This 2012 Hyundai Sonata video review includes information about price, fuel economy, safety, comfort and technology features like BlueLink. We compare it to other midsize family sedans and let you know how it stacks up to the competition.
The Hyundai Sonata is the new car to beat in the midsize sedan class. In a sense, it has it all: attention-grabbing styling both inside and out, lots of standard features for the money and a lengthy warranty.
Pricing starts right around $20,000, but you'd be hard-pressed to option out even the top Limited Turbo model for much above $30,000. The GLS test car featured in the video came in at about $21,500 and was fitted with extras like alloy wheels and a power driver seat.
The Hyundai Sonata features distinctive styling, and this eye on design continues inside the cabin with a flowing dash and center stack, fancy air vents and sharp blue backlighting. The knobs and switches operate with the kind of quality feel we normally associate with more expensive cars.
The Sonata now features Hyundai's BlueLink telematics service. It offers emergency crash response, remote opening of door locks and even speed and curfew limits for the irresponsible teenage drivers in your family. And if you have the BlueLink app for your smartphone, it can start the engine, sound an alarm and receive alerts.
In government testing the Sonata earned the top five-star overall rating for crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a top rating of "Good" for frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength. In our own testing, we found braking distances to be merely average for the class.
The base four-cylinder engine makes an ample 198 horsepower. In theory, a six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but good luck finding one at a dealer. Most Sonatas come with a silky-smooth six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is impressive at 24 city/35 highway/28 combined mpg.
Those looking for a bit more zip will find just that with the optional 274-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Hyundai Sonata has a pretty good balance between ride comfort and handling. The suspension is firm, but not to the point of being objectionable. Even sharper handling can be found with the SE model.
All these qualities add up to make the Hyundai Sonata the smart choice among midsize sedans.