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2013 Hyundai Sonata SE

2013 Hyundai Sonata Review

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New For 2013
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.
Overview
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.

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2013 Sonata SE Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L Theta in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 481 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 274 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 269 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

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'13 Hyundai SE Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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