Remember when Hyundais were the cheap and - let's be frank - subpar alternatives to mainstream Hondas, Nissans and Toyotas? These days, the reverse is often true, especially when it comes to the Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan.
Hyundai last redesigned the Sonata for the 2011 model year, bringing with it a sense of upscale style and a luxury appearance for the masses. For 2013, the Sonata faces stiffer competition as several redesigned midsize sedans arrive on the market, yet Hyundai elects to limit changes to its best-selling sedan’s recipe. For now.
Given the impending arrival of fresh competition, we figured it was time to get reacquainted with the Hyundai Sonata, so we borrowed this 2013 model in 2.0T Limited trim and spent a week whooshing around Southern California with a family of four aboard to see how the three-year-old sedan might stack up.
Based on our experience, members of the latest crop of family cars need to be pretty spectacular if they want to convince family sedan buyers to skip the Hyundai dealership.