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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#19266 of 20217 Edmunds On The 2013 Sonata
Sep 16, 2013 (8:54 am)
From the Edmunds review:
For the most part, the Sonata has kept getting better. The current model, in particular, is not only a fully competitive choice for a family sedan, but a standout among its peers. In addition to the strong value proposition, it adds a few things previously not seen in this conservative nameplate -- namely, daring styling and sporty driving dynamics.
Although it's classified as a full-size family sedan by the EPA, the Hyundai Sonata still competes in the midsize segment. It's available in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels. Even the base car comes well equipped, while the SE features sporty suspension tuning and the Limited pampers its passengers with more luxurious features.
Whether serving family car or commuter car duty, the Hyundai Sonata is a nice place to be thanks to its spacious cabin, comfortable seating, solid build quality and quiet highway ride. Overall we're quite impressed, and we think family sedan shoppers should give the latest Sonata serious consideration.
#19268 of 20217 Re: Edmunds On The 2013 Sonata [cski]
Sep 16, 2013 (11:00 am)
The exterior design is aging on the Sonata...
True, but I still think it's one of the better looking family sedans.
..., and the interior is drab and the center stack is unnecessarily complicated.
I don't know how much time you've spent behind the wheel of the Sonata, but I find the interior quite nice for the price (GLS, black/tan) and the center stack logical and easy to navigate. I prefer the interior design to that of most other mid-sized family sedans, with the possible exception of the Optima.
The large central volume knob is hard to grip and turn, as it seems to be designed to repel the human hand.
Huh? There's two easy-to-grip knobs on the stereo, one on the left for power and volume and one on the right for tuning. Very logical, not hard at all to grip and turn.
The cabin on the GLS is swathed in hard black plastic.
Uh, no it isn't, not compared to most competitors. There is some black plastic, but much of it is nicely padded and grained. There's also quite a few metallic accents, and tan plastic (some padded) and cloth that brightens up the interior a lot.
The Sonata is not the best mid-sized family sedan, having been eclipsed by newer designs like the Accord and Mazda6, but given it can be had nicely equipped for ~$18,000 or ~$220/month lease with 0 out of pocket, it's a great car for the money. And its FE is nothing to sniff at--mid 20s in town, mid-to-upper 30s on the highway is really good for a car with a full-size interior and 198 hp.
#19270 of 20217 Re: Edmunds On The 2013 Sonata [kyrpto]
Sep 16, 2013 (12:44 pm)
Whether serving family car or commuter car duty, the Hyundai Sonata is a nice place to be thanks to its spacious cabin, COMFOTABLE SEATING, solid build quality and quiet highway ride.....
Apparently they never sat in the front passenger seat. It may be comfortable, but for me at 5' 10" it sits too low. For my wife of 5' 3" it is absurd! FWIW - The optima suffers from the same problem with the passenger seat.
#19271 of 20217 Blind spot monitor lack
Sep 17, 2013 (4:10 am)
Wouldn't go with current Sonata-- I'm assuming it lacks those blind spot monitors that light up in the side mirrors. Wouldn't get a car without those-- very useful.
#19272 of 20217 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [ral2167]
Sep 17, 2013 (11:00 am)
In 11 years of driving on the interstate (I've logged 350k miles in those 11 years), I've never needed them. I can see a use if you have trouble turning your head over your shoulder, but it seems little bit like overkill to me.
Now, back-up cameras I like. I wish I had one in my Ram!
#19273 of 20217 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [thegraduate]
Sep 17, 2013 (11:52 am)
They're certainly a nice feature, but totally not necessary. Even with them I still turn my head and glance. And if you adjust your mirrors properly you won't have a blind spot to begin with.
That said, I do like having them as a backup/convenience.
#19274 of 20217 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [akirby]
Sep 17, 2013 (12:09 pm)
To the OP credit, the current body style of both the Sonata and Optima are harder to see out of than some of their competitors (I'm 6'5"). The raked bodies allow for less glass and higher beltlines. My old Sonata (a 2009) was much easier to see out of; the new Accord and Altima both had easy sightlines also. I haven't driven any of the other competitors currently on the market.
#19275 of 20217 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [akirby]
Sep 17, 2013 (2:04 pm)
I have to agree with thegraduate here. The Sonata and the Optima are particularly hard to see out of in the back.
It is darn near impossible to back-in my Optima in w/o first adjusting my side mirror all the way down, and then using the line painted on the space as a guide. Also, the Optima is really, really low to the ground. My neighbors Camaro is higher off the ground. That, combined with the low seating position and it's slow steering and large turning radius makes it hard to place the wheels, further hindering parking maneuvers. I love my car in a lot of situations...the parking lot is not one of them.
I have had a ton of cars, and this is the only car I have had this much trouble with in close quarters parking situations.