And they want their car back. That is a fair and balanced review of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. It makes a prefect rental car for a few reasons that will be explained more indepth later on in this article. So with that being said, and keeping the opening line still in the front of your brain, let’s take a deeper look at the 2013 Hyundai Sonata.
The exterior of the car has often been said to be a make it, or break it area for cars. This is because of a certain thing called emotion. If you are not emotionally attached to the design of the car, chances are pretty high that you will indeed not like the car, no matter how sweet of a deal you can get. With that have been said, When you first look at the exterior design of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, a melted bar of soap might be the first thing that pops into your head. It is surely a design that you will either love or hate, and going by sales figures alone, most people seem to love it.
Darker colors can do wonders for some cars, and this is one of those cars. With a darker color, it prohibits the human eyes’ ability to see finer details. What this does is hide some of the lines on the Sonata, which is good because as a whole, it seems like the exterior of the car is still trying to choose what it wants to look like. It is worth noting that the test vehicle for this article was a GLS, which is the base model for the Sonata. As you get higher in the model range, you can choose from different options, like larger alloy wheels that will help with the appearance issue. Rest assured, the interior of the vehicle does get a little better.
The inside of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is a much, much better place to be. Compared to the outside of the car, being inside could be like going from a Yugo, to a Rolls-Royce. One thing that you might notice when you first sit inside the Sonata is the color of the interior. On this vehicle, it was optioned with the beige color, which compared to the dark blue of the exterior, makes for a nice contrast. It also makes the interior of the car feel bright, and airy, which leads it to feeling larger than it actually is.
The seats are rather comfortable, and they also have about the perfect amount of padding on them.What this means is that for long trips, they help keep your bum from getting sore as quickly. They also have acceptable amounts of side support, so when you feel like driving a little more aggressivly, you won’t fall out of your seat like you may when you are driving, say, a Toyota Camry. The design theme of the center console is modern, and the controls are rather well laid out, and easy to use, with a great quality feel to them. What is not high quality were the panel gaps inside. For example, there was a good half-inch difference between the driver door panel, and the dash on the drivers side. Go to the passenger side, and it is about as perfect as you can get. Also, the dash was made of a softer touch plastic, but was of a quality that may make you feel like it can get scratched pretty easy.
Driving the 2013 Hyundai Sonata was an experience like no other mid-size vehicle out on the market. With 198 horsepower coming from the 2.4 liter GDI 4-cylinder engine, you have more than enough power for daily driving tasks like merging, and overtaking. It also provides you with ample power to spin the wheels, even with the standard traction control still engaged. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that provides smooth shifts, and has a manual mode that provides quick shifts. However, in manual mode, there is a slight gap between when you move the gear selector, and when the transmission actually shifts. This powertrain combines to give you an EPA estimated 24 city/ 35 highway, or 28 mpg combined. With that kind of fuel economy, you are certain to see less of your hard earned money going for something that is just burned up.
Ride and handling is something that the Sonata does better than you might think. With a suspension set up that will soak up all but the largest of pot holes, it returns a rather smooth ride. It is also a pretty decent setup if you feel like driving a bit more spirited, shall we say. While it’s not like say, the Audi A7 that I reviewed last year, it is still a ride that will leave you with a shocked smile on your face when pressed hard enough.
Overall, Hyundai has set themselves up with an amazing package. With the decent car that the 2013 Sonata is, throw in things like the warranty package Hyundai has, and also that the Sonata is a IIHS Top Safety Pick, and you have a pretty good deal for the money that you will pay. However, as earlier mentioned, there are a few rough edges that could use some polishing for it to become a truly great car.
Hyundai has given themselves the perfect rental car in the process, as well. Say you went to Enterprise to rent a car, and they gave you the keys to a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. After driving it around for a few days, chances are pretty high that you may like it. This could encourage you to stop on by a Hyundai dealer, and check out what kind of deal you could get yourself on the Sonata. What this car is, is another tool to get people into the showroom, and butts in the seat. Judging by sales figures, it seems to be working rather well, too.
However, you are the final judge. Is it worth taking a test drive? Yes. Is it worth buying? That is only a question that you, the reader, can answer. If you have questions or comments on this review, or anything car related, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page, or email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow me on facebook: James Granlund, and on twitter: @JamesGranlund. Remember Cleveland, Drive Safe!!