Bottom line: The Sonata, with a major restyling for the 2012 model year, has undergone modest revisions for 2013. A manual gearbox is no longer available in the base GLS model. A six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually is standard. The Sonata, especially the top-of-the-line Limited, remains one of the best buys available among midsize family sedans.
Head-turning quotient: Among the best in the business.
Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all three.
Body style/layout: The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize, front-engine car with four side doors and a traditional notchback trunk. It is available in three trim levels — GLS, SE and Limited.
Engine/transmission: The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited comes standard with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve gasoline-direct-injection engine with variable valve timing (198 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque). The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually.
Capacities: Seats five people. Cargo capacity is 16.4 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 18.5 gallons of gasoline. Regular grade is recommended.
Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, emergency braking assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability and traction control, and side and head air bags.
Price: The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited starts at $27,595, with a dealer’s invoice price of $25,790. Price as tested is $31,325, including $2,935 in options (onboard navigation, high-resolution backup camera, premium sound system, iPod cable) and a $795 destination charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $29,251. Compare with Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Verano, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Kia Optima.