In a midsize class stacked with talent, many say it’s the Sonata that makes the most sense for families and otherwise cost-conscious buyers. What does Hyundai do so right? Find out here.
Hyundai Sonata Trims and Feature Highlights
The Sonata is a five seat midsize sedan that relies on efficient fuel economy, near perfect safety scores, a bit of style, and a lot of substance. Shoppers not familiar with Hyundai’s selling points can expect impressive standard features and an array of options that make the 2013 Sonata extremely competitive in a class that includes the likes of Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. Two 4-cylinder engines await 2013 Sonata shoppers, one of them turbocharged. And by keeping things tight, Hyundai is able to deliver mid-30’s fuel economy for both engines- another testament to the brand’s MPG dominance.
Other Sonata standards include Blue Link & Bluetooth connectivity, a spacious, comfortable cabin, quality materials inside & out, and plenty of practicality to go around. For 2013, Hyundai offers Sonata in GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, and Limited, and Limited 2.0T gasoline trims- the 2.0T designation referring to the turbo engine. SE Sonata trims feature sport-tuned suspension & steering, and all models offer a sense of money well spent. Don’t forget America’s Best Warranty, either.
The 2013 Sonata starts at just under $21,000, which is a good price to start in the midsize game. Those looking to clean up their act a bit can opt for the Sonata Hybrid, beginning at just under $26,000.
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Hyundai Sonata Performance
Hyundai doesn’t like to waste space and energy on clunky 6-cylinder engines, so they designed a pair of potent 4-cylinders to satisfy the midsize mobs. First on the table is the 2.4 liter GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) that makes 198 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque (200 and 186 for SE trims).
The other option is a 2.0 liter turbo worth 274 horses and 269 lb.-ft. All trims get front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC for manual shift control. Sonata SE and 2.0T trims also receive steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
If you can’t commit to the Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai’s Active Eco system will do its best to keep the engine in check economically.
Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy
The EPA hands Sonata MPG numbers of 24/35/28 (city/highway/combined) for its base 2.4 liter; the 2.0 turbo dips just slightly for 22/34/26.
Hyundai Sonata Interior Highlights
Practicality mingles with comfort and class inside Sonata. There’s plenty of room to move around and drivers are introduced to easily accessible toys like BlueLink, or the available 7 inch touchscreen navigation screen. Mostly soft materials and a metallic trim offer upscale-ness without being pretentious, and shoppers are encouraged to move up to heated front & rear leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, and 8-way adjustable driver’s seat. Rear seat passengers get 34.6 inches of legroom, compared to a stretchable 45.5” up front. Trunk space is more than manageable at 16.4 cubic feet- though Sonata Hybrid’s capacity shrinks to just 10.7 cubes, so leave excess baggage at home.
Hyundai Sonata Safety
2013 Sonata standards include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability/traction control, and six airbags. Also standard on every Sonata is BlueLink and its emergency & roadside services. A rearview camera is available on navigation equipped packages for upper trims.
Another Sonata asset that should not be overlooked are its safety numbers; NHTSA ratings give 2013 models a perfect 5/5 stars overall (that’ll get you gold) and it’s only a matter of time before the IIHS hands Sonata another Top Safety Pick award.
Hyundai Sonata Summary
Reasons you should check out the 2013 Hyundai Sonata: Performance, economy, safety, style (that fluidic sculpture is really coming along), comfort, a hybrid option, accessible price. Need anything else? How about the best place to get one? Of course it’s CarWoo!