Hyundai has managed to penetrate the lucrative market over the past few years, wedging the Sonata between the traditional favorites and buyer’s wallets. To keep sales booming, the Korean automaker brought the Sonata in for a tech overhaul and a few light cosmetic changes for the 2014 model year.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Review
Styled at Hyundai’s Irvine, California, studio, the Sonata boasts striking sheetmetal that takes a few subtle cues from the sporty, coupe-like look of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The curvy and organic overall shape is an example of the “fluidic sculpture” design language that has become a hallmark of recent Hyundai models.
The look continues inside, where a flowing center stack and fluid lines create an attractive appearance. Finish and fit is excellent, although material quality is only average and rear seat passengers will find somewhat limited headroom due to the fast roofline. In most other respects, passenger space is more than adequate.
For the latest year, a 4.3-inch touchscreen audio display with a rear parking camera and HD radio is available for most Sonata models, and a LCD info display mounted at the center of the instrument cluster is newly standard on all but the base model. Opting for navigation garners an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
The Sonata comes standard with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics service, which can be spec ‘d to provide voice text messaging, point-of-interest web search and download, and automatic collision notification in addition to traffic, weather, restaurant and nearby gas station information.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Changes
Hyundai’s midsize sedan is already pretty competitive, and an updated for 2014 version should only make the Sonata more appealing. Along with a modest price increase, the 2014 Sonata gets revised exterior styling, more convenience features and a new touch-screen audio display unit; its powertrain carries over.
Outside, the sedan wears a more fluid looking grille, new 17- and 18-inch wheels, and optional high-intensity discharge headlights and LED taillights. Hyundai says the new 17- and 18-inch wheels have also been designed to reduce road noise. The SE version now also gets a standard body-colored spoiler.
The big news inside is an optional 8-inch navigation screen that uses the third-generation of Hyundai’s multimedia system. The system is optional on base GLS models but standard on SE and Limited trims.
The Sonata’s entry-level engine is a direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft. of torque (192 ponies and 181 lb-ft on the sportier SE trim level). Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Rather than using a V6 as the up-level engine choice, the Sonata employs a 2.0-liter turbo four that employs direct injenction and a turbocharger to produce 274 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This mill is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway on regular fuel.
All Sonatas are equipped with a six-speed automatic, as the previously standard six-speed manual has been discontinued. Turbocharged models feature steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Safety
Every Sonata model comes standard with dual front, front side and side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, active front head restrains, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
Release Date for 2014 Hyundai Sonata is scheduled for end of this year.
This means that the basic version should cost around $ 21,000 while the full trim version should be between $ 27,500 and $ 28,000.