On March 4, Hyundai Motor America announced features and pricing of the 2014 Sonata Hybrid. It contains more standard features, an upgraded interior, and maximizes electric-only driving efficiency. The base model starts at $26,000 and the Sonata Hybrid Limited can be had for as little as $30,750. In addition, Hyundai continues to offer its lifetime warranty on the lithium-polymer battery pack. As in previous Sonata Hybrids, the 2014 iteration sports a clutch to couple the gasoline engine with the drivetrain. The combined net horsepower is 199; when in pure electric drive, the vehicle can drive electrically up to 74 MPH. The hybrid is EPA rated at 36 city and 40 highway.
Hyundai notes that the vehicle’s higher output 35 kW electric motor and the more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery pack introduced for the 2013 model year, maximizes electric-only driving. The operating system has been improved; it utilizes newly-developed driving pattern detection and engine on/off optimization logic. Hyundai claims that the availability of additional battery energy helps save fuel by allowing greater flexibility in running the gasoline engine at optimum efficiency. In addition, better kinetic energy recovery and increased charging efficiency allows the vehicle to run in all-electric mode more frequently and for longer periods of time; thus, increasing fuel economy. The hybrid can utilize the all-electric mode during optimal moments such as highway driving and saves the gasoline engine start-up for conditions that require more power. The result is less drain on the driver’s wallet.All of this translates to money saved for the driver.
The new standard equipment include:
- LED interior dome lights
- Touchscreen color audio with HD Radio
- Rearview camera
The body of the 2014 Sonata Hybrid is unchanged; however, it still features the unique exterior that sets it apart from other Sonatas. Hyundai notes that the combination of a re-shaped front and rear fascias with a deeper air dam, extended rocker panels and lower drag wheels allow air to flow around the body with less resistance. The drag coefficient for the Sonata Hybrid is an exceptionally low 0.25.
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