We expect to see an upgrade for 2014 Hyundai Sonata, with changes that will be delivered there is a good chance that this vehicle will additionally improve its position on the market. Since currently available version was delivered in 2010 as a 2011 model it is normal that we will be getting changes.
It appears like only yesterday that the Hyundai Sonata set the midsize household sedan market ablaze with sharp styling, class-leading convenience, generous function providings and general value. Now, simply 2 years on, the pressure is mounting from recently revamped rivals made by Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan and Toyota.
To its credit, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains an outstanding selection. With a long list of standard features– a few of which are choices on other sedans– the Sonata provides a lot of bang for the buck. Add to this the availability of two strong engine choices (along with a Sonata hybrid model that is covered in a separate review), admirable fuel economy, top safety scores and a lengthy warranty and it becomes clear why the Sonata is far from becoming yesterday’s news.
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Still, recent redesigns to the 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Honda Accord suggest that the Sonata now has some company at the top. We would suggest that possible buyers take a look at all three of these midsize sedans, as the benefits amongst them are slight. By the same token we ‘d recommend the Kia Optima, which shares much of the Hyundai’s underpinnings wrapped in an expressive exterior. Though not quite as impressive as these others, the Toyota Camry also earns our suggestion, buoyed by its reputation for bulletproof reliability.
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The good news is that among these choices, there’s really no loser in the bunch. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata may not enjoy the sizable lead it recently had, but the standard it set is still very much a bright spot in what used to be a bland and uninspiring class of automobiles.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is available in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels.
Standard equipment on the GLS includes 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 60/40-split rear seatback, a trip computer, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack. An optional Popular Equipment plan adds alloy wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, heated front seats and an eight-way power driver seat.
The stylish SE includes all of the above and adds 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, a dark chrome grille, a sport-tuned suspension, keyless ignition/entry and leather/cloth upholstery. Choosing the SE with the turbocharged engine likewise includes dual-zone automatic climate control and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. An optional Navigation and Sunroof package bundles (you guessed it) a navigation system with touchscreen display, a rearview camera, premium Infinity speakers and a sunroof.
The plush Sonata Limited has all the SE’s features, but it offers 17-inch alloy wheels, a cushier suspension and full leather upholstery. It also gains turn-signal repeaters in the outside mirrors, a sunroof, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded audio system (with HD radio) and unique interior accents. The turbocharged Limited variant adds 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips and shift paddles on the wheel. The optional Limited Premium plan includes a scenic sunroof, the navigation system with the touchscreen screen, a back-up video camera and premium Infinity speakers.
Powertrains and Performance
Powering the 2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 198 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, the GLS increased from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds, which is fast for a base-model sedan.
The dual-exhaust SE makes somewhat more power at 200 hp and 186 lb-ft. Both the GLS and SE engines have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 28 mpg in combined driving.
A powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine generating 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque is available on SE and Limited models. This added boost in power gets the Sonata to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, which has to do with average for midsize sedans with an engine upgrade. The EPA estimates fuel economy at a still favorable 22/34/26 mpg.
Standard safety features on all 2014 Hyundai Sonatas include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front seat side-impact airbags, full-length side drape airbags and active front head restraints. Standard is BlueLink, Hyundai’s emergency telematics system, which offers services such as remote access, emergency help, burglary recuperation and teen-driver-oriented geo-fencing.
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In government testing, the Sonata earned a leading first-class score for general crash security, with 4 out of five stars for total front-impact security and five stars for total side-impact defense. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety screening, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata made a leading rating of “Good” for frontal-offset, roof-strength and side-impact security.
In Edmunds brake screening, both a Sonata GLS and SE turbo came to a stop from 60 mph in about 120 feet, which is slightly better than average for the course.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Sonata feels as well developed inside as it does out. The dash and center stack meld together in a smooth flow, while trapezoidal vents, sharp blue backlighting and, on some models, brushed-metal-style trim pieces create an environment that looks both modern and upscale. While total interior materials quality is merely typical, the controls, knobs and switches run with a feel and precision befitting a more expensive car, and the Limited trim– with its readily available two-tone color design, piano-black trim and padded door panels– is particularly appealing.
The optional touchscreen adds quality and vibrancy to an already user-friendly system for operating and seeing climate control, navigation, audio and phone functions. Just like OnStar, Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics offers services like emergency crash feedback, remote opening of door locks, turn-by-turn navigation, and speed and curfew restrictions for younger motorists.
The Sonata offers enough space for four adults to extend out. Five can make do on much shorter trips. In our experience, headroom both front and rear is simply sufficient, and 6-foot-tall passengers in back might discover their heads bumping the ceiling due to the Sonata’s sloped roofing system line.
As far as driving dynamics are concerned, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata strikes a perfectly acceptable balance between comfort and confidence. Its chassis and suspension are taut, but not so taut that they transmit the road’s every bump and rumble. Motorists seeking a measure of sport can choose the SE, although its sharper handling capabilities don’t truly justify its rougher, bumpier ride. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata steering is OK but doesn’t transmit much roadway feel, and the effort is synthetically heavy.
On the move, the 2.4-liter engine offers thoroughly reputable acceleration for a four-cylinder midsize sedan. Power delivery from the turbocharged engine is smooth and linear, with no noticeable turbo lag.