2013 Hyundai Sonata gets $1,100 price increase, drops manual option

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Award-Winning Midsize Sedan Says "Bring It" to the new Crop
of Mid-Size Competitors
Sonata was the third best-selling mid-size retail car in 2011, behind
only Camry and Accord, and ahead of Altima, Fusion, and Malibu
ALG has rewarded Sonata's low incentive spending and low fleet mix
with its highest-ever residual values for 2013
Heated seats added as standard equipment to all models and packages
except base GLS model
Sunroof choices expanded for Sonata Limited
COSTA MESA, Calif., May 8, 2012 ? Hyundai Sonata, the mid-size sedan
that sent competitors back to the drawing board, is back for its third
model year. In 2011, Sonata was the third best-selling mid-size sedan
at retail, ahead of Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu. This
retail sales success comes with the segment's lowest incentive
spending, averaging just a third of these three competitors' levels,
the highest ratio of transaction price to MSRP and the highest
residual values. Sonata owners in 2011 were also more satisfied with
their car's fuel economy, design and value than owners of Camry,
Accord, Altima, Fusion and Malibu, according to the J.D. Power 2011
APEAL Study.
For 2013, Sonata builds on its trailblazing recipe of high-design and
high fuel efficiency with more features, higher value, and better
residual value than ever before. That's important, as the mid-size
segment is more competitive than ever, with new competitors like the
soon-to-be launched 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Nissan Altima borrowing
pages from the Sonata playbook with improved fuel economy and design.
Recognizing the Sonata's remarkable combination of high retail sales,
low fleet mix and low incentive spending, ALG has rewarded the 2013
Hyundai Sonata with its best-ever residual value of 60 percent, a
remarkable achievement for a car in the third year of its life cycle.
For 2013, the Sonata GLS with Popular Equipment Package now has even
more content, with the addition of fog lights and heated front seats.
At $21,720 for a Sonata GLS with Popular Package, Sonata continues to
offer an unmatched value position in the midsize segment.
Sonata SE now comes with standard heated front seats and Sonata
Limited comes standard with a traditional sunroof, while a panoramic
sunroof is now part of the Limited Premium Package for 2013. Sonata
also continues its remarkable level of fuel efficiency, with ratings
of 24 mpg city, 28 combined, and 35 on the highway, the highest levels
of owner-reported fuel economy satisfaction in the mid-size segment,
and best power-to-weight ratio in the segment.
Fluidic Sculpture is a consistent, cohesive design language that is
used throughout the entire Hyundai showroom. It considers the
interplay of natural, fluid elements with more rigid surfaces and
structures to create the illusion of constant motion.
The exterior of the Sonata is long, light and low. The high beltline
allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by a third window. A
monoform side profile includes flowing lines highlighted by a Hyundai
signature chrome accent that spans the length of the car. Normally,
this type of trim is only found around the windows. On the Sonata,
this trim extends out from the headlamps, juts up along the hood and
through the beltline. The face is bold with a large powerful chrome
grille and headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is
completed by 16-, 17- or 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.
The sophisticated look continues inside, where Hyundai has created an
upscale ambiance thanks to a flow-through center console and
instrument panel. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior
design and wrap around the driver and passengers.
The 2013 Sonata is powered by the original Theta II GDI 2.4-liter
four-cylinder engine with a Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) fuel
delivery system, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency and
lower emissions. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery,
allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment,
thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven,
high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct
injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.3:1 compression ratio
for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase
combustion efficiency in the cylinder. This powerplant still delivers
best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class four-cylinder horsepower and
best-in-class torque more than two years after its initial
Sonata delivers an impressive 24 mpg city/35 mpg estimated highway
fuel economy rating with the standard six-speed automatic transmission
with SHIFTRONIC®. The horsepower and torque ratings for the Theta II
GDI are 198 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. In the SE trim,
which includes a standard dual exhaust, the engine delivers 200
horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum,
16-valve engine features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing
(DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine
breathing. A version of this engine also meets Partial Zero Emission
Vehicle (PZEV) standards.
With the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine, the 2013 Sonata
offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency
and power ? with 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb.-ft of torque
from 1,750 - 4,500 rpm and an estimated 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway
with regular fuel. Hyundai's turbocharged engine features a
twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system,
results in instantaneous power delivery. The 2.0T engine is available
on the SE and Limited trim levels. The Sonata 2.0T SE adds an upgraded
fully automatic temperature control system, and the Limited adds the
SE's 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and steering
wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All 2013 Sonatas utilize a six-speed
automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control.
