2013 Hyundai Sonata: Vying For Best Midsized Car

It was hailed as one of the breakthrough models for Hyundai in the midsize car category; the 2013 Hyundai Sonata returns again this year, more than ready to take on the competition.  There are two main engine choices for the 2013 Sonata. First is a 2.4L that’s capable of 198hp, 184 lbs. of torque, and a fuel rating of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The second is a turbocharged 2.0L capable of 274hp, 269 lbs. of torque, and a fuel rating of 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway. There is actually a third option, a 2.4L lithium ion hybrid. It has the best fuel rating at 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway.

Hyundai did a great job with the 2013 Sonata’s interior. It has abundant cargo space at 16.4 ft3. The interior features a superb design for both newbies and veteran drivers. Controls are ergonomic and easy to access, with plenty of passenger room in front and at the back.

Standard interior features depend on the trim you choose. There are three available trims – GLS, SE, and Plush. Base features include cruise control, a trip computer, 6-speaker audio system w/CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary audio jacks, satellite radio, and Hyundai’s BlueLink.  Features available on higher trims include a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, the premium Infinity audio system, and a navigation system.

The 2013 Sonata got excellent ratings in safety and crash tests, giving great protection against front and side impacts. It has antilock disc brakes, side impact and side curtain airbags, head restraints, and stability/traction control. Bluelink is just like Chevrolet’s OnStar, allowing for immediate assistance in case of accidents and vehicle theft, and can dial the 911 hotline.

The price of the 2013 Sonata ranges at $21,000-$27,400. It will be challenged mainly by the Ford Fusion and the Toyota Camry; all are evenly matched with regards to fuel efficiency and interior features but the Sonata is more than willing to go at anyone head to head.

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