Excellent value and fun to drive
By Robert in Ohio on Sunday, June 24, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "comfort, safety, fuel economy, long warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car is a great balance of price, fuel economy, safety, drivability and comfort. Hybrid cars are designed to maximize mpg by combining gas and electric engines with a regenerative braking system that converts kinetic energy to electric energy that is generated during stopping and stored in the battery system. To maximize mpg, it is necessary to make sacrifices. In evaluating hybrid cars, it is essential for each person to consider what is important that cannot be compromised. If absolute mileage is the most important thing, they get a Prius. However, if even one of the following features is important to you: comfort, safety, warranty security or driving experience, then you strongly consider getting a Sonata Hybrid. I was layed up for an extended period of time and did a great deal of researching. What I found was that the Sonata hybrid had the most driver room (head, leg, hip, shoulder) among hybrid sedans that were not luxury cars. I test drove several hybrid sedans. For me the Sonata hybrid was the most comfortable and easiest to get in and out of (I have diseased lower extremity joints, my knees being the worst). In addition to room, I liked the way the Sonata hybrid handled. I was sensitive to issues that I had read about in reviews - 1) hesitancy at low speed in shifing gears and switching between electic and gas engines and 2) uneven braking. I experienced minimal hesitancy at low speed and felt the braking was smooth in test drives. The price was good, the safety rating excellent and the warranty very long; therefore, I took the plunge and purchased a 2011 Sonata hybrid in May of 2011. After free updates of the engine computer system, there was no hesitancy in shifting at any speed. During the past year the 2011 Sonata Hybrid was absolutely the best car I ever owned (I have been driving for over 40 years). I obtained 42 mpg in mixed highway/city driving and had no problems. The car did well in snow and slushy driving, even with the low rolling resistance Hankook tires. My wife liked the car so much that we were vying for who would have the privilege of driving the 2011 Sonata hybrid. When one of the children came in need of a car, we decided to pass the 2007 Saturn Aura that was my wife's car to the our son and acquired a 2012 Sonata hybrid (our second Sonata hybrid). A second reason for getting a second Sonata hybrid was that the Bluetooth handsfree phone use system is the best I have seen. I got an add-in Bluetooth system installed in the Saturn, but it just did not work anywhere as well as the Sonata Bluetooth.
We purchased the 2012 Sonata hybrid with the "leather package," which provides heated front and rear leather seats and few other features.
Experience with the 2012 Sonata hybrid:
1) The ride was smooth at all speeds - there was no low speed hesitancy and the braking was true without pull to either side and without any suggestion of sudden grabbing.
2) The leather package is very nice - the leather is easier to clean after one of the grandchildren has been riding.
3) The car is extremely roomy - easily holds any combination of up to 5 adults/children in car seats (car seats in the back of course!)
4) The car is quiet - even with the gas engine running. In my opinion the road and wind noise is minimal.
5) The gas mileage has been on three fillup - 48, 45 and 44 mpg with the ratio of city to highway of about 70/30. The car gets higher mpg in highway driving compared to slower city driving. The city driving in Cleveland Ohio is nothing like New York of Chicago and we really do not have bumper-to-bumper traffic. Consequently, people living in areas with really bad traffic might get lower numbers.
6) The electronic proximity detection system that is linked to the push-button ignition is very intuitive. Combine the electronic ignition system with the excellent crash ratings and the overall seating comfort provides a really nice sense of security. The car really drives well and if the driver screws up, there is an excellent likelihood of walking away without little or no harm to the driver or passengers. For me my wife, children and grandchildren are precious to me. I feel safe driving with precious cargo in the car.
In summary, the Sonata hybrid is a safe, fun to drive and economical car that protects your family and is kind to the environment. If one wants to preserve comfort and safety with fuel economy, this is a great car.
I am not the only one who is enthusiastic about this car. The Sonata hybrid won the AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the hybrid/EV car class."
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