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Hyundai is taking a shot at General Motors and OnStar by announcing that every 2012 Sonata will come with the company's Blue Link system as standard equipment. In addition to providing a direct connection to emergency services in the event of an accident, Blue Link also delivers traffic and weather updates and allows owners easy access to roadside assistance. Buyers can also pair their smartphones with Blue Link to help locate their vehicle in a crowded parking lot or to play Big Brother to their children. The system can keep track of where the vehicle is being driven and how fast it's going.

Hyundai has also managed to eek a little more efficiency from the sedan. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is now good for 24 miles per gallon – a gain of 2 mpg – in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, and models equipped with the company's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now net 22 mpg and 34 mpg highway, up from 33 mpg highway in last year's car. The Korean automaker says that the small changes mean that the Sonata now leads all mid-sized sedans in fuel economy, excluding hybrids. Hit the jump for the press blast.
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REVOLUTIONARY SONATA ADDS HYUNDAI BLUE LINK SYSTEM FOR 2012

Advanced-Technology Midsize Sedan Features Hyundai Blue Link and Up to 40 MPG

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 05/18/2011

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2012 SONATA

Standard Blue Link - safety, service and infotainment telematics system

Sonata GDI now leads the entire midsize car segment (non-hybrid) in all fuel economy figures – city, highway and combined

With a choice of the original 2.4-liter GDI I4 engine, 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine or 40 mpg Hybrid, Sonata offers a wide variety of fuel-efficient powertrains

Three-piece panoramic sunroof now standard on Sonata Limited

New seven-inch touch-screen navigation with HD Radio Technology

Rear backup camera available on SE with Sunroof and Navigation Package

Our customers have spoken – asking for a safety, service and infotainment system inside their vehicle – and Hyundai has responded by making Blue Link a standard feature on the 2012 Sonata. Blue Link® from Hyundai keeps track of almost everything for the Sonata owner. It provides up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information and is a lifeline to emergency services and roadside assistance. Synched to a smart phone, Blue Link will let the owner know where their Sonata is in a crowded baseball stadium parking lot or shopping center. It will keep an eye on young drivers by letting mom or dad know where they are and how fast they're driving. Blue Link can run diagnostics, provide maintenance alerts, check fuel efficiency and even find gas stations with the best prices. With over 30 features, it turns every Hyundai Sonata into the smartest Hyundai's ever built.


The award winning Sonata continues to be a huge hit thanks to Fluidic Sculpture design, advanced technology and an all-four cylinder engine lineup. Those four cylinder engines have been recalibrated for 2012 and are now even more fuel efficient delivering even better best-in-class fuel economy. In fact, the 2012 Sonata GDI leads the entire midsize segment (non hybrid) in city (24 mpg), highway (35 mpg) and combined (28 mpg) fuel economy, while the Sonata 2.0T now achieves 34 mpg highway up from 33 mpg on the 2011 model year.

Engine Fuel Economy (mpg)

Theta II GDI 2.4-liter

From 22 to 24 city
From 35 to 35 highway
From 26 to 28 combined

Theta II GDI 2.0-liter turbocharged

From 22 to 22 city
From 33 to 34 highway
From 26 to 26 combined

Sonata enters the 2012 model year with even more safety, technology and convenience offerings including Blue Link, HD Radio Technology and new seven-inch touch-screen navigation. Add it all up and there's a reason why Sonata is one of the most shopped cars in the U.S.



