Test Drive Review: 2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited

 

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is the final year in this generation. Hyundai have been hot these last few years, especially with the wild styling and sales of its popular Sonata. Is it still worth your time to buy?

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Just a few short weeks after I had this 2014 Sonata in my driveway, Hyundai flew me to Memphis, TN, to drive the new 2015 model that’s all-new. So now I have the ability to tell you to wait, or go ahead and get a smokin’ deal on this generation.

The entire time I had the 2014 Sonata I kept calling it the Lexus ES starter kit. Both are front-wheel drive, have enough power, lots of interior and trunk space, and both are easy on the gas mileage and the comfort. Luckily for you Hyundai’s Sonata is a good 20 grand or so cheaper. But it’s not necessarily a “cheaper” car, per se.

Even though the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is out and about, you can still go out and grab a 2014 model, and I’m sure at a good deal, too. And why wouldn’t you? It drives like a purely relaxing luxury car. If you want any bit of sportiness, go buy the Kia Optima. But that’s what makes the Sonata original to me, because it’s just an easy car to drive that doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t. Just be sure to keep the steering mode in “sport” and you”ll remain happy. Otherwise the steering can feel a little slow and too relaxed for normal driving habits.

That being said, some things can be worked on. One of the things I found annoying was this bright LED light just forward of the sunroof. It shines very brightly at night and actually gets in your eyes when you’re looking to your right as the driver. The brakes are also a bit squishy, but they do stop. In fact, a deer decided to run out in front of me one night on a back road, and the brakes that I thought were a bit vague saved my skin. Shew…

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You can’t talk about the 2014 Hyundai Sonata without mentioning the looks. To many it’s entertaining, to others it’s interesting. I’m part of the “interesting” crowd. It isn’t my favorite design, but it has grown on me in recent years, and I do respect Hyundai for taking a big gamble and letting this style hit the market. Said gamble worked out, because Honda, Ford, Chevy, and Toyota were all put on notice. It worked, because that segment got squirrely to create style at a modest cost. Bravo.

Better than the exterior is the interior on the Sonata. It’s well laid out, everything is nice to touch, and the whole experience inside is comfortable as hell. The leather interior on the Limited trim I had was so plush and supple that I couldn’t believe I was sitting in a $31,000 car. It feels like you’re sitting in and driving a vehicle hovering in the 40-50,000 dollar price range. The steering wheel looks odd, but it fits perfectly in your hands and allows you to wrap your hands around the wheel for total control. On my tester I especially loved the contrast coloring so much that this is exactly what I’d buy personally.

The power is nice and ample and never feels rushed, but doesn’t feel lazy, either. When you tap the go pedal you’re only working with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, but all of that power is perfect for the front-wheel drive baby Lexus. It’s ample and will allow you to get enough go when entering highways, or when you’re trying to get in front of a big truck on a back road.

It is really almost impossible to say you don’t like the 2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited. When you’re paying less than $32,000 for a large, spacious cabin and trunk that seats five people happily, and will return 24 mpg city and 35 mpg on the highway, how can you go wrong? The 2014 Sonata Limited I had also came with the the technology package and 8-inch touchscreen. Couple that with the 400-watt Infinity sound system, and you have yourself a great setup for any style of music you want to listen to. Oh, and lest I forget the wonderful cooled seat for the driver without heated passenger and outboard rear passenger seats.

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The entire package on the 2014 Sonata seems so new and bright, even though it’s been around for about five years now. It’s quiet and relaxing to drive, and the sound system helps to soothe you when listening to whatever it is you love. Great gas mileage ensures you’re happily passing all the poor schlubs at the gas stations, and you know you have a unique looking car that looks good no matter the color or trim level. It’s a well-aged product thus far, and for 2014 Hyundai made sure to make the car quieter inside, but didn’t change any of the things that made everyone happy. The 2015 is out and about, but you won’t be sad if you pick yourself up a 2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited at a great price, because it’s still worth every penny. And it’ll be a used car bargain one day, too.

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