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Assessing the 2013 Hyundai Sonata

September 17th, 2013

2013-Hyundai-Sonata“Despite the newer midsize sedan rivals that have hit the market, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata remains a top pick in a very competitive set,” Edmunds.com reports.

It doesn’t always happen, but our consumer car reviewers agree with Edmunds on this one! The 2013 Hyundai Sonata ranked 3.7 out of 5 by our testers, ranking it in fifth place out of thirteen tested midsize sedan options tested.

With the GLS trim option of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata starting at $21,990, this midsize sedan was ranked Best in Segment for its value for the money, tying with the 2013 Ford Fusion. Both the 2013 Hyundai Sonata and 2013 Ford Fusion come with ample standard features and offer great upgrade options for those looking to spend a bit more. With a fuel economy of 24 MPG city and 35 on the highway, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata will continue to help your wallet long term.

In the nine categories graded, three of them were rated Above Average including exterior appearance, front seat storage and trunk area. Though the exterior appearance of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata was well liked by our testers, some critics don’t agree: “Sonata’s styling is busy for our taste and not as clean as its corporate sibling, the Kia Optima. Many other critics have praised Sonata’s look, however, and if it’s confused with any other sedan, it’s more likely to be mistaken for a Lexus or some other luxury model than for another mainstream mid-size,” AOL Autos writes.

However, our unbiased consumer car reviewers stated that the exterior was “sleek, stylish, sporty and well-integrated.” Additionally, the flow of the hood lines and profile of this midsize sedan were favored by our testers.

Not a single area of this vehicle was rated Below Average. An Average rating was given in the following categories: interior appearance, front seat comfort, interior controls, driver visibility and rear seat environment.

Some noteworthy standard features of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata: 2013-Hyundai-Sonata

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
  • Daytime running lights
  • Active ECO system
  • iPod / USB and MP3 outlets

With competitors equipping their vehicles with steel wheels, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is proud of its “fluid lines and sophisticated style” of the 16-inch alloy wheels, as stated on the Hyundai website. The website also goes on to boast about the amenities that car buyers can get. And like the alloy wheels, some of these options are not available on competitors’ vehicle options, even with upgrade packages.

Some optional extras in for upgraded trim models of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata:

  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Chrome tipped dual exhaust
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Auto-dimming HomeLink® mirror with compass
  • Power tilt-and-slide, panoramic sunroof

Are you in the market for a midsize sedan? Check out our comparison tool to evaluate key features in thirteen midsize sedan options.