The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid received some upgrades over the previous model, most notably a boost to its mileage with an official 40 MPG EPA highway estimate. This is big news after Hyundai had to adjust its numbers down after EPA testing of the previous model showed they were falling short of their own internal claims.
They’ve now managed a 36 city/40 highway rating for an overall 38 MPG combined rating on the new 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. These are numbers that will not only make Hyundai happy, and save them a little face, but will encourage those looking to buy a hybrid that the Sonata is worth a good look.
The improved ratings come courtesy of a 38% larger lithium-polymer battery that lets the car stay in electric-only mode for longer periods of time. The electric motor is also more powerful now going from 30 to 35 kW. Despite these increases, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sees a slight decline in its horsepower from 206 to 199.
Don’t worry though, because its all balanced out by a torque increase from 193 to 235 lb-ft that makes it a smooth, powerful hybrid. It also has seamless transitions from electric to gas with no jolt or lurch and you won’t feel any delay as those changes happen either.
Inside, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a comfortable though not luxurious ride. It has plenty of available options to get a little bit of that luxury like heated rear seats, leather upholstery, 7″ touchscreen navigation and a nine-speaker premium audio system. The thing is, if you’re not looking for all of that, you still get a nicely equipped and very fuel efficient car for about $26,500.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is definitely not the fanciest car on the block, but it offers great value, comfort, and affordability that make it a good choice for those looking for a new hybrid ride.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.