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24 City / 35 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I4 GDI engine
  • Dual continuously variable valve timing (DCVVT)
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD, SHIFTRONIC
  • Front wheel drive
  • 110-amp alternator
  • MacPherson strut front suspension w/gas shocks
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/gas shocks
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Engine-speed-sensing pwr steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes

Exterior Features

  • 16" steel wheels w/covers
  • P205/65R16 all-season tires
  • Compact T125/80D16 spare tire
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors w/timer
  • Body-color grille
  • Chrome hood garnish
  • Chrome window trim
  • Solar control glass
  • Projector-lens headlights
  • Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles

Entertainment Features

  • 104-watt AM/FM/XM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, iPod/USB/aux inputs, 3-month subscription
  • Integrated Bluetooth w/phonebook transfer
  • Shark fin style antenna

Interior Features

  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Front bucket seats w/active head restraints
  • Rear 60/40 split-fold seats w/outboard headrests
  • Dual tier console w/armrest, storage, (2) cupholders
  • Rear center armrest w/(2) cupholders
  • (2) center console mounted 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Full floor carpeting
  • Door sill scuff plates
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: audio/Bluetooth/cruise controls
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, odometer, trip odometer, digital clock
  • Indicators -inc: PRND, cruise control, turn signal/hazard, high beam, ESC/TCS, ECO
  • Indicators -inc: cruise control, turn signal/hazard, high beam, ESC/TCS
  • Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, low fuel, trunk open, brake, check engine, ABS, TPMS
  • Warning chimes -inc: key-in-ignition w/door ajar, seatbelt
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto up/down, pinch protection
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry system w/security alarm
  • Remote fuel/hood/trunk release
  • Cruise control
  • Active ECO system
  • Air conditioning -inc: cabin air filter
  • Rear window defroster
  • Locking glovebox
  • Cloth door trim
  • Metalgrain interior accents
  • Map pockets
  • (4) door bottle holders
  • Dual sunvisors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • (3) assist grips
  • Lighting -inc: dome, front map lights, ignition, glovebox, cargo
  • Seatback pockets
  • Rear coat hanger

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) -inc: electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist
  • Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Shift interlock system
  • Body-side reinforcements
  • Hood buckling creases & safety stops
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags
  • Driver/front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Front/rear side-curtain airbags
  • Blue Link telematics system
  • Occupant classification system (OCS)
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Front seat belt pretensioners & force limiters
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Emergency internal trunk release
  • Lower anchors & upper tether anchors (LATCH)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Energy-absorbing steering column

2012 Hyundai Sonata Owner Reviews

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A car for the common man with a luxury feel

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

This is a great vehicle. Rides is smooth. Lots of legroom in the front and back seats. Plenty of trunk space. This car has plenty of get up and go. It is easy to get into and out of.The exterior is very stylish.This brand has one of the longest warranties in the in industry. One problem we have had with the car was the brakes. Every couple of years we have had to have the brakes replaced. The technician told us it was due to the salt used on the roads in the winter.That may be the case but it's frustrating. We live on a hill so the brakes get used a lot. We should use the car wash more in the winter as this would prevent the brake damage. Overall we love this car and will certainly consider the Sonata as a strong contender when we are ready to purchase a new vehicle.

- Esther B

Well built car for the price

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

My 2012 Hyundai Sonata is an excellent car. Been quite reliable. Bought used and had low miles on it; was a leased vehicle previously. There have been a lot of recalls, so that's the downfall. The engine did have to be replaced around 25,000 due to a recall, but so far at 95,000 miles, it's been running great. Very smooth ride, but I also put Michelin tires on it. Original tires were not good for the road. My car is quite a change in size from my Honda civic; was hard adjusting to the size, but I do like; roomy in back as well. The only downside is the passenger seat, as it sits really low, cannot pump it up with the lumbar support mechanism like the driver's side.

- Cathy C

I have a 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4. IT'S THE FIRST Hyundai I HAVE EVER OWNED

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I love my sonata. It is very reliable on gas and a very nice ride. It looks sleek like a luxury vehicle. The interior is very nice and upgraded. I do have some air conditioner problems but very easy fix. Sometimes it doesn't blow very cold air. I went to the dealer and the just did a vacuum pull and refilled the refrigerant so now it blows ice cold, even when it is 97 degrees or hotter outside. If I ever get rid of my sonata I will definitely buy another one, maybe a little newer. I have the low profile rims and tires on my car and they looks awesome. Anyone looking to buy a sonata I would definitely recommend it.

