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This version of the Sonata ranked among our top-rated family sedans. The ride is supple, yet composed. Handling is agile and responsive. The Sonata's swoopy, coupe-like styling comes with tolerable rear-seat room and visibility. The revised four-cylinder engine racked up impressive fuel economy of 27 mpg overall.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 1999. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2006.
Road Test

This version of the Sonata ranked among our top-rated family sedans. The ride is supple, yet composed. Handling is agile and responsive. The Sonata's swoopy, coupe-like styling comes with tolerable rear-seat room and visibility. The revised four-cylinder engine racked up impressive fuel economy of 27 mpg overall. On the other hand, complaints include noticeable road noise and inhibited rear-seat access due to the low roof line.

The Sonata Hybrid (which we also tested) is a far cry from the conventional Sonata. Although it gets better fuel economy than its non-hybrid doppelganger, the trade-offs in drivability, refinement and braking performance are too high. The car stumbles and hesitates as it makes the transition from electric to gas power, with occasional shakes and vibrations.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (274 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (198 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 hybrid (199 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Hyundai Sonata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“It took multiple trips to Hyundai to get the noise resolved (it was a air leak in a seal in the driver's door). They did, however, take exhaustive measures to correct it, and provided loaner vehicles during repairs”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“not sealing around doors”

Doyle J., KY (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems like a rear suspension issue. When you enter/exit vehicle, there is a squeak from the rear of the car. Sometimes you just press on the driver/passenger seat to create that noise from the rear. My 2011 Sonata had the same issue,but at a great”

David F., NV (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“squeak in right front--actually disappeared after 4000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front passengers side window rattles quite a bit”

Elliot F., NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Their is a noise in the dash that is hard to detect”

Bernard K., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Creak in the panoramic sunroof”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle sometimes evident in passenger front area. Location not identified”

Anonymous, MB (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattle right headliner”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle from right side of vehicle. Service center unable to isolate or resolve”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This car has the most annoying squeaks of any car that I have ever owned. Unfortunately, the dealer is not able to replicate them”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the left Pillar making noise”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It is not a quiet drive. You hear the wind and noise from the outside”

Bernard K., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Not as quiet as my old Chrysler. Both my Hyundai let in a lot of wind noise”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“water leak in roof area near sunroof controls”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“It failed”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car doesn't cool off enough- Can't change direction of vents”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“failed intermitted”

Milton M., MS (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“with the ongoing problem the A/C compressor stopped working”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The A/C was not cooling well at idle. The dealer checked the auto and replaced a valve in the system. Works OK now”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Switch did not work”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“On several occasions, electronics of car malfunctioned”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“The Heated Seat on the Passenger Seat did not work. The wiring became disconnected”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Fan motor stopped working”

Richard L., CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Evidently I picked up a rock on the regular road (not a gravel road) going about 50 or 55mph and it pierced a hole in the codenser to the cost of over $1,000 to be repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“Air condoned condensation leaked inside car flooding passenger area”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Leaking o'rings”

Robert R., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“At 18mo (18k mi), the cancel switch and the resume switch had intermittent failure to cancel/resume. After the switch cluster replaced, ok until 39mo (37k mi), cancel switch intermittent, replaced again”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Cruise control will not engage. Cycle power, clear and will general Work. Problem identified shortly after purchase, notified dealers and unable to resolve”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“Check engine light came on - was a sensor that caused it that needed to be replaced. The car wouldn't come out of park sometimes due to the sensor so it was replaced”

Anonymous, DE (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Stop lights- sockets almost melted- they were temporarily repaired two weeks ago- car must go back to dealership for full replacement (both sides) next week”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“Intermittent failure. Sometimes the passenger side works and sometimes it doesn't. Driver's side works ok”

Terry T., TN (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE Unsure)
Headlights

“At 37mo (35k mi), hi beam-lo beam switch erratic/intermittent operation: a slight touch in high beam position would flicker between high and low; switch replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When selecting hi-beams there is a delay. Sometimes the lights actual blink off prior to switching to hi-beam from normal beam. Problem exsisted since shortly after purchase. Dealers unable to resolve”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“High beam switch is unreliable as it sometimes takes several times for the high beams to come on”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“When making a left turn, if someone is sitting in the front passenger seat, the interiors lights come on for a moment. This is disconcerting when driving at night”

