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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

Thanks to its refined engine performance, comfy interior, strong reliability, and great crash safety ratings, the used 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ranks among the best in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Inviting cabin
  • Strong engine performance
  • Comfortable seats
  • Low fuel economy for a hybrid




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.9
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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a great midsize car. It impresses with brisk acceleration, user-friendly features, a cozy interior, and high crash safety ratings. It also rates very well for reliability. The Sonata Hybrid’s only sticking point is that it can’t match the fuel economy of competitors like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid. We review the nonhybrid Hyundai Sonata separately.

Used 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Performance and Interior

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which produce a combined 199 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The hybrid system provides quick acceleration, ample power for passing, and near-seamless transitions between gas and electric power. That said, the transmission is occasionally slow to downshift when necessary. Fuel economy is low by hybrid standards: 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

The Sonata feels secure when rounding corners, and its ride quality is mostly comfortable. However, larger bumps and dips tend to upset the car’s suspension. By comparison, rivals offer a smoother ride. The Sonata’s regenerative brakes provide confident and seamless stopping power, which is something many other hybrid vehicles’ braking systems struggle with.

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The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid seats five and boasts a comfortable, quiet interior. The front seats are soft, supportive, and offer generous head- and legroom. The rear seats are cozy as well, though legroom is somewhat lacking for taller passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Sonata has 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space, due to the location of its lithium-polymer battery pack behind the rear seats. While that’s a small trunk for a midsize sedan, it’s typical for a hybrid.

All 2013 Sonata Hybrid models come with Bluetooth and satellite radio. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system is also standard, which allows owners to lock and unlock the car remotely. You can also set distance and speed limits for other drivers using the vehicle. A navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen is available. The standard audio and climate controls are simple and easy to use. The touch screen consolidates some of the audio controls, but it remains user friendly. Overall, the Sonata’s interior is attractive and cleanly styled, though a few plastics and trim pieces look rather low quality.

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Used 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2013 Sonata Hybrid ranges from around $9,300 for a base model to $11,400 for a Limited model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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This overview includes fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test scores, and much more. We've also researched 29 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid reviews to help you decide if the 2013 Sonata Hybrid is the right car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Sonata Hybrid has a strong reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Sonata Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Sonata a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sonata Hybrid a perfect five-star overall crash safety rating.

The Sonata Hybrid is available with rearview camera. However, no other advanced safety features are available, such as forward collision warning.

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Is the 2013 Sonata Hybrid the Best Model Year to Buy?

Hyundai launched the Sonata Hybrid as an all-new model for 2011, and the sedan saw no major changes until a full redesign occurred in 2016. While the 2013 Sonata Hybrid is a fine starting point, you may want to consider used 2011 and 2012 models, which offer the same features as the later models but often at much lower prices.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is Right for Me?

Hyundai offers the Sonata Hybrid sedan in two trim levels. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid base model has satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, Blue Link telematics, and alloy wheels.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited trim adds a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview  camera, an Infinity sound system, heated leather seats (front and rear), and a sunroof.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Sonata. Hyundai CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Sonata Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are both excellent used car options. Each rates very well for reliability and offers pleasant handling. You’ll likely find far lower prices on used Sonata Hybrids than on the comparable Camry Hybrids, making the Hyundai a sweeter deal. That said, the Camry offers more standard features, available safety features like blind spot monitoring, superior fuel economy (42/38 mpg), and more rear-seat legroom.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid impresses with its roomy interior, long list of available safety features, and excellent fuel economy (43/39 mpg). But major drawbacks like a frustrating infotainment system and a worst-in-class reliability score make it hard to recommend. The Sonata is the better used car option.

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