The 2013 Sonata returns, fresh from a strong performance last year. Hyundai’s midsized car is well-equipped for another year of excellence. The 2013 Sonata’s powertrain comes in two variations. The first one is a 2.4L engine that generates 198hp, 184 lbs. of torque, with a fuel rating of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The second one is a turbocharged 2.0L engine that generates 274hp, 269 lbs. of torque, with a fuel rating of 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway. There is also the Sonata Hybrid, with its 2.4L lithium ion hybrid engine. Its fuel rating is at 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway.
The 2013 Sonata is classified as an affordable midsized car. Yet it doesn’t look like a budget car. At first glance, it can almost pass for a BMW with its edges and angles that radiate style and elegance. The Sonata’s interior also deserves praise. There is plenty of room for passengers; cargo space is also pretty good. Controls on the dashboard were laid out nicely, easy to operate.
There are three trims – GLS, SE, and Plush. All models have these features – power accessories, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, 6-speaker audio system w/CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary audio jacks, and satellite radio. On the higher trims, you can add features like a panoramic sunroof, Infinity premium audio system, and a navigation system.
Just like previous models, the 2013 Sonata got great ratings in safety and crash tests. It performed well in safety and crash tests. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, dual front side/side curtain airbags, head restraints, stability/traction control, daytime running lights, and child safety locks. It has Hyundai Bluelink which allows for immediate assistance in case of emergencies and vehicle theft.
Overall, the Sonata is a solid choice for those who need a midsized car. It has good power, a nice and spacious interior, and handles pretty well.