2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
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The Sonata Hybrid

by from Western Canada - Frequent trips to Vegas on May 23, 2015

I purchased my Sonata in August of last year, 10 months ago, and have driven it about 24700 km since that time in a wide variety of conditions including around town, on the road and several 2 day road...
I purchased my Sonata in August of last year, 10 months ago, and have driven it about 24700 km since that time in a wide variety of conditions including around town, on the road and several 2 day road trips. Milage has been good, but not excellent in comparison to other hybrids. I track every fill and my current average is 7.1 litres per hundred km or 33.1 miles per U.S. gallon. In fairness, many of my long trips are on 80 mph roads which defeats the hybrid system to a great extent. Keeping speeds under 73 mph means mileage at about 41 mpg. City driving is only slightly lower. Turning off the hybrid system when the car is cold is recommended. This removes the hesitancy during acceleration. I usually give the car 2 minutes to warm up, especially on cold days. I don't find the steering heavy as reported by others. It juste takes a bit of getting use too. Interior comfort is excellent except for the lower passenger seat in front. My wife complains about sitting too low so she needs a cushion. A power seat with up/down option would have solved this but it was not available, Also, the rear seats do not fold forward, leaving you with only a small passthrough for things like skis. A roof rack solved that. I bought the car for the warm beige interior and have not been disappointed. It is easy to keep clean and all the buttons and gadgets are fine. The navigation system seems to get confused once in a while but no worse than any others I have used. The exterior constantly turns heads in parking lots, its classic styling eliciting the same response as cars did in the old days. From an economics point of view, the hydrid system does save you money monthly which helps lessen the impact of those monthly payments. This is very much a full sized car with 199 hp so don't expect best hybrid mileage. It has power to spare when passing on a two-lane road and rides solidly like the Buicks of old (of which I had several). It holds the road in the wind, rain and snow (with snow tires which I recommend). Running tires at higher psi definitely helps summer mileage. The entertainment system is top notch. You could leave the vehicle with your ears ringing if desired. Overall, the 2014 Sonata Hybrid (no changes for 2015 I understand) has proven to be a reliable, comfortable and efficient vehicle leaving me with no regrets.
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Best car I ever owned

by from Quebe City, Qc, Canada on April 25, 2014

I have owned over 20 cars in my life and this is by far the best car I have ever owned. Confort, options style and L/100 km (MPG)I have been getting it is super. Just love it. My previous car was a 20...
I have owned over 20 cars in my life and this is by far the best car I have ever owned. Confort, options style and L/100 km (MPG)I have been getting it is super. Just love it. My previous car was a 2008 Sonata and it was very good but there is no comparaison.
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"Lurch" (not the butler)

by from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 17, 2015

On the plus side, the car looks great. I get people in parking lots and gas stations making nice comments. Especially the sky blue color which, of course, Hyundai no longer makes. Go figure. Before I ...
On the plus side, the car looks great. I get people in parking lots and gas stations making nice comments. Especially the sky blue color which, of course, Hyundai no longer makes. Go figure. Before I bought it, I took this model out for a very long test drive but I didn't test the proper things, I suppose. It's at its worst when driving on city side streets with lots of stop signs or speed bumps. When slowing down, it doesn't seem to be able to predict which gear to be in and frequently turns off the gas engine only for it to have to come back on a few seconds later. All this can cause very uneven acceleration often with what feels like bad hesitation and sometimes even lurching. Actually, I've decided, after several months that my car's name should be "Lurch". All this is at its worst when the engine is cold, especially winter cold. I find myself frequently turning off blue mode in the city and even doing paddle shifting to get it to gear down when approaching a stop sign. My other big complaint is that the steering feels heavy at highway speeds and requires too much effort as the car may wander a bit depending on the road conditions. (I'm wondering if this is the tires the car came with.) I'm not being wussy -- at the end of a day of long driving on a road trip, my hands and arms feel the fatigue. The NAVI is a bit goofy. It might say something like "turn right at the next street" when it's really two or three streets. And it frequently mispronounces street names. Even something common like "Fairview" comes out as "Fah-ear-view". Once it completely freaked out for over a day. When in Cincinnati, it thought I was off the road in Lexington, KY. As a mainframe computer programmer for forty years, my attitude is that when a program needs fixing, you revise it. So revise it, Hyundai! Saying something is computer controlled is no excuse; it should be an opportunity. The dealership is no help. The head of the service department said that maybe this isn't a good car for city use on side streets. Well thanks for nothing.
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Simply superb!

