Hyundai’s swoopy-looking midsized sedan remains a value leader for the class, even if it can’t quite match the refinement of competing models from Honda and Toyota. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata keeps its almond-like shape, with a sharply swept back windshield and almost horizontal rear window. 2.0T versions get a 274 horsepower turbo motor and a “sport exhaust,” and there are few visual ques to distinguish the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T from its less powerful siblings.
The Sonata SE 2.0T has a long list of features and a comfortable, reasonably upscale interior. Our Venetian Red test car came with the optional Turbo Premium Equipment Package, which included navigation with an 8″ display, blind spot detection, an upgraded sound system with Dimension premium speakers, and a power sunroof. The interior design follows Hyundai’s recent trend of long-sweeping curves for the dash and an hourglass shape for the center-stack. On the Sonata, it’s functional and ergonomically sound, if not as exciting as it may have seemed in 2011.
New for 2014, however, is Hyundai’s Driver-Selectable Steering Modes (DSSM, for short. Not to be confused with the Psychiatrist’s reference book.) This feature allows drivers of the Sonata SE to choose among “comfort,” “normal” and “sport” modes of resistance and feedback characteristics. I’d probably leave it in sport mode most of the time, as it provides decent road feel and is actually a big improvement over previous Hyundai electric power steering setups.
Powered by the same “GDI” turbo 2.0 liter four as the Genesis Coupe 2.0T, the 274-horse Sonata 2.OT is pretty quick, though not quite at the top of the pack, with 0-60 times in the low to mid 6-second range. Fuel economy is another strong suit, even though Hyundai famously had to downgrade the ratings of several 2013 models.