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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.9

Auto critics agree that the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s cabin is filled with materials that have a high-end look and feel. With room for five, ample trunk space and lots of standard features, reviewers are happy with the interior in the Sonata Hybrid. They note that everything from the ergonomics to the electronics works very well.

  • "Overall, the cabin is pleasing and well assembled. Lightly padded surfaces and hard plastics are used; many look and feel above average for the class, but there are some panels that fall short. The cloth seats have a nicely patterned and textured surface. The interior consists of attractive contrasting colors and faux-metal trim." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior is perfectly nice, neither sparse nor luxurious, using materials and a level of detail just a tick above the norm for a volume family car." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)
  • "The interior features the same low-gloss plastics, soft-touch dash, plentiful storage nooks and comfortable seating as the rest of the Sonata line." -- Wired (2011)
  • "Buyers will still find the comfortable thrones, attractive dash and heaps of soft-touch goodies layered over almost every surface just like in the base Sonata." -- Autoblog (2011)


Test drivers think the 2013 Sonata Hybrid’s seats are spacious and supportive. Cloth seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard, and buyers can upgrade to leather and heated front and rear seats.

  • "Six-footers will find headroom and legroom are sufficient, even with the front seats pushed far back. The bench seat is hospitable, and the doorways are large enough for easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Sonata Hybrid features the same comfortable and reasonably spacious cabin as the test car featured in our … Hyundai Sonata Test Drive, which means the bucket seats offer enough support, the driver seat and the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel offer a large range of adjustment, and rear seat room is surprisingly generous." -- Edmunds (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes standard with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio and USB and auxiliary input jacks. Features available as options include a panoramic sunroof, an Infinity audio system, HD Radio, navigation and a rearview camera.

The majority of reviewers are happy with the Sonata Hybrid’s features, saying they’re intuitive. Some critics focus on the car’s fuel efficiency display behind the steering wheel. They say that while the screen is high-tech and informative, it can be distracting.

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  • "In general, Sonata's controls are simple to use and easy to reach. Though most basic audio settings are controlled with buttons on the steering wheel or center of the dashboard, the available navigation system absorbs some audio functions. The gauges and other displays are easy to see and read at a glance. The Hybrid includes additional readouts for its gas/electric powertrain; though helpful, they're not as handy or intuitive as the displays in competing hybrids such as Ford's Fusion." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A hybrid-system indicator provides feedback as to how deeply the driver is drawing electric power, and a central energy monitor illustrates the interplay between engine and battery. It's a rather perfunctory feedback display, not so elaborate as some, but enough to allow the interested driver to follow along as the computer actively matches power supply to demand." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)
  • "Exceedingly green driving leads to little white flowers growing upon the shrub until the max eco score is achieved and the flowers fly away. Another eco score display has a picture of Earth growing brighter until the max eco score is achieved and our good planet begins to spin as it becomes encircled with an olive branch. Yes, this all sounds like something from a video game for 5-year-olds, and yes, it's probably distracting." -- Edmunds (2011)


In hybrid cars, cargo space is always less than in their gas-only counterparts because the battery pack takes up trunk space. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid has 12.1 cubic feet of space, which is good for a hybrid sedan. Reviewers dislike that the back seats don’t fold down due to the battery pack and that there’s only a back-seat pass-through for longer items.

  • "The Hybrid has a small rear-seat pass through only; it loses 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space and folding rear seat backs due to the hybrid battery pack's location. Interior small-item storage is good. A covered bin at the bottom of the central control panel is a thoughtful touch, and the open bin forward of the shifter contains the auxiliary stereo and USB ports and two power outlets." -- Consumer Guide

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