I've had my new 2013 Sonata Limited for 10 days now. Very happy with
My 2010 was a nice upgrade from the 2007, but the 2013 is a major
change in style, inside and out. Frankly, I think it is better
looking than cars costing tens of thousands of $$ more. High quality
I have the 2.0T engine and it is FAST. With 900 miles, I finally
pushed the pedal all the way down to pass a truck. I moved from 40
mph to 70 mph in a flash. Entering the highway, it is very easy to be
doing 70 to blend right in at the end of the ramp. The turbo is
$1700 more, but I cannot see myself going back to the 4 cylinder.
Roads here don't allow for much high speed, but it handles quite
nicely at 95 and feels very sure footed for the short time I was able
to do that.
The turbo model comes with paddle shifters, more for style than needed
for everyday driving. We're not driving competitively where they are
needed, but just a nice touch for a sporty feel. If you downshift,
for instance, when you come to a stop it goes back to "D" with no
intervention. The 6 speed tranny is pretty smooth too.
Seating is comfortable and the heated rear seats will be a plus this
winter when we go out with friends.
I like the position of the radio controls on the steering wheel better
on the old car. More of a personal preference and old habit. If I
kept my hands of the wheel at the right position, it may be OK.
Phone controls are good. The Bluetooth integrates well and uses voice
commands so you never have to fumble for anything. Just touch he
steering wheel button.
The navigation package is good, the BlueLink can be very good, but the
software still needs some tweaking. I'm still not decided if I should
add an aftermarket remote starter to push one button rather than
fourteen touches on my phone. We'll see.
Trip computer is a big improvement. Two trips, time, average mpg,
average mph, time, instant mpg can be chosen. The time has to be
reset. The 2010 would reset itself after 2 hours stopped so it was
useless for a long trip with stops overnight or even for a long
dinner. Selection and reset buttons are on the wheel instead of the
The NAV package comes with upgraded radio, panoramic sunroof, rearview
camera. Like all packages, it is much over priced for what you get.
For the price, they should throw in HID headlights and a second
1-touch window button. Kia has them on the limited. The rearview
camera is a great safety feature though. I've read that it may be
mandatory in a few years.
Little things like the 3 blink lane change signals at a touch make it
superior to past models. Electronics make it better equipped than any
car engineer every dreamed about a few years back. Instrument panel,
climate controls are all easily read and good looking.
As for fuel mileage, it is slightly better than my V-6. Maybe 2 mpg
better in spite of the EPS rating that is 4 mpg better.