2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. Hybrid 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 7/16/2013 Ratings Summary Competition in the midsize hybrid class is growing rapidly with more and more choices becoming available. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, especially the Limited model with its lengthy list of standard features, offers good value, but isn't as fuel efficient or as sophisticated as the benchmark hybrids.
C
Performance In most categories, the Sonata Hybrid merely matches, rather than surpasses, the competition. One reason for this is that the Sonata Hybrid lacks much cutting-edge engineering. However in some instances it's merely a tuning choice by Hyundai.
Acceleration
B
At 8.5 seconds to 60 mph, the Sonata Hybrid is among the quickest mainstream hybrid family sedans. Unlike some rivals, battery charge, or lack thereof, greatly affects acceleration.
Braking
C
Due to regenerative braking, nearly all hybrids' brakes require driver acclimation. While a few have found ways to provide some semblance of a natural feel, Hyundai hasn't.
Steering
B
The precision and response of the Sonata's electric-assist steering are quite good, but there's a lack of feedback to the driver.
Handling
C
Low rolling-resistance tires aren't meant to provide thrilling handling. And you guessed it, they don't. The stability system reacts quickly (maybe too quickly), and prevents any sliding.
Driveability
C
Since the Sonata Hybrid has a traditional 6-speed automatic (as opposed to a CVT), acceleration and passing dynamics feel normal. Steering and braking still feel unorthodox.
B
Comfort A long list of standard comfort and convenience features help give the Sonata Hybrid Limited a better-than-average comfort factor, while ride quality and quietness are at acceptable levels.
Seating Comfort
B
The Limited trim has standard heated leather front and rear seats and dual-zone climate control with rear vents. The optional sunroof cuts headroom somewhat.
Ride Comfort
B
We'd rate the Sonata's ride more harshly (no pun intended), but it's no more jolting than others in the segment. Plush it is not.
Quietness
B
The Sonata Hybrid's true automatic transmission keeps noise down during acceleration, as it doesn't peg the revs super-high like the CVTs found in most hybrids.
B
Interior The Sonata Hybrid Limited shines when it comes to its interior. The modern yet user-friendly design is paired with generous accommodations.
Ergonomics
B
Easy to learn, easy to use ergonomics, including keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone climate control, touchscreen/voice-controlled infotainment, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
Ingress/Egress
B
We found ingress/egress a little easier in the Sonata Hybrid than your average midsize sedan.
Space/Room
B
The Sonata lies in the middle of the midsize segment for interior volume. There's ample room and a reasonably airy cabin. Legroom is decent even for above-average-size adults.
Visibility
B
No egregious blind spots. Plus, the top-tier Limited comes with a standard backup camera.
Cargo/Storage
C
The regular Sonata has a 16.4 cubic-foot trunk, while the Hybrid has just 12.1 cubes. That's more akin to a compact sedan.
A
Value Value was once Hyundai's trump card, but price increases mean this isn't as much of an incentive anymore. Base models are still competitively priced, but upper-level trims face stiff competition. The warranty, however, is second to none.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Once the butt of jokes, the Hyundai Sonata is now a well-built machine that can go nearly head-to-head with any midsize sedan in terms of quality.
Features(vs. $)
B
There are virtually no options available for the Limited model because pretty much everything comes standard. Its features-versus-base-price quotient is highly competitive.
Cost
B
There are less-expensive hybrids, but at about $31,000, the Sonata Hybrid Limited presents strong value among midsize sedans, hybrid or otherwise.
MPG
C
Rated by the EPA at 36 city/40 highway/37 mpg combined, the Sonata falls short of the most frugal midsize hybrids by nearly 10 mpg across the board.
Warranty
A
One of the best warranties, period. Hyundai provides a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage, even on its hybrids. Lifetime battery guarantee.
Ownership
A
We have witnessed excellent reliability with Hyundai products first-hand at Edmunds. This Sonata comes with roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance for 5 years/60,000 miles.
B
Fun To Drive Converted to hybrid duty, the Sonata loses some of the dynamic appeal of the regular sedan. But partially due to its true automatic transmission, it's still more fun to drive than many in the segment.
Driving Experience
B
The Hyundai Sonata isn't a sport sedan, but it's also not a completely lifeless economy pod. You could do worse in terms of driver involvement and it remains a pleasant daily driver.
Personality
B
We appreciate the Sonata's tasteful exterior and well-equipped and upscale interior. These help give the car a bit more personality than many others in the class.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan in VA is:

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