Pricing for the mid-size 2012 Sonata Hybrid, just announced by Hyundai, begins at $25,850, excluding $760 destination charge.
This is good news for consumers in the market for a stylish five-passenger sedan that's rated at 40 mpg highway fuel economy. And the starting price is just $55 higher than that of the 2011 model.
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The Sonata Hybrid’s star attraction has to be the 166-horsepower 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that, augmented by the 40-horsepower electric motor, yields a total output of 206 horsepower. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the combination is good for the aforementioned EPA-rated 40-mpg highway, 35 mpg city, and 37 mpg combined fuel economy.
New for 2012 is a Leather package, a $1,500 option, including heated front and rear seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass, and leather seats, steering wheel and shift knob.
There’s also the Ultimate package costing $5,500, which includes everything in the Leather package plus panoramic sunroof, 17-inch wheels, backup camera, navigation, premium audio system and a few other goodies.
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For more information on the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, including the Sonata Hybrid, be sure to check out this review in TheCarConnection.