2013 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Review: Sonata delivers

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Sonata delivers
By mohusker on


2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


The '13 Sonata rang in nearly $2,000 below similar Camry and Accord offerings and after 4,000 miles it's a solid thumbs up.
Interior materials are upscale with soft-touch surfaces where expected.
Although windows are short, the cockpit seems airy enough and visibility remains good fore and aft.
Controls are simple, well-placed, easy to operate, legible and have good tactile feel.
Most guages are fine, however the speedo shows numerals only in 20 mph increments and the infotainment display is disconcertingly hard to read day and night with fuzzy images on a dim blue background...simliar to a thermostat.
All seats are comfortable, and there is plenty of room in back with a spacious trunk.

Best Features

The Bluetooth feature works well although some might find it difficult to set up. The 198-hp four-banger is smooth and energetic with a transmission to match. The manual-shift feature is useful for engine braking. Shifts are nearly unnoticible. A bit of road noise from the low-rolling-resistance Kumhos went away after about 200 miles and the cabin is serene reminding me of my former Camry and Sienna. Mileage is about as advertised...we show 30.5 combined which beats the EPA estimate. Even in its third year, the swoopy styling has endured. Even the standard wheel covers look good. The AC easily coped with this summer's multiple 100+ days. Buttons for the trunk and gas lid are on dash

Worst Features

There is no reason the info screen cannot be legible and bright when smartphones and e-readers can be read in direct sunlight. The audio system includes a built-in hard drive for music storage which you download from your MP3 player or phone. Songs must be copied individually which only takes a few seconds each, but it should be possible to copy your entire library more easily. The storage capacity is also tiny, only 698 MB or about 180 songs. The smallest MP3 player is 2 or 3 GB. I've complained, but it seems like no one at Hyundai has heard this before and some at the dealership did not even know it had this feature.
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