After a successful run last year, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata returns again, as always with plenty of standard features and a fuel efficient yet competitive powertrain. The 2013 Sonata gives you two engine choices: first, a 2.4L engine generating 198hp and 184 lbs. of torque. It consumes fuel at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The second is a turbocharged 2.0L that generates 274hp and 269 lbs. of torque. It consumes fuel at 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway.
Cargo space is great at 16.4 ft3. Although the interior doesn’t feature the best quality materials, Hyundai did a great job in organizing a nice layout for all the switches and knobs. Seating is also nice plus the Sonata offers heated rear seats on limited edition models, something not often present in a sedan.
There are three trims for the 2013 Sonata – GLS, SE, and Plush. The base GLS has interior features like keyless entry, cruise control, heated mirrors, tilting telescopic steering wheel, a trip computer, a 6-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio, Bluetooth and iPod/USB connectivity, and auxiliary audio jack. The SE has all that plus a sport-tuned suspension, leather/cloth upholstery and bigger tires. Finally, the Plush trim has all that plus a cushier suspension, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and an upgraded audio system with HD radio.
The 2013 Sonata earned great scores in safety and crash tests, getting excellent ratings in front and side impact protection. Standard safety features include side impact and side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control and front head restraints. The Bluelink telematics system allows emergency and stolen vehicle assistance, remote access and teen-driver-oriented geo-fencing.
The price range of the 2013 Sonata is $21,000-$25,800. With the great splash it made in the market last year, it now faces stiff competition from models like the Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Malibu. But the Sonata remains a solid choice for those looking for a Sedan that is nearly complete in every aspect.