The Hyundai Sonata Earns “Most Dependable Midsize Car” Title from J.D. Power and Associates

Shaffer Hyundai in Merrillville, IN celebrates as the Sonata receives prestigious honor in this year’s Vehicle Dependability Study.
Feb. 28, 2013 - PRLog -- Shaffer Hyundai, also known as The Family Store, has served as a premier Hyundai dealership in Merrillville, Indiana for over 20 years. Family owned and operated, Shaffer Hyundai has earned a reputation for their customer service and selection of the most trusted models on the market. Today, the dealership celebrates as J.D. Power and Associates dubs the Hyundai Sonata the “Most Dependable Midsize Car” in their 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

The now 24-year-old vehicle dependability study conducted by the infamous J.D. Power and Associates investigates the number of problems incurred by original owners of three-year-old models (2010 models) in the span of the last 12 months. This investigation includes a look at 202 specific problem symptoms that are grouped into eight major vehicle systems and the level of problems incurred per 100 vehicles, then calculates overall dependability. The lower the score the higher the quality, as a low score means that less problems were incurred with the model. Once completed, the study results will list model and nameplate rankings as well as specific industry insights.

In the growing segment of midsize vehicles, the Hyundai Sonata ranked highest in its class, leaving leading contenders behind. Renown for its fuel efficiency, design, and interior features such as the Hyundai exclusive Blue Link infotainment system, the Sonata recently surpassed record yearly sales in 2012, hitting over 225,000 sold.

For 2013, the Hyundai Sonata arrived at Shaffer Hyundai loaded with an original Theta II GDI 2.4L engine pushing 198 hp mated with a Gasoline Direct-Injection fuel delivery system and a six-speed automatic transmission. Available in GLS, E, or Limited trim levels, the 2013 Sonata can also come with an optional 2.0L turbocharged engine that boosts the output to 274 hp. Innovative interior features include, dependent upon trim, keyless ignition/entry, sunroof, heated seats, leather upholstery, dual exhaust tips and paddle shifters, sport-tuned suspension, and more.

The starting MSRP for the 2013 Sonata is $20,995 and the Hyundai Assurance program covers all Hyundai vehicles sold in America with its 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and 5 years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

Shaffer Hyundai is located at 1000 West Highway 30 (81st Avenue) in Merrillville, Indiana and may be contacted by dialing 219-472-1859 or through their online contact form. Their showroom is open Monday-Saturday, with extended hours until 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday.
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