2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid hits 40 mpg and starts at $26,610

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If you want to know if there is an attract car that is affordable at the beginning and save you some gas money in the long run, look no more, because that is what the new 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is all about. 

The new 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan starts at $26,610 if you include a $760 delivery fee. Much like the 2011 model, the new 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid remains the same in both look and performance. However, Hyundai has added its new Blue Link telematics system as standard equipment for the car.

In addition, Hyundai makes available of a new optional Leather Package ($1,500) for all models in 2012, which was only offered on the high-end models in the previous year. The Leather Package includes leather seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, heated front and rear seats, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror that features a HomeLink technology and compass.

And if you are feeling of going all out, there is the Ultimate Package ($5,500), which includes everything in the Leather Package plus Panoramic sunroof with tilt & slide, 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels with unique finish, navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display, rear backup camera, Infinity premium sound system, HD Radio with multicasting, glossy black door surround and outside mirror housing, and premium door sill plates.

Power for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan is provided by a hybrid powertrain, which consists of a 169-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine and a 30-kW electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The hybrid system is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission to shift power to the front wheels.

Fuel economy for this hybrid setup is EPA estimated at 40 mpg on the highway, 35 mpg city and 37 mpg combined. According to Hyundai, its hybrid powertrain is most fuel efficient in the Sonata lineup.

In the time of rising gas prices, the new 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan not only represents the “best bang for the buck” but also an attractive looking sedan.