in 2013 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,376 - $20,895
Original MSRP: $20,895 - $27,595
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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2013 Hyundai Sonata Interior

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The cabin of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is filled with mostly upscale materials, easy-to-use tech features and plentiful passenger and trunk space, according to the majority of auto critics. They like its contemporary design and ergonomic control layout. The Sonata has a robust list of standard and optional features that allow buyers to equip it to rival an upscale midsize car. Auto reviewers like the Sonata’s practical interior layout and roomy cabin. Many test drivers also note the Sonata’s high-quality interior materials and good build quality.

  • "Like its dynamic exterior, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata's interior is a work of art. Following the exterior design theme, the Sonata's interior is a mix of bold shapes, smooth finishes and lots of attractive blue backlighting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, the cabin is pleasing and well assembled. Lightly padded surfaces and hard plastics are used; many look and feel above average for the class, but there are some panels that fall short." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Classy interior and smooth-operating, firm-feeling controls were more like you'd expect in a near-luxury car. Even just operating the turn signal stalk or pulling the shift lever into gear could generate a tiny shiver of delight." -- USA Today (2011)
  • "The interior is up to contemporary standards with a flowing feel that reflects the curved ‘fluidic sculpture’ exterior configuration." -- Boston Globe (2011)


Test drivers say the 2013 Sonata has plenty of passenger room, even in the back seat. Most like the seating materials, which range from cloth to leather, as well as the seats’ comfort. New for 2013 is the availability of heated front seats on all trim levels (optional on GLS and standard on SE and Limited). Limited trims have heated rear seats standard.

  • "Most adults can find a comfortable driving position thanks to the power driver seat that provides a great range of fore/aft travel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "From a comfort standpoint, our Limited trim level's seats were very comfortable, the dash and instrumentation were nice to look at and easy to figure out, and all but the tallest test drivers found the rear-seat headroom and legroom to be exceptional." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The backseat serves up positively vast legroom for a 6-plus-footer, though such tall guys will notice headroom being pinched by the plunging roof line." -- Edmunds (2011)
  • "Sonata's seats are comfy and reasonably supportive, trimmed in a combination of good-quality vinyl and textured fabric." -- Motor Trend (2011)
  • "Your writer's six-foot two-inch frame slid into the driver's seat with plenty of room. In fact, the seat had to be moved forward a bit for comfort (later that afternoon, we jumped into the rear seat behind ‘ourselves’ and discovered that space and legroom was more than adequate)." -- Autoblog (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata has a fairly competitive array of standard interior features. Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary and USB audio jacks, satellite radio and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system are all standard equipment. Blue Link is similar to GM’s OnStar system and features automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote start, voice text messaging, stolen vehicle slowdown (enables police to gradually reduce engine power if the car is stolen) and recovery, speed and curfew alert (which help parents set limits on their teens’ driving habits) and navigation. The 2013 Sonata can be equipped with features like a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, an Infinity sound system, HD Radio and navigation.

Reviewers write that the Sonata’s interior features are easy to use and the controls have a good layout.

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  • "In general, Sonata's controls are simple to use and easy to reach. Though most basic audio settings are controlled with buttons on the steering wheel or center of the dashboard, the available navigation system absorbs some audio functions. The gauges and other displays are easy to see and read at a glance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The driving environment is easy enough to adapt to, with straightforward controls and clear gauges housed in the currently voguish deeply hooded twin binnacles." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)


At 16.4 cubic feet, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata’s trunk is one of the biggest in its class. Reviewers think the amount of cargo space is great but are disappointed with the small trunk opening and hinges that intrude into the trunk space, as well as with the rear seats, which don’t fold completely flat.

  • "There is plenty of trunk space, but a fairly small opening and sickle-shaped hinges that intrude into the cargo area when the trunk is closed can complicate loading larger items. The 60/40 split rear seat backs easily fold down to increase cargo room, but the aperture between the trunk and passenger compartment is on the small side." -- Consumer Guide

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