A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

When Toyota first introduced the Prius, the idea seemed to be that all hybrids and electric cars had to have their own specific models and that they couldn’t look like normal cars. A lot of consumers weren’t too thrilled about that, and many manufacturers have stepped up to the plate, introducing hybrid versions of their popular sedans. The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is one great example of how you can get greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions without completely changing the design of a great model.

Key Features

Aside from its electric-assist motor, the most noticeable features of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are the infotainment system (which offers navigation, HD radio, and stereo controls on the steering wheel so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel) and the heated rear seats. No one is left out in the cold with the Sonata, not even your backseat passengers.

Changes for 2012

If you choose the Sonata Limited, you can get a three-panel panoramic sunroof. Other than that, the big change in all trim levels is the hybrid engine.

What We Like

Unlike a lot of other midsize sedans, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is very stylish and has really sleek, dramatic lines that you won’t find on other models. The price tag is also remarkably low on these models, especially for a hybrid vehicle.

What Concerns Us

Hyundai is still building its reputation as a quality brand, and they’re very new to the hybrid market. This could potentially cause issues with parts and service in the long run if they aren’t successful. However, they’re working very hard to ensure their success, so we expect this won’t be a major issue.

Available Models

While you have a few different options for trim on the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, all models have the same thing under the hood:

  • Engine – 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder hybrid
  • Power – 206 HP (net system – 40 hp from electric motor, 166 from engine)
  • Torque – 154 lb-ft at 4500 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 34/39

Major Recalls

There have been no recalls thus far on the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Common Issues

Some drivers have reported their Sonata Hybrids stalling on acceleration. Others have had issues with the transmission, including transmission failure and hesitation when transitioning from battery to engine power.

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