2014 Hyundai Sonata Review

As unlikely as it might seem, there are over 50 improvements and changes made to the 2014 Hyundai Sonata. Most of them are minor to be fair, however. The styling outside and inside gets a refresh. Driver Selectable Steering Mode becomes standard. A Blind Spot Detection System is made available, and ventilated seats also become an available option.

There's a new navigation system sporting a bright 8-inch display screen. The SE 2.0T trim gets a sport-tuned exhaust. The Limited trim gets LED taillight and xenon headlights made available as an option, and a ventilated driver's seat also goes to the Limited trim. The Limited trim also gets a blind-spot monitoring system as an option, an improvement to the stability control system, and new touchscreens.

The competition has all worked hard to beat the Sonata for 2014. At best, they may have equaled it in one or two cases, but overall, the Sonata is still very much a winning hand. The design continues to amaze, and the fuel economy continues to get better, incrementally. Going forward, it would seem that the Hyundai Sonata will continue to surprise and delight us all.

Exterior

The biggest news for outward appearances to the Sonata in 2014 is the grille. It has a softer, more flowing and sweeping look. While it wasn't hard before, it is definitely much less so now. Hyundai's 'fluid sculpture' redesign of 2011 continues to amaze us. It appears to be an ongoing movement. Just when you think they have got it right, Hyundai do something different and you are amazed all over again.

Interior

Inside the cabin feels like a secret place that only the elite know about. It's an exciting place with excellent materials everywhere. It oozes comfort and luxury - and space. This is one of the most spacious cabins you can find on a midsize sedan. No one will suffer from the lack of leg room in the rear seats, and if you need space for cargo storage, there's plenty of it.

Ride and Handling

The 4-cylinder engines pulling the 2014 Sonata will surprise you. You'll swear it's a V6 at least, if not a V8. The acceleration is swift and sure, providing a ride that is smooth and very comfortable. The Sonata handles well, even on winding roads with tight corners. This is a great family sedan, and when you see the starting price, you'll definitely agree!

Powertrain

  • 2.0 liter inline turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 
  • 6-speed automatic transmission 
  • 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm 
  • 269 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 - 4,500 rpm 
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy:
    22/34 mpg 

  • 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine / electric motor and lithium-ion battery Hybrid 
  • 6-speed automatic transmission 
  • 206 horsepower (166 hp from the gasoline engine and 40 hp from the electric motor) 
  • 154 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm 
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy:
    35/40 mpg 

  • 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine 
  • 6-speed automatic transmission 
  • 190 - 200 horsepower at 6,300 rpm (it varies according to trim and state) 
  • 179 - 186 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm (it varies according to trim) 
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy:
    24/35 mpg 

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