• (4.6) 58 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,912$13,616
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 32
  • Engine: 138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Hyundai Veloster

Our Take on the 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Our Take

Hyundai's Veloster is a boldly styled hatchback with two front doors and one forward-opening rear door on the passenger side. Effectively replacing the Tiburon, the Veloster serves as a coupe opposite the new Elantra sedan. Hyundai considers the Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper and Scion tC among th... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Steering
  • Power doesn't match looks
  • Limited backseat space
  • Awkward cargo-hatch opening
  • Rear visibility
  • No street-side rear door

Notable Features

  • New hatchback replaces Tiburon
  • Curbside rear door
  • Up to 37 mpg
  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Introduces Blue Link Telematics

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Driving the four-seat 2012 Hyundai Veloster for two weeks was as energizing as downing a doppio espresso via IV drip and exactly the kick in the pants I needed after driving clone after clone of bland, boring cars. You know that amazing feeling when you walk out of the hair salon after getting a fabulous seasonal shape up and highlight refresh? It gives you just a little extra sway to your swag... Read full review for the 2012 Hyundai Veloster

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Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 58 reviews

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Great Fuel Efficient Car with Style and Features

by Arthur from Bay Area, CA on December 25, 2011

The Hyundai Veloster's look does not reflect on how the engine actually performs. That's not to say that the engine is terrible due to the high fuel efficiency. The Veloster is mainly intended for dai... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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