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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.1
Reliability:
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2013 Hyundai Sonata Review

Among midsize cars, used 2013 Hyundai Sonatas rank high. The Sonata has above-average reliability, good safety scores, a stylish interior packed with technology, and a ride that can be either comfortable or sporty.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Stylish interior
  • Engine noise at highway speeds

New for 2013

  • Heated seats made standard in all but base trim
  • Automatic transmission became standard

2013 Hyundai Sonata Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Sonata a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is a good used car. It’s among the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans, and its interior is quite comfortable. Above-average reliability, below-average ownership costs, and strong safety scores enhance its desirability. It’s not perfect, however. The standard four-cylinder engine could use more highway passing power, and headroom in the back seat is cramped.

Used 2013 Hyundai Sonata Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Sonata has a standard 198-horsepower four-cylinder engine and an available 274-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Some might find the standard engine somewhat anemic for highway passing. In comparison, the turbocharged engine has lots of passing power. The Sonata delivers a comfortable ride that can be adjusted for firmer handling. The base four-cylinder engine has an EPA rating of 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the turbocharged engine has an EPA rating of 22/33 mpg city/highway.

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The Sonata seats five on comfortable seats. Cloth is standard in the first two trims, while leather seats are standard in the Limited trim. Heated front seats are available in the base trim and standard in the SE and Limited trims. Limited models have standard heated rear seats. Rear-seat legroom is spacious, but the Sonata’s sloping roof limits headroom for taller passengers. The Sonata has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, along with a middle-seat tether anchor.

Features are abundant in the Sonata. It includes dual-zone automatic climate control; Bluetooth; a USB port; a steering wheel with audio, phone, and cruise controls; satellite radio; and Hyundai’s Blue Link system, which offers enhanced navigation, emergency services notification after a collision, and real-time traffic updates. An upgraded sound system, HD Radio, and a panoramic moonroof are among the available features. The Sonata’s 16.4-cubic-foot trunk is large for the segment, but its usability is hampered by a small opening.

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Used 2013 Hyundai Sonata Prices

The price of a used 2013 Hyundai Sonata ranges from about $9,200 to about $12,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Sonata?

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned five stars in the side and rollover crash tests and four stars in the front crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sonata its top rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear crash tests. The car earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front crash test.

A rearview camera is available in some Sonatas.

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Is the 2013 Sonata the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is part of the model’s second generation, which launched in 2011. The Sonata was completely redesigned for 2015. If you are looking to save money, you might consider the very similar 2012 Sonata. Upper 2012 trims, however, will not have standard heated front seats or fog lamps like the 2013 model.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Is Right for Me?

The Sonata comes in three trims: GLS, SE, and Limited. The Hyundai Sonata GLS includes remote keyless entry, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth for hands-free calling. The Hyundai Sonata SE adds heated front seats, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, push-button start, a sport-tuned suspension, and automatic headlights. The top Hyundai Sonata Limited trim includes heated rear seats, a 360-watt audio system with six speakers, leather seats, and side-mirror-mounted turn-signal indicators. The middle SE trim will get you the best balance of features you need – though the Limited may have extras you want, like the powerful audio system.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Sonata. Certified pre-owned Hyundai 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. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Hyundai Sonata and Other Cars to Consider

In addition to the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, there is also a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It is reviewed separately.

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

The 2013 Toyota Camry can’t compete with the Sonata when it comes to performance. The Hyundai has more horsepower and better handling. Their fuel economy estimates are similar, as are their reliability ratings. The Sonata, however, has better seating materials and technology. It is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Sonata or 2013 Honda Accord?

The 2013 Honda Accord is a close competitor to the Sonata. The Accord has better safety ratings, but the Sonata has a more powerful base engine and better reliability. The Hyundai is the better choice thanks to its lower ownership costs, but either midsize will serve you well.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Sonata or 2013 Kia Optima?

The 2013 Kia Optima and the Sonata share similar mechanical structures and engines. The difference comes down to handling: the Kia is sportier than the smooth Sonata. The Hyundai has a nicer interior and a higher reliability rating, but the Optima has better safety scores. In the end, both are good cars. Your choice comes down to whether you prioritize performance or comfort.

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