Compare 2012 Hyundai Sonata vs 2012 Kia Optima vs 2012 Mitsubishi Galant

2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Kia Optima
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2012 Mitsubishi Galant
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,400 $24,745
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,434 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $21,952 $23,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,971 $19,795
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
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4-Door Sedan ES
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Galant 4-Door Sedan ES 21 30 $20,974 $21,899
Galant 4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $23,273 $24,299
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,345
$23,455
$20,974
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,195
$25,100
$21,899
Monthly Payment Estimate
$470 / month
$418 / month
$365 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features. The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant has endured as a rental-fleet special, but sedan shoppers would do better with nearly every other mid-size four-door on the market.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 54.7 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 34.7 37.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 40.0 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 54.5 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.2 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.8 102.2 101.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.6 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.7 56.6
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45.5 42.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.8 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 110.0 108.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.1 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 62.8 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.3 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 190.7 191.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.3 57.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 15.4 13.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 0.4 11.2 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5 17.7
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.9 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.5 - TBD - 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.8 38.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D16 Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3452 3385 3395
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.8 3.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110 110
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1750-4500 269 @ 1750 157 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA 4G69
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000 274 @ 6000 160 @ 5500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22 21
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.83 2.83 1.57
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.89 2.88 3.76
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.38 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.65 4.65 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.00
Trans Type
6 6 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.39 2.21
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Mitsubishi Galant
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.1 7.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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