2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    36 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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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

Notable Features of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 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.


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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 34/39 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 Hybrid Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very nice car

by Very nice car from Fremont NE on April 28, 2018

We have been very happy with the car it drives well and gets great gas mileage. The vehicle is everything they said it would be. You can’t beat it a lot of good car for the money. Read full review

(4.0)

Most comfortable car I owned

by Whiskeyharley87 from Tyrone, PA on April 14, 2018

This car meets all my needs, lots of interior space. It has all the options I was looking for in a car, from Bluetooth to sun/moonroof. I was Leary of buying a hybrid but I am extremely impressed with ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Front Seat
5 Star
Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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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 Hybrid 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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