Continuing the excellence of the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty offered by Hyundai, the Sonata comes in competing and in many ways beating out its competition which includes such long time nameplates as the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. With the ability to be fitted with a variety of engine set ups including a four-cylinder offering and a hybrid engine. Adding excellent engine technology to the mid-sized sedan with turbocharging and direct fuel injections this is a high performing family sedan, perfect for a daily commuter car, errand running, or even for taking long trips.
Instead of being a boring old family car that doesn’t offer much in the way of style, the Sonato offers great looks inside and out to match up well with the great performance and fuel efficiency of the engines offered making this a car that is a lot of fun to drive. Offering over fifty improvements to the 2013 version, the Sonato has had some major refinements including the updated styling throughout and a Driver Selectable Steering Mode is now a standard offering. Blind Spot monitoring, ventilated seats and a navigation system with an eight-inch color monitor are all now available for the Sonata as well.
Even though the Sonata is only offered with a four-cylinder engine, the car is quick and responsive capable of reaching highway speeds quickly and easily. Add to this the highly-tuned suspension that deftly handles all road imperfections like an expert and the massively responsive steering and this car is one that has driver’s seeking out the windiest road they can find to really test what the car can do. Inside the car is appreciatively quiet; allowing minimal road noises inside, making it easier for the occupants to sing along to their favorite tunes on the audio system.
With three engine offerings for the Sonata the lineup begins with a 2.4-liter inline direct injected four-cylinder engine that offers 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. When paired up with the six-speed automatic transmission the fuel efficiency is 24 city/35 hwy mpg, a great performance for a decently powerful four-cylinder offering.
Next up is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that brings the power with 274 horsepower and269 lb.-ft. of torque. When matched with the six-speed automatic transmission this powerful beauty brings in a good fuel economy of 21 city/32 hwy mpg offering a good savings at the pump but still plenty of driving excitement from the powerful engine.
The hybrid offering comes in the form of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that includes a lithium polymer battery pack that is actually 25 percent less in weight than conventional battery systems. This power plant can actually achieve speeds as high as 74 mph in all-electric mode which is much better than most hybrids on the road. The power numbers come in at a 206 net horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque with a fuel economy of 35 city/40 hwy mpg when mated with the six-speed automatic transmission.
Offering smooth finished, great materials and some eye-catching shapes inside the cabin, the interior of the Sonata is dynamic and beautiful. Add the blue backlighting and the night time drive is basked in a luxurious glow for all to enjoy. With plenty of leg room in the front and rear seats, all occupants will be comfortable regardless of the destination. This car is truly made to transport the passengers in comfort and east to wherever they need to go with comfortable and easy to enjoy seats throughout.
From the outside the Sonata is actually as stylish as many luxury cars. With wrap around and slanted headlights that lead into the horizontally chrome plated grill the front end is eager to chow down on some blacktop and leave the competition in the dust. Offering soft and sleek curves across the hood and roofline, as well as a stylish rising beltline on the sides, the Sonata offers interest and eye-catching appeal all around the vehicle. Top it all off with some beautiful 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels and the Sonata is truly a great looking car ready to be taken out for a pleasure cruise.
With a long list of standard features the Sonata is packed with interest and appeal for everyone to enjoy. The list of standard equipment includes the Hyundai Blue Link infotainment system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, heated side mirrors, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, active front headrests, and an array of electronic safety equipment to help the driver keep the vehicle under control in all driving conditions.
The optional features for the Sonata include leather seating, a moon roof, a rearview camera, ventilated front seats, a premium Infinity 400-watt audio system, a navigation system with an eight-inch touch screen offering real-time traffic, weather, sports and stock updates, and additional safety features to keep the vehicle where it should be on the road. Add all the equipment to the car and it really comes very close to being considered a luxury vehicle and certainly offers the looks of one in the luxury class.
The price listed for this outstanding family sedan is unbelievably low starting at just over $22,000 for the base GLS model. Moving up to the SE trim brings a price around $25,000, not a bad jump for some nice upgrades including the sportier look and feel. Tipping the scales for the Sonata the Limited when fully equipped still comes in at a very reasonable $29,500, which is a great price for the performance and equipment included in this car.
Rather than shopping for the boring family sedan, shoppers looking for the right car for their family and themselves should check out the 2014 Hyundai Sonata. With a long list of equipment to enjoy, the availability of a turbocharged engine, and a sporty and stylish look, the Sonata is really a car many owners will enjoy for a very long time.