2014 Hyundai Sonata Review, Feature and Images – The four door Hyundai Sonata accommodates five passengers in fine style and more than holds its own with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and other mid-size sedans. Sonata delivers excellent quality in all of its iterations, with great manners, fuel efficiency and features, all at a competitive price. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata’s stylish interior and strong base engine are standout features for the class, according to critics, but headroom in the rear seat is cramped.
Test drivers said the base four-cylinder engine in the 2014 Hyundai Sonata feels powerful from a stop. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available, and reviewers wrote that it matches the feel of the power found in the Sonata’s competitors’ V6 engines. A six-speed automatic transmission is mated to both engines. According to the EPA, the base 2014 Sonata gets 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is average for the class. Auto writers noted that the Sonata’s suspension provides a nice balance between a comfortable ride and sporty handling in turns.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata has an eye-catching interior and solid build quality, critics said. The cabin materials met reviewers’ expectations for the class when the 2014 Sonata was new. Taller rear-seat passengers will find plenty of legroom, according to automotive journalists, but headroom might be limited because of the Sonata’s sloping roof. The 2014 Sonata has one of the largest trunk capacities in its class, though some reviewers complain that the trunk’s small opening, curved hinges and small rear-seat pass-through limit the size of the objects you can carry. Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. Test drivers noted that the Sonata has easy-to-use audio and climate controls. Available features include heated and cooled front seats, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, an Infinity audio system, a panoramic sunroof, a 4.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation.
Safety features standard on all models include front-impact airbags, driver and front passenger side impact airbags, front and rear seat head-protection curtains, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist, electronic stability control, active front-seat head restraints and a tire-pressure monitor. Hyundai’s Blue Link crash-reporting telematics system comes standard, too, with a temporary subscription to basic services. Blind-spot detection is standard on Limited, available for SE. The rearview camera on SE and Limited, and that comes with the GLS Popular package, can help the driver spot a small child behind the car when backing up.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata comes standard with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB audio jacks and satellite radio. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system is also standard, which features automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote start, stolen vehicle slowdown (enables police to gradually reduce engine power if the car is stolen) and recovery, speed and curfew alert (which help parents set limits on their teens’ driving habits) and turn-by-turn directions. The Sonata can be equipped with features like a rearview camera, blind spot detection, a panoramic sunroof, a Dimension sound system, an Infinity sound system, HD Radio, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system or an 8-inch touch-screen audio and navigation system.
Most test drivers appreciate that the Sonata’s audio and climate controls are intuitive, and they say the controls and buttons have a logical layout. Some think the available 8-inch navigation system is high-tech due to its large screen and modern interface.