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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

Sumptuous Hybrid Sedan

A side view of a red 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

In short: A roomy, well-priced hybrid sedan.

This stylish hybrid sedan boasts more horsepower and earns five more miles per gallon than the standard Hyundai Sonata, making it a smart option for those looking to go green without slowing down — or sacrificing comfort. Powered by space-saving lithium polymer batteries, the Sonata Hybrid offers passengers plenty of room in its spacious, well-equipped cabin, which comes standard with cool features like XM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a multi-function trip computer.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty; 10-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty; 10-year/100,000-mile hybrid system components warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $25,795 / As Tested: $26,650

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.4-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine; permanent magnet high-power density motor
Horsepower: 206 hp @ 6,000 rpm (combined electric and gas motors)
Torque: 154 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC

Curb weight:
3,578 lbs
Wheelbase: 110 in
Length/Width/Height: 189.8/72.2/57.7 in
Turning circle: 35.8 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear; front and rear stabilizer bars

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60 mph: 9.5 seconds

EPA City:
35 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger side-impact airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags

Likes: fuel economy

Dislikes: reduced trunk space

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