The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited sedan looks good, has lots of features and gets a combined 37 mpg for $32,490 (including destination). But how far will those features, beauty and efficiency go in winning over my family? For the most part, they go pretty far, but the smaller trunk might be a problem for shoppers with families.
With its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired with a 35-kilowatt motor, the Sonata Hybrid accelerated quickly. The 2013 hybrid has 7 fewer horsepower than the 2012 model year, but I didn't miss them. The Sonata Hybrid drove smoothly over city streets and on the highway, but the brakes were a problem. They were grabby and I struggled to get used to them. I felt like I was constantly slamming on the brakes no matter how I finessed the pedal.
When it comes to hybrids, it's all about the fuel-economy numbers. The Sonata Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 36/40/37 mpg city/highway/combined. But I didn't get anything near those numbers during my weeklong test drive: I averaged 26 mpg and drove a lot of uncongested highway and city streets.