Lee P., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Door handle lock/unlock button intermittent. Occasionally, sensor alarms as if key was left inside the car when the key is not inside the car”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“The blind spot monitoring is alarming when no other vehicle is around”

Anonymous, AL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“CD player does not play the first couple seconds of each new song. Passengers have asked why my CD player is skipping. Replaced by dealer under warranty but still does the same thing”

Kenneth C., MA (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“very easy to detect and see- and yet, the mechanics failed to ascertain that it does not work properly- I showed them when I got the car back how it behaves: conclusion- it needs a replacement- which it will be done next week as well”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth works intermittently”

Cary S., CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“I travel long distances and the radio on search always goes to the home stations that are not where I am driving”

Jack A., CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“rear speakers cannot be tuned from radio”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Speakers crackle when listening to radio at any volume level”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“The cruise control failed on a long winter trip”

Anonymous, MB (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermittently, pressing the following steering wheel buttons often does the following: Volume ^ - voice recognition Volume v - voice recognition Seek ^ - volume up Seek v - volume up Mode button - volume down Link: http://goo.gl/WhrB97”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Loose trim on dash. Should have been caught on PDI. Required trip back to dealer to repair”

Linda O., OH (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint was peeling”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear spoiler came with the auto when new and the paint was fading, lost its shine and would not polish out. Hyundai dealer inspected, agreed paint was failing. The dealer sent the auto out to a paint and body shop for repair of the paint failure. The auto was gone 3-4 days but a loaner was provided by the dealer. The spoiler is fine now”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Clear coat started peeling off of the hood”

Richard L., CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Black trim peeling around door trim”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peeling on both front and back bumpers”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rubber molding around front door,driver's side, was pealing away.replaced by hyundai”

Lou K., NJ (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Front, Driver-side Door Not Locking. Neither the door handle button nor key fob locks door. Fron door cannot be locked”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The drivers side seat belt is fraying”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“will not retract everytime. Hard to put latch into slot”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“I am really unhappy with the height of the front passenger seat and the inability to adjust it. I am 5'3" tall and find it difficult to see over the front dash. When looking out the side window I am looking right into the mirror. I am unable to see out of the rear window. The ability to adjust the height of the seat would make the drive much more comfortable and safe. I have to use a cushion which negates the seat heater. Also, when driving, there is a definite blind spot caused by r”

Anonymous, NL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Would not close”

Jack K., CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“wobbling at 45-55 mph- stopped when foot taken off accelerator”

William H., OH (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front wheel bearing had to be replaced at about 53000 miles”

David S., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front drive axels had to be replaced. They had been making loud clicking noises”

Herbert C., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Something to do withsuspemsion, can'tbe more precise”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Recalled”

Doyle J., KY (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car locked in park. Factory recall repaired”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited Unsure)
Rough shifting

“Gears grinding when shifting into reverse . Had car towed to dealer , they could'nt find anything wrong . Have had no problems since”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

“Issue has not been addressed as yet but reported to dealership”

Anonymous, NL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Bad valves in one cylinder. Intake and exhaust valves were replaced under warranty. Dealer also replaced head gasket, and spark plug. Car at dealer for two weeks but had free 2015 loaner car”

Kennet T., VA (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Incorrectly installed wrist pin (part of piston assembly) resulting in metal shavings in oil”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Internal oil leak caused sludge build up, engine bogging down and smoking exhaust. Hyundai replaced long block free of charge under warranty. No further problems”

Bruce D., CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Tires were wearing on the outer edges. Found out 4 wheel alignment was out of specs”

Wayne L., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Pulling to the right”

Robert R., FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Tires were wearing unevenly and there was significant noise from the front end. Hyundai replaced under warranty”

Steven W., LA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“I needed to replace the brake pads and have the rotors resurfaced in the rear brakes at about 32000”

Coleridge C., OH (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Was a warranty recall for brakes and Hyundai took care of it quickly”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“squeking”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery failed....dealer says it was installed in Korea and is a comon”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“See keyless entry (above)”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“Automatic fuel door broke”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“purge valve installed under warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“front end oil leak. taken to two different mechanics with zero satisfaction. next step is hyundai”

Lou K., NJ (2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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