2012 Hyundai Sonata

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    198-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish exterior
  • Impressive gas mileage
  • Large trunk
  • Ample interior room

The Bad

  • Some interior trim looks cheap
  • Roofline makes backseat cozy
2012 Hyundai Sonata exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata

  • High-efficiency four-cylinder engine
  • High-power turbo four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Hybrid version offered

2012 Hyundai Sonata Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that competes with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion in the crowded family-car segment. The five-seat Sonata was redesigned last year and received much more distinctive styling and better gas mileage.


(Skip to details on the: Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Turbo)

New for 2012
Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is now standard, and the Limited trim gains a three-piece panoramic moonroof.  There's also a newly available 7-inch touch-screen navigation system with HD Radio.

Exterior
The Sonata's sloping roof shows glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Volkswagen CC, yet it's distinctive enough to stand out among direct competitors like the Camry and Accord. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Wide chrome grille
  • Extensive chrome trim

 

Interior
Hyundai significantly updated the Sonata's interior for the 2009 model year with better materials. Although the cabin was redesigned last year, materials quality was unchanged; it's still competitive but doesn't notably raise the bar for the class, which is already fairly high. Interior features include:

  • Standard satellite radio
  • Standard Blue Link telematics system
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard auxiliary and iPod inputs
  • Available touch-screen navigation system

 

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 198-horsepower (200 hp in SE), 2.4-liter four-cyl...
Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that competes with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion in the crowded family-car segment. The five-seat Sonata was redesigned last year and received much more distinctive styling and better gas mileage.


(Skip to details on the: Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Turbo)

New for 2012
Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is now standard, and the Limited trim gains a three-piece panoramic moonroof.  There's also a newly available 7-inch touch-screen navigation system with HD Radio.

Exterior
The Sonata's sloping roof shows glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Volkswagen CC, yet it's distinctive enough to stand out among direct competitors like the Camry and Accord. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Wide chrome grille
  • Extensive chrome trim

 

Interior
Hyundai significantly updated the Sonata's interior for the 2009 model year with better materials. Although the cabin was redesigned last year, materials quality was unchanged; it's still competitive but doesn't notably raise the bar for the class, which is already fairly high. Interior features include:

  • Standard satellite radio
  • Standard Blue Link telematics system
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard auxiliary and iPod inputs
  • Available touch-screen navigation system

 

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 198-horsepower (200 hp in SE), 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Four-cylinder features direct injection for better gas mileage, more power and lower emissions
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission

 

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Six airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist

 

Sonata Hybrid
The Sonata Hybrid combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a 30-kilowatt electric motor for a total output of 209 hp, which is slightly more than the base four-cylinder Sonata's output. The car gets an EPA-estimated 35/40 mpg city/highway, which puts it ahead of the Toyota Camry Hybrid's 31/35 mpg and just short of the Ford Fusion Hybrid's 41/36 mpg.

There's a litany of visual changes versus the regular Sonata that include a large, hexagonal front air dam; unique headlights and taillights; new side sills; and the requisite hybrid badges. Inside, an LCD screen shows energy flow between the various drivetrain components, as well as indicators for electric mode, battery charge and gas mileage. Back to top


Sonata Turbo
True to its name, the Sonata 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a V-6-like 274 hp and 269 pounds-feet of torque. Unlike the gaggle of V-6 family cars on the market, the Sonata Turbo gets a fuel-efficient 22/34 mpg. It also doesn't need premium gas. Available in SE or Limited trim levels, the 2.0T uses a six-speed automatic. Both trims get 18-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel paddle shifters and dual tailpipes. Back to top


Latest 2012 Sonata Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Very comfortable ride.

by Stephanie from Greene, RI on April 22, 2018

My second Hyundai. It is very comfortable. It has a sleek look and clean interior. Warranty is another great feature for a worry free investment. Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent Car!

by Wide World BMW from Spring Valley, NY on April 20, 2018

This car gives a solid ride is very sporty looking outside and inside. We just bought it with 115k miles on it and it rides like it's brand new. Love it! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sonata received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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