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2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a good-looking, nicely equipped interior and peppy acceleration. It also scores well in safety and reliability. However, it has less space for passengers or cargo than rivals do. 

Pros & Cons

  • Eye-catching interior
  • Strong reliability score
  • Below-average fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Small trunk
  • Limited rear-seat headroom

New for 2014

  • Rearview camera, touch-screen audio controls, and HD Radio became standard
  • Heated rear seats no longer available




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's great safety and reliability ratings, handsome cabin, and numerous standard features make it worth considering. However, there are roomier, more fuel-efficient, and sportier hybrid options available.

Used 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Together, they generate 199 horsepower and produce satisfying acceleration. Transitions between the gas engine and electric motor are fair but not unnoticeable. The six-speed automatic transmission is slow to downshift. The EPA estimates that the 2014 Sonata Hybrid gets up to 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is on the low end compared to comparable hybrid sedans. It does earn significantly better estimates than the gas-only Hyundai Sonata, however. The Sonata Hybrid is reasonably composed through turns and has a smooth ride, though it can lose some of its comfort on rough surfaces.

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Inside, the five-seat Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features inviting styling and first-rate materials. Dashboard controls for climate and audio settings are straightforward. The front seats remain comfortable for lengthy trips. Rear-seat legroom is good, but taller occupants will be short on headroom. Upper and lower LATCH connectors for child safety seats are located in the rear outboard seats, while the middle seat has an upper tether anchor. Like most hybrid vehicles, the Sonata Hybrid's battery is housed in the trunk, reducing the amount usable storage space.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and a 4.3-inch touch-screen display. A power-adjustable driver seat, a panoramic sunroof, an Infinity audio system, a navigation system, and a 7-inch touch-screen display are available in the upper trim.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Prices

The average price of a 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is about $14,400 for the base model. The top trim level, the Hyundai Sonata Limited, typically costs close to $17,000.

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Our used car rankings are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews alongside data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 35 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid reviews to help you decide if the 2014 Sonata Hybrid is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a very good reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Sonata Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Sonata Hybrid its highest rating of Good in four crash tests: moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength. In the small overlap front crash test, it earned the second-best score of Marginal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Sonata Hybrid five (out of five) stars for overall safety. It received the same score in the side and rollover crash tests. In the frontal crash test, it earned four stars.

A rearview camera comes standard. However, unlike most of its competitors, the Sonata Hybrid isn't available with any other driver assistance technology.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sonata Hybrid?

The 2014 Sonata Hybrid is part of the car's first and only generation, which spans the 2011 through 2015 model years. Although earlier models could cost a bit less, we recommend the 2014 Sonata Hybrid because it adds notable standard features like a rearview camera and a touch-screen display.

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Which Used Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has only two trim levels: base and Limited. The majority of buyers will be pleased with the base model, which comes with a generous number of standard features. The Limited trim adds premium amenities like leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, and an Infinity stereo. A panoramic sunroof is also available in the Limited trim. 

Consider purchasing a certified pre-owned car for added buying confidence. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid?

Despite the Sonata Hybrid's higher reliability rating and superior ride comfort, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is a slightly better vehicle. It returns better fuel economy estimates than most hybrid sedans – including the Sonata Hybrid. It also has sportier handling, a roomier cabin for all, and more trunk space.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is the preferable hybrid. It uses less fuel than the Sonata Hybrid, and its powertrain is quiet and refined. The Fusion Hybrid has quality cabin materials and ample space in both rows. It was also named our 2014 Best Hybrid Car for the Money and 2014 Best Hybrid Car for Families.

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