Hyundai is rolling out a refreshed 2014 Hyundai Sonata, which features updated interior and exterior styling as well as new safety and convenience features. The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned in 2010, which makes it one of the oldest in its class. Hyundai would have to go up against redesigned models in the competitive midsize sedan segment.
The modifications for the 2014 include new front and rear fascias, available xenon headlights and LED taillights, revised alloy wheels, a driver selectable steering mode system on all models, and recently available blind spot detection system. Furthermore, the infotainment and navigation systems have received minimal updates for 2014 with a bigger, eight-inch touchscreen display. In line with this update, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is slightly more expensive, with a starting price of $22,145 (including destination costs) for the base GLS model, making it $155 costlier than last year’s model.
It is powered by the same 2.4-liter, direct injection four-cylinder, which has an output of 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. It lost eight horsepower and five lb-ft of torque due to emissions revisions. Even with the slight loss in power, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is almost at the top of the segment when it comes to standard horsepower. Only the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu exceeds the Sonata’s output with its 196 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
The 2.4-liter engine is mated to a standard six-speed automatic. This results to EPA fuel economy numbers of 24/35 mpg city/highway, falling behind class leaders such as the 2014 Nissan Altima and 2014 Mazda 6 which are able to get 38 and 40 mpg highway, respectively. The GLS has the following standard equipment: 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, and USB iPod integration.
Just like before, a $900 GLS Popular Equipment Package is being offered. It features automatic headlights, heated front seats, a backup camera, a power driver seat, HD radio, and LED interior lights. The Sonata, with the “sporty” SE trim level, is equipped with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, keyless entry, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Sonata SE is powered by a 2.4-liter engine, which is 2 hp higher than a dual exhaust. It is priced at $24,995, which is $655 higher than last year because of the addition of a rear lip spoiler, fog lamps, carbon fiber interior trim, and a new color LCD display in the gauge cluster. Priced from $26,545, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata SE is offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
The engine, when mated with a standard six-speed automatic, has the EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 21/32 city/highway. In addition, the 2.0T SE model gets standard dual-zone climate control. The SE Premium Package, which costs $3,000, is available for both 2.4-liter and 2.0T models. It consists of a sunroof, blind spot detection, navigation, a premium audio system, and satellite radio.
At the top of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata range is the Limited trim, offered for either the 2.4-liter engine priced at $27,695 or the 2.0-liter turbo engine that costs $29,445. These two prices are $1,055 higher than last year’s, mainly because of the addition of a blind spot detection system and a ventilated driver seat to all Limited models.
In comparison with the SE model, the Sonata Limited will also be getting a power sunroof, leather seats, heated rear seats, either piano black or woodgrain interior accents, dual-zone climate control, rear air vents, HD radio, and a premium audio system. Meanwhile, the Limited Technology Package gives a panoramic glass roof, xenon headlights, LED taillights, navigation, satellite radio, and an Infinity premium audio system to the Sonata Limited – all for $3,000. [source: Hyundai]