Compare 2012 Hyundai Sonata vs 2012 Kia Optima vs 2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Kia Optima
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2012 Volkswagen Passat
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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 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S PZEV 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance PZEV 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE PZEV 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL PZEV 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE PZEV 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950

Pricing

Invoice Price

$26,345
$23,455
$26,752

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$28,195
$25,100
$27,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$470 / month
$418 / month
$465 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
8.6
7.8

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. A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

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Fuel Economy

City

22 mpg 22 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

34 mpg 34 mpg 40 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Large Cars Midsize Cars Mid-Size

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

54.9 54.5 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.9 57.2 56.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.8 102.2 102.0

Second Head Room (in)

37.2 37.6 37.8

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.7 55.7 57.0

Front Leg Room (in)

45.5 45.5 42.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

55.2 54.7 - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

34.6 34.7 39.1

Front Head Room (in)

38.2 40.0 38.3

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.5 62.8 62.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.5 5.3 5.4

Length, Overall (in)

189.8 190.7 191.6

Height, Overall (in)

57.9 57.3 58.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.5 62.8 61.0

Wheelbase (in)

110.0 110.0 110.4

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.2 72.1 72.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

16.4 15.4 15.9

Brakes

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 - 10.7 x 0.4

Brake Type

Pwr-Assisted Pwr Pwr

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 - 12.3 x 1.0

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.5 18.5 18.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.5 - TBD - 16.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.8 35.8 36.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.94 2.9 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/45R18 P215/55R17 P215/55HR17

Spare Tire Size

T125/80D16 Compact - TBD -

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/45R18 P215/55R17 P215/55HR17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3452 3385 3397

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD - - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

2.8 3.5 9.2

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 600 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 110 140

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

269 @ 1750-4500 269 @ 1750 236 @ 1500-2500

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/122 2.0L/122 2.0L/120

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

274 @ 6000 274 @ 6000 140 @ 4000

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Diesel I4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

34 34 40

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 22 30

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 26 34

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 1.84 1.30

Trans Type

6 6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00 0.91

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.39 3.39 3.99

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.83 2.83 2.05

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.89 2.88 4.12, 3.04

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.39 1.38 0.90

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/Manual Shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 0.77 0.76

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.65 4.65 3.46

Summary

Vehicle Name

Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Volkswagen Passat

Body Style

4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sdn

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.94 - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link 4-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.59 - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 6 7

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.1 7.1 5.0

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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