A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai has been making a real name for itself in the midsize sedan class in the past few years, and the 2012 Hyundai Sonata is no exception. With an attractive price tag, a great warranty, and a choice of four fuel-efficient and peppy four-cylinder engines, the Sonata is set to compete with the likes of the Toyota Corolla and Honda Accord.

Key Features

The Sonata comes standard with the Blue Link infotainment system, so you can stay connected, get help with navigation, and listen to HD radio while you’re on the road. In addition to this, Hyundai has also included heated rear seats, as well as front seats. That’s a feature your passengers will appreciate!

Changes for 2012

All of the Sonatas got upgraded to the Blue Link infotainment system in 2012, and if you opt for the Sonata Limited, you’ll get a three-piece panoramic sunroof, as well.

What We Like

You get a lot for the money with the 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Combine its low price with all of its features (even in the lower-end trims), and you might start to get excited about the deal you’ll be getting on a stylish and reliable car that’s comfortable and fun to drive.

What Concerns Us

While Hyundai has been around for a while and has been working on building a reputation, the company doesn’t have the same track record for service and repairs that manufacturers like Toyota and Honda have. That can make some consumers nervous about investing in one of their vehicles.

Available Models

In addition to the two naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engines that Hyundai offers for the Sonata, you can now get the 2012 Hyundai Sonata with a turbo-charged 2.0-liter engine with more horsepower and torque than the other models. Some Sonata models are also available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Gas mileage for all (non-hybrid) models ranges from 22-24 MPG in the city and 34-35 on the highway.

Major Recalls

There have been a few recalls for certain models of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata. These have been due to curtain airbags deploying at inappropriate times, transmission shift cables detaching, connecting rod wear leading to engine stall, and deterioration of the brake pedal stopper.

Common Issues

The most commonly reported problem with the 2012 Hyundai Sonata is engine seizing. This is by far not a universal issue, but it is one to keep in mind when car shopping.

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