2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a Great First Hybrid for Hyundai

Updated January 31, 2017

With other high-ranking hybrids for 2012 like the 2012 Ford Fusion and C-Max Hybrids and the 2012 Toyota Prius Hybrid, the 2012 Hyundai Sonota Hybrid Sedan ranks up top with them due to its great fuel efficiency, nice design and extremely reasonable price.

Fuel Efficiency

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has great fuel economy with up to 40 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in the city which competes with the other top dogs of its class such as the 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid and the 2012 Toyota Prius.  The hybrid gets 9 mpg more city miles and 5 more mpg than the original base Sonata model. The car also features the “Blue Drive” option to increase fuel economy and restrict emissions.  The company states that Blue Drive increases efficiency by five percent.

Many praise this car with amazing miles per gallon on the highway and some claim that they often get over 40 mpg on the highway.  One of the largest complaints about the vehicle is that it doesn’t always get the best fuel efficiency while in “Blue Drive” in the city.  Most that live in an area with many hills recommend turning the “Blue Drive” off while operating in town.  Many have noted that the vehicle also lags while in blue drive while accelerating from a complete stop.

Engine & Battery

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is equipped with a 166 horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder engine and a 30-kilowatt electric motor that combined give the car a total of 206 horsepower.  The Sonata Hybrid’s gas engine is more powerful than most hybrids.  The Sonata Hybrid also features a traditional automatic six speed transmission that most hybrid sedans don’t have.

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also features a more advanced battery pack than other hybrids.  Most hybrids use a nickel-metal-hydride battery while the Sonata Hybrid is equipped with a lithium-polymer battery that is smaller, lighter, and more efficient.

Exterior & Interior

Hyundai decided to go with the Sonata Sedan for their first hybrid car and did pretty well with the exterior design of the 2012 Sonata Hybrid.  I’ve never been a fan of the looks of most Hyundai cars but while it closely resembles the looks of the regular Sonata, they did a great job sleeking it up, making it very aerodynamic, and somewhat luxurious looking.  The exterior design of the Sonata Hybrid has the lowest drag in its class at 0.25.  The car also features nice LED headlights and tail lights.

With the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s lithium-polymer battery, there is extra room for seating.  It includes 5 ergonomically-designed seats and more room than both the 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Ford Focus hybrid.  The interior has a nice design with digital readout, twin gauges that display hybrid performance.  While there isn’t too much to brag about the interior for the basic package, there are many nice options that can be added.



The MSRP for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is $25,850 and costs about $6,000 more than the regular Sonata but definitely a great price for the vehicle which makes it a great competitor with other 2012 affordable hybrid sedans.


The Hyundai Sonata has received one of the only two “Top Safety Pick” awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car also has a five-star overall safety rating from the federal government under its new crash-test procedures.


Other than not perfecting the “Blue Drive” smoothness and efficiency in town driving, Hyundai couldn’t have done much better for their first affordable hybrid.  This is a great car when you consider the price.  The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is definitely the car for those that are on a budget or travel much on a highway.  I would put the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid up in the top three for best affordable hybrid sedans any day!

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