The Sonata lineup kicks off with the GLS for $20,895. It comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with direct injection producing 198 horsepower, one of the most powerful standard engines in the class. For 2013, all Sonatas come with a six-speed automatic, and the GLS comes standard with features like iPod/iPhone connectivity, Bluetooth and, new for 2013, Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system. That pairing gives the Sonata up to 35 MPG on the highway.
Moving up to SE or Limited trims opens up the possibility to get the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 274 horsepower, or as much as most competitor's V6 engines. But the 2.0T gets up to 34 MPG highway, besting the six-cylinders. SE and Limited also offer navigation. Extras like a panoramic moonroof and full-leather seats, heated front and rear, are available only on the Limited, while the SE gets a sport suspension and paddle shifters. SE is the best value because of its good level of content and access to popular options unavailable on GLS.
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The GLS is the most basic Sonata, but it's far from basic. Powered by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic, the GLS comes standard with power windows, locks and mirrors, 16-inch wheels, split-folding rear seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and trip computer. Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone connectivity and BlueLink are standard on all Sonatas. An $825 Popular Equipment Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, power driver's seat, heated front seats and chrome door handle inserts.
The Limited is the way to get a fully decked-out Sonata. Exterior changes over the SE include the addition of exterior mirrors with turn-signal indicators and 17-inch alloy wheels on 2.4 models. Turbo Limiteds get 18-inch Hypersilver alloy wheels, as well as chrome-tipped exhaust pipes and paddle shifters. A power sunroof is standard, as are leather seats that are heated front and rear – a rarity for the family sedan category. Limited gets a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 360-watt HD radio. The $2,900 Premium Package adds a panoramic sliding sunroof, 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, backup camera and 400-watt Infinity audio system with traffic, weather and sports.
The SE is the sport-tuned Sonata, as it gets an exclusive sport-tuned suspension and steering system. Chrome-tipped door handles and exhaust pipes, a chrome grille and 18-inch Hypersilver aluminum wheels elevate the exterior styling over the GLS. Inside, the seats are covered in leather and cloth, and all SEs get keyless start and entry and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is an option on the SE, bringing horsepower up to 274. Turbo cars also add dual-zone automatic climate control. The $2,900 Navigation and Sunroof Package gives SE cars access to a power sunroof, 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, backup camera, 360-watt HD audio system and subscription to satellite traffic, weather and sports.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Hyundai Sonata$18,000 | 4,672 mi
2012 Hyundai Sonata$13,980 | 36,633 mi
2012 Hyundai Sonata$15,706 | 26,198 mi
2012 Hyundai Sonata$15,999 | 37,181 mi
2012 Hyundai Sonata$15,999 | 35,634 mi
2012 Hyundai Sonata$15,999 | 33,953 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$10,995 | 44,222 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$11,500 | 40,031 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$13,000 | 32,492 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$14,000 | 25,519 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$14,000 | 18,596 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$14,995 | 67,844 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$15,888 | 35,389 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$16,981 | 33,795 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$16,995 | 32,337 mi
2011 Hyundai Sonata$18,995 | 3,148 mi
2010 Hyundai Sonata$8,980 | 91,030 mi
2009 Hyundai Sonata$10,977 | 15,122 mi
2009 Hyundai Sonata$10,999 | 67,315 mi
2008 Hyundai Sonata$9,900 | 73,173 mi
2007 Hyundai Sonata$4,995 | 194,984 mi
2007 Hyundai Sonata$6,980 | 93,964 mi
2007 Hyundai Sonata$7,677 | 87,586 mi
2005 Hyundai Sonata$3,480 | 121,928 mi
2005 Hyundai Sonata$3,495 | 150,698 mi
2005 Hyundai Sonata$3,980 | 112,409 mi
2003 Hyundai Sonata$4,995 | 80,048 mi
2002 Hyundai Sonata$3,995 | 113,905 mi
Quiet, with wide powertrain diversity, but with bland styling.
Spacious interior and available diesel engine, but without Sonata's economy.
Base engine bests Sonata's MPG estimate, but doesn't have Sonata's visual impact.
Eco version has high MPG rating, but is not as spacious as Sonata.