Hyundai is jacking up the starting price for its new 2013 Hyundai Sonata sedan, and that is $1,100 more than the previous year model. The starting price for the 2013 Hyundai Sonata sedan is now at $21,670, including a $775 destination fee. According to Hyundai, the price increase is due to the offering of an automatic transmission offering as standard equipment and other upgraded materials. Hyundai will no longer offer a manual transmission.
For the entry-level 2013 Hyundai Sonata sedan, it comes with the same direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as last year model. The engine will only be offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine produces 198 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, and it delivers an estimated 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway fuel economy rating with the standard six-speed automatic transmission.
There is also available an optional turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is also equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged engine is rated at 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque, and it has an estimated 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with regular fuel. And for the top-range Limited model, it comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The price for this trim is dropped by about $600 compared to the 2012 model, which equates to $26,620. However, the $600 price drop reflects the deletion of the once panoramic sunroof as standard equipment is now as an optional equipment. The panoramic sunroof is now offered as part the Limited Premium Package, which costs about $2,900.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan is expected to be available next month, and it will compete with the likes of Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu. Check out the review video below.