By Matt Schmitz on March 6, 2014
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will start at $26,810 for the base model and $31,560 for the Sonata Hybrid Limited, both including an $810 destination charge. Prices are only up slightly compared to the 2013 model, but the 2014 version adds more standard features.
Both versions of the Sonata Hybrid use last year's 35-kilowatt electric motor and 47-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, powering a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 199 horsepower and an electric-only top speed of 74 mph; the engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid drivetrain uses all-electric mode during less strenuous driving and the gas engine for startup and more demanding conditions, enabling an EPA-estimated 36/40 mpg city/highway for both models, unchanged from the 2013 version.
The body of the 2014 version also carries over unchanged. New standard equipment includes LED interior dome lights and a backup camera. Other standard equipment on the base model includes active front head restraints, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED-accented headlights, LED taillights, front fog lights, side-mirror-mounted turn signals, a tinted chrome front grille, chrome exterior door handles, proximity entry with push-button start, remote keyless entry, heated front seats, leatherette interior door panel inserts, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a touch-screen multimedia display with Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system.
The Limited model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system with a high-resolution 7-inch touch-screen, an Infinity premium stereo system, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a power driver's seat with lumbar support. For $1,000, the Panoramic Sunroof Package adds a panoramic sunroof and glossy-black door surrounds and side mirror housings.
Hyundai said the Sonata Hybrid is expected to reach dealer lots this week. The 2014 model's $26,810 starting price is a $365 increase from its predecessor, while the Limited trim is $215 more. The regular 2014 Sonata already is on sale for a starting price of $22,260 for GLS models, with Limited 2.0T models topping out at $29,360 (all prices include an $810 destination charge).
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