What's New for 2014:
- Subtle styling revisions
- Standard Driver Selectable Steering Mode
- Standard individual tire-pressure monitoring system
- Upgrades to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness
- Driver's blind-spot mirror for all but base GLS trim level
- Supervision electroluminescent gauges for SE and Limited trim levels
- Available blind-spot detection system
- Available touch-screen audio system with reversing camera
- Available touch-screen navigation and infotainment system
- Limited trim level adds automatic climate control, ventilated driver's seat
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan designed to compete against other family cars including the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat. The Sonata shares a platform and powertrains with its corporate cousin, the Kia Optima.
Models and Features
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is available in GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels. The Sonata SE is the sporty version, adding a sport-tuned suspension, sport exhaust system, rear lip spoiler, fog lights, and 18-inch Hyper Silver aluminum wheels. Inside, simulated carbon fiber trim sets the Sonata SE apart, and this version gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, electroluminescent gauges, LED interior lighting, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, power driver's seat, heated front seats, and unique cloth seats with leather bolsters. A reversing camera and a driver's side blind-spot mirror are standard for the Sonata SE, as well as a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system with HD Radio, an immobilizer-type security system, and side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.
The Sonata Limited swaps the SE's suspension, exhaust, and wheels for less aggressive fittings, and offers a choice between piano black or faux wood interior trim in place of the Sonata SE's simulated carbon fiber. Full leather seats are standard for the Sonata Limited, along with a ventilated driver's seat, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear-seat air vents. A single-pane power sunroof is included for all Sonata Limited models, along with a blind-spot detection system, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, and upgraded speakers for the sound system.
Options and Packages
Order the Popular Equipment package for the Sonata GLS and the car includes upgraded interior trim, LED interior lighting, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system with a reversing camera, HD Radio, power driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic headlights, driver's side blind-spot mirror, and more.
The Sonata SE can be upgraded with a Premium package that includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded speaker system, navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment display, power single-pane sunroof, and a blind-spot detection system. A much more powerful, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is also available, turning this version of the car into the SE 2.0T.
A Technology package is offered for the Sonata Limited, adding a premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, LED taillights, and a navigation and infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen. The Sonata Limited is available with an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
Under the Hood
Every 2014 Sonata features a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. In the GLS and Limited trim levels, this engine makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sonata SE's dual exhaust system helps the engine generate 192 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, and the SE is equipped with paddle shifters.
Optional for the Sonata SE and Limited, a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 274 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. It's paired with the same 6-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission as the standard engine.
The Sonata's standard 2.4-liter engine is rated to get 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 28 mpg, according to the EPA. Upgrade to the Sonata 2.0T's turbocharged engine and fuel-economy estimates drop to 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 25 mpg in combined driving.
Safety Ratings and Technology
In testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Sonata receives a 5-star (out of 5 stars) overall crash-test rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2014 Sonata \"Good\"--the Institute's highest rating--in all crash-test evaluations except for the small overlap assessment, for which it rates the car \"Marginal.\"
For 2014, all Sonatas except the base model have a standard reversing camera and driver's blind-spot mirror. A blind-spot detection system is optional for the Sonata SE and standard for the Sonata Limited. Blue Link Assurance Connected Care service is free for three years, and includes Automatic Collision Notification and SOS Emergency Assistance.