Hyundai Releases 2014 Sonata With Minor Facelift, New Features
Hyundai Sonata is one of the best examples of a vehicle that refuses to rest on its laurels.
It won the most dependable midsize car by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, yet has undergone a mid-cycle makeover that see’s it get a design tweaks, as well as enhancements in safety, comfort and technology.
We are not just talking about a few minor changes here and there, as Hyundai engineers and designers looked at improving every single aspect of the car.
All told, 50 sub-systems in the 2014 Sonata ended up being replaced or redesigned.
The new features found on the 2014 model means that consumers now get even more value for their money than ever before.
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2014 Sonata MSRP Increases Only $155
The first changes you will see are on the exterior, where the grille has been revised and newly styled 1-inc and 18-inch wheels ride the road.
The rear fascia has undergone a change and there is the option of HID Xenon headlights and LED taillights.
There are changes on the inside, too, starting with the all leather steering wheel found on the SE and Limited trim levels.
On the technology front, you will find an 8-inch screen that features a navigation system and color audio screens with HD Radio.
The SE and Limited version come with a rearview camera, althoug it can be added as an option on the base GLS model. Moving to the top of the line Limited also gets you a ventilated driver seat.
Hyundai has also taken steps to add foam to Sonata’s A and B pillars so that the noise in the cabin is greatly reduced!
New Features Improve Sonata’s Safety
There are a number of new features that can be found standard across the range, including Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM), Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM).
Also featured in the refreshed 2014 Hyundai Sonta is a Blind Spot Detection system (BSD), where sonar sensors are used to monitor the traffic all around the car.
The driver will be alerted if a car enters a space that is a little too close. A blind spor mirror also helps the driver recognize surrounding traffic.
This addition replaces the traditional side view mirror found on older models and has a convex spooter mirror that perfectly picks up the blind spot.
Vehicle Stability Management now comes standard on all trim levels. The VSM manages the Electronic Stability Control and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering, preventing the vehicle from pulling to one side on slippery surfaces and providing steering assist when drastic steering measures are employed.
Hyundai’s updated mid-size sedan is now also available with the upgraded tire pressure monitoring system which now highlights the specific tire with pressure issues.
Hyundai Sonata 2014 Engine Range
The engine options remain the same: a 2.4L 4-cylinder that delivers 190 horsepower and 24/35 mpg city/highway.
There is als0 a 2.0L 4-cylinder that delivers 274 horsepower and an estimated 21/32 mpg city/highway. Both come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.