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2014 Hyundai Sonata

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2014 Hyundai Sonata Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

As more and more family sedans break the mold of ordinary styling, the family sedan that started the styling revolution continues to blaze a trail forward. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the most attractive, efficient and affordable 4-door cars in the midsize market, and no one has yet to match its impressive 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, let alone its price-per-feature ratio. With a choice of three, fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines including a hybrid variant, the Sonata can compete as easily with a base Nissan Altima as it can a fully loaded Honda Accord or Ford Fusion. Cutting-edge engine technology, such as direct fuel injection and high-pressure turbocharging, gives the Sonata V6-like power and class-leading fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the current crop of midsize family sedans leaves you wanting, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata's mix of elegant styling, rich creature comforts and impressive fuel economy may reinvigorate your need to write a check. The Sonata's great warranty and resale history are also worth noting.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although we think the Sonata's fluid lines and sculpted instrument panel are stunning, the design might be too over-the-top for more conservative tastes. In hybrid guise, the Sonata isn't as engaging to drive as the Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry hybrids.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.6
  • 7.0
  • 7.2
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#10

out of 17

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 19

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.6 out of 10
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2014 Hyundai Sonata Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata has over 50 improvements this year. Some of the more notable include refreshed interior/exterior styling, standard Driver Selectable Steering Mode, available Blind Spot Detection system, available ventilated seats and a new navigation system with an 8-inch color monitor.

Driving the Sonata
2014 Hyundai Sonata Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Considering it is being pulled by a 4-cylinder engine, we are amazed at how quickly and smoothly the 2014 Hyundai Sonata can move from a dead stop. The 2.4-liter direct-injection...

engine is a marvel of modern design, churning out 190 horsepower while returning an impressive 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. Of course, those interested in more power can opt for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the 2.0T trims, which bumps output to 274 horsepower while still returning excellent fuel-economy figures. From braking to handling to ride smoothness, the Sonata excels in every category. Last year's vague steering complaints have been addressed with a new Driver Selectable Steering mode that allows for manual adjustment of the steering assist. From a comfort standpoint, our Limited trim level's seats were very comfortable, and all but the tallest test drivers found the rear-seat headroom and legroom to be exceptional.
Favorite Features

HEATED REAR SEATS
While some luxury-oriented sedans and SUVs offer heated rear seats, it isn't something you generally see in a mainstream midsize sedan. And the fact that they're standard on both the SE and Limited trim makes them even more attractive.

HD RADIO
HD Radio doesn't have the commercial-free appeal of satellite radio, but we have no qualms about a subscription-free radio service that broadcasts your favorite radio stations in CD quality. We wish more automakers offered HD Radio, and we're glad the 2014 Hyundai Sonata offers it on all trims.

2014 Hyundai Sonata Details
2014 Hyundai Sonata Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Like its dynamic exterior, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata's interior is a work of art. Following the exterior design theme, the Sonata's interior is a mix of bold shapes, smooth finishes and lots of attractive blue backlighting. Features such as the Limited trim's heated rear seat are practically unheard of in other competitors. However, while we do like the look of the rakish rear pillars, the design somewhat cuts into rear-seat headroom. We also lament the loss of the cool "sitting man" control panel for the ventilation controls when upgrading to the navigation system.

Exterior
2014 Hyundai Sonata photo

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is truly an original that will be hard to top. From its deeply sculpted hood to the careful use of chrome trim highlighting the beltline, there is something old-Detroit-classic about this car, a throwback to a time when designers took risks and weren't afraid to produce something different and dramatic. With its beautifully detailed grille and sweptback headlights, its high beltline and sharply raked rear window, the 2014 Sonata sedan projects a formidable presence few cars, let alone midsize family sedans, possess. The Sonata's wheel and tire sizes vary by trim level and range from 16-inch alloys on the GLS to 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels on the 2.0T. One of the Sonata's more appealing exterior features is the Limited trim's available panoramic moonroof.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Hyundai is renowned for outfitting its vehicles with a comprehensive serving of standard features, and the 2014 Sonata is no exception. Topping the list is Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment and concierge service, Bluetooth and a USB port with iPod connectivity. Also standard are heated side mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and 16-inch alloy wheels. Safety equipment includes six airbags, the usual sprinkling of electronic safety aides and active front headrests to help reduce the severity of whiplash-related injuries.

