Hyundai is challenging General Motors and its OnStar System by announcing that the 2012 Hyundai Sonata will feature the Blue Link System as standard equipment. The Blue Link system allows access easy access to roadside assistance as well as a direct connection to emergency services. It also provides weather information along with traffic updates. A heap of information the Sonata drivers can access on the fly also includes a number of quite intriguing features. For instance, the BlueLink system informs parents about how far and how fast their teens are driving. This system made the car the smartest Hyundai ever built.
The automaker also managed to improve the fuel efficiency of the Sonata. The base model used to provide 22 mph in the city, but now the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine gets 24 mph in the city and 35 mph on the highway. The fuel economy of the models equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplant is estimated 22/34 mph city/highway, an increase from 33 miles per gallon on the highway in last year's car.
Hyundai says that the improved Sonata features best-in-class fuel economy, yielding only to hybrids in this respect.