2012 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $19,795 - $28,195

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Thoroughly redesigned from the ground up, the Hyundai Sonata carries into 2012 with minimal changes. Hyundai’s new “fluidic sculpture” design language makes 2012 Hyundai looks more contemporary. Last year it also introduced two new engines, a 2.4-liter direct injection system inline-4 engine, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, and both have been re-tuned this year to be more efficient. The Sonata Limited trim also gains a new three-piece sunroof, alongside a 7-inch touch display.

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Pros

Attractive exterior styling

Well-damped ride quality

Exemplary safety scores

Spot on fuel economy

Cons

Limited rear headroom

The cabin gets jerky in SE trim

What's New?

Slighter redesign with new grille

Dual-zone automatic climate controls

New 7-inch touchscreen display with HD Radio


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19795

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

198 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110 in.

length

189.8 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3161 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/29/35 mpg

highway range

647.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

GLS$19,795 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

SE$23,195 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Cloth/Leather Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights

Limited$26,445 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding & tilting glass Sunroof

Colors and Styles

2012 Hyundai Sonata in Black Onyx color
Black Onyx

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.8

Competition

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Having said that, the Sonata is not without competition. While the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry form the crux of its competition, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata also goes up against the likes of the Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, and Nissan Altima. All three start from $20,000, the same as the Sonata’s, and aside from the Ford Fusion, both the Altima and Optima have gone through a full-cycle refresh. So, How does the Sonata perform in this competition?


6.0/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.8/10
Safety


2012 Hyundai Sonata Features

6.0/10

The Hyundai Sonata was significantly revised last year, with the introduction of the “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, There’s also a Popular Equipment package worth $750 that gets upgrades like 16: alloy wheels over steel wheels, power driver seats with lumbar support arrangement, chrome interior handlings, automatic light control, The Navigation Package adds a premium sound system and a touch screen navigation system, and it will set you back by $1,700. 

The 2012 Sonata SE adds a paddle shifter, sport-tuned suspension, eight-way driver’s seat, faux leather door panels, 18: silver alloy wheels, chrome-tipped exhaust dual exhaust, and dark chrome grille alongside a body-color hood trim. Unlike the GLS, the SE gets a Navigation and Sunroof package, for $2600, that gets a touch screen navigation system, power tilt and sunroof slide, and premium speakers and upgraded amplifier. The SE 2.0T gets similar features with the benefit of the turbocharged engine. 

Both the Limited and Limited 2.0T model gets full leather upholstery, with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, dark chrome grille, and an exclusive Piano Black Woodgrain interior trim, sunroof, standard 17: aluminum alloy wheels, as part of its standard offering. Options include a Navigation Package that adds a touch screen navigation system with an integrated rear backup video camera and Infinity speakers.

Trim

GLS

SE

SE 2.0T

Limited 

Limited 2.0T

 

MSRP (manual)

$19,795

$23, 195

$24,745

$26,445

$28,195

 

MSRP (automatic)

$20,795

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Key Features

Front air conditioning, manual

18" silver aluminum Wheels

Front air conditioning, dual-zone automatic

17" silver aluminum Wheels

18" silver aluminum Wheels

 

 

Premium cloth seat trim

Front Fog/driving lights

Navigation system with a touchscreen display

Tilting Glass Sunroof

Steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters

 

 

Remote keyless entry

Cloth/leather seat trim

Sunroof

Heated front seats

Dual exhaust tips

 

 

Heated mirrors

Driver Lumbar support

Premium Infinity speakers

 

Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel 

 

 

SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

Dark chrome front grille

Driver Lumbar support

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

Active ECO system

 

   

Performance tires and sport-tuned suspension

Front Fog/driving lights

Leather Seat trim

Leather-wrapped shift knob

 

We Recommend

With dual exhausts and features almost similar to its turbocharged counterparts, the 2012 Sonata SE model would be the pick of the lot, It gets the same n.a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine but it produces 200 hp, so with the benefit of an economical engine, (the 2.4-liter engine gains two mpg in the city), you also get a great performance. Adding to its already impressive standard list, the 2012 Sonata SE gets a firmer and sport-tuned suspension, and quicker steering and leather upholstery option as well.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2012 Sonata is totally new, and alongside a new exterior design, it also gets two engine options. The mass-produced Sonata gets a 2.4-liter direct injection, the inline-4 engine that produces 198 hp in the SE trim, The 2.0T model comes with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, it barely has any turbo lag and promises to be much more economical than the V6 in the older models.

Both six-speed automatic manual transmissions are available, and the 2.0T models get an automatic transmission with paddle shifters as well. Both the non-turbo and turbo Sonata’s have refined drive quality. But the SE trim with the benefit of a dual exhaust note feels sprightlier and engaging to drive. The base trim hits 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds which is the fastest accelerating car.

Model

2012 Hyundai Sonata 

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Kia Optima

2012 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$19,795

$20,705

$19,500

$20,550

Engine

2.4-liter Inline-4

2.5-liter Inline-4

2.4-liter Inline-4

2.5-liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Power

198 hp @ 6300 rpm

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

175 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

184 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm

172 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

186 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm

180 ft-lbs. @ 3900 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.9

8.8

8.3

8.6 

Quarter mile (mph)

16

16.3

16.3

16.2

Top speed (mph)

N/A

112

162 

N/A

The Kia Optima with the same 2.4-liter inline-4 engine produces 198 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the most in this competition. But with a curb weight heavier than the Hyundai Sonata and the Fusion, it ends up being a quarter of two seconds slower in 0-60 mph timing. The 2012 Sonata is the second-fastest midsize sedan in this segment, and it trails the Ford Fusion by 0.1 seconds, and the Nissan Altima is the slowest of them all.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

7.8/10

Hyundai has really improved the fuel efficiency figures of the 2012 Sonata. This time with the 2.4-liter n.a. Inline-4 engine, the 2012 Sonata delivers 24/35/28 mpg in city/highway/combined situations. Mileage in the city has improved by 2 mpg with this engine. With the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the 2012 Sonata delivers 22/34/26 mpg in city/highway/combined situations. The turbocharged engine sees an improvement of two mpg on the highway which helps 2.0T Sonata models with a good range of 629 miles. 

