Turbocharged engine brings performance to the Sonata line.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata continues where the previous model year sedan left off, bringing to customers a roomy five-passenger sedan that is big on value, looks and fuel efficiency. This model also has performance credentials to offer as a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine powers the Sonata 2.0T edition.
Engine and Transmission
Hyundai continues to advance a trend whereby V-6 engines are disappearing from the midsize sedan segment. Those manufacturers still offering the larger engines typically claim a 10 percent sell rate as customers overwhelming choose smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient four cylinder engines.
Recognizing that some buyers still want the power a V-6 engine delivers, Hyundai produces the Sonata 2.0T, a turbocharged edition powered by a 2.0-liter 16-valve in-line four cylinder engine. This model makes 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 foot-pounds of torque in a 1,750 to 4,500 rpm range. This aluminum engine measures 3.38 inches bore by 3.38 inches stroke and has a 9.5-to-1 compression ratio. Hyundai pairs this engine with a SHIFTRONIC 6-speed automatic transmission with an overdrive lock-up torque converter. Paddle shifters are included with the SE model.
With its 2013 Sonata 2.0T, Hyundai effectively demonstrates that performance and fuel economy are not mutually exclusive. The EPA rates the turbo Sonata at 22 mpg around the city and 34 mpg on the highway. This vehicle takes regular grade gasoline.
Outfitted with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, the Sonata 2.0T has a cruising range of 629 miles (34 mpg x 18.5). That’s enough fuel to take you from Detroit to New York City on one tank of fuel. For even better range, consider the Sonata Hybrid.
Sonata 2.0T Dimensions
Built on a 110.0 wheelbase, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T is 189.8 inches long, 72.2 inches wide and 57.9 inches tall. This vehicle has a coefficient of drag measuring 0.28.
Total passenger volume measures 103.8 cubic feet. The Sonata offers 16.4 cubic feet of trunk capacity. This vehicle weighs from 3,338 to 3,452 pounds. Towing is not recommended.
Front leg room capacity is 45.5 inches; rear leg room comes in at 34.6 inches. Front shoulder room measures 57.9 inches; rear shoulder room measures 56.7 inches. Front hip room is 55.2 inches; rear hip room is 54.9 inches. Head room measures 40 inches up front and 38.1 inches in the back. Slight variations in head room exists in sedans equipped with a sunroof.
The Sonata 2.0T is offered in SE and Limited editions and is priced from $25,850. Among the many features offered are power-folding heated side mirrors, automatic projector-beam head lamps, front fog lights, 18-inch silver aluminum alloy wheels set within all-season tires and two sunroof options.
Inside, leather trim is standard with leather touches found on the steering wheel, the door inserts and on the shift knob. This model comes with tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control and sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors.
Every Sonata 2.0T comes with remote keyless entry, push button start, power windows and door locks, two 12-volt power outlets, eight-way power driver’s seats with lumbar support and heated front seats. Heated rear seats are standard with the Limited edition.
Also standard is a six-speaker audio system with seven- and nine-speaker systems available or optional elsewhere. HD Radio is optional with the SE and standard with the Limited. USB jacks, a shark fin antenna and Blue Link telematics — Hyundai’s proprietary system — are standard.
Photo courtesy of Hyundai North America.
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