2013 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP $21,195 - $27,595

Ranked #7 in Sedan

7.5

Overall Rating

2013 Hyundai Sonata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is arguably one of the best value for money cars in its segment. It offers a host of features along with its modernistic looks and great ride quality. As a midsize sedan, the Sonata has gained the trust and confidence of a majority of customers; all thanks to its comfortable yet sporty driving dynamics and reliability quotient.

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Pros

Great engine performance

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Cabin arrangement could have been improved a bit

What's New?

Interior comfort has been given a touch-up

New navigation system has been introduced


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21195

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

190 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

179 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110 in.

length

189.8 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3199 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/35 mpg

highway range

495.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

GLS PZEV$21,195 onwards

GLS$21,195 onwards

Turbo$23,545 onwards

SE$25,095 onwards

Limited$25,845 onwards

Sport$25,845 onwards

Limited PZEV$25,845 onwards

SEL Plus$27,595 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Hyundai Sonata in Black Onyx color
Black Onyx

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2013 Sonata is available in 3 trim levels and the price starts at $21,195 for the base GLS trim and goes all the way up to $27,595 for the top-tier Limited trim. It competes with the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, and Nissan Altima in the affordable midsize sedan segment. The analytics are pretty interesting to watch for as they are right at one other’s tail for every single aspect. 


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2013 Hyundai Sonata Features

8.0/10

The trim levels for the 2013 Sonata as with any other Hyundai car start with the GLS trim priced at $21,195. The GLS trim has been armed with a 6-speaker audio system and SiriusXM satellite radio for one’s engagement inside the cabin. The higher SE trim follows the same path as that of the GLS in this department while the Limited goes to upgrade features with the 7 Dimension premium speakers and HD radio with multicasting. The wheel variation is also there as the scale moves from 16" steel wheels to 18" hyper silver alloy wheels as per trim hierarchy. While the SE and Limited trim do get advanced features including a sport-tuned suspension system, standard features like dynamic stability control and Active ECO system are also noteworthy. 

Trim

GLS

SE

Limited

MSRP (Base)

$21,195

$23,545

$25,845

MSRP (2.0T)

NA

$25,095

$27,595

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds to the SE trim:

 

Cruise control

Sport-tuned suspension

17-inch alloy wheels

 

Heated mirrors

Dark chrome grille

Leather upholstery

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering column

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Ventilated driver seat

 

Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system

Keyless ignition/entry

Rear climate vents

 

Six-speaker sound system

Simulated carbon-fiber interior trim

Unique interior accents

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All the trims are impressive to some extent in some of the categories but one that stands out the most balanced is the SE trim. It is not only about the features but also what is being paid for those features and that is where this trim shines over others. The comfort, performance, convenience, and long hauling practicality, all have been bestowed in this trim level, and that too with reasonable affordability. Thus it is advisable to skip the line and own an SE.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is available with two powertrain options ranging from a 2.4 L naturally aspirated inline-4 to a 2 L turbocharged inline-4 engine. The naturally aspirated engine is available as the base format and produces 198 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque while the turbocharged powertrain unit will fetch you close to 274 horsepower and 269 lb-ft. of torque.

Both the engines are mated to the same 6-speed automatic transmission by which the power is either transferred to the front wheels or all the wheels depending on the layout. Moreover, with a 0-60 mph acceleration timing of 7.8 seconds and a quarter-mile figure of 16 seconds, the Sonata is the quickest sedan in its class. On top of that, a top speed of 140 mph makes it the fastest as well. 

Models

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$21,195

$21,900

$21,995

$21,760

Engine 

2.4L Naturally Aspirated inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power 

198 hp @ 6,300 rpm

170 hp @ 6,300 rpm

197 hp @ 6,300 rpm

182 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.8

8.8

7.8

8

Quarter mile (sec)

16

16.5

15.6

16.3

Top Speed (MPH)

140

135 

130

130

Sonata’s performance figures are really impressive because it costs less than most of its rivals. These performance figures are related to the naturally aspirated engine. Opting for the turbocharged version would be better if you need more performance from your Sonata than comfortable ride quality. The Nissan Altima is the closest to the Sonata when it comes to handling and performance clocking similar timings. The Ford Fusion is the slowest and has sluggish acceleration, but its top speed of 135 MPH is better than its competitors.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Hyundai Sonata offers a combined fuel economy of 28 MPG and delivers 24 and 35 mpg in the city and highway driving environments respectively. One of the highlights of the Sonata is the fact that it comes with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank capacity which is the largest in the segment. And what this translates to is the fact that the Sonata delivers one of the best in class driving ranges in its peers, reading more than 640 miles in ideal situations.