by from Herndon, VA on April 17, 2014

One of the best cars I've driven. Spacious cabins. Excellent mileage - ~40 (city+highway) - Stylish design - Panoramic sunroof.
One of the best cars I've driven. Spacious cabins. Excellent mileage - ~40 (city+highway) - Stylish design - Panoramic sunroof.
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Pretty nice car

by from Texas hill country on November 30, 2014

Rented an almost new one, drove it for a week. My first hybrid, took a little learning. Nice looking car, very comfortable and smooth. Some slight bumps when it transfers from electric to gasoline eng...
Rented an almost new one, drove it for a week. My first hybrid, took a little learning. Nice looking car, very comfortable and smooth. Some slight bumps when it transfers from electric to gasoline engine. Nothing serious, just an idiosyncrasy. Also the steering felt a little front-heavy to me, maybe just because I'm accustomed to rear wheel drive cars. With mostly highway driving, I got 33mpg.
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Very nice economical car, better than Camry/Accord

by from Bergen, NJ on August 26, 2014

In my opinion, this is the Best car in comparison to Camry, Prius or Accord hybrid vehicles. This 2014 hybrid model is giving 46+ miles per gallon on highway while doing 65 miles per hour because my c...
In my opinion, this is the Best car in comparison to Camry, Prius or Accord hybrid vehicles. This 2014 hybrid model is giving 46+ miles per gallon on highway while doing 65 miles per hour because my commute consists of mostly highway driving. For local city driving, it is giving 47+ miles per gallon. I have already driven more than 1000 miles; I still love this car. I was a Toyota's loyal customer and had four Toyota vehicles in last 10 years. I am glad, I did not buy Camry or Accord this time. Thanks to Hyundai Engineering team for this car!
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Loving my Sonata!

by from Denver, Colorado on May 7, 2014

Well my grandson said-Meemaw dont you think that's kinda flashy? I love the car-the seats are a little stiff but still very nice-very roomy and with lumbar support and heated seats and many electric a...
Well my grandson said-Meemaw dont you think that's kinda flashy? I love the car-the seats are a little stiff but still very nice-very roomy and with lumbar support and heated seats and many electric adjustments I have lots of options. MPG around town is 28 and on highway quickly gets to cruising in the 33. The power is smooth and more than adequate. The features are so numerous and the hands free does a multitude of things for max safety and convenience-things found in much more expensive cars. It even keeps track of hours on the road-cumulatively- I have 57 hours! Cant wait to take a road trip-but every day is a pleasure in this car!
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As smooth as feather where it comes to comfort

by from Nova Scotia on March 19, 2017

I own Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2014 and I am proud of it. Very good car with great comfort and luxury. Gas mileage is super excellent as good as 4.5/100km on summer and 5.5-6/100 in winter due to extra t...
I own Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2014 and I am proud of it. Very good car with great comfort and luxury. Gas mileage is super excellent as good as 4.5/100km on summer and 5.5-6/100 in winter due to extra traction. I love the quiet cabin and thanks to Hyundai for the luxury design.
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Great car - Great value for money

by from Plano, TX on October 12, 2014

I was deciding between the Sonata Hybrid and the Nissan Altima and finally settled on this one primarily because of the price, Mileage and great interiors. This is a great car overall with good milea...
I was deciding between the Sonata Hybrid and the Nissan Altima and finally settled on this one primarily because of the price, Mileage and great interiors. This is a great car overall with good mileage (I get about 37 local and 40 highway) and our primary driving is local to schools and other chores. This is by no means a performance car and people who buy this do not buy it for racing from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds. This is a family car and is a comfortable ride for four people and rides quietly in city conditions. Since I bought the Limited version, I have the navigation and the 7" touch screen which we love. The interiors are something that is very different and nicely laid out compared to an Altima or an Accord. Again this is purely individual perception and this is just my opinion. We all know the Hyundai has come a long way with respect to quality, but the reason I gave this a 4 star is that the third week we had a minor issue with the car and had to take to the dealership. The TPMS was showing an alert and was finally diagnosed as one of the wheels not seated properly in its rim and they had to re seat the particular wheel.. Though I was not charged anything, I spent about an hour and a half at the dealership and would consider that as lack of QC / reliability. If I have to point out another issue, it is with the passenger seat height adjustment. For some reason, even with all the available packages, there is no height adjustment for the passenger seat and feels like you are sitting in a pit. Overall - great car
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THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

