2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – HybridCars.com

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35 / 40MPG

TYPE: Sedan


BASE MSRP: $25,800

we first reviewed the 2011 Sonata Hybrid we noted it was direct aim at the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the two popular mid-size hybrid and said, “Keep your eye on the new kid on the block.”

We weren’t wrong, the Hybrid kicked …. its first three months on the the newbie established itself as the best selling gas-electric in the States, trailing only the Toyota Prius, a position it through the end of 2011.

The Sonata meteoric rise on the hybrid chart wasn’t just the car’s EPA fuel economy of 35 city/40 highway and 37 combined – were seven other cars with higher Buyers were also by the Sonata’s eye-riveting styling and standard equipment at a price was difficult to pass up.

For 2012, the Hybrid reprises the 2011’s and interior styling, but adds Blue Link telematics as standard and offers an optional package ($1,500). The 2012 Hybrid is available in just one level and has a base price of a $55 price bump from the model.

Balancing Highway and MPG

Hyundai went its own direction on technology by developing original hybrid architecture to reduce and to improve highway fuel

Unlike hybrid systems Ford and Toyota, the Hyundai does not use a continuously variable with integrated electric and generators. Instead, Hyundai its new six-speed automatic transmission an electric motor that the place of the torque converter. the difference?

It means that is trying to address the common that hybrids are boring to – and provide credible mileage for driving conditions while top-tier fuel economy for driving.

The full hybrid allows the vehicle to operate on an motor only, a gasoline combustion engine only, or a of the two depending on driving conditions and demands. It also saves gas by shutting off the gas engine when the car is The approach also results in a combined gas-electric output of 206 and 193 pound-feet of torque.

No direct has more horsepower, though don’t list torque

Like nearly all hybrid gasoline engines, the Sonata 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is to run on the Atkinson cycle, a method of engine efficiency. While a amount of low-end torque is with the Atkinson conversion, it is up by the additional torque from the motor.

The Toyota Prius with its combined 50-mpg is still way ahead of the pack on highway and city efficiency – but shoppers are more likely to put the Hybrid in the larger mid-size (with trunk) category with the Toyota Camry and Fusion.

Lithium Polymer Batteries and Weight

Hybrid critics complained that the need to heavy batteries means one forward and two steps back. deals with that by using lightweight lithium batteries. The lighter batteries and weight reductions make the Hybrid the lightest vehicle in the at just 3,457 pounds – 263 lighter than the Fusion

Combined with Sonata’s horsepower rating, Sonata has a significant advantage in power-to-weight

The Sonata Hybrid’s 1.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack weighs 95.9 pounds versus the Hybrid’s 123.9 pounds. The battery pack resides in the portion of the trunk to maximize space. Compared Lithium batteries deliver the same with 20 to 30 percent less 40 percent less volume and 10 greater efficiency over the metal hydride batteries in today’s hybrids.

Slick and

When the all-new 2011 arrived, Hyundai called the design “Fluidic Sculpture” and it’s intended to “create the of constant motion.” Its headlamps out of a bold front fascia and back into the front The “beltline,” the space that the body from the glass, is high and is accented by a chrome the length of the car. A radically windshield draws the eyes to a arched roof that the car a “four-door coupe” profile, a cue European luxury sedans as the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

With the Sonata Hybrid, put form in service of function – aerodynamics. The most dramatic flair is an all-new front featuring a vastly enlarged grille flanked by anthropomorphic headlights. New wheels and extended panels improve airflow the flanks.

In the back, the bumper has been reshaped with creases at the corners to minimize These changes drop the drag coefficient from the Sonata’s already slippery to just 0.25 – matching the Prius Liftback’s number.

the dashboard is fashioned in a sports dual-cockpit theme with sections separated by a gracefully center console. Between the gauges a liquid-crystal display economical driving. The interior is a ticks above what is in a mid-size family car, crafted from expensive materials and smartly laid Rear seating is spacious more than adequate considering the coupe-like roof.

The cubic feet of trunk is nearly three cubic less than the 2012 Hybrid and, unlike the the rear seat does not for additional cargo room.

The Sonata Hybrid continues knack of creating strong appeal by including hot-button as standard. These include Blue Link safety, and infotainment telematics system as as Bluetooth hands-free mobile linking, and satellite radio. Add to the an auxiliary audio jack and a USB for iPods and other digital plus a steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth, and controls.

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Remote keyless entry, windows, locks, and mirrors, automatic climate control and a steering wheel are also An optional Ultimate Package includes the Leather Package a panoramic sunroof, navigation backup camera and 17-inch wheels.

On The Road

The Sonata is notably quiet for a hybrid, off not only the sound of its own engine, but blocking out the noise from and other vehicles, even on the of roads. As for handling, the car has balanced and the suspension keeps everything and stable in corners and emergency

My favorite aspect of the Sonata’s manners is its responsive steering. It has a and precise feeling, is balanced and but never twitchy.

The Sonata can be motivated by the electric motor up to 62 mph and it difficult to drive at speeds of 40 or 50 mph for a couple of miles before the gas kicks in. On the highway, mash the to overtake a slower vehicle and the transmission winds nicely top rpm, shifting each somewhere around 6,000 when the full tug of torque ready to run out.

So it would seem that goal of using a conventional instead of CVT to achieve a driving that closely parallels a car was accomplished. And indeed, on the Interstate and it does. But on city streets and driving, where between 40 and 50 of driving occurs, it misfires. a stop, the hybrid system rolls off in electric mode.

15 mph the gasoline engine starts up a harsh jolt and transmission in lower gears are often This calamity is quite and could be a deal breaker for buyers.


The Sonata made quite a splash in and deservedly so. Its fuel economy were better than the Hybrid and the Sonata and Fusion were nearly identical, but highway and city numbers It also boasted a lower than those mid-size $1,250 less than the $2,805 less than the

Add to that the stunning design and high-tech features and the Sonata had a formula that made it the two selling hybrid vehicle in

But things have changed. fall Toyota rolled out an 2012 Camry Hybrid. The edition demonstrates Toyota’s in gasoline-electric hybrid technology, a 43 city/39 highway mpg EPA fuel rating, numbers that best the 2012 Sonata.

And while the Camry’s styling toward pedestrian compared to the its base price of $25,900 is $50 more than the Hyundai.

not all. This fall will begin selling an 2013 Fusion Hybrid. Its economy ratings are an expected 47 highway, numbers that are close to the indomitable Prius

Plus, it is blessed with the of the gasoline-powered Fusion that critics are calling the best-looking car, bar none.

But wait, the Sonata Hybrid offers the others don’t – Hyundai’s that the carmaker promotes as best. Basic coverage is bumper-to-bumper and 10-years/100,000-miles powertrain. also receive 24-hour assistance at no extra charge for mileage. Then there’s the knockout punch – the Lifetime Battery Guarantee.

If the lithium battery fails, Hyundai replace the battery and cover costs of the old battery pack of charge to the original owner.

impressive and just one more why the Sonata Hybrid could snag the number two spot on the sales chart at the end of this

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Price (MSRP) at time of and do not include destination charges, or licensing.

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