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MSRP: $26,000 - $30,750
Invoice: $24,573 - $28,859
MPG: 36 City / 40 Hwy
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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a handsome interior design and nice interior materials, and they are generally pleased with the Sonata Hybrid’s spacious and comfortable front and rear seats.

  • "To start, the hybrid Sonata has a particularly attractive interior for a midsize sedan, and it's furnished with high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Like its dynamic exterior, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata's interior is a work of art. Following the exterior design theme, the Sonata's interior is a mix of bold shapes, smooth finishes and lots of attractive blue backlighting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The stylized dashboard features mostly good-quality materials; in fact, the Sonata is above average in this regard." -- AutoTrader
  • "Overall, the cabin is pleasing and well assembled. Lightly padded surfaces and hard plastics are used; many look and feel above average for the class, but there are some panels that fall short. The cloth seats have a nicely patterned and textured surface. The interior consists of attractive contrasting colors and faux-metal trim." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated front seats. Available features include leather upholstery and an eight-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat. Test drivers say the Sonata Hybrid’s front seats offer long-distance comfort. Most think the back seat is spacious, though some write that taller passengers may wish for more headroom.

  • "Front seats are comfortable and supportive. The backseat offers plenty of room for two adults, though taller passengers will find headroom in short supply." -- Edmunds
  • "From a comfort standpoint, our Limited trim level's seats were very comfortable, and all but the tallest test drivers found the rear-seat headroom and legroom to be exceptional." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In our interior evaluation, we were reminded that Hyundai seats tend to be soft, and that tradition continues with the Sonata's front chairs, regardless of upholstery. We appreciate the long-distance cruising comfort they provide, though, even if lateral support for sporting maneuvers is lacking." -- AutoTrader
  • "Six-footers will find [rear-seat] headroom and legroom are sufficient, even with the front seats pushed far back. The bench seat is hospitable, and the doorways are large enough for easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, a 4.3-inch touch-screen display and HD Radio. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, an Infinity audio system and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display.

Reviewers observe that the 2014 Sonata Hybrid has more standard features than many competitors and that its interior controls and gauges are well-placed and intuitive. Some mention that the Sonata Hybrid’s hybrid system display is not as detailed or easy to read as the displays in rival hybrids.

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  • "Standard equipment is a bit more generous than in similarly priced competitors, and if you can do without leather upholstery and a navigation system, the base Sonata Hybrid arguably has everything you need." -- Edmunds
  • "The central controls are a generally ergonomic mix of buttons and knobs, with the unusual addition of a Volvo-inspired human figure that you press to change the airflow setting." -- AutoTrader
  • "In general, Sonata's controls are simple to use and easy to reach. Though most basic audio settings are controlled with buttons on the steering wheel or center of the dashboard, the available navigation system absorbs some audio functions. The gauges and other displays are easy to see and read at a glance. The Hybrid includes additional readouts for its gas/electric powertrain; though helpful, they're not as handy or intuitive as the displays in competing hybrids such as Ford's Fusion." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "A hybrid-system indicator provides feedback as to how deeply the driver is drawing electric power, and a central energy monitor illustrates the interplay between engine and battery. It's a rather perfunctory feedback display, not so elaborate as some, but enough to allow the interested driver to follow along as the computer actively matches power supply to demand." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)

Cargo

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on-par for a hybrid sedan. Because of their battery packs, hybrid sedans usually have less cargo space than their non-hybrid counterparts. For example, the non-hybrid Sonata has 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The Sonata Hybrid has a center rear-seat pass-through for long items like skis, but its rear seats do not fold down like the non-hybrid Sonata’s. Reviewers like that the Sonata Hybrid has useful storage areas throughout the cabin.

  • "Interior small-item storage is good. A covered bin at the bottom of the central control panel is a thoughtful touch, and the open bin forward of the shifter contains the auxiliary stereo and USB ports and two power outlets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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