2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced at $26,810

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid went through some major changes for the 2013 model year, largely aimed at improving the hybrid's fuel efficiency rating after it was downgraded in light of Hyundai's MPG inflation fiasco. For the 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, just a few minor additions to the list of standard equipment will engender a modest $350 price increase. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $26,810 including destination fees.

New standard equipment for the base 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid includes LED interior lighting, a backup camera, and a touchscreen radio. All of these features were previously available as part of a $900 GLS popular equipment package, but now nearly all of that is included as standard. Starting at $31,560, the top-of-the-line Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited adds navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a premium sound system. A $1,000 panoramic sunroof package is still available for both trim levels of the Sonata Hybrid.

The mechanical changes applied to the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (pictured) compared to the 2012 model will continue on into 2014, and the aerodynamic-minded body will also remain unchanged. Carrying over from last year is a smaller, lighter battery battery pack producing 47 kW (rather than 34 kW); 5 kW greater output from the electric motor, totaling 35 kW; and 2 kW greater power from the hybrid starter generator, which makes 10.5 kW. Hyundai also fuddled with the 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 gas engine and six-speed automatic gearbox to eke out better fuel economy.

In addition to improved cargo capacity thanks to the smaller battery, the Sonata Hybrid is able to drive up to 74 mph in all-electric mode, and highway fuel economy hits the 40-mpg mark. Both the base Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Limited models return 36 mpg in the city, but because of a marginally higher curb weight, the Limited version gets a worse combined rating (37 mpg rather than 38 for the base model.)

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is on sale now.

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