We applaud Hyundai for being the first major automaker to go to an all-four-cylinder lineup for its mid-size sedan; the Sonata's excellent gas mileage, no matter which model you choose, is one of several reasons it's been one of our top-rated sedans since its 2011 redesign.
It still competes in a very tough segment with two of the best selling passenger cars, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The Accord remains very much a Honda in driving feel, even though it's quite a large vehicle now.
The Camry was revamped for last year, with improved fuel economy and marginally better refinement; but it remains surprisingly conservative.
The Mazda6 has excellent road manners, making up some for slightly smaller rear-seat space.
And for 2013, the Ford Fusion is completely redesigned; look for the Fusion to be one of the boldest designs in the mid-size market next to the Sonata.
But the Kia Optima also deserves a look; it's almost identical to the Sonata in powertrain and layout, but its sleeker, Euro-influenced styling aims for a very different crowd; we also like what Kia has done with the Optima's handling, but its infotainment features and options aren't quite at the Sonata's level.
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|4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Automatic w/manual shift||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift|