The Hyundai Sonata 2.0 Turbo, refreshed for 2014, is currently in its sixth generation configuration and is a sister sedan to the KIA Optima. KIA is owned by Hyundai, and has been for several years. Its styling is more cutting edge than that of the KIA, and in fact is more so than most other sedans, as well.
Last week I had the chance to test drive a 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Turbo SE, one that was painted Indigo Blue Pearl, a color that I suspect is the most popular on the Sonata, as it is quite ubiquitous on the streets and highways. The interior was gray cloth (with leather bolsters), with buckets up front and five passenger seating. Features inside this SE included navigation (8” screen), backup camera, dual zone temperature control, 360-watt AM/FM/satellite/CD/MP3 audio system, blind spot monitor system, tilt/slide sunroof, power mirrors/windows/locks, pushbutton start, and tilting-telescoping steering column.
Power for the Hyundai is supplied by a 2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 274 horsepower and EPA economy ratings of 21 city, 32 highway, 25 mpg combined. The transmission is a six-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission with steering column paddle shifters along with the console shifter. The transmission is flawless and provided a great deal of enjoyment (and acceleration!). Smoothness is a hallmark of the turbo four and I observed fuel economy commensurate with the federal ratings. The tank holds 18.5 gallons.
I mentioned the styling of the Sonata, and apparently it is a shopper favorite because the company sold over 200,000 of these sedans in 2013. German designer Peter Schreyer, who designed the Audi TT, was lured away to join Hyundai/KIA and has since become Chief Design Officer. He is responsible for so many of the Korean cars and SUVs having an attractive design. My test car was just so, with an appropriate amount of chrome trim, a chrome accent grill, carbon fiber interior trim, dual chrome exhaust finishers, and ten spoke bright alloy wheels. They were fitted with P225/45R18 Hankook Optima H431 all-season radials.
M.S.R.P. of the Sonata was $29,555.00. That number included a base of $25,925.00 and options/freight of $3,630.00. The turbo SE package made-up the most of the up charges, and the under-thirty grand ticket was impressive to this reviewer. The car is good-looking, solid built, powerful, efficient, and represents a good value for the automotive prospect.