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Pros: A quality product, through and through, the Hyundai Sonata offers the choice of naturally-aspirated or turbocharged engines, good reliability, and unique styling, all backed by a great warranty. The Sonata also gets heated front seats as standard, with 2.4 GLS models also including heated rear seats.

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. 

Hyundai Sonata
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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.