An advanced four-wheel independent suspension system combines a supple
ride with precise handling and steering response for Sonata GLS,
Limited and Hybrid models. Sonata uses MacPherson strut front and
multi-link rear suspension systems with increased travel for improved
wheel control and a smoother ride. All four wheels are controlled by
coil springs, fade-resistant dual flow dampers and stabilizer bars.
The suspension has been optimized to keep the vehicle flat during
cornering and provide quick turn-in response. The rear suspension uses
aluminum components to reduce weight and improve suspension
performance. The GLS, Limited and Hybrid models also use advanced
low-rolling resistance tires to improve fuel economy while maintaining
good ride and handling performance.
The Sonata SE is an even more exciting and willing partner for drivers
who prefer sportier ride and handling dynamics. The sport-tuned
suspension features stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars,
resulting in a 20 percent increase in roll stiffness. Low profile
18-inch tires round out the unique chassis components of the Sonata
All Sonatas are equipped with motor-driven electric power steering
that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving
fuel economy over a conventional steering system. A quick-ratio
steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in. Sonata's turning
diameter of 35.8 feet is better than Camry, Accord, Altima, Fusion and
The sleek design, combined with Hyundai's expertise in interior
packaging, delivers class-leading interior comfort, functionality and
practicality. A sleek roofline typically compromises headroom and
interior volume, but at 120.2 cubic feet, the Sonata has more interior
volume than many of its key competitors. It is so spacious that Sonata
continues to be classified by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) as a large car, truly a "class above" Camry, Altima,
Fusion and Malibu (all are categorized as midsize cars). The Sonata
shines even in trunk volume, with 16.4 cu. ft. of trunk space that
gives it a 6.1 percent advantage over the Camry and a 10.4 percent
advantage over Accord.
Sonata is rich in ultra-high-strength steel, leading to world-class
body rigidity. The Sonata is 25 percent stiffer in torsion and 19
percent stiffer in bending rigidity than its predecessor, yet it is
lighter than many midsize sedans, while offering more interior room.
This focus on power-to-weight ratio pays dividends across the board.
The Sonata owes its ability to deliver both strong performance and
excellent fuel economy in great part to its impressive power-to-weight
Sonata was built from the ground up with safety in mind, with a hot
stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure, advanced airbag
technology and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), delivering on
Hyundai's commitment to both active and passive safety technology
leadership. Every 2013 Sonata has lifesaving ESC as standard
equipment. This is important, because the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that ESC results in 35
percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer
single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars.
The Sonata also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The
package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking
System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking
force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force
Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front
and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.
Sonata features six airbags-including dual front, front seat-mounted
side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags-along with active
front-seat head restraints. Other passive safety features include
shingle-style rear-seat head restraints for improved visibility,
three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front-seat seatbelt
pretensioners and force limiters and a rear-seat Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for child seats.
2013 Sonata comes standard with three months of XM Satellite Radio
Real-time XM NavTraffic, XM NAV Weather®, XM Sports Ticker and XM
Stock Ticker on Navigation-equipped models
Sonata is the first popular midsize sedan to offer the clarity of
digital HD Radio Technology from the factory
Bluetooth hands-free phone system standard
Standard auxiliary iPod/USB inputs
Touch-screen navigation is available on SE and Limited trim levels and
includes a new high-resolution screen. This easy-to-use unit can be
controlled via a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen or voice-activation by
headliner-mounted microphone.
The system features 8GB of flash memory and comes matched with a sound
system that plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via
Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access
their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary
inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile
phones to the head unit. Also, with a Bluetooth-enabled phone, one can
look up a local restaurant and call for reservations before plotting
the route.
Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment features to
simplify owners' lives and reduce distracted driving. Blue Link brings
seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice
text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, and
monthly vehicle reporting. Hyundai Blue Link telematics is standard on
the Sonata with up to a one-year complimentary trial period. Blue Link
can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the
web and via a smart phone. Blue Link is offered in three packages:
Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.
Blue Link Assurance package:
Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
SOS Emergency Assistance
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Blue Link Essentials package:
Remote Access:
Remote Door Lock/Unlock
Remote Horn and Lights
Panic Notification
Remote Engine Start
Alarm Notification
Quick Tips
Location Sharing
Voice Text Messaging
Vehicle Self Diagnostics:
Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code
Maintenance Alert
Recall Advisor
Web Vehicle Diagnostics
Theft Protection:
Stolen Vehicle Recovery
Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
Vehicle Immobilization
Valet Alert
Speed Alert
Blue Link Guidance package:
Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service
POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
POI Web Search and Download
Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
Restaurant Ratings
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