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2012 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews

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2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T

by from Princeton, NJ on August 24, 2011

I had never been in a Hyundai before test driving the Sonata, but was attracted to the car after seeing the 2011 remodel on the road. The turbo model is a lot of fun to drive. The sports suspension ma...
I had never been in a Hyundai before test driving the Sonata, but was attracted to the car after seeing the 2011 remodel on the road. The turbo model is a lot of fun to drive. The sports suspension makes back road driving very comfortable, and I get 28-33 mpg on average city driving. I'm 6'2", so there's plenty on leg room in the front and back, and the seats are very comfortable. Compared to other vehicles in it's class, the Sonata is an extremely well thought-out car for the price. There is every new tech feature available -- I personally really enjoy the fact that I can control my iPod from the Nav screen, and that the dashboard is very simple. I did a lot of research before purchasing this car, but am very glad that I did. The best part of my day is my commute!
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Bigger and Better Than It Looks

by from Cincinnati, OH on November 1, 2011

After months of research and test-drives, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata came out on top. I purchased the GLS model with the $750 option package that added a power driver seat, alloy wheels, auto-dim lights,...
After months of research and test-drives, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata came out on top. I purchased the GLS model with the $750 option package that added a power driver seat, alloy wheels, auto-dim lights, and a few interior upgrades. I am right at 2900 miles, mostly city and am still excited to drive it. I'm converting from a 1999 Infiniti I30, that had plenty of room and many nice options. Believe it or not the Sonata has more interior room (front & back) than the I30. My family and friends have made the same comment without any prompting from me. While it may be a four-cylinder, it accelerates without hesitation or excess noise. Once at 65-75 it cruises smoothly and quietly. Since I tend towards the deaf side, I had my all-hearing wife drive it for a few days and she agreed that it drove quietly. I think it handles very well, but temper that with the 12 year-old I30 I was driving. The seats are very comfortable, both front and back, and I have had a rear passenger that is 6'4", with a front passenger that is 6' with no knee touching seat problem. The trunk is HUGE...take a look and you will be amazed. A compliment I hear frequently is the dash and control setup. It looks sleek and is ergonomically friendly. I had one issue and that was the XM Radio would not pick up the signal to turn on. Hyundai was giving three months free upon purchase. After the first service visit, the decided to replace the radio. It worked fine once it that was done. I made the suggestion that maybe the dealer should have the XM option activated prior to delivery of the vehicle. For what I paid, I consider this an excellent value for what you get. I would at least get the power driver seat option, since the manual seat does not bring the seat up high enough to comfortably rest your left arm on the window sill (if you drive like that). Now when I read these I wonder about the person who wrote the review...are they knowledgable, crazy, hyper-critical? I am a hard-working middle-class cop who doesn't like to waste money. I researched and drove several cars, trying to learn something from each salesmen I spoke with. I'm no businessman, but it obvious that some car salesman were not quite so honest. I lucked out in the end and found someone who knew what fair deal meant. Hope this helps.
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Best Car Buying Experience

by from Pittsburgh, PA on September 15, 2011

I have been a General Motors guy for quite a while and have heard all of the hype about the Hyundai line-up of vehicles. I was not impressed at first until I got behind the wheel of my new Sonata. I w...
I have been a General Motors guy for quite a while and have heard all of the hype about the Hyundai line-up of vehicles. I was not impressed at first until I got behind the wheel of my new Sonata. I was looking for something that would get good gas mileage while giving me the comfort I need on those three to four hour trips I make several times a year. I am impressed. This new Hyundai is fantastic. The comfort of the seat and the quiet ride make driving this car quite a welcome change. I am impressed with the power under the hood. The car will not win any challenges from a dead stop but for the driving I plan to do with it there is plenty of power. I bought the GLS model and the features in this base model are more than adequate for my needs. I have used the bluetooth and plugged my iPod in right away. Everything works with little effort at all. This car is well worth every penny and I am looking forward to settling into a nice long road trip in it soon to relax and enjoy myself.
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Best Car For The Money, Hands Down

by from Cold Spring Harbor, NY on September 2, 2011

I searched exhaustively for a new vehicle. I test drove Altimas (4-cylinder and 6-cylinder), the Maxima, Ford Fusions (4-cylinder and 6-cylinder), the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord & the CRV, and was...
I searched exhaustively for a new vehicle. I test drove Altimas (4-cylinder and 6-cylinder), the Maxima, Ford Fusions (4-cylinder and 6-cylinder), the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord & the CRV, and was not overly impressed with any of them for their style and value. Enter the Sonata: It only has a 4-cylinder engine, but you would never know it and never guess it. The car has amazing pick-up, ridiculously better than the 6-cylinder Altima and Fusion that I test drove. It has no hesitation when you step on the gas and switches gears smoothly (unlike the Fusion which threw me back in my seat while accelerating), for a very pleasant driving experience. The cars turn radius is impressive - it turns on a dime. The ride is extremely quiet, minimal highway noise and a very, very, very nice ride, similar to that of a Lexus or Mercedes. But, at $27,000 the Sonata Limited boasts the same features of a fully-loaded Lexus or Mercedes for half the price: push-button start, leather interior, panoramic sunroof, voice-sync, and Bluelink (like On-Star). It has all the bells and whistles of a luxury car. Plus it gets awesome gas mileage because it's only a 4-cylinder engine. No other car company can beat the car styling, performance, and warranty for the value!!
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I Love this Car!!

