The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid arrives to complicate an already confusing segment. The midsize family sedan market in the U.S. is flooded with attractive options. Add to that a growing crop of hybrid versions that are increasingly good, and are ditching the awkward hybrid qualities that deterred buyers from those early attempts. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is capable of producing about 200 hp. And while the Sonata is an attractive sedan, the Sonata Hybrid adds some unique touches that push the styling envelope further, in addition to dialing up efficiency.
We were given a day to fully evaluate Hyundai’s new looker. Starting at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains, we took the Sonata Hybrid through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. A modern beauty cruising through a timeless landscape, one of ancient granite boulders, thick forest, and generous elevation changes. And what did we think? How does it stack up to the midsize competition? You can read our 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid First Drive, to find out.