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2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

2012 Hyundai Sonata Review

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Overview
The Sonata is the most important car in Hyundai's lineup, so the company has a lot riding on the model, which was completely redesigned last year. Like all the Korean carmaker's recently launched models, the Sonata is truly a world-class effort that helps wipe away any memories of the heinous Hyundais of a couple decades ago. The mid-size Sonata is at or near the top of its class in a broad range of categories -- some you might expect (low price, fuel economy) and some you might not (power, torque, interior space, driving dynamics). The volume engine is a 198-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder (200 hp in the SE model, which has dual exhausts). Instead of an optional six-cylinder, the Sonata's more potent engine (and impressively potent it is) is a 274-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Filling out the lineup is a 206-hp Hybrid model, which costs about $6400 more and sports a strangely aquatic face. It boasts fuel-economy ratings of 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway and bangs heads with the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The styling of the Sonata is a big step up from that of its predecessor, with nice proportions and an elegant arc that sweeps from front to rear, although the distorted-looking grille can take some getting used to. Add in a low price, and the Sonata is now a much stronger contender in its hypercompetitive class.

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2012 Sonata GLS Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L Theta in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 24 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined and 518 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 198 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 184 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

'12 Hyundai GLS Reviews

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'12 Hyundai GLS Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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