2012 Hyundai Sonata Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. with 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 3/13/2012 Ratings Summary The Sonata's distinctive styling, competent performance, stylish and comfortable cabin, easy demeanor, and obvious value stand out in a sea of economic midsize sedans. Others, however, are making strides to challenge the one-time family benchmark.
B
Performance The Sonata's overall performance is well balanced with a peppy engine, competent handling, good brakes, and effortless drivability.
Acceleration
B
Among its peers, the Sonata offers competitive acceleration with its base-level engine at about 8 seconds to 60 mph. The available turbo engine cuts it down to less than 7 seconds.
Braking
B
In our 60-0 mph testing, the Sonata's brakes were slightly better than average and impressed us with a firm pedal and good fade resistance.
Steering
B
Electric-assist steering calibration offers good response but less road feel than some competitors do.
Handling
B
Our testing shows the Sonata handles better than the softly tuned suspension might otherwise indicate. Stability control is set at a conservative limit.
Driveability
B
Combining all this competent performance results in the kind of car that offers an almost effortless drivability. "Get in and go" without a second thought.
B
Comfort With good ride comfort and interior accommodations that are generously sized (technically a "Large Car"), the Sonata is near the top of its class for overall comfort.
Seating Comfort
B
Supportive and well-contoured front seats are not too squishy. Rear-seat accommodations are sizable, and competitive with its peers. Rea headroom might be tight for 6-footers.
Ride Comfort
A
The highway ride is well isolated but not boaty either. Those who opt for the sporty SE trim will like its sharper handling capabilities but not its bumpier ride.
Quietness
B
Exceptionally good road-noise isolation, however, we sourced some wind noise from the exposed wipers at the base of the windshield.
B
Interior An attractively designed interior blends sound ergonomics, plenty of room, and generous cargo capacity. Optional upgrades like navigation and a panorama sunroof are available.
Ergonomics
B
Crisp clear gauges, well-labeled center stack with large, intuitive buttons and an easy-to-navigate trip computer offer good ergonomics. Optional nav system is equally proficient.
Ingress/Egress
B
Front doors open wide for easy access, but the sloping rear roofline is a little problematic.
Space/Room
B
If there's one thing the Sonata has it's plenty of room to stretch out. It's technically a "Large Car" on the inside though it looks like a midsizer.
Visibility
C
Again with the sloping rear roofline, there's a visibility penalty to be had. A rearview camera is available.
Cargo/Storage
B
At over 16 cu-ft, the Sonata's trunk is large. Goose-neck hinges limit cargo options, but standard 60/40-split fold backseats open things up again. Plenty of storage inside, too.
A
Value Hyundai raised this bar years ago and forced its competitors to catch up. Others are making strides in the right direction, but the Sonata's a complete package with all the value a well-informed and frugal buyer is looking for.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
All seams, door/hood/trunk cut lines and interior materials are slightly better than average. Very good build quality, especially considering the price.
Features(vs. $)
B
Even the base model includes all the hot items like push-button ignition, Bluetooth, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface, aux jack, and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Cost
B
With the entire model range priced between $21K-$26K, the Sonata's price is very fair and highly competitive.
MPG
B
Rated by the EPA at 28 mpg combined, the Sonata GLS offers competitive, but not class-leading fuel economy.
Warranty
A
Although many manufacturers now offer similarly lengthy warranties, Hyundai's overall package is still a leader and benchmark.
Ownership
B
With ongoing R&D in Korea as well as Stateside, an ever-expanding dealership base, and the obvious jump in quality, the comfort level of owning a Hyundai has risen immensely.
B
Fun To Drive Hyundai makes cars that are fun to drive; just not this one. The sportier SE model with the turbo motor and quicker reflexes might raise your pulse, however.
Driving Experience
B
Driving a Sonata is undemanding and it responds with an intuition and confidence the way a family sedan should.
Personality
B
Choosing a Sonata over one of the ubiquitous best-sellers in the competitive class would likely indicate you've done a little more homework.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Hyundai Sonata Sedan in VA is:

$141 per month*
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