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Bid farewell to the Hyundai Sonata equipped with a manual transmission. The Korean manufacturer has discontinued the third-pedal in its midsize sedan for 2013, though buyers can look forward to more standard equipment on next year's model. With such a small take rate, Hyundai saw no reason to continue offering the six-speed manual in the base GLS model. That means the six-speed automatic transmission is now standard across the line, though the four-door will see an uptick in price as a result. The 2013 Sonata now starts at $21,670, including a $775 destination fee.

Consumers can expect to find the same direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood as well as an optional turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter four. Heated seats are now standard in every trim with the exception of the entry GLS model. The Limited trim bows at $26,620 with the 2.4-liter, which marks a $600 price drop compared to 2012. The impressive, standard panoramic sunroof is now optional, however. If you want the extra glass, you'll now have to step up to a $2,900 Limited Premium Package. Scroll down for the full press blast.
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TRAILBLAZING SONATA DELIGHTS WITH MORE FEATURES, MORE VALUE, AND BEST-EVER RESIDUAL VALUE FOR 2013

Award-Winning Midsize Sedan Says "Bring It" to the new Crop of Mid-Size Competitors

HIGHLIGHTS

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 DESIGN LANGUAGE
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.

ADVANCED POWERTRAINS
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 introduction.

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.

SUPPLE RIDE, AGILE HANDLING
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 SE.

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 Malibu.


HYUNDAI PACKAGING EFFICIENCY
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 efficiency.

ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI'S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT
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.

XM, HD RADIO TECHNOLOGY, BLUETOOTH AND TOUCH-SCREEN NAVIGATION DELIVER UNRIVALED MIDSIZE SEDAN TECHNOLOGY CHOICES

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.

HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®
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

Convenience:

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

Safeguard:

Valet Alert
Geofence
Speed Alert
Curfew

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
Traffic
Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
Eco-Coach
Restaurant Ratings
Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.


