2013 Hyundai Sonata

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$20,895

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

28
Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

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5

Seating capacity

189.8” x 57.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Some interior trim looks cheap
  • Roofline makes backseat cozy

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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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.
Exterior
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

Interior
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

Safety
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 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

decent car

The car ran great for around 170k miles, then the engine had some issues, but got those sorted and its good. Comfortable, fast and looks good.

2.0

Car not worth it to many problems

I bought this car already 90,000 miles two months in my alternator gave in had at least 10 deffrent recalls in 4years for this vehicle transmission went bad spent a lot of money not worth it

1.0

Cracked dashboard

There is cracks all on my dashboard. No one, No one wants to help. I will not bye this car ever. They said it was do to heat . How can that be when it is garbage keep!!

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Safety

Based on the 2013 Hyundai Sonata base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
9.7%
Rollover rating
5
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Powertrain
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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