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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.

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
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.

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
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

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

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

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2014 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 768 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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

Horrible Car

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,200

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Looks Pretty"

Cons: "Multiple Maintenance problems."

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

"Multiple recalls. Lost count after the 10th recall. Stranded three times. Replaced starter twice. 100K mile warranty is worthless. It only covers engine, not the faulty parts on the car. Faulty fuel unit, which is not covered under warranty and will cost $500 to repair. Two days after having fuel unit checked, the car started making a knocking noise when I turn the wheels to the left and right, but it was not making that noise prior to taking it to the dealership. Curious to see what the dealership will say when I take it in tomorrow. Faulty actuator!! Makes a knocking noise inside the car. $650 to fix. I bought this car in April 2011 and I take it to the dealership at least 5 times per year for maintenance problems/recalls. I will NEVER recommend Hyundai to anyone. I should have stayed with Nissan."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great value and performance

By on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

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
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "Window height makes it difficult to use at ATM's"

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

"Absolutely love the Hyundai Sonata. Bought it used and still runs wonderfully. Most comfortable car for the price with many features that come standard compared to other cars that you will have to pay extra for. Get gas mileage around 33 highway and 26 city. I love the luxury of the Sonata and the great customer service I have received at multiple different Hyundai dealerships. I never want to own another car other than Hyundai.""

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car when it decides to start!

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "It does not start!"

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

"I like the way this car looks and handles but unfortunately, it does not start 1/2 the time and leaves me stranded. The dealer can't find the issue and Hyundai Corporate is a joke, they could care less about the vehicles they manufacture after they are bought."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car ever owned

By on Monday, May 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,600

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, reliability, styling, and fun"

Cons: "Electronics sometimes require cycling steps"

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

Cell phone shot of 1st day, driver rear corner view

"Less than a month and I can finally offer a more comprehensive review. When Hyundai came out with their body redesign in 2011, they hit a home run! Look at the other cars on the road, from Chevrolet to Mercedes, and you will see the have all adopted that aggressive slant forward design Hyundai designed. It is the most trend setting design since Oldsmobile came out with the 1995 Aurora. On the city streets and highway, control was very reassuring and yet responsive. Acceleration was a very pleasant surprise. It made highway passing and merging no challenge at all. Seats are large enough for my large body. Back seat leg room is a little tight if the front seats are too far back. Sudden braking was a great surprise. I tried it on the test drive (after warning the salesman) and was very impressed even with the wet braking. I spent 3 weeks, 8-10 hours a day, researching different cars and dealerships. It was actually maddening and very stressful, but for a bipolar perfectionist with high anxiety it ended working out for the best. I went to 11 different dealerships (various makes and models) while narrowing my search. When I decided on my Sonata, I was on my way to a dealership for a 2014 model. When I got to the freeway, I decide to go to another dealership which I hadn't visited. I bought my 2013 there. Karma or luck?"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Cell phone shot of 1st day, driver rear corner view

Disappointed

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "good on gas"

Cons: "always something that needs to be fixed"

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

"I am disappointed in this car. As soon as the warranty ran out everything started to go wrong with the car. I bought it because i thought it was reliable and good on gas. It is good on gas, however, it sucks in the reliability department. They've done several recalls on this car and I've had to replace sensors, get the transmission repaired, replace two starters, steering wheel pins and others things too numerous to name. I would never purchase another one again"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

A great car!

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable to drive, quiet, fuel economy"

Cons: "passanger seat sits low"

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

"This car is comfortable to drive around the city or out on the road for hundreds of miles. Great on gas."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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