2012 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited

10.0

starting from

$27,105
"The Sonata's fuel economy is slightly above average for a family sedan."
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"Upscale interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata Limited

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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
648 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
444 miles
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Average city fuel efficiency
24 mpg
2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6

9.8

starting from

$45,350

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Genesis 4.6

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Quite powerful
378 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Entertainment system
Standard
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Sporty performance
10.6 lb/hp
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More airbags
6
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $18,245 cheaper (more than 40% less), $27,105 vs $45,350
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
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  • Child door locks come standard
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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  • Very roomy front seats
  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata Limited in particular gets exceptional range
  • The Genesis 4.6's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Sonata Limited
Entertainment System - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Cost

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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MSRP $27,105 vs $45,350 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 17 mpg The Sonata Limited has OK city mileage, while the Genesis 4.6 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Genesis 4.6 has a good number of airbags, but the Sonata Limited is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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Horsepower 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 378 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Genesis 4.6 is fairly powerful, but the Sonata Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs Unknown
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Unknown
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 10.6 lb/hp The Genesis 4.6 is a sporty car, while the Sonata Limited is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Genesis 4.6 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 36.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 648 miles vs 528 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata Limited in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 60.4 ft3 Very roomy front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Sonata Limited's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Genesis 4.6
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The Genesis 4.6's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Sonata Limited
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Genesis 4.6's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Genesis 4.6; no amount of money can buy it on the Sonata Limited

Crash Test Ratings

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Hyundai
Genesis 4.6
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs 6.2 seconds The Genesis 4.6 has a good 0-60 time, but the Sonata Limited is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 127 ft vs 136 ft The Sonata Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Genesis 4.6 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs 14.6 s @ 102 mph The Genesis 4.6's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Sonata Limited's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.83 g The Genesis 4.6 has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Sonata Limited
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 2010 Bentley Continental GT Genesis 4.6 vs Continental GT
2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Genesis 3.8 vs E350
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec 2011 BMW 535i Genesis 5.0 R-Spec vs 535i
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Genesis 5.0 R-Spec vs Equus Signature
2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 2011 Kia Optima EX Genesis 3.8 vs Optima EX
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Sonata Limited 2.0T vs 911 Turbo
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Audi A4 Premium Sonata Limited 2.0T vs A4 Premium
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Two Sonata Limited vs Prius Two
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata GLS vs Elantra GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sonata Limited 2.0T vs Legacy 2.5GT

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