the same features as the SE including options along with 17-inch alloy wheels. The auto-dimming rearview mirror and the upgraded sound system are just part of the additions you can enjoy. Turbocharging the Limited model allows you to get more power–along with an upgraded interior, backup camera as an option, as well as, optional Infinity speakers.
The performance for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata starts with the 2.4L four cylinder engine providing 198 horsepower and the ability to go from zero to 60 in 8.2 seconds. The dual exhaust model offered 200 horsepower while the Turbo 2.0L engine provides 274 horsepower and the ability to go from zero to 60 in 6.7 seconds.
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata is a perfect car for anyone looking for a sporty car on a budget. The vehicle is on par with the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord. It provides practical affordability for those looking to get the most out of their vehicle budget. Driving this vehicle allows the driver to enjoy high end accessories in a modern interior design. Gas sipping technology also helps you save money at the pump. One of the few downsides to the vehicle is the lack of rear head room for your passengers.
Safety features of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata include anti-lock brakes, front seat side impact airbags, full length side curtain bags, and active head restraints. The BlueLink technology built into each model allows instant access to emergency personnel if you are ever involved in an accident.
Crash tests performed by the government give the Sonata a five star rating. The rating of “good” was given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for frontal-offset, side-impact, and roof-strength tests. Braking was measured at 128 feet for the GLS and 120 feet for the 2.0L Turbo from 60 mph.