by from Bulrington, NJ on October 6, 2011

I purchased a 2012 Sonata GLS Sedan. My fiancee and I did alot of research and went out looking for about a month. I am so glad I made this choice. The car has great handling along with a very comfort...
I purchased a 2012 Sonata GLS Sedan. My fiancee and I did alot of research and went out looking for about a month. I am so glad I made this choice. The car has great handling along with a very comfortable ride even for long trips. The gas mileage is outstanding. The warranty definitely can't be beat. The exterior reminds you of a mini Benz or BMW. I really feel safe inside the car too. You won't regret it!!
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Really?!

by from on September 11, 2011

What can I say that the other reviewers already haven't, except it's true. The Hyundai dealer was our last visit yesterday to check out and test drive these cars. We were told "not to overlook the Hyu...
What can I say that the other reviewers already haven't, except it's true. The Hyundai dealer was our last visit yesterday to check out and test drive these cars. We were told "not to overlook the Hyundai" by a family member who has been in the new and used car business for 30 years. We are glad we took his advice. He had visited the plant in Alabama and knew all about the technology on the motor and how a non-turbo 4 cylinder can get 198HP and 35 MPG! Like another reviewer stated, you can't even tell that this is a four cyclinder. The 6 speed auto transmission is very smooth. Yep, we bought the 2012 Sonata Limited, Sparkling Ruby paint with the saddle leather interior. We also drove the Sonata Sport version, but the additional options on the Limited made us choose it. My wife and I started our car shopping task nearly 2 weeks ago. My wife said this auto shopping experience was like a full time job, which is true, if you do countless research time along with the sometimes dreaded dealer visit/sales people experience. I took advantage on a couple of occasions and used the internet quote method. This was very convenient and usually the best price; however, The Hyundai shopping was at the dealer and the sales person was great. He didn't waste our time with the pitches that seem to go on forever with some (I even texted a friend to call me while we were at another dealer just so I could tell the salesman I was being "called out" to work). My wife got a good laugh out of that when we were driving away! I got up before dawn today and took the car for a drive to get a paper and coffee. Opened the moon roof and enjoyed a short drive before anyone else was out and about. I will update this review as time passes to provide updates. Good luck with your car shopping!
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Love, Love, Love my Sonata!

by from Fayetteville, NC on September 30, 2011

Did I mention that I love my Sonata? I do. I've had it for 3 months now and I find reasons to drive.
Did I mention that I love my Sonata? I do. I've had it for 3 months now and I find reasons to drive.
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All around excellent vehicle

by from North Dakota on September 9, 2011

I have never driven or even considered the Hyundai before this year, but while researching for vehicles many people talked very highly of the car so I thought the Sonata was worth a look. I test drove...
I have never driven or even considered the Hyundai before this year, but while researching for vehicles many people talked very highly of the car so I thought the Sonata was worth a look. I test drove many other comparable cars and in the end I purchased a 2011 Sonata 2.0T. At first I was going to settle on the regular Sonata. I really liked the SE. It handled well, looked good and was rated as one of most fuel efficient in it's class. But after some coaxing by the sales rep, I gave the 2.0 turbo a test drive. I'm so glad he talked me into giving this model a drive. It didn't take long to know that this baby, even though it has a smaller engine, has some real get-up and go. Hyundai has figured out the turbo technology. Plus the 2.0T model looks classier. I've been averaging around 34 mpg on the highway. The car is comfortable, reliable and fun to drive. I've had many people comment on it's looks, but to me looks are secondary to it's reliability and efficiency. I'm a very happy and proud customer.
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great for a person on a budget

by from new york city on August 13, 2011

BAse gls,,,great handling,( though should be tighter steering at lower speeds and parking). Base car has no seating support to complement ride. Good absorption of bumps but feel the road anyway which ...
BAse gls,,,great handling,( though should be tighter steering at lower speeds and parking). Base car has no seating support to complement ride. Good absorption of bumps but feel the road anyway which is good. Paint is of first class. Body could be more compact as they are copying the german cars by every inch. Power is quite good for four cylinder. Great value at the price
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2012 Hyandai Sonata

by from on August 10, 2011

Very simply the car is outstanding. Ride, drive, gas mileage, quiet interior- you can actually hear the radio without turning the volume way up! Lots of standard extra features included that you pay ...
Very simply the car is outstanding. Ride, drive, gas mileage, quiet interior- you can actually hear the radio without turning the volume way up! Lots of standard extra features included that you pay for on other brands. (bluetooth, usb ports)- the interior is excellent and has lots more room in the backseat than say a Nissan Altima.
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