Sleek and surefooted, miserly and mid-priced, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, now in its second year of production, is a solid choice in a midsize family sedan. Seating for 5 is complemented by over 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space, and a revolutionary hybrid powertrain arrangement is bolstered by a new lightweight battery for even more fuel-saving potential and niftier handling attributes.
Standard appearance features and creature comforts, you ask? Start with 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and full power accessories, including heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. Then there’s the dashboard-mounted hybrid performance display that’s complemented by cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering, not to mention Hyundai’s touted Blue Link infotainment and directions service (standard for 2012) incorporating Bluetooth hands-free technology. Simulated alloy cabin accents, meanwhile, as well as dual-zone climate control helps keep folks soothed as they enjoy the 104-watt single-CD player with its 6 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod interface and USB connection.
Option choices begin with the newly offered Leather Package, starring leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and Homelink remote garage door opener. The Ultimate Package, meantime, adds a power sunroof, 17-inch upgraded wheels, a rear-view camera, a touchscreen navigation suite and 400 watts of premium Infinity audio, as well as the Leather Package components. Upgraded floor mats, splash guards and cargo organizers, meantime, all remain standalone options.
A variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine combines with a 40-hp electric motor to give the 2012 Sonata Hybrid a total of 206 hp and 193 lb-ft of torque. Regenerative braking and auto engine stop/start help the four-banger recharge the svelte lithium polymer battery, while mileage is claimed by Hyundai to be some 34 mpg city/39 highway. Be advised that, though the Korean automaker touts its spiffy hybrid as accelerating up to 62 mph on electric power alone, tests by various reviewers dispute this.
In any case, standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Daytime running lights and front fog/driving lights also come delivered, as do automated Blue Link post-crash alerts. Finally, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm finish up the list of notable standard safety equipment aboard the Sonata Hybrid.
|Air Conditioning||Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones · Rear heat vents|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Front and rear side curtain airbags|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: element · Auxiliary audio input: USB, jack, iPod/iPhone integration · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.8 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.2 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc|
|Comfort Features||Door sill trim: scuff plate · Floor Material: carpet|
|Convenience Features||Cargo area light · Center console: dual level, front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Illuminated power window switches · Multi-function remote: proximity entry system, trunk release, keyless entry with panic alarm · One-touch windows: 1 · Power outlet(s): 12V · Power steering: speed-proportional · Power windows: lockout button · Reading lights: front · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: phone · Storage: front seatback, door pockets - front and rear, accessory hook · Sun visors · Tool kit · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating|
|Driver Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: power · Power adjustments: 8|
|Engine||Electric Motor Battery Type: lithium ion · Electric Motor HP: 40 · Electric Motor Power Output (Kilowatts): 30 · Electric Motor Torque: 151 · Hybrid Gas Engine HP: 166 · Hybrid Gas Engine HP@RPM: 6000 · Hybrid Gas Engine Torque: 154 · Hybrid gas Engine Torque@RPM: 4500|
|Exterior Features||Body side moldings: chrome · Door handle color: chrome · Grille color: body-color · Mirror color: body-color · Window trim: chrome|
|Headrests||Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3|
|Instrumentation||Compass · External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, low oil level|
|Interior||Leather accents · Metallic-tone accents|
|Lights||Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off · Tail and brake lights: LED rear center brakelight|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated · Inside rearview mirror: manual day/night|
|Passenger Seat||Adjustable lumbar support · Height adjustable · Manual Adjustments: recline|
|Rear Seats||Center armrest: with cupholders · Type: 60-40 split bench|
|Safety||Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors: LATCH system · Emergency interior trunk release · Energy absorbing steering column · Hood buckling creases|
|Seatbelts||Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Seatbelt warning sensor: driver and passenger · Second row seatbelts: 3-point|
|Seats||Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: premium cloth|
|Security||Anti-theft alarm system: with engine immobilizer|
|Stability and Traction||Stability control: electronic · Traction control|
|Steering||Steering ratio: 14.5 · Turns lock-to-lock: 2.90|
|Suspension||Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: twin-tube gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Stabilizer Bar: diameter 24 mm · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: twin-tube gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Stabilizer Bar: diameter 15 mm · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link|
|Telematics||Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System|
|Tires and Rims||Tire type · Wheels: alloy|
|Windows||Front wipers: variable intermittent, speed sensitive · Power windows: with safety reverse · Rear defogger · Solar-tinted glass|