2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Perfect Choice For Long Haul>

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is a perfect choice for long haul driving, as a trip to the northern reaches of Nevada confirmed a few weeks ago. Fairly invisible – there are so many of them on the road and the body lines are quite benign – it’s possible to run hard and fast without being noticed, something that pleases me a bunch.

This white four-door, front-wheel-drive sedan with its camel leather interior is great for hot summer days, as the car remains cool even in the deep Nevada heat. Air conditioning works superbly and our long drives are taken without discomfort from the multi-function power driver’s seat (passenger’s controls are manual). Feeling safe inside the Hyundai Sonata hybrid Limited is easy with its overall 5-star safety ratings.
There is sufficient power to get this sedan underway, thanks to the 2.4L Atkinson cycle inline 4-cylinder engine and 270-volt lithium polymer battery that makes 199 horsepower at 5500 rpm. It’s mated to a true 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that, when placed in manual, helps this near-3500 pound car get up and go.

Suspension is by front struts and rear multi-link and brakes are terrific and not terribly grabby like so many hybrids. Steering’s a bit vague on-center but that’s standard for most Hyundai vehicles. I find the suspension a bit biased to comfort, which doesn’t help handling terribly much, but with a 35.8-foot turning circle, the Sonata hybrid can handle most smaller streets for a u-turn.
The Limited model of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata hybrid brings just about every creature comfort, including an excellent 7-inch navigation system, satellite radio, leather interior, gorgeous LED accent and tail lights, dual temperature control, 5-spoke alloy rims mounted on 215/55R 17-inch Kumho tires, a pair of 12-volt plugs, an auxiliary and USB plug at the base of the central stack, a wonderful bi-level central storage with grippy flooring – I’m buzzed by the execution of Hyundai’s manufacturing.

There were only two options on this sedan that brought its price to $32,685. They are the full-length sunroof and floor mats. Love the sunroof but sure wish I could leave the shade hidden to enjoy the closed roof and available light but that’s not happening with this machine. Carpeted floor mats are the second option. It’s a fair price for a vehicle of great value.

Driving the Sonata hybrid was a very relaxing and easy thing to do. Working with this car, from its shifter to steering wheel controls (audio and phone on the left, cruise and fabulous info system on the right), to releases for fuel and trunk (12.1 cubic feet of usable space), cup holders in all four doors, in the rear fold-down armrest and central tunnel, signals in the mirrors, a light dip for signaling and Hyundai’s preference for all things blue in its interior – well it all works.
The hybrid operation of this Sonata is absolutely seamless and somewhat amazing when you realize you’re doing 80 in EV mode! When we picked up the car, the total ECO score was 33 and upon return it was 54 so I guess we were ecologically sound? Mileage is excellent at 36/40/37 mpg and after more than 1500 miles in a week and a day, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Limited had just over 4400 miles on it and was returning precisely those figures from its 17.2-gallon tank. Impressive.
If I were prone to longer trips with plenty of passengers, needing good cargo space and comfort inside, this might be my choice. Hyundai’s build quality is as good as any manufacturer and its warranty is unmatched (if not usually needed these days). The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is a world-class car just right for world-class voyages.

Words and Photos By Anne Proffit