The 2014 Hyundai Sonata—boasting refinements to more than 50 “major sub-systems”—is on sale now after receiving a minor price bump of $155. Its new starting point: $21,350, which still remains a few hundred dollars below the MSRPs of most of its mid-size rivals. That value play also happens to be combined with the segment’s top score in the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, and the whole package has been upgraded across the lineup.
Now, many of the changes are pretty subtle, like the car’s refreshed front grille and a new insert for the rear fascia, as well as some additional 17- and 18-inch wheel designs, but a lighting upgrade with HID Xenon headlamps and LED taillights is more noticeable, at least in comparison with the 2013 model.
Then, under the skin, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata lineup has been adjusted as follows:
- Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, allowing the driver to set different levels of steering performance, is standard across the roster, as is vehicle stability management and a tire-specific tire-pressure-monitoring system.
- Numerous NVH enhancements have been made, including the addition of more foam in the roof pillars and carpeting that better insulates the cabin from road and engine noise.
- Also newly available are standard and optional tech features such as a Blind-Spot Detection System, Hyundai’s third-gen navigation/multimedia system with eight-inch color display, and the automaker’s Supervision digital instrument cluster.
- Further premium touches extend to a new sport-tuned exhaust for the turbocharged 2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T, a driver’s-side blind-spot mirror for the GLS, a standard ventilated driver’s seat and fully automated climate controls in the Limited model, and a sharp LED dome light that’s optional on the GLS and standard on the SE/Limited version of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata.
And where does that leave the car as compared to the rest of the segment? Let’s take a little look … on the next page.