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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 34 City / 39 Highway
Pros
  • Stylish exterior and interior
  • Offers most value in class
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Crisp handling and fun to drive
Cons
  • Sloping roofline takes away backseat room
  • Slightly less refined than class leaders
, Automotive Editor -
If you want a hybrid that looks like a normal car, consider the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It shares the same good looks of its gasoline-only counterpart, as well as the room and comfort of a family sedan, but it packs a gas-electric hybrid system to give up to 40 MPG. And it also comes with Hyundai's long warranty and long list of standard equipment. For a value conscious hybrid buyer, the Sonata Hybrid could be just the car.

Introduction

The Hybrid comes in one trim level with two option packages available. Standard equipment includes the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to make 206 horsepower. Power is put through a six-speed automatic transmission, rather than a CVT transmission found in most hybrids. Also included are 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, ABS, stability control, power windows, mirrors and locks with remote entry and start, dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth and iPod/USB interface.

The Leather Package adds leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Ultimate Package adds to the Leather Package a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, navigation system with traffic and weather, backup camera and a 10-speaker HD premium audio system.

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The Ford Fusion Hybrid is more efficient, more refined and faster, but can be much more expensive and the controls aren't as user-friendly. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is more spacious inside, well-priced and reliable, but is less involving to drive and is more expensive. The Kia Optima Hybrid has the same powertrain as the Sonata's with different styling that may not be to everyone's tastes. And the Volkswagen Passat TDI gets better highway MPG and an available manual transmission with more interior room, but city MPG is lower and some common features are only available on the most expensive models.

Which Style To Buy?

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Starting price
$12,995

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base

Recommended for: For buyers looking for a stylish hybrid sedan

The Sonata Hybrid comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor for a combined 206 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include power windows, heated mirrors and keyless entry and start, 16-inch alloy wheels, active front headrests, 8-way power driver's seat, automatic headlamps, LED tail lights, front fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth and USB input with iPod interface. The Leather Package adds leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door opener. The Ultimate Package includes the Leather Package and adds a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, navigation system with traffic and weather, backup camera and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system with HD radio.

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