by from OHIO on September 9, 2016

OK LETS START OFF W/ THE MAIN REASON ONE PURCHASES A HYBRID MILEAGE! WE BOUGHT OURS IN SRING 2015, END OF YEAR MODEL 2014 BRAND NEW. NOW OWNING IT JUST SHY OF 1 1/2 YEARS. AT FIRST DRIVING MPG WAS LIK...
OK LETS START OFF W/ THE MAIN REASON ONE PURCHASES A HYBRID MILEAGE! WE BOUGHT OURS IN SRING 2015, END OF YEAR MODEL 2014 BRAND NEW. NOW OWNING IT JUST SHY OF 1 1/2 YEARS. AT FIRST DRIVING MPG WAS LIKE OUR LAST SONATA 2013 NON HYBRID 36/38. NOW UNDERSTAND HIGHWAY AT 70/80 MPH IS NOT GOING TO GET YOU THE BEST GAS MILEAGE ON ANY CAR. HIGHWAY FOR GOOD GAS MILEAGE IS UP TO 65 STEADILY. SO 36 CITY 38 HIGHWAY AT FIRST NOT AS ADVERTISED BUT GOOD. NOW MORE LIKE 38/42 CONSISTENTLY FOR THE LAST YEAR. REMEMBER ON LONG TRIPS ON ACTUAL HIGHWAY DOING 70/80 MPH 36/38 TOPS. SO AT 17 GALLON FUEL TANK AND GAS WHERE I LIVE AROUND $2.50/ GAL. IT'S BEEN GREAT. NOW I COULD GO ON & ON BUT AN UNBIAS EXPERIENCED 40 YEAR OLD DRIVER, HERE GOES. PAINT: I HAVE THE REMMINGTON RED PICTURED ABOVE, STUNNER ESPECIALLY AFTER PERIODICAL WAX, WASHED ONCE A WEEK WHEN WEATHER PERMITS. INTERIOR: THE LIGHT TAN PERFORATED/LEATHER GOOD. THOUGH FOR MORE MOMEY OTHER COMPANIES OFFER HIGHER QUALITY & THICKNESS TIRES: GOOD LOW PROFILE, RIMS ARE OK NOT THE MOST SPORTY COMPARED TO OTHERS. ENGINE PERFORMANCE: 2.4 GDI HYBRID/ PLENTY OF SPEED WHEN IN ELECRTIC MODE PRETTY SPUNKY ON TAKE OFF, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A CAR I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PASS NOT TRYING TO RACE ANYONE. DRIVING IN SLAP SHIFT/ MANUAL NOT REALLY NEEDED ONLY TO DOWN SHIFT AND DO A HARD PASS OF A CAR. TRANSMISSION: NO HESTITATION, SLIP, OR AWKWARD SMOOTH AND EASY. THE INTERIOR LED LIGHTS(WHITE) FOR CABIN AND DOORS BRIGHT AND MODERN. LCD LIGHTING IN DISPLAY SUPER BRIGHT WHITE GLOW & BLUE MODERN & SLEEK. NAVIGATION WORKS FINE NEVER USE IT I USE MY PHONE ITS EASIER. SOUND IS LOUD & CLEAR IT'S AN EARFUL & CRISP QUALITY!!!! CABIN ROOM IS SPACIOUS FOR 4 ADULTS OR 3 ADULTS & 2 KIDS. TRUNK ROOM IS LESS DUE TO THE BATTERY IN THE BACK BUT I'VE NEVER BEEN TO THE STORE AND COULDN'T USE IT. MOST FAMILYS HAVE AN SUV FOR THE STOCKPILE DAYS. THE EXTERIOR LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT: LEDS ON TAIL LIGHTS & A STRIP IN THE FRONTLIGHTS ALONG W TRADITIONAL HALOGENS BULBS. FOG LIGHTS NICE LOOK, SIDE MIRROR TURNING LIGHTS ARE ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND NICEST I'VE SEEN ON ANY CAR! PANORAMIC SUNROOF MAKES THE TOP OF THE CAR LOOK EXOTIC, INSIDE IT'S NICE MAINLY FOR THE KIDS OR BACK SEAT RIDERS. THE OVERALL CHROME TRIM RIGHTLY PLACED ON THE OUTSIDE MAKES IT POP & STAND OUT. THE CAR OVERALL LOOKS EURO INSPIRED RACING/TOURING DESIGN. THIS IS NOT MY FIRST NEW CAR & I'VE OWNED OTHER BRANDS OVER THE MANY YEARS OF DRIVING. PERSONALLY I WAS A NISSAN MAN UNTIL I MET MY WIFE AND SHE HAD THE OLDER BODY STYLE FROM 2006. HYUNDIA HAS REALLY UPPED THEIR GAME TO COMPETE W/ ALL THE OTHER LEADERS OF THEIR CLASS. HOWEVER FOR THE MONEY SPENT TO GET A LIMITED TOP OF THE LINE HYBRID/SONATA COMPARED TO THE OTHERS APPLES TO APPLES I SAVED ABOUT $5000. NOT TO MENTION THE WARRANTY IS LONGER THAN ANY OTHERS. I'M NOT SAYING THIS IS THIS BEST CAR BUILT BUT FOR THE MONEY SPENT THE QUALITY, LOOK, PERFORMANCE, MPG, RELIABLITY, SHOW ME A CAR WITH EVERYTHING I GOT FOR $5000 LESS. NO MECHANICAL ISSUES OR RECALLS SO FAR. PS I OWN A 2007 HYUNDIA SANTA FE BOUGHT IT NEW, NOW HAS 175,000 MILES ON IT. NEVER HAD ANY MECHANICAL ISSUES, OR BREAK DOWNS. AC BLOWS COLD JUST LIKE THE DAY IT WAS PURCHASED.
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