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2013 Hyundai Sonata Review
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Vehicle OverviewThe 2013 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan features sharp exterior styling, comfort, and great fuel economy. After a full redesign in 2011, the Hyundai Sonata faces steep competition from more recently redesigned competitors, but maintains its spot near the top of the segment. The Hyundai Sonata's base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 198 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway. The Sonata is currently offered in three models, the GLS, SE, and Limited model, while the Sonata Hybrid is offered in two models, the Hybrid and Limited.
In a recent test drive, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited delivered all the features that make the standard Sonata a great choice, but dialed up the efficiency. Although Hyundai reduced the horsepower of the new Sonata Hybrid, the automaker made the hybrid powertrain more efficient and stronger than the previous model, enabling it to deliver bursts of electricity to the motor whenever needed. "While a comfortably equipped Sonata Hybrid with a couple of options will run you about $27,000, we think shelling out for the Sonata Hybrid Limited model we drove is well worth it, if your budget allows."
The 2013 Sonata offers plenty of room for adult passengers, in both the front and rear seats, although headroom in the back seat may be slightly cramped for taller passengers. The interior feels modern and luxurious thanks to well thought-out placement of controls on the center stack and upscale materials. The optional touchscreen is intuitive and allows for easy operating of the navigation system, phone and radio functions, as well as Hyundai's BlueLink services.
New for 2013The 2013 Hyundai Sonata now offers a two-pane panoramic sunroof on Limited models, and heated seats are now standard on all Sonata models, except for the base GLS. The base model has dropped its manual transmission in favor of the standard six-speed automatic.
- Excellent fuel economy
- Standard and optional features
- Comfortable and stylish interior
You Won't Like:
- Rear headroom
- Steering feel
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