2013 Hyundai Sonata gets more expensive, loses the manual gearbox

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 11, 2012

Since an all-new Hyundai Sonata won’t be available until 2014 and as it will have to compete with an almost-all-new segment in 2013, the brand has decided to add more content for the 2013 model year. Additional standard equipment is now given to those who would buy the higher 2013 Sonata trim levels. Both the SE and Limited trims will get added standard equipment that had not been offered in the past.

For the first time, Sonata SE models get heated seats as standard. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata SE now has a starting price of $24,120, higher by $150. The Sonata Limited gets a traditional sunroof as standard, instead of the previously standard panoramic sunroof. This panoramic sunroof comes as part of the $2900 Premium Package for 2013, which also features a touch-screen navigation system, backup camera, and Infinity sound system.

The upgraded model is priced $600 higher to $26,620 for a Sonata Limited without the Premium Package. The entry-level 2013 Sonata GLS will also be tweaked. The Popular Equipment Package now features fog lamps and heated seats, together with the 16-inch alloy wheels, power driver seat, chrome interior door handles, leatherette door inserts, and automatic headlights available in the past model year. This package is priced $75 higher from $750 to $825. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS is priced from $21,670 and is now standard together with the six-speed automatic transmission -- $100 more expensive than the auto-equipped Sonata GLS from 2012.

The base 2012 Sonata GLS with six-speed manual has been discontinued for the 2013 model year. Powering the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is either a 2.4-liter direct-injected inline four-cylinder engine that has an output of 198 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque in GLS and Limited trims or 200 hp and 186 lb-ft in SE trim.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that delivers 274 hp and 269 lb-ft is available on the SE and Limited trim levels. All the Sonatas are front-wheel drive and are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai dealerships across the country now have the 2013 Sonatas available at their showrooms.

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