Hyundai Sonata Review
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata ranks 1 out of 21 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Sonata, as well as reliability and safety data.
Critics say the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is a strong value that excels with a spacious, stylish interior, good fuel economy and strong engine choices.
The Hyundai Sonata is available with a four-cylinder engine or a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both of which test drivers say deliver plenty of power. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that most reviewers think shifts smoothly and quickly, though some say hesitates to shift to deliver more power when needed. The base 2014 Sonata gets an EPA-estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Turbo models get 21/32 mpg. Reviewers think the Sonata offers a good balance between an athletic and comfortable ride. Test drivers like the Sonata’s strong, linear brakes.
Auto critics agree that the Hyundai Sonata has an attractive, well-built interior. Most think the materials used are high-quality, though some think they’re just average for an affordable midsize car. Reviewers say the Sonata has lots of room for cargo and passengers, but some point out that tall back-seat passengers might not have enough headroom because of the slanting roofline. Most test drivers are pleased with the Sonata’s high-tech navigation and audio features, saying they’re easy to use. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata comes standard with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB inputs, satellite radio and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which features automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote start, stolen vehicle slowdown and recovery, speed and curfew alert and turn-by-turn directions. The 2014 Sonata is available with features like blind spot detection, a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, two premium audio systems, HD Radio, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system or an 8-inch touch-screen navigation and audio system.
- "The 2014 Hyundai Sonata may no longer be the next big thing, but it remains a fully competitive family sedan. This year's model is particularly enticing given a significant round of upgrades." -- Edmunds
- "As more and more family sedans break the mold of ordinary styling, the family sedan that started the styling revolution continues to blaze a trail forward. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the most attractive, efficient and affordable 4-door cars in the midsize market, and no one has yet to match its impressive 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, let alone its price-per-feature ratio." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "With standout styling, thrifty yet powerful engines and plenty of features and amenities, the latest Hyundai Sonata is a strong contender in the crowded mid-size sedan segment." -- Left Lane News
- "While its suspension composure lags rivals, it is offset by the entire lineup's unique blend of style, interior comfort, standard and available features, and value pricing. That's what makes Sonata an exceptional midsize sedan." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "It gives buyers a huge amount of refinement, driving enjoyment, comfort and style for not a lot of money." -- USA Today (2011)
Other Cars to Consider
The Mazda6 was redesigned for 2014 and gets better fuel economy than the Sonata. Test drivers love its lively handling, and a manual transmission is available on the Mazda6 if you prefer to row your own gears. Critics also like the Mazda6’s upscale, roomy cabin.
Reviewers say the Nissan Altima has plenty of space for family sedan duties, and that nimble handling and ample power make it one of the most fun cars to drive in the class. The Altima is available with a V6 if you crave even more power.
Details: 2014 Hyundai Sonata
The front-wheel drive 2014 Hyundai Sonata is available in three trim levels: GLS, SE and Limited. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Sonata is available with a four-cylinder or turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. New for 2014 is a driver selectable steering mode system, which lets drivers alter the Sonata’s steering personality to one of three modes: comfort, normal and sport. The Hyundai Sonata was last redesigned for the 2011 model year and sees some updates for 2014. Since it hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2011, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.
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