2013 Hyundai Sonata

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2013 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata

Key specs

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The good:

  • Stylish exterior
  • Gas mileage
  • Large trunk
  • Ample interior room

The bad:

  • Some interior trim looks cheap
  • Roofline makes backseat cozy

5 trims

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Notable features

  • High-efficiency four-cylinder engine
  • High-power turbo four-cylinder
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Heated seats for most trims
  • Hybrid version offered

2013 Hyundai Sonata review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that competes with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion in the crowded family-car segment. The five-seat Sonata was completely redesigned for the 2011 model year, receiving much more distinctive styling and better gas mileage. A hybrid model is also available. If you’re looking for more spirited driving, the Sonata Turbo comes with a 274-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. (Skip to details on the: Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Turbo)
New for 2013
For 2013, the Sonata receives minimal changes with the exception of the discontinued six-speed manual transmission, which leaves the six-speed automatic as the only transmission. Other minor changes include the addition of heated front seats for all Sonatas except the GLS trim and a choice of two sunroofs — regular or panoramic — for the Limited trim.
The Sonata’s exterior has several chrome trim pieces, from the wide grille to the elongated window line.  A sloping roof shows glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and the Volkswagen CC, yet it’s distinctive enough to stand out among direct competitors like the Camry and Accord. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available dual exhaust
  • Available fog lights

High-tech features such as satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, Hyundai’s BlueLink emergency communication system, and auxiliary and USB inputs are standard. Other interior features include:

  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo; choice of two optional premium stereos
  • Available heated leather front and rear seats
  • Available piano-black or simulated wood trim
  • Available touch-screen navigation system
  • Available push-button start and proximity key

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 198-hp (200 hp in SE), 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Four-cylinder features direct injection for better gas mileage, more power and lower emissions
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the SE

Standard safety features include:

  • Six airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Optional backup camera

Sonata Hybrid

For 2013, the Sonata Hybrid gets a reengineered hybrid drivetrain that results in slightly better estimated gas mileage of 36/40 mpg city/highway, an improvement of 2 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway. The hybrid system combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a more powerful 35-kilowatt electric motor for a total output of 199 hp.

Changes include a higher-capacity generator, a more powerful hybrid battery pack and a retuned hybrid system. The battery pack is also nearly 5 pounds lighter and it takes up less space, resulting in more trunk room for a total of 12.1 cubic feet.

There’s a litany of visual changes versus the regular Sonata that include a large, hexagonal front air dam; unique headlights and taillights; new side sills; and the requisite hybrid badges. Inside, an LCD screen shows energy flow between the drivetrain components as well as indicators for electric mode, battery charge and gas mileage. Back to top

Sonata Turbo

True to its name, the Sonata 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes V-6-like 274 hp and 269 pounds-feet of torque. It’s rated at 22/34 mpg and doesn’t need premium gas. Available in SE or Limited trim levels, the 2.0T uses a six-speed automatic. Both trims get 18-inch alloy wheels and dual tailpipes. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Nice car

I like the car very much except the dealer sold it with damage not disclosed . It is. Classy car with allot of options and drives well


Car has so many problems,recalls complete lemon

This car has been in the shop ever since i bought it. Would not recommend nor purchase a hyundai again. Just doing this so that other people can know tlwhat they are getting into. Ive never had so much trouble out of a vehicle in my life.


I love my 2013 Sonata Hybrid

Excellent gas mileage. Very comfortable. Smooth ride. Despite having it for 7 years, I still can't say enough about this beautiful, durable car! Glad I purchased it when I did (early 2014) because the body style changed shortly afterwards... Yuck! I would not have bought the newer style without the distinctive Hyundai curves. It turned boxy and looked just like a Kia. No style at all. Back to my 2013 Hybrid... the style, comfort, gas efficiency and reliability has made it the best automobile I've ever owned. That includes all the vehicles I've purchased new: 1988 BMW 320e-manual, 1992 Chevy Beretta-manual, 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix (#3 fave), 2005 VW Jetta TDI (great gas mileage but uncomfortable, cramped & ugly compact... my hubby actually purchased this without my input), and a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 w/Cummins Diesel (I highly recommend if you're shopping for a comfy, yet very powerful truck. It's great in the snow & awesome for pulling our 5th wheel! ) I've always done lots of research on used cars I bought (only minor repairs, minimal body work, any/all maintenance records, low mileage & able to pass inspection at the manufacturer's dealership. Although I enjoyed them all, there's only 1 I liked almost as much as my Sonata: a 2006 Mercedes 230S (but rear-wheel drive couldn't handle even an inch of Colorado snow.) My other used cars: a 1976 BMW 530i (my 1st car & nostalgic even in 1989), a 1992 Honda Accord, 1994 Honda Civic -manual, & a 1995 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L-manual (lots fun but horrible gas mileage.) Anyway, I was actually in the market for a Subaru Legacy, but I'd admired the style (pre-Kia-shaped) of the Sonata (and Elantra)...Low & behold, I happened to see a Hyundai dealership just before I got to Subaru. Whew... So glad I chose to check it out 1st! Kind, honest, matter-of-fact dealer named James who explained everything so well... And didn't try to take advantage of a selling to a likely less experienced WOMAN. Although I hadn't even thought about getting a hybrid, they were having a great close out sale on their 2013s to make more room for incoming 2014s... He explained the similarities & differences between the hybrid & the regular Sonata. No pressure whatsoever. After a test-drive (including more questions and performance lessons/tests & explanations of its many unexpected bells and whistles), I fell in love with it! Took hubby to check it out the next day and he immediately agreed that James was one of the good-guys in auto sales. He also loved the car (even though I was buying it for myself.) *In case you're wondering, I did go ahead & check out the Legacy. Same price, no upgrades like the Sonata, and completely unable to get out of its own way... No take off power at all & I was completely underwhelmed. Plus, Subaru is practically the Official Car of the State of Colorado, so the kid who "helped" me (and couldn't answer even the general, simple questions about the car), acted as though he'd made a sale the minute I walked through the door. ** I'm not bashing Subaru as a car company... I have many friends who love theirs and I wouldn't discount owning one someday. But genuine interest in helping the customer find what they seek added with kindness, honesty and integrity made for an amazing & unexpectedly comfortable experience (and a fabulous car) that I continue to cherish 7 years later. James at Arapahoe Hyundai set a very high bar for all my future car buying!

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