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2013 Hyundai Sonata Overview
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata offers drivers an affordable midsize sedan with attractive styling and solid value. Hyundai discontinued the manual transmission for 2013, but added comfort options including heated front seats and a choice of two sunroofs.
The front-wheel drive Sonata features a 198-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with auto/manual mode that also adapts to an individual’s driving habits. A more powerful, 274-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine is available in the Sonata Turbo edition. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard in the SE and Turbo Limited editions, and the Active ECO system uses computer modeling and powertrain performance mapping to modify engine and transmission control for increased fuel economy.
The Sonata’s base four-cylinder engine provides fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Sonata Turbo sacrifices some fuel economy for performance, though its turbocharged four-cylinder provides superior efficiency compared to the V-6 engines found in much of the competition. It checks in at 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Standard interior features include air conditioning, power windows with driver’s auto-up/down, steering wheel-mounted audio, phone, Bluetooth, and cruise controls. Cloth seats are included, and leather seats with front and rear heating options are available. Dual front automatic temperature control and floor-mounted rear vents come standard in premium trims. The audio system can be upgraded to a Dimension or Infinity premium audio system. Hyundai’s Blue Link emergency communication system is included, and a navigation system with seven-inch display, rear-view camera, and push-button start with a proximity key are available options. The Sonata also offers a choice of two sunroof options: a panoramic or normal-sized power tilt-and-slide.
Exterior features include standard bodycolor front grille and exterior door handles, solar control glass, and sixteen-inch steel wheels. Sixteen-, seventeen- or eighteen-inch aluminum alloy wheels are available, as is a chrome-tipped dual exhaust and chrome front grille and exterior door handles. Dual folding heated power side mirrors are standard and front fog lamps are available.
Hyundai delivers on safety features, with standard dual front airbags, driver and front passenger side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags. Electronic stability and traction control are standard, as is the antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Front and rear crumple zones and the energy-absorbing steering column provide added safety in the event of a collision, and active front head restraints provide additional protection during rear impact collisions.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is a solid choice for drivers looking for an affordable midsize sedan. The numerous standard features, competitive base price, and good fuel economy ratings make the Sonata a good value for the money and the stylish, contemporary design with roomy interior make for an attractive presentation on the highway or around town.
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