Hyundai has revealed some of the information regarding the things that some of the company’s personnel have been doing on the 2013 version of the Sonata. According to Hyundai, their personnel have focused their attention on improving some of the Sonata’s features particularly those that are considered as the vehicle’s downsides. Aside from that, Hyundai has also shared some of the latest developments on the Sonata and the most significant of these are the following.
1. Increase in prices
Hyundai has stressed out that there was an increase in price of the base model of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The carmaker’s personnel that were tasked to provide the needed information regarding the increase in price of some of the models of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata have pointed out that the increase was basically brought about by the use of new technologies on the latest models. According to them, the use of these technologies on the latest version of the Sonata would further improve the performance of the mid-size and make this more competitive with some of its closest competitors such as the Nissan Altima and the Ford Fusion.
Based on the information provided by Hyundai, the base model or the Sonata GLS which is powered by a 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine will be sold at a starting price of $21, 670 including the shipping fee. Compared to the starting price of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS which is about $20,570, the current version of the Sonata GLS has earned about $1,100 increase. The prices of the other models of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata have also increased. But despite of the increase in the prices of the Sonata, Hyundai is still optimistic that the vehicle will be able to provide an impressive sales output for this year.
2. Dropping of the manual transmission
Hyundai has also dropped the 6-speed manual transmission that was used on the 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS and this is replaced by a 6-speed automatic transmission. The dropping of the older manual and the adoption of the new automatic transmission has improved the running performance of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS since the latter type of transmission quicker and more responsive compared to the former. Aside from that, the use of the new automatic transmission might also improve the vehicle’s fuel economy ratings.
3. Reshuffling of standard and optional equipments
Finally, Hyundai has reshuffled some of the standard and optional equipments found on the existing trim levels of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The reshuffling was basically done to provide buyers with a whole new set of features and to give way for the addition of new standard items on the vehicle.