Model

2012 Hyundai Sonata 

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Kia Optima

2012 Nissan Altima

MPG (city)

24

22

24

23

MPG (Highway)

35

29 

35

32

MPG (Combined)

28

24

28 

27

Fuel Capacity

18.5

17.5

18.5

20.0 

Range (City/highway)

444 / 648 

385 / 560 

444 / 648

460 / 640 

In comparison, Both the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata return the same mileage and range figures since both share the same engine. While the Ford Fusion with the smaller fuel tank capacity of 17.5 liters ends up with less range of 385 miles in the city and 560 miles on the highway. The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima turns out to be the cars delivering the highest ranges of 648 miles.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Interior

7.5/10

The interior of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata now looks and feels more luxurious. Understated textured dash material gives it some depth, and the wood accents available in upper trims give it a glossy finish and rich texture that enriches the look of the dashboard. The seats feel well-bolstered and new in the 2012 Sonata which makes use of an electric air bladder for the lumbar support.

Throughout the line-up, the Hyundai has a great sound system and the Infinity sound system tops off as the most exclusive sound system which comes in the higher trims. There are enough storage options available inside the cabin, in fact, the Sonata’s 16.4 cu-ft of standard cargo space is the most in this competition, except for the Ford Fusion

Model

2012 Hyundai Sonata 

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Kia Optima

2012 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/57.9/45.5

38.7/57.4/42.3

40.0/57.2/45.5

40.6/55.7/44.1 

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/56.7/34.6

37.8/56.5/37.1

37.6/55.7/34.7

36.8/55.5/35.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.4

16.5

15.4

15.3

As mentioned before, the Sonata is more luxurious and immersive compared to its competition. It also gets more front and rear headroom space in this competition. However, the Nissan Altima stands as a winner in terms of rear legroom measuring 35.8 inches which is adequate enough. The Kia Optima on the other hand has mediocre interior cargo capacity. Some of the standout interior features of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata are:

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • .Automatic light control
  • Faux leather door panels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 

How intuitive is the 2012 Hyundai Sonata’s infotainment unit?

New for this year is Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system that uses live operators to provide information and directions, by connecting the car via streaming data to the web. The Blue Link is available in different packages and access to the website is bundled in. Aside from that, the 2012 Sonata features a new high-resolution touch screen with satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and an optional Navigation package that packs in Navigation control plus HD radio and an exclusive premium Infinity speaker system. Some of the standout entertainment features of the 2012 Sonata are:

  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Bluetooth
  • AM/FM Stereo; HD Radio
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • BlueLink Telematics system

2012 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

7.0/10

The 2012 Sonata carries over Hyundai’s new “Fluidic sculpture” and the 2012 Sonata looks more modern and contemporary. The side profile features a bold character line that extends all the way to the rear, and the swooping roofline gives the rear a distinct notchback design. The new Sonata is lighter than the previous model and with 3161 lbs of curb weight, the car is quicker than last year's model.

The Sonata SE with dual exhaust tips not only produces more sound but also looks more sporty than the other non-turbo models. Furthermore, the Sonata is one of the decently proportioned cars in its segment although the dimensions have microscopic differences. The bold and razor-sharp headlights make it an absolute looker on the streets and definitely have a personality of its own.

Model

2012 Hyundai Sonata 

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Kia Optima

2012 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs)

3161

3285

3206

3180

Length (in.)

189.8

190.6 

190.7 

190.7

Width (in.)

72.2 

72.2

72.1

70.7

Height (in.)

57.9

56.9

57.3

58.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.5

N/A

5.3

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

110.0

107.4

110.0

109.3

Both the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata have the same wheelbase, which gives them both similar legroom space, as well. But with 5.5” of ground clearance and 57.9” of height, the Sonata sits taller than the rest of the competition. The Kia Optima,on the contrary, comes with the lowest ground clearance of 5.4 inches which affects its drivability. Speaking of length, both the Kia Optima and Nissan Altima measure the same length of 190.7 inches. Some of the standard exterior features of the 2012 Sonata are:

  • Front grille
  • Redesigned headlamps and LED daytime running lights
  • New alloy wheel design
  • Redesigned tail lights
  • New front fog lamps

2012 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.8/10

The 2012 Sonata has been named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as their Top Safety Pick car, which means that it has earned “Good” scores in overall all test categories. Even the NHTSA has awarded the 2012 Sonata with “Five” stars in most of the categories. Aside from that, some of the standard safety equipment of the Hyundai Sonata air dual front side airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and active headrests. Upper trims also get the benefit of a rear video camera, which comes if the Navigation Package is chosen. Some of the noteworthy safety features of the 2012 Sonata are:

  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks

2012 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata is a major improvement over its previous year models. Not only does it look modern and contemporary, but its new combination of inline-4 engines makes it equally enthralling, as last year's V6 engine. With a price starting from $20,000 (with taxes), the base 2012 Sonata GLS is a welcome car to the midsize luxury segment. If it had the optional Navigation Package and the interior was upgraded with leather treatment, then the Hyundai Sonata is a fair deal and worth spending all the money indeed. 

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