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2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited
Dates Tested: 7/29/2013-8/12/2013
Miles driven: 302
Base price: $25,845 (not including $795 destination fee)
Price as tested: $29,685
Options on test car: Floor mats ($110), Premium Package ($2900)
Real-World Fuel Economy: 20.6 mpg
Driving Mix: 60 percent city, 40 percent highway
The Great: Great value, classy cabin, simple controls
The Good: Good power, lots of room up front
The not so good: Middling observed fuel economy, marginal adult rear head room
As luck would have it, the Consumer Guide test fleet contains both a 2013 Hyundai Azera and a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited this week. The former is Hyundai’s entry into the “near luxury” large-car segment; it competes against the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza, and Toyota Avalon. The latter is the ritziest trim level of Hyundai’s mainstream midsize car. We thought it would be enlightening to examine these stablemates side-by-side to see exactly what the Azera delivers over the Sonata.
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