Hyundai Sonata 8 Facts Foreword!
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata has substantial exterior good looks and class above interior. It can slightly accommodate 5 passengers in fine style, it`s more spacious than its rivals Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry and other sedans from mid-size segment. Sonata delivers excellent fuel efficiency, features, top quality, manners and of course very competitive price. The 2013 Sonata was completely redesigned from the previous 2011 model.
The new Sonata comes in 4 models including the hybrid version that can be driven at highway in the electric mode, than an option with the most powerful in its class turbocharged engine and with excellent fuel mileage.
The most important point of distinction is that Sonata was awarded as “Most Dependable Midsize Car” according to “J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study”.
1. “Fluidic Sculpture” Design Philosophy Inspired by Nature!
Sonata is designed according to Hyundai`s “Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy inspired by nature, with sharp look and free flowing curves, 3 sharply defined character lines below the fine roofline, stylish sculpted hexagonal grille. The most remarkable is the chrome strip from the headlight housing to the beltline.
Its design package includes modern premium style, performance, efficiency and beauty. The new Hyundai Sonata is marketed as a mid-size sedan, however its exterior dimensions push the larger limit compared to its rivals.
The SE and Limited model trim levels also includes larger alloy wheels, door handles, chrome grille and side mirror turn-signal repeaters indicator.
The coefficient of drag of 0.28 is the best in class.
Width- 6 ft. 0.2 in.(72.2 in.)
Height -- 4 ft. 9.7 in.(57.7 in.)
Lenght -- 15 ft. 9.8 in.(189.8 in.)
Front Track- 5 ft. 2.9 in.(62.9 in.)
Rear Track -- 5 ft. 2.9 in.(62.9 in.)
Wheel Base -- 9 ft. 2 in.(110 in.)
2. Hyundai Sonata Feel at Home Interior!
Hyundai Sonata`s interior is with class above space and efficient ergonomic design. Chromed trim is pleasing, graceful and muted. This mid-size sedan can easily accommodate 5 adults with its spacious interior. Blue Link voice and text messages system is available, together with CD MP3 player with AUX, USB, iPod port and Sirius XM, as well as power adjustable seats and lumbar support.
Hyundai have engineers dedicated completely to seat design, comfort and leg support. Tastefully done instruments are save for sunny days and can be easily read. This makes the new Sonata interior a great space to spend a lot of time.
The excellent interior features like panoramic sunroof, 400-W Infinity Audio System with CD MP3 Player with AUX, USB and IPod ports, together with subwoofer and amplifier and 9 speakers in total, sporty paddle shifters, rearview camera, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, every door is with a map pocket with cup holder, front and rear heated seats shaped to provide better leg support are making even long trips seem short.
Hyundai Sonata was awarded as “Drivers Choice Award for Best Family Sedan” and entered to “2012 10 Best Sedan under $25,000” by Kelley Blue Book`s.
Front Head Room 40.0in.
Front Leg Room 45.5in.
Front Shoulder Room 57.9in.
Rear Hip Room 54.9in.
Rear Head Room 37.8n.
Rear Leg Room 34.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 56.7 in
3. Engines with Better Performance and Fewer Fill-Ups!
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata comes in different trim levels: standard, sporty and luxurious, with a choice of two 4-cylinder engines, hybrid model and six-speed auto-transmission as a standard.
The Sonata offers option with the most powerful in its class 2.0L GDI turbocharged engine with 274hp, available in SE and LIMITED trim-level. Hyundai engineers` decision was that instead of creating a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder option like their competitors, they would build 2 different fuel efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines. As a result, Hyundai produced 2 of the most revolutionary engines in the industry.
The silent 2.4L GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) is the most powerful 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine in this class, with 200hp / 186lb-ft of torque. And excellent “EPA” estimated 35 MPG2 on the highway. This engine is qualified for ULEV standards and Partial Zero Emission Vehicle status in some states.
The noisy 2.0 T with twin scroll turbo pumps delivers 274hp and 269lb-ft of torque (more than its rival Toyota Camry V6). It is also very fuel efficient, according to “EPA” estimated 34 MPG2 on the highway
The 2.0T engine pushes the 2013 Sonata for incredible 6. 5 seconds from 0-60 mph(0-100km/h) and its top speed is163 mph (262 km/h)!
Hyundai also offers SE, sport tuned option with modified suspension and steering, larger rear stabilizer bar for better handling, paddle shifters, dual exhaust pipes, 18″ hyper-silver alloy wheels and front fog lights for complete the transformation from the regular model.
4. Hyundai Sonata Fuel Efficient Hybrid Version!
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the 1st”non-plug-in” hybrid in the world. The hybrid lithium polymer battery is the most efficient battery today and it possesses Hyundai Lifetime Warranty that is offered for the first time on any market.
Sonata Hybrid possesses 199hp-net (166-hp version of the 2.4-liter fuel efficient engine and additional 43-hp electric motor) with six-speed auto-transmission with up to 62 MPG on electric power alone.
5. Paint Job with Opposing Electrical Charges Method!
The paint job of the new Sonata is made with opposing electrical charges that pulls the pant in every small corner of the body and chassis and protects it from rough outside effects of rust and salt. This makes the Sonata`s paint job one of the best in the industry.
6. 2013 Sonata -- One of the Safest Mid-Size Sedan Ever Made!
Sonata`s standard safety features includes a long list of last-technology features: four-wheel ABS, EBD, TCS, ESP, front and rear head airbags, side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking, passenger airbag with occupant sensing deactivation, three-point belt in rear center, front seat-belt pretensioner, emergency interior trunk release, head restraint protection system, tire pressure monitoring system and much more.
Crash reporting telematics Sonata`s system with Blue Link technology it makes your everyday life safer and easier. With “NavTraffic” and “Sirius XM” systems it can be connected to a web application, smartphone, in car system in order to find a gas station, restaurants, ATMs, Malls, shortcut, information about the weather, traffic, stocks, communicate with friends, call for help and emergency road assistance, theft recovery and much more.
According to IIHS – “Insurance Institute for Highway Safety”, the most respectable automobile safety institution in U.S. 2013 Sonata is the first mid-size sedan that scored 5-star front-impact protection and 5-star total impact protection ever, in the industry. This Hyundai model earned top rating for roof strength protection, frontal offset and side impact, what makes this mid-size sedan one of the safest vehicles in its class ever made.
According to test in Edmunds, both GLS and SE Sonata trim levels has better brakes than their competitors, these vehicles stopped from 60 mph in about 120 feet.
7. 2013 Hyundai Sonata Driving Impressions
The new Hyundai Sonata has perfectly balanced confidence and comfort, with excellent amortization, handling and steering. The bumps and rumbles on the road are well neutralized. All the engines provide great acceleration. 2.4-liter with 198hp engine is the most powerful base engine in this class and linear 2.0 twin scroll turbo is the most energetic and pushes the speedometer needle into the 3 digits in few seconds.
The hybrid version is incredibly smooth, functional and eco-friendly vehicle. All the Sonata`s versions are helped by the drama free, smooth auto-transmission which makes this Hyundai, one of the most fuel efficient car in this class.
8. Hyundai -- The America`s Best Automotive Warranty!
Basic Warranty: 5 years/ 60000 miles
Anti-Perforation Warranty: 7 Years/ Unlimited
Drive train Warranty:10 years/ 100000 miles
Hybrid Component 10 years/ 100000 miles
Hybrid Battery Warranty: Lifetime
Hyundai Sonata is produced in Montgomery, Alabama Manufacturing Plant except the Hybrid version which is made in Asan, Korea.
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