2013 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2013 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

2013 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2013 Hyundai Sonata
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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid2013 Ford Fusion
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2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View2013 Kia Optima
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2013 Mazda Mazda62013 Mazda MAZDA6
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2013 Toyota Camry2013 Toyota Camry
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Quick Specs
8.6
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
9.0
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid makes an extraordinary leap forward in fuel economy--but also, in its appealing looks and handling.
8.4
The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
8.0
The 2013 Mazda6 is a little more enjoyable to drive than other mid-size sedans, and its roomy, comfortable interior is another advantage, but it's behind the curve in occupant safety and tech features.
7.6
The 2013 Toyota Camry is no standout for design, but it's more than ever the sensible pick for those who value comfort, value, and frugality above all else.
MSRP From    
$20,895$21,900$21,350$20,725$22,235
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Large CarsMid-Size SedanMidsize CarsMidsizeMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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