- Guillermo R

It's black on outside and inside. Has killer sound system.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

This car is great. It's been reliable and drives really smoothly. It even has a turbo, which helps speed the car up faster which is nice for passing those slow-pokes! The inside of the car is spacious and very nice. There are cup holders in all the doors, and in the middle consul in the front. There is a good amount of trunk space. It doesn't drive well in snow. It gets stuck very easily in very little amounts, so that has been annoying, but if you live in a place without a lot of snow you're golden. All in all, great car! Also has Bluetooth radio set up.

- Shay P

I love the comfort of my vehicles as well as the sunroof.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I have not experienced many issues with my car. I have had it since 2012. I received a ten year warranty on it so all of the issues that I experienced with it have been covered under the warranty. I have had a few recalls that the Hyundai dealership took care of. I have gotten tires replaced, brakes, etc. Pretty much the typical things that you would need to replace in your car. I feel very comfortable driving my car. It's not too big or too small for me.

- Sandra G

it's very homely and I just love it

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

it's really a great car. It has Bluetooth and I love pairing my phone. It drives very well. it's a all around great buy. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new car. My favorite part about it is it's designed to fall apart when you get into an accident so that it will not injure the person driving as much. You would think it's negative because of the car being destroyed but you can always buy another car, you can't replace that person.

- Ashley T

My car is spacious, reliable and great for long distance travel.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

My cars engine went out on me, but Hyundai replaced it free of charge because it was recalled. Different fans have gone out on me which put a few dents in my wallet. My brake lights would stay on even when I wasn't in the car. It would get annoying that my battery would constantly die on me, the only reason I was okay in these situations was because of car insurance roadside assistance and extended warranties.

- Ray D

My vehicle has great gas mileage for my usual type of traveling.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

The car has been taken to be looked at less than five times since I have had it, which would be for three years now. The problems that have occurred with the car have mostly, if not fully, been from my own mistakes while driving, not because of anything wrong with the car. It has been incredibly reliable to me. The seats also are designed so that they are not too overheated when it gets warmer outside.

- Madison B

It's a great design by Hyundai as a sedan in year 2012.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

The car is a great vehicle. It runs fine on a 4 cylinder engine, smooth. . Problems I have with this vehicle is the slow initial speed it possesses. . It's obviously reliable, I have been using it for over 4 years and I have not had a sync issue with it except for mechanical wears or body wear of the vehicle. It has great leg room which gives it real comfortability.

- Tom S

This vehicle is a good car to have starting off when purchasing a vehicle.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Problems is gear shift, but other than that car is pretty good car. The performance of the vehicle is pretty good. I think that it should have more features in vehicle. However, the vehicle is old but I know it is a great running car. I really enjoy the car. It runs good and the future that are in the vehicle are pretty great. I would get another car like this again.

- Pamela C

I love my Sonata and its features

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

It has been extremely reliable. I especially like the eco button as it gives me great gas mileage. And I average 442 miles per fill up. I also love how comfortable my driver seat is to the radio and temperature controls. It has that cockpit feel too it. SiriusXM came standard and I love being able to listen to music in all cities no matter what.

- Kimberly G

I have a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The interior flaws make it undesirable.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

The car itself runs fine. Never had any problems that were not due to an accident. The interior is another issue. The covering on the face of the steering wheel began to peel off not long after we bought it. My steering wheel controls such as the cruise control do not work. Also, the radio has given some issues. The buttons stick.

- Maggie M

Stylish and Reliable Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I really love my Sonata. It's all black with grey cloth interior. It has all the features that I wanted like: a USB port, an auxiliary port, Satellite, power windows, and more. I feel completely safe driving my vehicle and it has been the most reliable vehicle that I have owned. I would recommend a Hyundai Sonata to anyone!

- Erica P

Reliable and trustworthy!

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I absolutely love my car! I keep up with the basics (oil changes, tire rotations, etc) so my car stays in tip top shape. I have only had one issue on my car then it got recalled as I received my money back for originally paying out of pocket for the service. I get great gas mileage, and my car is very reliable and sturdy.

- Brittany R

best car for first time car owner

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

this is my first car and I've had it for about a year now. (bought used). no problems. Very affordable to keep up with the payments. Considering that I'm only 20. it's very comfortable the only thing I would say it a problem is that there aren't any vents in the back. Gas lasts long. the Bluetooth feature is my favorite.

- terra B

Good value for your money.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I like my Sonata. It's a great family car, with plenty of room for car seats and a huge trunk. There is plenty of legroom in the back seat. Speaking of seats, they are very comfortable. My Sonata gets really good mileage, 28 town and 34 highway. One thing I'd like to change is the amount of road noise I hear.

- CM S

Back windshield wipers review.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I would just say that I wish that there was back windshield wipers. It is hard to back out early in the morning unless I wipe the back window down, and sometimes I just do not have time to do that. Other than that, I feel as though the only things wrong with my car are due to age and not manufacturing reasons.

