2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Hyundai Sonata Review Palm Springs

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata, the mid-size sedan that sent competitors back to the drawing board, is back for its third model year and ready to take whatever Palm Springs has to offer.  For 2013, the Hyundai Sonata builds on its trailblazing recipe of high-design and high fuel efficiency with more features, higher value, and better residual value than ever before.

The exterior of the Sonata is long, light and low. The high beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by a third window. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines highlighted by a Hyundai signature chrome accent spanning the length of the car. Normally, this type of trim is only found around the windows. On the Sonata, this trim extends out from the headlamps, shoots up along the hood and through the beltline. The face is bold with a large powerful chrome grille and headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is completed by 16-, 17- or 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.

The sophisticated look continues inside, where Hyundai has created an upscale ambiance thanks to a flow-through center console and instrument panel. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers.

With the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine, the 2013 Sonata offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power.  274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb.-ft of torque from 1,750 – 4,500 rpm and an estimated 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with regular fuel.  The Hyundai’s turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery. The 2.0T engine is available on the SE and Limited trim levels. The Sonata 2.0T SE adds an upgraded fully automatic temperature control system, and the Limited adds the SE’s 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All 2013 Sonatas utilize a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.

The Sonata SE is an even more exciting and willing partner for drivers in the Coachella Valley who prefer a sportier ride and handling dynamics. The sport-tuned suspension features stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, resulting in a 20 percent increase in roll stiffness. Low profile 18-inch tires round out the unique chassis components of the Sonata SE.

All Sonatas are equipped with motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in.

Sonata was built from the ground up with safety in mind, with a hot stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure, advanced airbag technology and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), delivering on Hyundai’s commitment to both active and passive safety technology leadership. Every 2013 Sonata has lifesaving ESC as standard equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that ESC results in 35 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars.

The Sonata also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is an unsurpassed value in mid-size sedans, and practically tailor made to fit drivers in Southern California.  Performance, comfort, and style are waiting

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