Changes for the 2014 Hyundai Sonata:
Hyundai makes significant changes to its popular midsize sedan. Updates include styling modifications, mechanical enhancements, comfort and infotainment upgrades, safety improvements, a quieter cabin, and more.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is sold in GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T trim levels. A Sonata Hybrid model is also available, but as this summary is written it continues as a 2013 model.
Choose the Sonata SE if you’re looking for a sportier look and driving character. This model is equipped with fog lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in more aggressive tires, fake carbon fiber interior trim, Supervision gauges with a trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, paddle shifters, a rear spoiler, and a dual-outlet exhaust system. The SE model also includes a driver’s side blind-spot mirror, a reversing camera, upgraded trim, automatic headlights, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a touchscreen audio system with HD Radio, and a keyless passive entry system with push-button starting.
Limited models are loaded with leather, a ventilated driver’s seat, heated rear seats, a power sunroof, a Blind Spot Detection system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, a universal garage door opener, and a premium sound system.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard equipment for the Sonata GLS, SE, and Limited. It makes 190 horsepower in the GLS and Limited, and 192 horsepower in the SE.
The SE 2.0T and Limited 2.0T have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 274 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Translated, a Sonata 2.0T whooshes to speed with much greater enthusiasm than a standard Sonata.
A 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual gear selection and an Active Eco system is standard with both engines.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In exchange for the Sonata 2.0T model’s extra oomph, you’re going to need to settle for lower fuel economy. Based on EPA ratings, the turbocharged Sonata gets 25 mpg in combined driving, while the standard Sonata rates 28 mpg.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Sonata receives an overall crash-test rating of 5 stars. As this summary is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Sonata’s crash-test performance. Last year, the car received top ratings in all assessments except for the tough new small overlap frontal-impact test, for which it rated “Marginal.” That result kept the Sonata from earning a “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating.
For the 2014 model year, the Sonata gains several new technologies. All models now have a Driver Selectable Steering Mode with three different steering effort settings, as well as an individual tire pressure monitoring system. Optional for the Sonata SE and standard for the Sonata Limited, a Blind Spot Detection System is new for 2014. These two models can also be optioned with a new, next-generation infotainment and navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen display.
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