A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Veloster

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster has a practical design while starting at a modest price point. Its unique styling has an eye catching design makes it both fun to look at and exciting to drive. Combine the unique look, price, and fuel efficiency and you have one practical vehicle for your everyday driver.

Key Features

The Hyundai Veloster comes with a 1.6 liter four cylinder engine that offers 138 hp at 6,300 rpm. It is available in a six speed manual transmission or a six speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy is estimated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway for the manual, and 27 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway for the automatic transmission. Other standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a six speaker audio system, power windows, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, six airbags, stability control, and Hyundai’s Blue Link system.

Changes for 2012

The Hyundai Veloster is a brand new model for 2012.

What We Like

The pedal responds to acceleration smoothly and the Veloster gives a solid feel while driving down the road. It shifts easily whether you choose the automatic or manual transmission. The seven inch touch screen navigation feature is optional but it is worth the upgrade as comes with Pandora Internet and has the connection for a video game console.

What Concerns Us

The rear passenger seats are a little tight for tall passengers and the narrow right-side rear door can be tough for them to navigate. It may not be comfortable for long trips. There is also a large blind spot over the driver’s right shoulder so that should be remembered when changing lanes.

Available Models

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is the only model.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster was recalled because the sunroof may have been weakened during assembly. This can cause the glass to break while the vehicle is in motion, causing injury to passengers. The vehicle was also recalled because road debris and moisture may cause the parking brake to bind. The brake may not fully engage or drag while driving which can increase the risk of a crash.

Common Issues

Common complaints on the Veloster include a knocking noise, engine light on, BlueLink not working, cruise control not working, clock not working properly, hatch cover breaking off, bumper tabs breaking, bad gas mileage, grinding while in reverse, not shifting properly, and a clunking noise.

Hyundai Veloster 2012 Interior


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