2014 Hyundai Sonata Owners Manual – The Hyundai Sonata owns a bunch of revisions for 2014. These include standard driver-selectable steering effort, a sport-tuned exhaust (SE 2.0T only), available xenon headlights and LED taillights (Limited only), a ventilated driver seat (Limited) an optional blind-spot monitoring system, an improved stability control system and two new touchscreens. Other changes this year include refreshed styling, a revised power output for the 2.4-liter engine and various sound-deadening measures for a quieter highway ride.
Time waits for no midsize sedan, not even the sleek, sophisticated 2014 Hyundai Sonata. Still, it’s hard to believe that Hyundai’s game-changing family hauler has already reached midlife. Back when the current-generation Sonata debuted for the 2011 model year, we sized up its revolutionary design and concluded, “Hyundai just might take over the world with this thing.” At first, that’s more or less what happened, but the competition has since awoken from its slumber, and today dealerships are awash in astonishingly good family sedans.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is available in GLS, SE, and Limited beautiful levels. There’s also a Sonata Hybrid, that is reviewed separately.
Standard stuff on the GLS includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 60/40-split rear seatback, Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Powertrains and Performance
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS is provided with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, though the dual-exhaust SE with the same engine makes 192 hp and 181 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic that sends the power to the front wheels is the single transmission. You can expect a 0-60 mph time of about 8 seconds, which is relatively fast for a base-model family sedan.
Sonatas with the 2.4-liter engine have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city/35 mpg highway).
2014 Hyundai Sonata Safety
Standard safety features on every Hyundai Sonata add antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head checks. Also standard is BlueLink, Hyundai’s emergency telematics system, which offers roadside assistance, crash response, remote door lock control and monitoring features for parents with teenage drivers (speed, geofencing, and curfew limits). A rearview camera is standard on every Sonata except the base level GLS. Blind-spot monitoring is optional on the SE and standard for the Limited.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Interior Design and Special Features
The base Sonata GLS displays some simple cost-cutting inside, utilizing rough plastic panels for a few too many surfaces, but the higher trim levels compare pretty well to segment rivals. Not surprisingly, the Limited trim, with its available two-tone color schemes and piano-black trim, is particularly appealing. In all Sonatas, the dash and center stack meld together in a seamless flow, while trapezoidal vents and sharp blue backlighting create a modern, upscale environment.
On the infotainment front, the new 4.3-inch touchscreen isn’t very big, but it does provide deeper functionality for Sonatas that lack the optional navigation system. The nav system doesn’t come cheap, but its exclusive 8-inch touchscreen and enhanced interface give the Sonata’s cabin even more of a cutting-edge feel.
2014 Hyundai Sonata Driving Impressions
When equipped with the base 2.4-liter engine, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata provides eager acceleration by segment standards. The optional 2.0-liter turbo engine serves up serious lag-free punch on demand and keeps up with competitors’ V6 engines. Either way, the gear changes from the six-speed automatic transmission are smooth and prompt.
The GLS and Limited models stake out an agreeable middle ground between comfort and control. The ride quality is relatively firm, but there’s sufficient compliance over rough pavement. We’re less sold on the Sonata SE, which rides harshly at times due to its sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels. For consumers primarily looking for a car to drive to work, this version’s minor handling improvements probably won’t be enough to justify the stiffer ride.
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