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Here's an interesting article I found.

No one was prepared for the current generation Hyundai Sonata when it debuted for the 2011 model year. Sure, Hyundai was already sloughing off its reputation for cheaply built, low-end cars using the pumice of an industry-leading warranty. But its introduction of a midsize sedan that exhibited a genuine sense of style stunned even the most jaded of the automaker’s critics. Add to that a quality interior loaded with goodies, decent driving dynamics and a price tag that doesn’t cause fits of anxiety, and its no wonder Americans are newly infatuated with the Sonata, and with Hyundai.

Given that most of the heavy-hitters in the midsize sedan segment have been redesigned since the latest version of Hyundai’s entry debuted, we grabbed the keys to a 2013 Sonata 2.0T Limited to see how it is holding up against newer competitors, discovering in the process that there are many reasons to drive a new Sonata, let alone five.

Reason #1: The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Is Still Good Looking
Look at the lines on this car and you'll be amazed at the gumption it took for Hyundai to produce this vehicle. From the chrome-plated creases running from the ellipsoid headlights to define the greenhouse to the deep—practically flanged—character lines stamped into the flanks of the car, nothing about the coupe-like Sonata’s design is safe or boring. Two years after the design’s debut, Sonatas still turn my head.

Given its stylish design, I can hardly believe that the base price is $21,990, including a destination charge of $795. Many of Hyundai's current vehicles are crafted to a similar aesthetic, a design theme that the automaker calls "Fluidic Sculpture." For once, such branding represents more than hyperbole generated by a zealous copywriter.

Reason #2: The 2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Goes Like Stink
Wow, this car is fast. Rated to produce 274 horsepower from its turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, our Sonata 2.0T Limited test vehicle caused big grins when we pressed the accelerator. Other publications peg the Sonata Turbo’s zero-to-60 mph acceleration times at about 6.5 seconds, which feels accurate. All Sonatas are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels, and the one in our test car faithfully delivered crisp, well-timed shifts.

As thrilled as we are with this engine, what would have been better is a power plant that lived up to its advertised fuel economy. According to the EPA, the Sonata 2.0T is expected to return 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. We extracted just 21.8 mpg from our test car. Midsize sedan buyers who like the way the Sonata looks but would prefer something with better fuel mileage can stick with the standard 198-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which adds a couple of digits to the MPG rating. Alternatively, Hyundai offers this car as a gas-electric hybrid model.

Reason #3: Hyundai's Blue Link System Offers Intriguing Benefits
Hyundai combines navigation, communication, remote access capabilities, and emergency services into an all-encompassing system called Blue Link. Additionally, Blue Link provides intriguing benefits. For example, with the system’s Geo-Fencing capability, the Sonata's owner is notified if the car travels beyond set geographic pasonataeters. Speed Alert lets the owner know if the Sonata driven faster than a pre-determined speed limit, while Curfew Alert pings the car’s owner if the Sonata stays out past its bed time. Blue Link, clearly, is very useful to keep tabs on your teen driver or, for the paranoid, a wayward spouse.

Blue Link’s benefits extend beyond tattling about bad behavior. The system can track the vehicle if you report it stolen, and slowly cut engine power to immobilize it. Blue Link can also perform self-diagnosis and send a vehicle health report to its owner. Via a smartphone app, Blue Link provides remote starting capability and a way to remotely activate the car's lights and horn. A super-duper trip computer can track your driving habits and fuel consumption so that owners can analyze ways to improve fuel economy.

Certainly, some of these features may raise red flags for privacy advocates, but everyone is already being watched in some way or another. Blue Link services are sliced and diced into different packages that are available at various annual costs, but the company is offering its Assurance Connected Care plan for the first three years of ownership at no additional charge.

Reason #4: The Sonata’s Interior Is a Lovely Place to Spend Quality Time
Enter the Hyundai Sonata’s cabin and you’ll discover an environment lined in pleasing materials that are carefully assembled. Our Limited 2.0T test car’s driver's seat was comfortable and supportive, wrapped in soft leather and equipped with heated and cooled cushions. However, it would be swell if Hyundai provided a height adjuster for the front passenger, as the seat is mounted unusually low.

The Sonata's rear seat space is generous too, and the Limited model included heated seats in the two outboard positions. Our test car also had an expansive panosonataic sunroof, something the kidlets always enjoy.

Reason #5: The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Gets Great Ratings
Like any good vehicle marketed toward families, safety was at the forefront for Sonata's engineers. Their approach pays off with a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Consumer Reports gives the Sonata its Recommended rating, and we can’t forget Hyundai’s generous, industry-leading warranty, which protects against powertrain defects for 10 years or 100,000 miles, and covers the rest of the vehicle for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Further sweetening the pot is a 5-year roadside assistance progsonata with no mileage limit.

The Sonata Makes the Short List
The current crop of midsize family sedans happens to be particularly excellent. You won’t go wrong by considering our favorites in the field—Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat—when you’re considering transport for your loved ones. Thanks to its standout styling, interior comfort, impressive engine and Blue Link technology, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata definitely makes the list, too.
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