I love my loaded 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It is comfortable and a great looking family car. However, I would never put my family actually in it. It is unsafe. Delayed acceleration and then a "surge" of acceleration, shuts off randomly while driving, the radio often does not work. These three issues are well known and Hyundai is unable to fix them. Please read other reviews prior to purchasing for a family.
1. Passenger seat 4-5" lower than driver's. Dealer made no attempt to correct. 2. Mileage lawsuit didn't make up for cost, didn't address carbon exhaust (pay extra for hybrid!) 3. Lease end fee $400 + "damage" from normal wear for 3 years = $1000 additional cost of lease! Will never buy another Hyundai!
I bought my 2012 Sonata Hybrid last year and was originally very pleased with it, with the exception of the seat design. The headrest comes too far out and pushes your head forward. I could get over that, though. What I can not get over is the shuddering that began just over a month ago. I've had it into the dealership 4 times, and after upgrading the software which didn't solve the issue, they tell me the shuddering I experience every time I stop is 'normal'. The drive is no longer 'fun', but stressful, as I brace myself each time I see a stop sign. It's a rough ride for driver and passengers alike. I would not recommend this car to anyone. Sadly, I'm stuck with mine.
Purchased 2012 Hybrid in Aug 2012. Loved it. After a week, it started 'lurching' sometimes and the gas mileage wasn't what I expected. After complaints to the dealership my car's computer(s) was upgraded twice at no charge and now I get great mileage and no more lurching. Drive 60% in town and 40% highway. I average 37mpg but on long road trips get 39-42mpg, sometimes higher. Have seen 50mpg. Hubby loves to drive my car more than his! One reason we chose Sonata is that three of our grandchildren can ride in back with no problem. Stylish, fun to drive, roomy and we love it! The trunk in the hybrid is smaller than the regular Sonata, but plenty of room for luggage for a road trip for 2. Update (6/16): My husband is now using it to commute. I am driving his Sonata (2011, not a hybrid. Great, but not as great as the hybrid!). We both agree that we would get it again! My one and only complaint (well, sort of complaint) for both Sonatas is that I wish that the passenger seat was adjustable. I feel as though I am sitting in a hole when I ride in that seat, but it is still comfortable. Too low for me (yes, I am short).