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2014 Hyundai Sonata Review

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata has a comfortable interior, a strong base engine, and good standard safety features. The rear seat, however, may be tight for tall passengers.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong base engine
  • Attractive interior


  • Headroom may be tight for tall passengers


New for 2014

  • New standard driver-selectable steering mode
  • Blind spot detection and cooled driver seat became available
  • New available navigation system with 8-inch touch screen
  • Slightly refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • Last model year before full redesign




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Hyundai Sonata Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Sonata a Good Used Car?

Generous front leg- and headroom and an extensive list of standard tech features are two pluses of the Hyundai Sonata. It also has good gas mileage and high reliability scores. That combination makes it one of the best options in the affordable midsize car segment.

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata has a 190-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A turbocharged 274-horsepower four-cylinder engine is available. Both come with a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata’s brakes are strong, and its steering and suspension strike a good balance between comfort and sportiness. Sonatas with the base engine get an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while turbocharged models get 21 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.

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The Sonata seats five on standard cloth seats. Leather upholstery is available. Rear headroom is comfortable for all but the tallest passengers. The Sonata’s interior uses high-end materials. The outboard rear seats have a full set of LATCH child-seat anchors and tethers, while the middle seat has just a tether.

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB audio jack, satellite radio, and Blue Link, which provides features like turn-by-turn navigation. A rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system, and an 8-inch touch-screen audio and navigation system are available.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Sonata Prices

Used 2014 Hyundai Sonata models range from about $9,800 to about $16,000. Prices vary depending on the model you choose, the car’s condition, the total miles, and where you live. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata received a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s a very good rating overall, and it beats most midsize cars.

How Safe Is the Sonata?

The 2014 Sonata earned a score of Good, the highest possible, in four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. The Sonata earned the second-lowest score in the IIHS’s small overlap front test. Overall, the Sonata earned five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It scored four stars in the NHTSA’s frontal crash test.

Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control. The SE trim adds a rearview camera and a driver’s side blind spot mirror. The top Limited trim has blind spot detection with audio and visual warnings.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sonata?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is part of the car’s sixth generation, which launched for the 2011 model year. The Sonata was refreshed for 2014 and redesigned in 2015. Sonatas from 2011 through 2014 offer similar space, performance specs, and features. You can save money and get roughly the same car by choosing an earlier model year.

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Which Used 2014 Hyundai Sonata Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata comes in three trims: the base GLS, the midlevel SE, and the top-of-the-line Limited. The best choice is the SE. It includes a 4.3-inch touch screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, smart key, push-button start, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a rearview camera.

If you'd like extra security, consider a certified pre-owned Sonata. CPO 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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We Did the Research for You: 35 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Like all our used car rankings and reviews, this Hyundai Sonata overview isn’t based on our own tests or opinions. Rather, we gathered and analyzed 35 data points to help you decide if the Sonata is right for you. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Hyundai Sonata and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Sonata or 2014 Toyota Camry?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is a smarter choice than the 2014 Toyota Camry. The Sonata handles better and is more comfortable for the driver and passengers. It also has more horsepower and comparable fuel economy. The Sonata provides almost four more inches of front-seat legroom than the Camry, though the Camry does have more rear-seat legroom and a standard rearview camera. Still, the Sonata is the better choice overall.

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

The 2014 Ford Fusion’s handling is more agile than the Sonata’s, but that isn’t reason enough to choose the Ford. The Hyundai Sonata’s base engine provides more horsepower than the Fusion’s, and the Sonata also offers a better base infotainment system. Ford’s system is lethargic and confusing.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Sonata or 2014 Hyundai Elantra?

The compact 2014 Hyundai Elantra competes with its midsize sibling, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata, in terms of features – but at a lower price. Because the Elantra is a smaller car, it has less legroom than the Sonata. You’ll also get less horsepower. However, the Elantra has nimbler handling and a standard six-speed manual transmission, which the Sonata lacks. If you can live with less legroom, the Elantra is the way to go.

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