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If you were in the market for a Hyundai Sonata hybrid which year model hybrid would you get and why? 2011, 2012 or 2013?

I've been reading various automotive news websites saying the 2013 Sonata hybrid gets many improvements, but is it worth it? especially when compared to the cost of a used sonata hybrid?

Some facts I found on the new sonata hybrid....
Sonata Hybrid Packaging The Sonata Hybrid MSRP is $25,650, excluding $795 freight and includes the following standard equipment:

  • 2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine
  • Hybrid Starter-Generator (HSG)
  • Permanent magnet high-power density motor
  • 270V lithium polymer battery
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC
  • Electronic stability control with traction control system
  • ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Active front head restraints
  • Front, front seat side and curtain airbags
  • 16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels
  • Headlight LED accents
  • LED taillights
  • Front fog lights
  • Side mirror-mounted turn signal indicators
  • Unique, tinted chrome front grille
  • Bodyside molding tinted chrome inserts
  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Proximity entry with push-button start
  • Remote keyless entry, alarm and immobilizer
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster (Supervision)
  • 4.2-inch color TFT multi-function trip computer with hybrid technology display
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • Floor console mounted rear vents
  • Heated front seats
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Leatherette interior door panel inserts
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls
  • Metalgrain interior accents
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB & auxiliary input jacks
  • Power windows, locks, heated mirrors
  • Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer
  • Hyundai Blue Link Telematics system
  • Automatic light control
  • Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS)
  • Solar control glass
Sonata Hybrid Limited
The Sonata Hybrid Limited MSRP is $30,550, excluding $795 freight, and includes the following standard equipment:

  • 17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels with unique finish
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
  • Heated rear seats
  • Power driver seat with lumbar support
  • Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Rear backup camera
  • Infinity premium speakers, subwoofer and external amplifier (400-watt)
  • HD Radio Technology with multicasting
  • SiriusXM NavTraffic, NavWeather and Sports & Stocks w/ 90-Day Trial
  • Auto-dimming mirror/HomeLink/Compass
  • Premium door sill plates
Panoramic Sunroof Package ($1,000 MSRP)

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Glossy black door surround and outside mirror housing

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i just purchased a 2012 on Feb 15th. if i had known the 2013 would be out in just a few weeks, i probably would have waited. my 2012 was built on Dec 10, 2012 so it is one of the last for that model year. comparing the two on hyundai's website, the only thing the 2013 has that mine doesnt is paddle shifters on the limited version and different wheels

2012 did not have a limited trim, it was a base hybrid with the ultimate package which includes everything and the panoramic sunroof. also freight was only $775 for mine

so matching up the two, i paid $220 less than the 2013, but if you can find a 2011 or an older 2012 go for. there is very little difference between the model years.
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