NEW FOR 2012:

– 2.4 GLS and 2.0T add standard heated rear seats
– Panoramic sunroof replaces standard sunroof on all Limited models
– 2.4 Limited adds standard proximity key with pushbutton start
– Hybrid adds standard leather seats; emissions certification improves from SULEV to PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle)
– 7-inch navigation screen replaces 6.5-inch screen
– Exterior colours: Shimmering White, Midnight Black, Indigo Night and Sparkling Ruby added; Glacier White Pearl, Black Noir Pearl, Indigo Blue Pearl and Venetian Red discontinued

Having been completely redesigned for 2011, the Hyundai Sonata undergoes only trim changes for 2012. Heated seats are standard on the 2.4 GLS and 2.0T models; a panoramic sunroof is standard on Limited models; a proximity key is added to the 2.4 Limited; and the optional navigation screen is larger.

The Sonata comes as a regular model or as a hybrid. The 2.4 uses a 2.4-litre direct-injection four-cylinder; it comes with a six-speed manual transmission on the base GL line, which can be optioned to the six-speed automatic that is standard on all other trim lines. The 2.0T uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection engine with six-speed automatic. The Hybrid uses a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and lithium polymer battery, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is a full hybrid, capable of running on its battery alone under certain conditions, and it recharges via regenerative braking.

Trim levels on the 2.4 are the GL, GLS, Limited, and Limited with Navigation, while the 2.0 comes as the 2.0T, 2.0T Limited and 2.0T Limited with Navigation.

Features on the GL include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, active front head restraints, cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding second-row seat, metal grain interior accents, illuminated vanity mirrors, floor mats, driver’s auto up/down window, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers, USB and auxiliary input, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, variable intermittent wipers, brake assist, and solar control glass.

When equipped with an automatic transmission, the GL also includes heated seats.

The GLS adds 16-inch alloy wheels, windshield wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated rear seats, fog lights, and power sunroof.

The Limited adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, proximity key with pushbutton start, mirrors with integrated turn signals, rear console air ventilation, heated rear seats, chrome door handles, panoramic sunroof, deluxe door scuff, premium six-CD/MP3 stereo with seven speakers and external amplifier, automatic headlamps, garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and piano black interior accents.

The Limited with Navigation adds navigation system with touch-screen display and single-disc CD, and backup camera.

Features on the 2.0T include 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, proximity key with pushbutton start, security alarm, front active head restraints, telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, power windows, cruise control, CD/MP3 stereo with USB and auxiliary input, XM satellite radio, iPod interface, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front and rear cloth seats, power driver’s seat, heated mirrors, chrome grille and hood garnish, variable intermittent wipers, windshield wiper de-icer, fog lights, power sunroof and dual chrome-tipped exhaust.

The Limited adds dual-zone automatic climate control, six-CD stereo, heated leather seats and panoramic sunroof.

The Limited with Navigation adds touch-screen navigation system, single-CD stereo and backup camera.

Features on the Hybrid include 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, Supervision cluster with advanced trip computer, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, proximity key with pushbutton start, cruise control, CD/MP3 stereo with USB/iPod input, Bluetooth connectivity, telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, heated leather seats, power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED front positioning lights and taillights, unique chrome grille, chrome door handles, automatic headlights, and fog lights.

The Hybrid Premium adds navigation system, backup camera, panoramic sunroof, premium stereo, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and auto-dimming mirror with compass and garage door opener.

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