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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

Though many hybrids use less fuel, automotive journalists agreed that the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain is stronger and more responsive than that of many rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Responsive hybrid powertrain
  • Attractive interior design
  • Lots of standard features
  • Unimpressive fuel economy for a hybrid




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 8.9
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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid feels powerful for a hybrid car, and they loved the way its powertrain transitions smoothly from electric to gas power. The Sonata Hybrid comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, which critics said helps the Sonata Hybrid drive much like a gas-only midsize car. The 2012 Sonata Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 34/39 mpg city/highway, which is low for a hybrid. Test drivers said the Sonata Hybrid has a comfortable ride, and they wrote that it has little trouble tackling curvy roads. Reviewers added that the Sonata Hybrid’s steering doesn’t offer great feedback, but they liked that its brakes deliver strong, smooth stopping power.

Automotive journalists said the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s interior design is attractive and they liked its premium materials. Critics said the Sonata Hybrid’s front and back seats are spacious and comfortable, and they noted that the driver’s seat offers a wide range of adjustments, making it easy to find a comfortable position. The Sonata Hybrid has 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for a midsize car and much smaller than the gas-only Sonata, but typical for a hybrid. The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, push-button start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, satellite radio and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which can automatically connect you with help in the event of an accident or other emergency. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, navigation, a rearview camera and a nine-speaker Infinity audio system.

Other Cars to Consider

Automotive journalists liked the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid’s strong hybrid powertrain, which they said transitions very smoothly from electric to gas power. The Fusion Hybrid also received praise for its premium interior materials and spacious seating. When it was new, we named the Ford Fusion Hybrid our 2012 Best Hybrid Car for Families and our 2012 Best Hybrid Car for the Money.

The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid uses less fuel than the Sonata Hybrid, and critics said it has strong acceleration for a hybrid and smooth brakes. Reviewers also appreciated the Camry Hybrid’s handsome interior design and high-quality interior materials.

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