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      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perfect, playing right into Honda's hands. The all-new 2013 Accord Coupe and Sedan will offer 6 speed Manual transmissions in several trims levels. Camry, Altima, Fusion, Sonata, & Optima all no longer offer manuals.
        HydraulicDragon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        The ultima also offers a manual, at least in coupe form.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        Wrong. The current Fusion can be had with a manual, as can the upcoming '13 Fusion. And because of that, it's at the top of my shopping list.
        KDilkington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        This isn't exactly an M3 we're talking about. Most people who buy these cars have no clue how to drive a manual or they're old and they don't want to deal with it anymore. I don't really see Honda and Ford saving the day because they offer manual transmissions in their mid-sized sedans.
      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      there are certain cars out there that should just not have a manual trans as an option.
      amdrew10
      • 2 Years Ago
      "drops manual option" car enthusiasts have also dropped the hyundai sonata as an option
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amdrew10
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          bchreng
          • 2 Years Ago
          I can only wish that Hyundai's working on an R-Spec model for this.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amdrew10
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          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          "I had no idea enthusiasts ever even considered Hyundai/Kia" Veloster 1.6 turbo Optima 2.0 turbo Upcoming Elantra 1.6 turbo Genesis Coupe V6. Genesis R .5.0. Need I go on?
          • 2 Years Ago
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          flychinook
          • 2 Years Ago
          Huh, I had no idea it was still 1988...
        suthrn2nr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amdrew10
        Becareful if you are criticizing Hyundai, Captain Spadaro works for them and his bonus is tied to how many negative comments are posted about Hyundai. I still don't think Hyundai is worried about losing enthusiasts though, since this only affects Sonata and not Genesis coupe.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @suthrn2nr
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      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank god for no manual option. How are Hyundai owners expected to text and eat burgers behind the wheel when they're expected to actually shift the car themselves? Outrageous. In other news, less options, higher cost. Sounds like a bargain.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J
        Well, now that Hyundai are playing with the big boys, they're acting like them too. Fail Hyundai
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
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          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          And manuals don't sell because A)people are getting lazier every year, and B)mainstream manufacturers only offer manuals on base-trim models, which most people don't want.
          flychinook
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          But it probably didn't sell because you couldn't add ANY options. Let me put it this way: If McDonalds stopped putting condiments/toppings on their hamburgers, and wouldn't allow you to add any unless you upgraded to a cheeseburger, you would see a whole lot of people making that upgrade, even if they don't like cheese.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares about the manual on a Sonata? It's not a sporty car in any way.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        No, but it is a fairly efficient car for it's size. And anybody with an IQ over 20 can achieve far higher mpg with a manual transmission than they could with a comparably-ratioed automatic. Even the most high-tech automatic can't see the road ahead and adjust accordingly, so you end up with fuel-wasting behavior like downshifting right before the crest of a hill. Only in America are manuals though of as "sporty" or "masculine", Most of the rest of the world sees them for what they really are: Better in every way.
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        suthrn2nr
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hyundai gets rid of stock shift Sonata and you say "this isn't a bad thing" but you tirelessly trash Honda for having CVT on the Accord as an option even though the Accord will also have 6-speed Manual available in almost every trim. It's clear to see who your employer is, just like that Yae guy who was trolling Honda forums and was later exposed as a Hyundai marketing employee. So is this part of your daily job requirements or do you get a bonus for posting pro-Hyundai and anti-Honda comments?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @suthrn2nr
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          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @suthrn2nr
          Not everyone who praises anything Hyundai is an employee.
      Beloved
      • 2 Years Ago
      they sold at below profit prices when their brands were not well known. now that their brands are well known, they hike up their prices to make profits
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        This isn't a price hike. They never sold cars below profit. What are you people smoking?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        How in the hell did this guy get uprated? Comparing the 2012 to 2013 automatic GLS, there was a $100 price hike.
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      so they have no tariff anymore so they raise prices...good job Hyundai
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
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        miles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        I thought these were built in Alabama? I'm no lover of Hyundai, but as far as tariffs go, I'm pretty sure they have no relation to this vehicle.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Limited for $26.6 is a screaming bargain. As for the manual, almost nobody buys one that way and those that do get taken to the cleaners come trade in time. No reason to waste engineering and manufacturing dollars on something nobody's going to buy anyway. If I was a dealer there's no way I accept a manual equipped Sonata except as the stripper I advertise in the Sunday paper for $18,995 just to get customers in the door.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        If manufacturers would offer manuals worth driving (across a model's range of trims - Mazda I'm looking at YOU) there would be more uptake. I love manuals, but would not want a Sonata manual at any cost. It's not a drivers car.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        ...and to that add parts and field tech support, model code proliferation (color/transmission/option packages/trim levels, etc) and you can see why the M/T was dropped. Too bad, but that's the reality.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai," We have a good thing going with the Sonata" so now let`s see if we can screw it up?
        cynicalrick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        You screwed it up by not buying one. It's not just Honda and Toyota that have already found out that most of you posters here crying for manual transmissions don't actually buy them when they're available.
          SaabStory
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cynicalrick
          Actually this was fully Hyundai's fault. I tried to buy a manual transmission Sonata when they first came out. The dealer told me that the manual tranny only came on the base model and I couldn't add any options! Then, to add salt to the wound they also said if a manual transmission wasn't on their lot they couldn't even order it! They could only search other dealers' lots to see if they had one in the color I wanted! I couldn't special order from the factory with extra options or even just to get a specific color. Hyundai immediately lost my business!!
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cynicalrick
          Save for Honda, everyone else does the same thing...
      MAJOR HAWK STEDDER
      • 2 Years Ago
      They better offer deep discounts, you can get a fully loaded accord for less!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAJOR HAWK STEDDER
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        Sean Conrad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAJOR HAWK STEDDER
        ...the Accord starts at $21,480
          regionrat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sean Conrad
          Yep, and the base Accord hasFAR fewer features. The Sonata's selling great. Don't feed the trolls.
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