With a raft of redesigned models doing battle in the fierce midsize sedan segment, the Hyundai Sonata has become one of the oldest models in the class since its redesign in 2010. That’s why Hyundai is rolling out a refresh for the 2014 Hyundai Sonata, which includes updated styling inside and out, as well as new safety and convenience features.
Changes for the 2014 model include new front and rear fascias, available xenon headlights and LED taillights, revised alloy wheels, a driver selectable steering mode system on all models, and newly available blind spot detection system. The infotainment and navigation systems are also slightly updated for 2014 with a larger, eight-inch touchscreen display.
To accompany this update, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is priced slightly higher than before, starting at $22,145 with destination for the base GLS model, up $155 from last year. This model comes equipped with the same 2.4-liter, direct injection four-cylinder, which loses eight horsepower and five lb-ft of torque due to emissions revisions for a total of 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. Despite the slight power loss, though, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is near the top of the segment in terms of standard horsepower, with only the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu surpassing the Sonata with its 196 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter engine pairs with a standard six-speed automatic which makes for EPA fuel economy numbers of 24/35 mpg city/highway, lagging behind class leaders like the 2014 Nissan Altima and 2014 Mazda 6 which achieve up to 38 and 40 mpg highway, respectively.
Standard equipment on the GLS includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, USB iPod integration, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Like before, a $900 GLS Popular Equipment Package is available, which adds automatic headlights, heated front seats, a backup camera, a power driver seat, HD radio, and LED interior lights.
Moving up to the “sporty” SE trim level, the Sonata gains 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, keyless entry, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. With the aforementioned 2.4-liter engine—which gains 2 hp in the SE thanks to a dual exhaust—the Sonata SE costs $24,995, a $655 bump from last year due to the addition of a rear lip spoiler, fog lamps, carbon fiber interior trim, and a new color LCD display in the gauge cluster.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata SE is also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque for a starting price of $26,545. This engine, which pairs with a standard six-speed automatic, makes for EPA fuel economy ratings of 21/32 city/highway. The 2.0T SE modelalso gains standard dual-zone climate control. Both 2.4-liter and 2.0T models are available with a $3000 SE Premium Package which adds a sunroof, blind spot detection, navigation, a premium audio system, and satellite radio.
The Limited trim tops the 2014 Hyundai Sonata range, and is available with either the 2.4-liter engine for $27,695 or the 2.0-liter turbo engine for $29,445. Both of these prices represent a $1055 increase over last year because of the addition of a blind spot detection system and a ventilated driver seat to all Limited models. Compared with the SE model, the Sonata Limited also gains a power sunroof, leather seats, heated rear seats, either piano black or woodgrain interior accents, dual-zone climate control, rear air vents, HD radio, and a premium audio system. A $3000 Limited Technology Package outfits the Sonata Limited with a panoramic glass roof, xenon headlights, LED taillights, navigation, satellite radio, and an Infinity premium audio system.
Hyundai has not yet announced pricing or updates for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid model, but look for more information about that car to come within the next few months.