Models

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

24

22

22

27

MPG (Highway)

35

34

34

38

MPG (Combined)

28

26

26

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

16.5

15.8

18

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

444/647.5

363/561

347.6/537.2

486/684

Among all the rivals, the Nissan Altima proves to be the most fuel-efficient car in the segment with a combined economy and maximum driving range of 31 mpg and 684 miles respectively. It is then followed by the Hyundai Sonata. The Fusion and Malibu take the other remaining spots but the gap between the former and latter ones is more than 100 miles which could be a determining factor in terms of their practicality.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Interior

8.0/10

Fluidic, continuous, and elegant would be apt to describe the wholesomeness of the interior arrangement, specifically for the higher trims. The leather covering for the Limited trims while a combination of cloth-pack with leather bolstering for the SE are at par in terms of their feel. One also finds power-adjustability and heat-assistance inside the cabin from which the base trim has been kept exempted. But all of them have been adorned with the Active ECO system and can have Metal Grain interior accents as per the owner’s choice. Last but not least is the Dual automatic climate control which has been exclusively organized for the highest trim which maintains the ambiance temperature.

Models

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/57.9/45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

39/57.5/42.1

40/56.4/45

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/56.7/34.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.5/57.1/36.9

37.1/56.4/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.4

16

16.3

15.4

The Sonata comes gifted with the largest cargo capacity in its class at 16.4 cu-ft. The trunk opening is nice and wide, making it easy to load and unload cargo. The only drawback on the Hyundai Sonata’s part is its low headroom and legroom making it kind of squeezed up in the rear row. Although it won’t affect much in small city runs, longer journeys might make the passengers in the rear uncomfortable. The others, on the other hand, offer better and more balanced seating, Ford Fusion being the benchmark. And while there is no difference in cargo capacity, the Nissan Altima lurks at the bottom of the table with a volume of 15.4 cubic feet.

Standout interior features:

  • Power 8-way driver’s seat including power 4-way lumbar adjust
  • Premium leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED interior lighting
  • Leatherette door-panel inserts

How intuitive is the 2013 Hyundai Sonata’s infotainment system?

Hyundai never fails to impress its customers when it comes to infotainment features and the Sonata is no different. It brings in a decent list of infotainment features for the 2011 MY. The GLS trim level comes with an optional 4.3-inch infotainment display unit and HD radio while the higher trim levels receive an 8-inch touchscreen display. The audio set available in the Limited trim is a 360w 7-speaker audio system. 

Standout infotainment features:

  • 360w 7-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch multi-information touchscreen infotainment display
  • Aux Input
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Phone and Audio Connectivity

2013 Hyundai Sonata Exterior

7.0/10

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is arguably one of the most striking cars in its segment. Aggressive stature with those converging-diverging projector-lens headlights in conjunction with the dark-chrome grille on the front is in the right proportion. The hood gets a combination of bodylines and creases that flows throughout the silhouette. The 18" hyper silver alloy wheels add another dimension to its appeal but one can have other options as well to choose from including the 16" steel wheels and 17" alloy wheels. It also gets a sports-tuned suspension attached to the wheels for the higher trims. The Limited even gets a power sunroof on the top.

Models

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3316

3427

3393

3108

Length (in.)

189.8

191.7

191.5

191.5

Width (in.)

72.2

72.9

73

72

Height (in.)

57.9

58.1

57.6

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.5

NA

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

110

112.2

107.8

109.3

Sedans like Nissan Altima seem to provide more space inside the cabin despite having a shorter wheelbase of 109.3 inches which could be inspiring for Hyundai to bring about the changes for the Sonata. Not just that, the former is lighter than Sonata by some 200 pounds which is another asset in terms of handling maneuvering and forward diving during hard braking. Apart from the Nissan, the rest are pretty much comparable and parallel to one another and share the same reputation. While the Fusion sports the longest wheelbase of 112.2 inches, the Sonata’s ground clearance of 5.5 inches feels adequate.

Standout exterior features:

  • Dual Exhaust tips on the SE and Limited trim
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • 18-inch Alloy wheels
  • SE and Limited trim levels get sports-tuned suspension setup

2013 Hyundai Sonata Safety

8.0/10

Hyundai has always been certain that their cars need to be amongst the safest options on-road and the 2013 Sonata is a testament to that claim. It receives an impressive 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and similar marking from agencies like the IIHS. This concretes its structural integrity evidence. Along with a rigid and sound chassis, the Sonata has front and rear crumple zones that absorb most of the impact in a crash and keep the cabin safe. 

Standout safety features:

  • Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Telematics System
  • Teen driver system
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2013 Hyundai Sonata Final Verdict

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the best picks for a 2013 MY midsize sedan. It brings in a lot of practicality and offers great driving dynamics along with impressive performance, fuel economy, and safety. The only drawbacks on its side seem to be its cramped second-row area which could have been better if it had more headroom and legroom. On the whole, one may invest in it with no hesitation. 

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