2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited Sedan
by Philippa Lane
The Hyundai Sonata Limited is a stylish, well appointed, four-door, mid-size sedan with smooth on the road performance, and a sleek design that is like no other in its class.
The Sonata has a refined, upscale, comfortable, and luxurious exterior/interior, which is amazingly similar to more expensive luxury vehicles, such as the Audi A4 and Lexus ES, with technologically advanced features, excellent fuel economy, and top of the line performance that make the Sonata a real competitor with some of the world’s most popular sedans this year.
Available in five trim levels- GLS, SE, Limited, SE 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T. The Limited and GLS models come equipped with a 198-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, and a 6-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all of the trim levels.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power steering, USB and auxiliary ports, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with volume controls, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and cruise control.
Standard safety features on all trim models include- front-impact airbags, tire-pressure monitor, brake assist, occupancy classification sensor, traction control, driver and front passenger side impact airbags, active front head restraints, front and rear seat head-protection curtains, brake assist, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution, and electronic stability control.
Interior features are quite impressive, especially with the Sonata Limited trim level. In fact, the Limited is the most luxurious, highly appointed model in the Sonata lineup and comes fitted with either a standard or turbocharged engine, leather seats, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear console mounted vents, 360-watt sound system, heated front/rear seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, turn signal indicators in the outside mirrors, auto dimming rearview mirror with compass, woodgrain or piano black interior trim accents, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and has a starting MSRP of about $25,500. The Limited Navigation Package adds a rearview camera, intuitive navigation system, premium sound, and a panoramic sunroof for $2,900.
The Hyundai Sonata has a spacious front and rear cabin and can seat five passengers comfortably, providing enough head/leg room for taller passengers. The interior of the Limited model is beautiful with ergonomic, supportive, and plush leather seats, which make the vehicle a great choice for long road trips. There is plenty of cargo space-16.4 cubic feet, to accommodate large, bags, boxes, and luggage. The Sonata is also fuel efficient, yielding an estimated 24 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway,
If more power is desired, Hyundai has an engine upgrade option, which offers the 2.0T, which is a powerful, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 274 horsepower, quick acceleration, and excellent fuel economy, yielding 33 mpg on the highway.
For even better fuel economy, there is the Sonata Hybrid. This model features a special and unique hybrid system that allows the vehicle to be driven on its 40 horsepower electric motor at speeds of up to 62 mpg and while other similar hybrid vehicles have a gearless, CVT Transmission, the Sonata Hybrid uses a 6-speed automatic transmission, just as the other Sonatas in the lineup, which makes it sound like a regular gas powered vehicle, yet providing better fuel economy than most hybrids available today.
The Hyundai Sonata has an impressive exterior that from many angles look a lot like a luxury sedan. It could easily be mistaken for a Mercedes, Audi, or a Lexus. Hyundai did an excellent job of designing the Sonata, giving it an upscale appearance, without the high price. It is classified as “mid-size”, but really has larger dimensions that are similar to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Even though the Sonata looks similar to some expensive luxury sedans, it definitely has a unique style that is all its own with delicate, fluidic creases along the sides of the vehicle that move toward and inward from the side frames of the windshield, attracting attention to the striking chrome grille and Hyundai logo. The exterior rear is elegant with soft, curved lines, and minimized taillights.
Interior amenities in the Limited model are luxurious with refined, chrome-like plastic trim, glossy faux wood grain accents, an attractive dashboard, and a stylish middle console area.
The Hyundai Sonata Limited provides a smooth and quiet ride, with minimal road noise. It also has a regal feel to it while driving and handles like a luxury car, gliding over rough surfaces effortlessly, and accelerating quickly with strong, accurate braking in heavy traffic.
If you have been looking for a “luxury” type mid-size sedan that is fun to drive, stylish inside and out, spacious, comfortable, fuel efficient, and affordable, then I highly recommend taking a look at the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited.
To find out more about the Hyundai Sonata Limited, please visit- www.hyundaiusa.com
Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network, LLC.