Cons: Compared to its competitors, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is getting a little long in the tooth. Handling tends to be a little on the lazy side and its exterior design definitely isn’t for everyone. To those looking to haul around tall passengers, the rear seat has limited headroom.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Pricing: Pricing for the Sonata starts at $23,999 for the base model 2.4 GL with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. 2.4 GLS models jump to $25,999 and add fog lights, backup camera, and heated rear seats. At $27,999, 2.4 SE models include four-wheel disc brakes, sunroof, automatic headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and automatic climate control. Top-trim non-turbo 2.4 Limited with Navigation models get navigation (obviously), 17-inch alloys, proximity key with push-button start, upgraded audio, and blind spot detection system for $31,399. And the turbocharged 2.0T Limited with Ultimate Package, ringing in at $34,199, includes a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, sport suspension, 18-inch alloys, HID headlights, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Economy: The Sonata is available with two engines, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, the Sonata achieves a rating of 8.5/5.8 (city/highway) per 100 km on the EnerGuide cycle. Turbocharged 2.0-litre models consume significantly more fuel at 10.0/6.3 (city/highway) per 100 km.
Improvements and Changes: Hyundai has given the Sonata a host of updates for 2014, including revised design elements, advanced technologies, and an overall more refined package. A revised grille and new HID headlights are featured on the Sonata’s new front fascia. The rear fascia also gets a slight nip and tuck with includes a more aerodynamic bumper borrowed from the Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, Blind Sport Detection, ventilated driver’s seat, and a number of other interior improvements have been added for 2014.
Exterior/Interior Styling: The Hyundai Sonata may be older than many of its competitors, but Hyundai has attempted to keep their midsize sedan as fresh as possible as we await a fully redesigned model. A new centre stack has been added to the Sonata along with a full-colour TFT display (much like the Kia Cadenza).
2014 Hyundai Sonata Powertrain: Two four-cylinder engines are offered. The base 2.4-litre four-cylinder mill produces 190 hp at 6,300 RPM and 179 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 RPM. Those looking for a slightly heavier kick to the backside can opt for a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 274 hp at 6,000 RPM and a very healthy 269 lb-ft of torque between 1,650 and 4,500 RPM.
Safety: The Sonata comes standard with six airbags (front, front seat-mounted side, and side curtain) available on all trims. Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control Systems are also standard fair.
Comparables: The Sonata competes with its brotherly Kia Optima and the other big sedan players in the midsize space – Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Chevry Malibu, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy, and Volkswagen Passat.