Optional Equipment

In addition to common equipment upgrades, such as leather seats and a moonroof, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata boasts an alluring list of optional features, which consist of a rearview camera, ventilated front seats, a pair of premium audio systems including a 400-watt Infinity stereo and a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen and real-time traffic, weather, sports and stock updates. The once-standard panoramic moonroof is now available as part of the Limited's Technology Package.

Under the Hood
2014 Hyundai Sonata Engine photo

Since both the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and hybrid powertrain are engineered with a specific purpose in mind, the vast majority of Sonata owners will choose the balanced performance of the standard 2.4-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder. A 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode is the only available transmission. Although it is Hyundai's first mass-production hybrid vehicle, the Sonata Hybrid is packed with innovative tech bits. Leading the charge (pun intended) is a lithium polymer battery pack that weighs 25 percent less than a conventional nickel-metal hydride system. Moreover, the 2014 Sonata Hybrid is capable of all-electric speeds up to 74 mph – better than most plug-in hybrids.

2.4-liter inline-4
190 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
179 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
274 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg

2.4-liter 4-cylinder hybrid
206 net horsepower
154 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 35/40 mpg

Pricing Notes

A base 2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS sedan has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting a little over $22,000. Opting for the sportier, paddle-shifter-equipped SE trim will bring the cost to around $25,000, while the range-topping Limited 2.0T starts closer to $29,500. Compared to most of its competitors in the midsize sedan segment, the Sonata falls on the lower side of the pricing spectrum, right in line with its "value pricing" philosophy. To get the best deal on your 2014 Sonata, be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price, which gives you an idea of what others in your area have paid. In terms of projected resale value, the Sonata has climbed its way into the top half of the class, and only a few percentage points shy of the mighty Honda Accord.

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2014 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 565 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Intermittent Problems with Dead Battery - Lemon

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage"

Cons: "Hyundai does not give a toss for customer service."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have a 2013 Sonata Turbo with 6k miles. One week after I purchase vehicle battery was completely dead so had to get jump started. Took it to dealership they said they would replace battery. (Found out later this was never done). Six months later woke up battery completely dead. This time it was towed to dealership and they could not find the problem. 2 months later same problem towed into dealership and again could not locate problem. Then only last week (in April 2014) we were driving back from Florida when we got stranded in GA exactly same problem. This time it was towed to a local Hyundai and they also could not locate problem. We are very careful and DO NOT leave anything on that could cause battery to drain. Something is causing battery to drain and be completely dead so much so that the tow truck drivers could not get it to charge. I have got a lemon. Does Hyundai care no!!. I am in a battle to get things resolved and no one will help not the dealership who just want me to trade it in and for me to buy a new one or Hyundai HQ who say they will get back to me but never have. Well now I have no choice but to go to see and attorney under the lemon law. Maybe then someone will pay attention."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

too much road noise

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "yes... great price value and fun to drive"

Cons: "again... road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"other than the road noise, no complaints the way we use this car. would buy again and hope the road noise issue would be less."

I love my Sonata

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great style, fun to drive, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Just a tad bit sluggish."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car 2 yrs. ago and I love it. The exterior styling is what first caught my eye and once I sat in it I had to own it."

I love my Sonata

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great style, fun to drive, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Just a tad bit sluggish."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car 2 yrs. ago and I love it. The exterior styling is what first caught my eye and once I sat in it I had to own it."

Pretty Awesome Vehicle..

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "What you get for the price"

Cons: "Can't find any yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Nice Lines

"This is my 4th Hyundai but my 1st Sonata. I got the 2.0T loaded and really enjoy it, this car has, by far, more horsepower, 274hp, than any other car in its class (Fusion, Malibu, Cooper S, 328i, Pasat, GTI just to name a few), including the V6 Camry and the V6 Altima. The twin scroll turbo kicks in like a champ and the car really flies. The blind spot monitor is pretty cool as well, all for well under 30K, you just can't beat it, I recommend it highly to all..."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Nice Lines

Excellent vehicle!

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Spectacular performance, stunning exterior design."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the first import I've purchased, and what a great decision! The car's exterior design is marvelous: people have actually mistaken it for a much pricier vehicle (Lexus)! Also, the exterior design makes the car definitely stand out from the crowd. The interior design is done very nicely as well. I purchased the 2.0L Turbo, and the performance is awesome!"

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