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2013 Hyundai Sonata Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by ridleys



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Reviewed: 2013 Hyundai Sonata

4dr Sedan 198-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2013 Hyundai Sonata?

Fuel economy

The fuel economy is pretty good for a car of this size. I have averaged 36.5mpg (imperial gallon) over the last 37000km. 85% highway, 110km/h and little sitting in traffic. It gets very cold here sometimes so the mileage suffers. In Dec/Jan when it reaches -30 C (or colder), I get about 33mpg and in the summer about 40mpg. My best was 44mpg in the summer and worst was 31mpg in mid-winter when the car was new and not broken in. I keep track of the mileage with an app on my cell phone so the numbers above are exact.

Powertrain performance

Smooth, quiet and responsive.

Feature availability

Features are very good on a GL model (which is the "lowest" trim level) for the price. I paid about $4000 less than MRSP. You get all you really need for commuting: A/C, cruise, power locks/windows, heated seats, XM radio, 6spd auto, stability control, antilock brakes and much more.


Easy to hear radio and comfortable to be in for longer trips.

Reliability & durability

So far the car has been great. I had a 2011 Sonata (which is the identical car) and put over 90,000km on it and then traded for the exact same car (a 2013) which now has 36000km. I have had no warrantee work done the either vehicle.

Why Not the 2013 Hyundai Sonata?

Safety & braking

IIHS gives this car not an "acceptable" mark for the off-set crash test. Other crash tests are good though. Hopefully, Hyundai will improve this in the 2015 redesign.


It is a good car but don't expect it's resale to be as good as others. I do expect it to improve with time (ie. over the next 10 years)

Controls and instruments

The high beams on this car are not good even though the low beams are normal. They just don't seem to throw the light very far and I don't think its the aim of the headlights.This is my second car of this generation and both were the same. No where near as good as my other vehicles for high beam performance.

Warranty, maintenance cost

My pet peeve are the dealerships and their scheduled maintenance costs. They have the packages that go up to $400 (or more) for things that you can check on your own such as lights, windshield wippers and the list goes on. They then come up with things like greasing the brake calipers every 40K for only $230. Silly.

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