The two-pane panoramic sunroof is now available only on Limited models, which now get a traditional smaller sunroof as standard equipment. Also, heated seats are now standard on all Sonatas except for the base GLS.
The Sonata is the most important car in Hyundai’s lineup, so the company has a lot riding on the model, which was completely redesigned for 2011. Like all the Korean carmaker’s recently launched models, the Sonata is truly a world-class effort that helps wipe away any memories of the heinous Hyundais of a couple decades ago. The mid-size Sonata is at or near the top of its class in a broad range of categories—some you might expect (low price, fuel economy) and some you might not (power, torque, interior space, driving dynamics). The volume engine is a 198-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder (200 hp in the SE model, which has dual exhausts). Instead of an optional six-cylinder, the Sonata’s more potent engine is a 274-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Filling out the lineup is the 206-hp Hybrid model, which costs about $6000 more and sports a strangely aquatic face. It boasts fuel-economy ratings of 35/40 mpg city/highway and bangs heads with the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The styling of the Sonata is a big step up from that of its predecessor, with nice proportions and an elegant arc that sweeps from front to rear, although the distorted-looking grille can take some getting used to. Add in a low price, and the Sonata is one of the stronger contenders in its hypercompetitive class.
Front, front side, and side curtain air bags; active front head restraints; ABS; traction and stability control; the Blue Link telematics system; electronic brake-force distribution; and tire-pressure monitors are standard on all Sonatas.
- A star in a tough segment
- Excellent fuel mileage
- Fantastic warranty
You won't like:
- Steering feel is artificial
- Brakes aren’t very confidence inspiring
Key Competitors For The 2013 Hyundai Sonata
- Ford Fusion
- Honda Accord
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Camry
Risen to the top.