2014 Hyundai Sonata Review

March 11, 2014
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Looking for an entry-level sedan with which you can drive to work or school? Consider checking out the 2014 Hyundai Sonata. It’s got a bunch of improvements for the year and rides and handles quite well for your daily trips.

NEW FOR THE 2014 SONATA

  • standard sport-tuned exhaust on the SE
  • optional xenon headlights, LED taillights, and ventilated driver seat on the Limited
  • new touchscreen interfaces
  • revised exterior styling
  • less powerful 2.4-liter engine
  • driver-selectable steering mode system

UNDER THE HOOD

The base engine for the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is a 2.4-liter engine that makes 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The Sonata SE has a more powerful version of the engine that’s rated at 192 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.

An optional engine for the SE and Limited models is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces more power with 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. All Sonatas get only a six-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels.

The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Hyundai Sonata are:

City

Highway

Combined

2.4-liter 4 cyl

24 mpg

35 mpg

28 mpg

2.0-liter 4 cyl

21 mpg

32 mpg

25 mpg

ON THE ROAD

Compared with the other vehicles in the segment, the Sonata’s 2.4-liter engine demonstrates enthusiastic acceleration, especially from a dead stop. The 2.0-liter engine is lag-free and compares with the V6 engines in the segment. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and responsively, regardless of the engine it is paired with.

The Sonata SE rides quite harshly than the GLS and the Limited models because of the former’s bigger wheels and sport suspension. But the new driver-selectable steering system lets the driver choose the best steering mode—Comfort, Normal or Sport—to suit his or her style. Overall, the Sonata offers an impressive balance between comfort and sport, making it a recommendable car for daily driving.

INSIDE THE 2014 SONATA

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The base 2014 Sonata, the GLS model, is obviously a budget sedan with rough plastic materials used in some areas of the cabin. But the interior design of the other models is on par with the Sonata’s rivals. The top-of-the-line Limited model features Piano Black trim and two-tone color scheme which both gave the Sonata an appealing and classy look and feel. But in all models, the seamless dashboard and blue backlighting are examples of interior elements that help create Sonata’s modern appeal.

Legroom isn’t a problem in the 4-seater Hyundai sedan. The 16-cubic-foot trunk is also enough to store the luggage of the passengers. But headroom in both the front and rear seats seems lacking for six-footers, not to mention the dramatic slope of the sedan’s roofline.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Sonata is available in three trim levels. The base model comes as GLS and the two higher trim levels are the SE and the Limited.

The GLS comes standard with active eco system, daytime running lights, driver-selectable steering mode, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, tire pressure monitor, air filtration system, active front-seat head restraints, cloth upholstery, 6 airbags, 6-way driver seat, antilock brakes, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, stability and traction controls, Bluetooth, and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB port, iPod capability and auxiliary audio jacks.

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The Sonata SE adds sport suspension and steering, 18-inch alloy wheels, proximity key with push-button start, rear lip spoiler, dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome exterior accents, color LCD display in gauge cluster, dual exhaust system, sport seats, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and carbon fiber interior trim.

The luxurious Limited model features a power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, blind spot detection system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, leather seats, Piano Black or wood interior trims, ventilated driver seat, rear vents, heated seats, and upgraded audio system. The optional Technology Package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, LED taillights, voice-activated navigation system with rearview camera and 8-inch touchscreen, xenon headlights, and 8-speaker Infinity audio system.

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