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      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am seeing more and more Sonatas all over the streets everyday. More mpg and innovative technology can only help it's popularity and success. Kudos to Hyundai and I can't wait to see what Toyota and Honda cook up in response.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      quaid_
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to give the limited edition the 18in rims that the SE model comes with, or at least make it an option. Dont understand why the high end model gets 17's.
        IGoZoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @quaid_
        The SE is positioned as the 'sporty' model and the Limited as the 'luxury' model. The P215/55VR17 All-Season tires on the Limited provide a more comfortable ride than the P225/45VR18 Performance All-Seasons on the SE. The 2.0T Limited, in both SE and Limited trim levels, has the same 18s as the regular SE model. If you pay extra for the turbocharged engine, you probably care more about handling than comfort anyway.
        Awhattup
        • 3 Years Ago
        @quaid_
        that goes to other brands too, because thicker tires absorb shocks better than thinner ones.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Awhattup
          Exactly. It's been like that for a long time across many manufacturers. I've alawys found the "sporty" editions of most sedans to look much better than the top end model due to different wheels, etc.
      diabloz530
      • 3 Years Ago
      What does it mean, the engines have "been recalibrated"? Increased fuel economy doesn't just fall out of the sky. Details? Moreover, the actual tested economy of the Sonata has fallen behind competitors in "real-world" (magazine) driven tests. "Leads the entire midsize segment" (read: EPA rating) means little if it doesn't deliver.
        m
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diabloz530
        Of course fuel economy doesn't just fall out of the sky, but good luck getting any engine development team to tell you the details of their recalibrations. You sound suspicious of the phrasing, as if you don't think engine recalibration is a real task. There are a lot of "knobs" to tweak in calibrating a modern engine. Various emissions levels, power, response, exhaust temp, cylinder pressure, noise, vibration, and fuel consumption all go through tradeoffs, and these tradeoffs can be vary all over the speed/load map. Things like spark timing, injection timing, throttle position, fuel pressure, and EGR rate can all be adjusted and all play into this. And that's all just for steady state manipulation! Transient mapping can be completely different. Even if a company WANTED to share the details of such calibrations, it'd be an extremely small portion of the population with the understanding and experience to take any meaning from it. Anyway my point is that recalibration, even without hardware changes, can yield real benefits. But maybe you understood all that and I just misinterpreted your question.
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diabloz530
        Consumer Reports for 39MPG highway in Sonata and 32MPG in Camry. That's a very big difference
          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Sorry, I checked the wrong model. 32MPG is for V6 Camry. I4 Camry gives 37MPG
          gnvlscdt23f
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          CR's Overall is 26 for Camry and Altima, 27 for Sonata for current models. Accord, Legacy, Malibu, and Optima gave 25 overall. 24 from 6 and Fusion. Only 23 from Galant. No data for the newest 200/Avenger or Passat.
        Scr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diabloz530
        I know somebody who regularly gets over 40mpg on the highway with their 2011 Sonata. Impressive for a vehicle that size running the A/C as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diabloz530
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        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diabloz530
        In the REAL "real-world", Sonata owners have reported to the EPA an overall average of 30.1 MPG out on the real road. That's 2.1 MPG higher than any other MY '10-'11 mid-sized sedan with a Four and an automatic/CVT.
      almprin06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice. I hope the engine's fuel-efficiency improvements also benefit the 2012 Tucson.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @almprin06
        Doubt it. The current Tucson's engine is MPI, not GDI like the Sonata. Plus Kia's already announced the 2012 Sportage and it's not picking up GDI or any mileage boost. Unless Hyundai puts GDI on the Tucson, I personally don't expect to see any change.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      The word is 'eke'; although eek would be a good thing at 50mpg!!
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        The usage is "eke out", as in "eke out the efficieny of the Sonata". You don't "eke out a little more": that means "lengthen a little more", not "lengthen *by* a little more".
      Jeanie Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      i am in the process of buying the loaded 2012 sonota. I spent a year test driving oodles of cars, pickups, and suv's. The sonota comfort is better than lexus or cadillac and price is w-a-y lower. I just can't lose for t he m oney. Oh! And it isn't an old fogie car! It is sporty with a menicing yet formidable elegance. Ruby red is absolutely georgous!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeanie Smith
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      Roger
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai Sonata is better car among its competitor lineup. It's looks, style, design and perform ace are awesome. It's a nice family car. http://www.globalcardealers.com/
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai has been VERY rapidly improving in their cars, technology, and there overall rep, WTF? I remembered ten years ago, if you own a Hyundai, you would be called a loser, but now the cars are basically Lexus-like quality. Man, this is the new Honda, ( buying a new 2012 Elantra ;D.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another nail in the coffin of the TDI
      willy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have owned a few Hondas but disappointed to find out that Honda has gone the way of GM, Ford and Chrysler in their service and warranty, (sorry you have the problem we told you would happen but we won't do anything for you). I am interested in the Hyundai Sonata but my local dealer has tagged every car on his lot with $1800 dollars worth of dealer added stuff like etched glass, paint and upholstery protection, you know, the add ons that all the shopping advisories on the net tell you not to buy. I guess I'll have to shop a little further from my house in Clinton Township but who knows, I may not even like the car after a test drive, although it sure is a very nice looking vehicle. It's a shame, Hyundai is trying to up it's game and the dealer is trying to chase shoppers out of the parking lot before they get to the door.
      joshoc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai needs to move the parking brake so that it's between the front seats. There's no reason for a sedan with bucket seats to have an annoying foot pedal parking brake.
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