2013 Sonata Hybrid Limited Handsome Package>

Hyundai’s 2013 Sonata Hybrid Limited is an elegant mid-size front-wheel-drive sedan that combines near-luxury, extended range and over-the-road capability in a handsome package.

The black onyx pearl (with gray leather interior) Sonata Hybrid was waiting for us at the Denver airport, ready to transport one human, one petite dog and an array of writing and photographic equipment to the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway on the west side of town.
It may have been amongst the hottest weekends of the year, with temps in the mid-to-high 90s, but the black Sonata Hybrid was easily able to keep the cabin cool and the driver and passenger happy. There was a good deal of construction in the area this particular weekend, so we were very appreciative of the excellent navigation system that’s part of the Limited package on this hybrid.
In fact, there were only three options that took the price of entry from $31,345 (with freight) to $32,490. They were the dual-pane panoramic sunroof package, carpeted floor mats and an iPod cable. I love the one-touch sunroof with its opening front panel, particularly on the two starry nights during our stay.

Aside from those items, this sedan wants for nothing. It has leather, heated (front) seats, satellite radio, that great navigation system, rear camera, true proximity key entry and egress, dual temp control in the front and so much more.
Mechanically, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited has a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder hybrid engine with permanent magnet high-power density motor and 270-volt lithium polymer battery to give the package a total of 199 usable horsepower. The Sonata Hybrid will run on electric power at speeds up to 74 mph without complaint. In the 100-plus miles we put on the car – our hotel was very close to the track – range went from 496 to 445. I was not exactly easy on the accelerator pedal, wanting to get everywhere as quickly as possible.

With all of its hybrid and mechanical equipment, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (top of the line) weighs 3578 pounds, but the extra weight didn’t hold the Sonata back one bit. It’s rated at 36/40/37-mpg from the 17.2-gallon tank using regular unleaded and, while the battery pack does take away some trunk space, it’s still ample at 12.1 cubic feet.

Hyundai uses a motor-driven power steering that I find a bit light and vague to the touch, but that’s because I am more a sports-car driver. By the end of the weekend, I felt comfortable with its maneuverability. Turning circle is a good 35.8 feet curb to curb, very nice for a front-wheel-driven sedan. The brakes are excellent and the wheel-tire combination includes handsome, swoopy five-spoke alloy rims mounted on Kumho P215/55R 17-inch tires.

I like the fact that there is air flow to the rear passengers (and plenty of space for three), as well as lots of cup holders throughout the cabin. Hyundai has always followed a comforting blue interior coloring on the dash, which continues with this car, enhanced by the “BlueLink” infotainment system that allows all type of interaction inside the car, including search for points of interest, location sharing, enhanced roadside assistance and a “Geo Fence” that sets boundaries for the car to stay within.

While the driver has full power amenities, passenger seating is manual but easily manipulated. I like the upscale materials inside the car, the many soft-touch areas about the cabin and its dash, the easily understood steering wheel controls with audio, phone, cruise and display left to right.
If I seem like a cheerleader for current Hyundai models, that’s because I am. They’re made so well, backed by a fab warranty (that is likely unnecessary) and filled with accessories any modern driver wants and needs. I just love driving down the road using battery power in this 2013 Sonata Hybrid instead of gasoline, in a vehicle that’s as nice as this one and think you will, too.

Written by Anne Proffit test driven by both Anne and Christina Selter