With 2013 Hyundai Sonata, Gap may Shrink Further with Honda and Toyota

By Matthew Askari | May 08, 2012
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata enters its third year with a few light upgrades, largely superfluous, to continue the momentum the Korean automaker is experiencing with its midsize sedan. The 2011 model was fully redesigned, and featured Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design on the outside, while the interior was modern, fresh, and loaded with features often seen in pricier models. The Sonata has performed so well, customers are scooping them up in greater numbers over heavyweights such as the Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, and Nissan Altima. Most impressive is the ever-closing gap between the Hyundai Sonata and perennial favorites, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. For 2013 the Hyundai Sonata gets standard heated seats on all but the base Sonata GLS model. Hyundai has also added a few more sunroof options, but changes for the new model year are light. The Sonata comes standard with: 16-inch alloy wheels; keyless entry; full power accessories; a fully telescoping and tilting steering wheel; a six-speaker sound system with USB/iPod connectivity. Hyundai says its most popular Sonata packaging is priced at $21,720, with the entry level starting at just under $20,000, and more premium models selling in the mid-20s, competitive with the Camry and Accord. At 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, the Sonata is on par with the competition, and returns better fuel economy than the Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu and Nissan Altima, while its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200-hp in the SE, the most of any base engine in the class. Most recently, the Sonata has achieved best-in-class residual values based on three years of ownership, something the automaker is especially proud of. And if Hyundai is to one day Eclipse Honda and Toyota, it'll need to win that battle, as the Japanese automakers have long held the residual value crown here in America. Source: Hyundai