- 36/40 mpg city/highway
- Industry-exclusive Lifetime Battery Warranty
- New standard interior features for 2014
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the more fuel-efficient cousin to the Sonata midsize sedan, offering better fuel economy, more features, and unique styling compared to its gas-only counterpart.
Telling the Sonata Hybrid apart from the gas version is easy, thanks to a large, hexagonal front air dam, as well as unique headlights and taillights, a blue logo, and hybrid badging. Powered and heated side mirrors are standard, as are LED taillights and daytime running lights up front. 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, while Limited models get larger 17-inch alloys.
Under the hood, the Sonata Hybrid got a few upgrades in 2013 which made it more efficient, including a lighter, smaller, and more powerful lithium-ion battery pack that returns for the new model year. The hybrid drivetrain combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine running on the Atkinson cycle with an electric motor; they team up to produce 199 total horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard, instead of a CVT like you’d fine in most hybrids, a difference we prefer since it offers a more familiar driving experience. The Sonata Hybrid can move on battery power alone at speeds of up to 74 mph. Fuel economy figures check in at 36/40 mpg city/highway.
Inside is where the 2014 changes to the Sonata Hybrid are found. It adds a new LED dome lights, a touchscreen audio system, HD radio, and a backup camera as standard equipment which increases the value even more. They join Blue Link telematics, push button start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio to make one of the most comprehensively featured cars around, especially in this price range. Limited models add a navigation system and leather upholstery.
Standard safety features include six airbags and the requisite electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and traction control. For its performance in crash testing, the 2014 Sonata Hybrid received a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA, the highest they offer.