- Mary T

Over 100,000 miles and still going!

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

This car has been amazing, I have over 100k miles on it and bought it new and have had minimal repairs(starter 2017). Very impressed with performance and reliability. Gas mileage is great with around 30 miles per gallon even with high mileage. I recommend this car for anyone who needs affordable reliability.

- Leah A

Sonata is o es the best cars out there

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I really have not had any issues with this car I love it, great on gas also very comfortable and affordable I couldn't have picked a better cari would recommend this vehicle to anyone to buy you'll love it specially the gas saving it's great The only thing I did have and issue with the light flickering

- Tania R

Very cheaply made car, do not buy

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I've had problems with the air not blowing cold unless I rev the engine to insane amounts. The window tint on the windows are already peeling off. The paint has started peeling on the outside also! The plastic part on the dash has split open in multiple places. Overall it's a very poorly made car.

- Hayley S

How my Hyundai Sonata drives and sounds

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Vehicle has good handles long as you keep the maintenance oil change tires rotated it runs perfectly fine I have a 2012 I only problem I had was the recall problems other than that no problems. It comes with a '8' woofer for great sounds. A really great stylish car for a man or a woman.

- Marlon B

Perfect size, large back seat along with front.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I bought my Hyundai Sonata almost two years ago and love it! In the past two years the only problems we've had is basic maintenance problem which is expected with any car. The inside is so big and comfy and has beautiful seating. It drives so smooth. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

- Brittany H

Good starter car for your first vehicle.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I love my car for the mileage and the price. However I do not like how quickly the paint peeled away from the sun and driving it. I also don't like the blind spots can be hard to merge into a different lane without double checking. But it is a great starter car for my first car.

- Amanda W

I like the reverse camera, very helpful

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Compared to my other car it was not as easy to change out the light bulbs. It's not a great car for me because I prefer a more fuel efficient vehicle as I live in Los Angeles and has is highly priced. We got this vehicle out of necessity. Now we are looking to trade it in soon.

- Anais J

It has turbo engine. That is what sold me on the car.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I've put a lot of miles on it and it's still a great car. Love the way it handles and also how quick it is. Would highly suggest it to anyone. Safety features are very nice. Great gas mileage and drives great. Sport seats are easy to clean. Love the efficiency gas option

- Ginger G

Hope in the ride and drive

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I'm still getting use to this vehicle but so far it's been a good car. I've had it for a week now and the features are great especially the Bluetooth. The air condition is the bomb and it rises so smooth. I've been a dodge person for years but the sonata is growing on me

- Marita T

Great for a long work commute

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I love my car! I have to travel over 125 miles a day for work and I've had no real problems except the cigarette plugs do not work and they don't know why, and other small things! Like motor recall but when my motor blew I didn't have to pay for it and I got a rental

- Dawna G

The info reader is really handy and easy to use. Keeps good track of mileage..

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Very reliable, excellent on gas and great for families. No mechanical or electrical issues. The headlights are fantastic, the internal stereo sound is acceptable. The internal lighting is perfect and the all the accessories are extremely convenient and easy to use.

- Kimberly T

Great purchase for singles or family.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

I absolutely love my Hyundai Sonata. Always a smooth ride and plenty of room. Great vehicle for singles or a family. This is my second one and I have experienced no problems with either one. Affordable vehicle that performs well. I would recommend Sonata to anyone.

- Angie Y

One great car with a great look.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Hyundai sonata is very economic. I have had this car for 7 years now and I still love it. It has gotten me through a lot of bad weather. Blizzards, downpours. Excellent on gas, very easy driving. Great look. The car has a great looking interior. Lots of legroom.

- Raymond R

Huge, spacious, modern, runs great

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Car is wonderful. It is very spacious. The size is what is very valuable for me. It runs smooth and we have not had problems. We use this all the time for when we visit and the seats are spacious and the back seats are very comfortable. It is a very modern car

- Brenda T

The good and bad of my Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Good purchased amount for the car. Rings really well. The steering wheel (from what I've researched) is a common problem. There's no recall but the sound it makes is extremely annoying. Easy to maintain and I've had the car for over 2 years. Hope this helps

- Kayla W

Nice car but similar issue 2012-2013 model rear light issue.

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

The problem I always have is the rear lights not working not only is it my vehicle as told by Hyundai dealership but I have seen several sonatas with the same issue. Also rusted really quick. Other than that pretty nice car, it's nice inside pretty roomy.

- Elizabeth B

Decent car but not reliable for winter driving

2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

It looks really sport and is trendy. It gets decent miles per gallon and I don't need to fill up the gas tank often. It's relatively comfortable and it fits 2 car seats as well. It is not very reliable in the winter when driving on icy or snowy roads.

- Gail P

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