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The Brand New 2012 Hyundai Sonata

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata hits the market as an attempt to make better all the minor faults the previous model had. Not only did Hyundai Motors listen to its consumers and car critics, they also managed to pull off an amazing feat doing so as this year’s model is one of the the most popular cars in its sector. In fact, it is the #1 sold car in many parts of the country.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Review

When compared with last year’s 2011 model, the 2012 edition definitely offers much more bang for your buck. Some of the most popular new features include the BlueLink telematics service, a touchscreen display with a better resolution and a panoramic sunroof that is included in the LIMITED trim. The engine was re-calibrated in order to provide even better fuel efficiency and the 2011 steering wheel problems have been taken care of as well.

The standard engine that is included in the 2012 model is a 2.4 L 4 cylinder model that produces 198 hp. The SE trim includes dual-exhaust, which adds an additional 2 hp. A very good 6 speed manual transmission comes standard in the GLS version while the 6 speed automatic gearbox is optional on the GLS and standard on the LIMITED and SE.

2012 Hyundai SonataYou can also opt for a 2.0 L turbocharged engine that has 174 hp on the SE and LIMITED trims. You can expect the 2.4 L engine to reach 60 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds while the 2.0 T model can reach the same speed in 6.7 seconds. A huge difference if you ask me!

One of the most impressive things about the 2012 model is definitely the fuel economy. You will get a combined city-highway consumption of 24 miles per gallon with the 2.4 L engine and an average of 26 miles per gallon with the more powerful 2.0 T. You can learn more about the performance of this vehicle, here.

Sonata Safety Features

The 2012 Sonata includes various new safety features worth mentioning. This includes: Traction control, antilock brakes, full-length side airbags, front impact airbags, active front restraints and even BlueLink emergency telematics.

The Sonata is definitely a really strong and safe car and is becoming more and more know for its durability and reliability. During government regulated tests, it received a maximum rating for overall protection, 4 out of 5 stars for front impact crashes, and 5 stars for side impact crashes.

2012 Sonata Performance Changes

All the facts mentioned above are just a small part of what can be said about the new 2012 Hyundai Sonata. However, besides all the new designs and performance upgrades, the car’s handling should also be discussed too.

2012 SonataSpecialists agree that this year’s model manages to combine both confidence and comfort perfectly. It’s suspension and chassis are taut while not tough enough to deliver all the noise and rumbles from the bumps on the roads to the interior of the car. The really aggressive drivers that want to drive fast will surely enjoy the SE trim, as the ride is a bit rougher and bumpier. This can be justified by sharper handling capabilities though.

The 2.4 L engine offers you respectable acceleration that is suitable for most drivers out there that want to buy a car in this sector of the market. The gearshifts that are done by the automatic gearbox are seamless and most of the time, you won’t even feel them. Nothing special to note about the manual transmission as it’s nothing more than average and similar to most other car’s out there so the automatic option is definitely recommended. As a whole, the Hyundai Sonata 2012 model manages to make a really sharp car even better and it is now known as one of the top 3 in its class.