2014 Hyundai Sonata, Sonata Hybrid Redesigns Confirmed

March 22, 2012
2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata

The current-generation Hyundai Sonata debuted in the US only two years ago, though the South Korean carmaker intends to follow up with redesigned gas and hybrid sedans for 2014.

As Automotive News reports, Hyundai Chief Executive Kim Choon-ho revealed the company’s plans to Reuters, along with some other model developments.

But first, a few words about Hyundai’s breadwinner in America. The Sonata’s virtues made it The Car Connection’s Best Car to Buy for 2011, and its hybrid counterpart makes a sensible choice even more so, with up to 40 mpg on the highway. So why the rush to change?

The mid-size segment gives no quarter, and since the 2013 Toyota Camry gets a makeover, several domestic and import competitors are following suit. That goes not only for the States, but in Hyundai’s backyard as well.

Yet while competition is tough in this class, it’s probably safe to expect less-than-radical changes to the 2014 Hyundai Sonata. The still-relevant design will presumably receive only minor updates, with likely more attention paid to refinement and value; two key areas that made Hyundai a true contender across several segments.

Speaking of which, customers can now pre-order the redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, set to be revealed in a matter of days at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Kim also advised Reuters to expect an updated 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan in late 2013.

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